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Image of the Month, May 2014: Male Polar Bear

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Male polar bear walking on snow, Alaska.

Male Polar bear walking across the snow, in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Please click on the image above the view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

A few days late, of course. It’s May, and sunny and great weather, and I’ve been getting a few things done other than update the blog. April was really some great weather here, and that makes it hard to keep up the blog. So here’s a brief post for the Image of the Month, from last year’s Polar Bear Photo Tour. A beautiful young male polar bear walking across the snow-covered tundra of the frozen arctic, in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

This year I have 2 spaces available on the Week 1, Oct 3-9 polar bear photo tour, and have offered a great discount for that trip through the end of May. Take a look!

I love the head down, eyes closed, pose.

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month, April 2014; Northern lights and a backlit tent

Monday, April 7th, 2014
A backlit tent and the northern lights in the White Mountains, Alaska

Using my tent as a foreground subject, I lit it from behind with my headlamp, while the northern lights danced overhead. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Here’s a shot from the recent aurora borealis photo tours in March; I set up the tent for the shot, it was merely a prop. It took a few times to get the balance right with the headlamp for the exposure. Trial and error is really the only way to make this work.

Foregrounds matter when shooting the northern lights, as they do when shooting just about anything. Adding anything of interest to the foreground can really help balance the colors and dynamism of the northern lights overhead.

Cheers

Car

Image of the Month: Wrangell St. Elias in Winter

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Winter in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park.

A bluebird day in the lowlands of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Wonderful winter weather! Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

We’ve had some stupendous weather here in Alaska this last few weeks, and I was lucky enough to get out and about for some photography. Here’s a shot from my favorite park, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve one gorgeous bluebird day. It just doesn’t get much better than this!

Hopefully this weather will hold through March for the northern lights photo tours. So far the auroras have been pretty rockin’ in 2014, and I’m really looking forward to shooting them some more this coming month.

Hope you enjoy it,

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month, Feb 2014; Backlit Brown bear at dawn

Friday, February 7th, 2014
A backlit brown bear on the shores of a Lake,  at dawn. Brown bear (Ursus arctos) Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

A backlit brown bear on the shores of a cool Alaska lake, at dawn. Brown bear (Ursus arctos) Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

A few days late, sorry. Here’s the February “Image of the Month”, a brown bear at dawn, backlit by the soft warm light of the morning, with a light mist over the water. Sometimes, I swear, the bears seem to enjoy a pretty morning as much as we do.

As I do every winter, I’m looking forward to getting back to Katmai this coming fall for some great bear photography.

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month; January 2014 – Snowshoeing Caribou Creek

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
Bob and Nancy pause for a photo while snowshoeing on the Caribou Creek Trail, in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Bob and Nancy pause for a photo while snowshoeing on the Caribou Creek Trail, in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Hey Folks,

Welcome to the new year!

I thought we’d start of the fun this year with a quick photo from a place I’ll be headed to next week; Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. A week snowshoeing, skiing, sitting by the fire, watching out at night for some northern lights, enjoying good company, good food and a nice warm fire sounds like a GREAT way to start the new year. (more…)

Image of the Month: Northern Lights

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Northern lights in Alaska

Northern lights rising over the boreal forest, arctic Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Just finished photographing bald eagles, and I’ll be heading back up north to this area next week, again loping for the northern lights. Should be a gaggle of fun.

This was one of the most memorable nights I’ve had shooting the northern lights, in the middle of nowhere off the Dalton Highway, in minus 30 degree temperatures, wind blowing like crazy, and we had an absolute blast! You haven’t lived until you’ve stumbled around in the dark in the snow in the wind in the cold trying to take pictures.

For what it might be worth, I shot this photo at ISO 2000, f1.4, and a shutter speed of 5 seconds, with a 24mm lens.

I only have a space or 2 left yet for next March on the Aurora borealis photo tours, so drop me a note if you’re interested in coming along. I can’t guarantee we’ll see a display like this one, but we’ll do our best to be in the right spot if it happens!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month: Polar Bears

Friday, November 1st, 2013
2 polar bears hard at work, or play. Twins, these 2 year old polar bear cubs played hard on the early snow in fall, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, Alaska. Polar bears, Ursus maritimus, ANWR, Alaska.

2 polar bears hard at work, or play. Twins, these 2 year old polar bear cubs played hard on the early snow in fall, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, Alaska. Polar bears, Ursus maritimus, ANWR, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Just back from the arctic and another fantastic experience photographing polar bears. More images to come. This was our last or 2nd last day, and a coupe of the young bears really went to town giving us a great show. Everyone came away with some fantastic photos of the bears playing and wrestling, it was pretty awesome. This photo is one of my favorites from the action.

Getting ready for the bald eagles in Haines, so I’ll try to post something “eagle-ish” before too long. And watch out for a new video coming your way!

If you like the photo, please show some love with a comment below, or at least a little ‘Facebook’ share or like. Thanks all.

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month: Oct, 2013. Brown Bears Playing

Sunday, October 6th, 2013
2 male brown bears, adults, playing, wrestling and fighting in play. Brown bear males tend to be wary of one another, but can also be seen from time to time playing and wrestling with one another. Brown bears (Ursus arctos) Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

2 male brown bears playing in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Told you there were bear photos to come!

Just in from a few weeks in Katmai National Park where we had an amazing time with the bears and a whole lot more. Some incredible situations.

This one we were lucky enough to have these 2 adult male brown bears decide to play and wrestle away the day .. for nearly 30 minutes we watched, photographed and videoed the action. Good times indeed!

I’m heading to the arctic for polar bears. Catch ya soon,

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month; Sept 2013

Friday, August 30th, 2013
Sea kayaking in Icy Bay, with Mount St. Elias rising in the background, 18 008' high above the sea. Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Sea kayaking in Icy Bay, with Mount St. Elias rising in the background, 18 008′ high above the sea. Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Hey Folks,

Welcome back! I know I might’ve missed a few months here recently; it’s been tough to get time to blog lately. This month’s image, from a recent trip Sea Kayaking in Icy Bay Trip, is one reason why I haven’t posted anything recently.

We were lucky enough to have some amazing weather this summer – 5 days in Icy Bay with a backdrop like this show what I mean. Seb and his partner Lauren flew all the way to Alaska from France to see Mt. St. Elias. I tried to point out to him here he was looking in the wrong direction; that it was right behind him!

Heading back out soon. I’ll try to post again before I go.

Cheers

Carl

Image of the Month: April 2013

Monday, April 8th, 2013
The aurora borealis streaks through the sky over the boreal forest of sub-arctic Alaska.

The aurora borealis streaks through the sky over the boreal forest of sub-arctic Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

After a great month of March, I’m finally getting around to catch up on the blog. We had a great month, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and photographing the aurora. For the most part, the weather was fantastic, and all the trips went well.

This shot is from one awesome night we had up on the Dalton highway; Minus 24 degrees, but well worth sticking it out. We had a few quiet nights, but some really dynamic displays as well. Good times! Thanks to everyone for coming out and enduring the cold!

Cheers

Carl

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