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Trip to Arizona

Took a week to explore parts of Arizona, from Phoenix northward, most notably Sedona, Jerome and the Grand Canyon. Surprisingly, the weather co-operated, photographically with the threat of rain, light rain, partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures too for most of the trip. The photos below really drive home the point of shooting during the “golden hours” around sunrise and sunset. Even with all the digital tools available today in post processing there is only so much you can do to make up for mid afternoon light as the photo below from the Grand Canyon shows.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

The beautiful, awe inspiring Grand Canyon shot in the mid afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Full moon rising over Sedona, Arizona.

The full moon rises over Sedona.

 

 

 

 

Landscape shot of both Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock in Sedona, Arizona.

Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock under threatening skies.

 

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Results of 2017 Trierenberg International Super Circuit are in

Once again I have had work accepted and send on for final judging. Five of my eighteen submissions went on to final judging. Alas, none won, but they say if you can get even one accepted in this international juried photo show in Austria, your work is pretty damn good.

Here are three of my submissions that went on for final judging.

Alaskan fjord, called Tracy Arm

Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

Alaskan fjord called Tracy Arm

Cloud and mist swept forests of Tracy Arm Fjord.

water level of the Colorado river Hoover Dam water level

The Colorado river at the Hoover Dam in 2016.

If you’re interested in entering next year, here is the link to the site:

 

http://www.photocontest.at/

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Last minute call for help.

While making one of my many late night, last minute trips to the hardware store for additional supplies during my kitchen remodel, I got a call from the Pattie the owner of Strongheart Yoga, a studio I belong to, asking if I would be available to do a photo shoot the next morning. Apparently the photographer she had hired came down with the flu and she was under a time crunch with the web developer to get photos to finish the new website. Did I already have work planned the next morning in the kitchen, sure, but I welcomed the challenge. And challenging it was.

Pattie sent me a shot list and it turned out it this would include some of the students being used as models. This concerned me due to the lighting in the lighting in the studio, which of course is very low (it’s a yoga studio). For the models, I didn’t want to use a flash, as it would be too harsh and the studio is small so I didn’t have a lot of room to for soft boxes. So I ended up using a hand-held clamp light and shot at 1600 ISO.

I normally shoot in RAW but, the Webmaster was going to do the post processing and they requested jpeg files, which made the turn around time quicker for the model shots. I had a second session shooting the still life shots, which I shot in RAW and did the processing in Adobe Lightroom.

Check out my work: http://www.strongheartyoga.com/ and maybe come on down and take a class.

Namaste

 

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Final Stop: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

This final stop of our cruise on the Ruby Princess didn’t afford us a lot of daylight so we choose to take the short walk down to Fisherman’s Wharf and as the sun began to set on the calm, near cloudless warm evening, we soaked up the marine environment strolling around the docks. As the day slowly eased to night in the eclectic neighborhood of colorful float homes, the calm, peaceful, welcoming atmosphere was in stark contrast to the excessive hustle and bustle of the past few days. The homes are colorful and the evening light with the light crowds make the experience that must better. It may have the perfect weather, the evening light or just the lack of crowds but this tiny little community left its mark on me.

 

Victoria, British Columbia's Float Home Community, 2015.

Colorful homes of Fisherman’s Wharf

Fishermans Wharf Folk Art

Just Sitting on the Wharf.

MoonShadow 1

MoonShadow’s Statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes it’s just being in the right place and the right time. Most of the tourist had left for the day, things got peaceful and the setting sun gave this colorful little community extra pop allowing me to get these great shots.

 

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And now, on to Skagway, Alaska

Now, getting back to our cruise to Alaska on Princess Cruises, Ruby Princess, and our next stop was the Alaskan port city of Skagway (also known as Dyea). A city rich in history as a starting point for the Gold Rush miners in the late 1890’s go to the gold fields in the Klondike. Our excursion was to ride the White Pass & Yukon Railroad from Fraser, British Columbia to Skagway (as was we took the bus from Skagway to Fraser). The ride took us through White (or Chilkoot) Pass and breath taking vistas such as the Sawtooth Mountains captured here.

Breath taking mountain vistas of the Sawtooth Mountains while riding the narrow gage railroad from Fraser to Skagway.

White Pass Railroad working its way through Chilkoot Pass at American Shed Station.

Breath taking mountain vistas of the Sawtooth Mountains while riding the narrow gage railroad from Fraser to Skagway.

A great view of the Sawtooth Mountains while riding the WhitePass Railroad.

 

Once again I find myself shooting from a moving platform, this time a narrow gauge train. The trick here is an ISO that freezes the scenery while not experiencing a lot of noise (grain) and, as I am shooting outside, between rail cars, finding a good solid position to handle the rocking and shifting of the train.

 

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Taking a Short Break From Alaska: The Armada Fair

The Armada Fair wrapped up its 143rd run last week and I went down early Friday morning to take in the sites before the crowds came. It’s nice to get there early, the place isn’t packed with people, it’s peaceful and the staff, vendors and participants are just getting ready to start the day. Although the clear blue sky didn’t provide the best lighting I still found great subject matter. The Budweiser Clydesdales came in for the event and the Budweiser crew was getting them ready for the show. There was also a Miniature Horse going on and the children involved were both posed and professional, the parents should be very proud of them (Parents, please reach out to me if you are interested in the photos I shot, my prices are very reasonable!).

Showing of Miniature Horses and the Aramada Fair

Miniature Horse Competition

Working in harsh lighting conditions is a challenge but, understanding composition and working with the angle of the sun will allow you to still get great shots.

 

Young Lady assists the crew in preping the Clydesdales.

Brooklyn gets to help with the Budweiser Clydesdale.

When walking though an event, you never know what photo op may appear before you. Be solidly familiar with your camera’s operations and functions; and some times you can capture a great moment like this.

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Flying out to Mendenhall Glacier.

 

Taking a helicopter to this thirteen mile long glacier just a short distance from Juneau was exciting with breath taking views of the glacier and the surrounding area, the mist and low clouds gave the ride a special touch as the mist rolled of the glass of the copter. Mendenhall has many names actually, the Tlingits call it Sitaantaagu and naturalist John Muir called it Auke, and is the fifth largest ice field in North America.

Of special note, Mendenhall has, since 1958, receded almost 2 miles! The glaciers within the Juneau ice field are the primary source of water for the surrounding population in and around Juneau and once they are gone these people will have to find another supply of water

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, May 2015

The view of Mendenhall Glacier from above.

Shooting through the plexi-glass bubble of the helicopter taking us up for our walk-about was challenging but, you have to pick shots with impact like this one above.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, 2015

The view from on top of Mendenhall Glacier.

Again, the challenges here are the weather (a light mist) and having to hand hold the shot.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, 2015

Exploring Mendenhall Glacier.

Here we are hiking back to our pick-up point. I want to extend a special thanks to our pilot (Sorry, I don’t remember your name)from NorthStar Trekking; she made the ride interesting and humorous too, I loved gliding in for the landing, even if one of the other passengers screamed when you announced it.

 

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Downtown Juneau

Juneau, the capitol of Alaska and second largest city cannot be accessed by road, you can only fly or boat into Alaska’s second largest city (I guess unless you hike in). Juneau is a very interesting city with beautiful mountains as a great backdrop and all manner of shopping and dining to enjoy. It’s from here; we will ride a helicopter out to Mendenhall Glacier and spend over an hour exploring the glacier.

Juneau, Alaska, May of 2015

The bustling capital city of Juneau, Alaska.

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Cruising Tracy Arm Fjord

Well our luck of unseasonably nice weather finally ran out and of course it was while we were cruising the Tracy Fjord Inner Passage. So, if shooting from a moving ship didn’t offer enough of a challenge, throw in a steady heavy mist to bouts of light rain. My original plan was to shoot from the bow of the ship, I had scouted out a couple of places that looked promising, but in the end, I found a sheltered area at the stern. The rain covers I ordered just before leaving worked great once I got used to shooting with them covering the camera.

 

The inner passage, tracy arm fjord, alaska

What can I say, just breath taking beauty, even when the weather is bad.

Tracy Arm Fjord

A stunning view of the Inner Passage of Tracy Arm Fjord.

The Inner Passage of Alaska.

Just more breath-taking scenery from the Inner Passage.

As you can see from these shots, bad weather shouldn’t detour you, I actually welcome unpleasant weather; as all this beauty passed by, I just wanted to be on solid ground with my tripod and ISO set to 50 but, I’ll take these hand-held captures any day.

 

Tracy Arm Fjord/Fords Terror Wilderness.

The weather gives a hint as to why this is called Fords Terror Wilderness (zoom in on the iceberg and check out the Bald Eagles).

 

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Saxman Village tour.

Our first shore excursion in Ketchikan took us to the Saxman native village life of the West Coast First Peoples’ that include the Tlingit and Tsimshian clans. We walked among the many totems and experienced life in a clan house of these Native Americans of Alaska and Canada. Their ceremonial dances were beautiful and show the deep connection to Mother Earth they have. This particular tour is very good in that it helps these people keep their culture alive.

Native american dancer

Saxman Village Dancer with Baby.

Shooting inside the clan house requires a flash to freeze the action, whether it’s capturing the dancer spinning or the mischievous little girl who knows just what she can get away with. The one thing I would suggest is to try to be one of the first ones in to the clan house to get a good vantage point to shoot from.

 

Native girl stealing Saxman Village show.

Mischievous Little Girl Steals the Show.

And don’t forget to bring along a polarizing filter, it will deepen the skies and make colors richer.

Totem of a soaring eagle with planes

Native totem of an Eagle soaring with two float planes.

 

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