East Bowl. #yayicansee #goodskiing #bluesky
I like sunny days. #sunshine #brr #anotherwednesday #mcginnis
Love me some sunrise. #alaskastyle #anotherwednesday #destinationeaglecrest
More beautiful sky. #solsticedoesntsuck #alaskastyle #sunset
That's a lotta sky! #brr #sunshine #alaskastyle
On Friday afternoon Heather and I headed out to Tee Harbor to meet up with Jayleen in hopes of heading north to Sentinel Island to scope out the location of an up-and-coming wedding. Unfortunately, though the weather was amazing, farther north the seas had kicked up and really weren’t favoring our efforts. In the end we decided to turn back and head south towards more fair waters.
We stopped by Jayleen’s parents house on south Shelter Island and enjoyed their company while they were working on painting in the sun. It was surprisingly eventful – we saw a floatplane land a little ways down the island (which I guess doesn’t happen often) and then sadly, we got to watch a boat hit a submerged reef – while I’m sure it was an expensive mistake, I was glad to see that the boat was able to stay afloat and start heading home slowly with their kicker.
On the way back to the harbor to drop us off, I decided to pull my camera out and we all had a good time taking pictures in the bright evening sky.
I thought I’d throw up another one from my outing last weekend – I would venture to say that I like this one better for the additional ‘interesting’ things in the frame, though it’s not strictly a photo of the aurora.
What do you think? Do you have a preference?
Each year Scott Kelby coordinates an International Photowalk where thousands of photography enthusiasts come out of the woodwork to enjoy an outing with their cameras. Because of the world wide reach of Kelby’s influence, there are also some major names who come forward to sponsor the event and each participant has the chance to submit an image for consideration of impressive prizes.
Anyhow, today we had approximately 10 folks join in the Juneau fun. It was great weather, good company, and we even had the occasion of multiple forms of local wildlife.
Sadly, I don’t get the chance to submit a photo to be in the running for the grand prize, but I’m pretty sure I get to submit an image to be in the running for the Leaders competition.
These are my 5 top images from the day – enjoy!
See these and more at my 2011 Fine Arts Gallery.
I am ridiculously tired, but it was oh-so-worth-it. 🙂
Today I hiked out West Glacier trail to the face of the ice. After finding the first “cave” unappealing (aka boring), I decided to head farther up the ice and around the bend to find a fairly major cave. It was long enough that daylight was blocked from the entrance, and you were left with a world of blue. This is the first image that I’ll consider a finished product. It is actually several images stitched together to look down towards each end of a bend in the cave.
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Thanks to my friend & fellow photographer Herb Law of Minute Sixteen, I’ve got a new toy on loan to play with for a couple weeks. It’s a giant piece of glass: the 200-400mm f4 VRI. Time will tell if it’s a good idea for me to play with toys like this. It could go either way – maybe I realize I don’t need it, or conversely I find I can’t live without it.
At any rate, I’m considering purchasing some “long glass” – either a similar super-telephoto, or something like a 300mm f2.8 prime lens. I love to have a long reach on the lens, and lately I’ve been “surviving” (oh, the humanity!) with a 70-200mm f2.8 VRII and a 2x teleconverter giving me effectively 140-400mm.
Carrying around the 200-400 today was beastly, with a 5+” diameter and a length of ~18″ (not including the lens hood), you could easily get a work out from just an hour of consistent shooting. 7.5 lbs of glass and metal is not for the faint of heart.
Anyhow, enough with my babbling; here are a few images from today.
See these and more at my 2011 Fine Arts Gallery.
Saturday morning I snapped awake at 4am and suddenly realized that the northern lights might be out. I had noticed a stronger than usual chance of the aurora, so was enthusiastic to get up early to explore. I checked Facebook for the requisite comments about the lights and found several folks who had commented enthusiastically. So I set out… And found nothing but a sunrise. 🙁
Last night I opted to stay up late in order to look for the lights. A friend came along so we headed out to the Mendenhall Glacier in hopes of escaping the light pollution of streetlights. After checking out the horizon and not seeing anything of note, we continued to the shore of the Mendenhall Lake. Night photography is always something I enjoy and I had hoped that I might be able to capture some of that cool blue coloration of the evening sky and maybe even the Big Dipper over the glacier itself.
I thought the evening worked out well, photographically speaking. The Auroras came out for around 1-2 minutes at nearly 2:50am, and Joel can tell you how excited I was. I seem to have a knack for getting shots of the aurora the night after a great display. It works, but one of these times I’m hoping the timing will be in my favor.
Enjoy the photos…
See these and more in my 2011 Fine Art Gallery.