TWOI: 12/15/17

Happy Friday!  This week featured quite a bit of Alaska.  I took so many photos there; I hope you don’t mind.

I’m also just beginning to play around with Instagram stories.  They’re all the rage nowadays, and I haven’t really used them before, so we’ll see how it goes!

This first photo is from my most recent post on crossing the Red River during our backpacking trip in Lake Clark National Park.  The scenery is beautiful, but the water sure is cold!  Check out that post here.

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Backpacking Alaska – Day 3: The Red River

Day 3 was all about the Red River.  This was our major obstacle.  We knew it was coming, and we knew it would pose a challenge.  I’m told when our fearless leader divulged our planned course to a bush plane pilot, his first question was, “do you have a floatation device for crossing the Red River?”  Um…. no?

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See the black bear just outside the trees on the far side?  This was the only black bear we saw the entire trip.

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WC: The Good Kitty

My kitties are my kids.  With how active we are, and with how much we love to travel, cats are the perfect companion, as they can survive a few days alone with only an ample supply of food and water and a clean litter box.  We don’t like to leave them behind, but we have the freedom to do so.  And they’re all the more lovey when we return.

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They’re also the perfect photography subjects.

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TWOI: 12/8/17

This week went by very quickly, but this time of year, I’m so busy that they all just seem to blend together.  You may have noticed I did fewer grid photos this week.  I felt I was slacking a bit on my quality, so I’m toning it back a bit in favor of posting better pictures.  I hope you like them!

This first one was from our backpacking trek through the backwoods of Alaska.  I was fascinated by the angled layers here, betraying geological shifts of the earth.

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WC: Taking a Breather

We lead very busy lives, and I’ve been feeling things have been particularly hectic lately.  With the holidays fast approaching, there are a number of extra items on my to-do list.  Additionally, the weather has been damp and dreary – not very conducive to enjoying the great outdoors.

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In short: I’ve been cooped up in front of my computer, work work working, hardly seeing any sunlight and going just a tad bit crazy.

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TWOI: 12/1/17

Another week has flown by!  This one was really crazy, following Thanksgiving last week.  On top of wrapping up Kumoricon pictures, there’s no time to slow down!

I did a few more grid photos this week on Instagram.  How do you like them?

This first one was from the train ride to Denali National Park.  I’m a sucker for reflections, and those low clouds added an extra dynamic.

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Backpacking Alaska – Day 3: Wind

The second night came and went in a blink of exhaustion.  Crawling out of my tent, I found some of our crew were already down on the beach.  They’d spotted a bear out clamming in the receding morning tide.

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This was my first real opportunity for shooting the bears we had come out here to find, and I was stoked, my aching muscles quickly forgotten.

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WC: Then and Now – My Photography 10 Years Ago

I often get the question, “How long have you been into photography?” but I don’t have the standard answer many other photographers have.  I can’t count the number of years I’ve wandered with a camera, because I frankly can’t remember a time when I haven’t.  My earliest photos predate digital, when I carried a cheap plastic something that took film cartridges I didn’t even have to queue or wind.

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TWOI: 11/24/17

Greetings all!  Another Friday, another week on Instagram.  Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the States – a day of friends, family, and much feasting (and of course I had my camera close by).  I had only one reasonable plate, but I still managed to eat too much.  It’s tough with so much amazing food!

A very happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there; I’m thankful to have so many people see my photography every week.

As for the photos this week, this first grid photo was from this week’s photo challenge, “experimental.”  I tried something new, that I’ve always been curious to try – focus stacking.  Read all about it and see the final result here.

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