Alaska Photos of 08

The trip to Alaska was an amazing, stunning trip. I saw things that I’ll probably never be lucky enough to see again and I got photos of some of them. My 12 favorite photos I took in Alaska this summer in chronological order.


Sea Otter in Prince William Sound, 07/14
a350, 450mm, f6.3, 1/600, 100 iso
I have never claimed to be immune to the cute.


Jellyfish at Alaska Sea Life Center, Seward, 07/15
a350, 100mm, f4, 1/13, 3200 iso
I’ve never had real success taking pictures of things behind museum glass but for this I skipped a lecture to sit in front of the tank until I got my settings right to catch the jellyfish. Totally worth it.


Lilacs at Crow Creek Mine, Girdwood, 07/16
a350, 450mm, f5.6, 1/40, 100 iso
I should take more pictures of flowers in the misty rain. The weather is responsible for the pop in those purples.


Fly fishing in the Kenai River, Soldotna, 07/17
a350, 450mm, f5.6, 1/200, 100 iso
Another photo taken in the misty rain. I love the simplicity of the shot and fly fishing is just beautiful.


Homer Spit, Homer, 07/17
a350, 27mm, f18, 1/4000, 3200 iso
The parting clouds disappearing over the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Homer. Stunning.


Rainbow on the Parks Highway, outside Cantwell, 07/19
a350, 52mm, f9, 1/160, 100 iso
Sometimes there is a rainbow so beautiful that every car on the highway will pull over to take a picture. This was one of those times.


White Spruce at Denali National Park, 07/22
a350, 270mm, f4.5, 1/320, 250 iso
mmmm macro photos. The drop of water hanging off the edge of the spruce cone is what makes this one for me.


Grizzly Bear cub at Denali National Park, 07/22
a350, 450mm, f6.3, 1/125, 200 iso
This is as close as I ever want to be to a grizzly cub (the mom was right there too) but is was amazingly powerful to see them up close.


Finger Moutain on the Dalton Highway, 7/23
a350, 127mm, f6.3, 1/400, 200 iso, polarizing filter
The clarity of the light as we approached the Article Circle was like nothing I’ve every seen before. Just amazing.


North & South Peaks of Denali, 07/24
a350, 105mm, f6.3, 1/640, 100 iso, taken from an airplane
Flightseeing Denali was just so very very amazing and beautiful.


Note on the McCarthy Footbridge, McCarthy, 07/26
a350, 105mm, f5.6, 1/1000, 400 iso
I could tell you what the small towns in Alaska, particularly ones as remote as McCarthy, are like or I could point you to this photo of a weathered handwritten note duct-taped to a poll on the footbridge outside of town. It really says it all.


Horsetail Falls in Keystone Canyon, north of Valdez, 07/27
a350, 39mm, f29, 1/2, 100 iso
Keystone Canyon’s waterfalls are the perfect place to work on slowing the shutter speed to get motion in the water. I’m happy with how this one turned out.

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