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Fishing in the Fog, Alaska

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We had just finished an amazing photo tour in southeast Alaska last year with Dolphin Charters, and as we were coming into Petersburg, the weather ‘went south’. A thick fog rolled in, but it wasn’t raining. After we docked, I stood outside on the deck, breathing in the fresh, moist air, and as dusk fell, I noticed that the fishing boats were heading out. Their deck lights glowed eerily through the fog, and I had to photograph it. I ducked inside, grabbed my camera off the table in the salon, and ran back out, quickly bumping my ISO high to get a reasonable shutter speed, as they were moving, and I was on a boat, too.

I made a few pictures of this larger boat, and then I stood watching as it disappeared into the fog until it was gone. As I turned to go inside, I noticed a smaller boat coming through the channel. The background hills were barely visible at this point, but it too had it’s deck light on, and glowed eerily. I kept this boat smaller in the frame to include the hills, and that gave a sense of scale to this image, making the boat feel quite small against the ‘elements.’

These two pictures represent for me the resilience and determination of the people who live and work in Alaska. It’s never easy, up there, and yet through all sorts of weather, they push on.

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The Picture within the Picture

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I was walking through the village of Selo pri Bledu in Slovenia early one morning, and it was cloudy, perfect light for details photographs of the village and the architecture. I discovered this one farmhouse with amazing geraniums spilling out of hanging boxes and was delighted to see the strings of dried corn so perfectly nestled below them. The lead photo is the first image I made. I just knew I wanted to fill the frame as much as possible with the two elements – flowers and corn. I made the second image to show you what the big scene looked like. Not a bad scene either, but for me, it’s was all about the colors and textures and the detail shot expressed that. It’s often that you’ll find a great picture within the bigger scene.

 

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I wonder what this scene looks like at the end of the winter season, after the winter cold and snow does the geraniums in, and when all the dried corn has been given to the farm animals in the barns! I’m glad I was there to capture it while it was fresh.

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I’ll be leading a photography tour to Slovenia October 9-19, 2017. Click here for more details.

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Morning Fog in Slovenia

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Finally, we had some days without rain – but seriously, some of the most beautiful images we made on this tour were during the rain and during the breaks in between when clouds rose up the hillsides and added mood to the autumn day. It challenged us to work out a system of holding umbrellas while composing and setting our exposures, and watching our front elements Continue reading »

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Slovenia Forests in Autumn

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This is my tribute to Eliot Porter and a host of other landscape photographers that inspired me when I was learning photography. I was so drawn to the beauty of hardwood forests, (deciduous forests). In Slovenia right now, we are at close to peak, and rains have already taken down some leaves, which actually leaves the forest easier to photograph. I liked how the leaves were accents to the structure of the tree trunks, how we could see into the forest to trees beyond, something that is much harder to do when the leaves are full on the trees. The soft contrast of diffused light also helped me create this scene.

Having fun scouting for our next year’s tour in Slovenia! We’ll be using a pro photographer guide who who knows where to be and when to be there, and we’ll be in great hands for our tour!

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