May 1, 2008
When people think of the northern lights, they usually think of
the northern parts of Alaska, Canada, and Scandinavia - Juneau, Alaska
usually does not come to mind. But although it's at only about 59° north
latitude, the Juneau Icefield is actually nicely situated under the
auroral arc. I took this month's featured photo,
Storm Range Aurora, about 50 miles north of Juneau in a remote part
of the Icefield. What made this photo unique is that the auroral storm
occurred over the Storm Range - Gale, Typhoon, and Blizzard peaks, while
at the same time the Moon was rising behind Blizzard Peak. Throw in some
scattered clouds and a glacier in the foreground, and this is one of my
all-time favorite aurora photos. Enjoy!
February 1, 2008
This month's featured photo is once again a photo from McNeil
River State Game Sanctuary. Nearly everyone has seen the famous "Got
Milk?" ads on TV and in print. Well, the February photo is the bear
version of it.
Got Milk? shows a mother
bear and her two cubs taking time out for a morning breakfast session.
The McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, 100 miles west of Homer,
Alaska is world-famous for its concentration of coastal brown bears and
the incredible viewing and photographic opportunities. BUT, the
only way you can get there is to win a viewing permit in the annual
random lottery drawing. With up to 2,500 people applying for only 250
permits, the odds are slim of actually winning one. I've been extremely
fortunate in that I've won a permit each of the three times that I've
applied! This month's featured photo,
Beachcombers, shows a
pair of brown bears casually walking the beach, seemingly engrossed in
beachcoming to see what they can find.
I recently returned from my annual 2-month expedition on the
Juneau Icefield. While I didn't take as many photos this year as I
normally do, I did manage to get several very nice shots.
Out of the Fog
shows a dissipating storm on the Taku Glacier, with several peaks poking
out above the fog, while at the same time a lone skier makes his way
back to camp after a day of research on the glacier.
If you like photos of bears and Alaska, I've added one that I
think you'll enjoy.
The Fishing Hole
was taken at the world famous McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. It
shows three young bears in search of a tasty salmon snack in one of
their favorite fishing holes.
December 22, 2006
In many places in the U.S.,
autumn is a favorite season for photography. This is particularly true
for the eastern hardwood forests and the birch and aspen groves of the
west. Alaska also boasts a spectacular autumn season, although it
generally lasts one or two weeks before the leaves drop and everything
turns brown. But in those brief few days the color on the mountains
literally explodes into a kaleidoscope of color. With bright splashes of
color, it seems as though this photo,
might be Nature's version of a Jackson Pollock painting.
December 16, 2006
One of the biggest frustrations
I've had in displaying my photographs on the Web is that the practical
realities of the Web impose a strict limit on the size of the preview
images I can display. Make the photo too small and people can't see all
the detail that's present. Make the photo too big and it takes too long
to display in a Web browser, which drives people away. However, I've now
come up with a solution that let's me post very high-resolution images
that don't take forever to display. Whenever you see the Zoomify
button, just click it to bring up a high-resolution image which allows
you to zoom in and out, and pan around. This is perfect for seeing all the
incredible detail of the AlaskaWide Series of panoramas.
Check it out
The featured photo for December is "9/11 Lights". Believe
it or not, but it took me four years to get this photo.
Check it out
October 22, 2006
I've added a new panorama to the Panorama Gallery. The Little
Susitna River is just north of Anchorage, Alaska and is a very scenic
river that cascades through a rocky gorge.
Check it out
September 24, 2006
There hasn't been much in the way of northern lights activity
here in Anchorage for the past year, so I'm pleased to add two new
northern lights photos that I captured during a short, but intense
northern lights storm. Check out my newest shots,
Knik Reflections and
January 2, 2006
I'm very pleased to
announce the launch of my new photo website,
If you have a business, product, website, or anything else that you'd
like to promote, PhotoPromote lets you do it in a fun and unique way. It
features more of my great Alaska photography, and it allows you to
download some of the photos that you see on this website for use as your
computer's desktop wallpaper. Take a look at it. I think you'll enjoy
If you're a physics teacher, you've most likely seen my northern
lights photo on the cover of the December issue of The Physics
Teacher. If you're planning to attend the American Association of
Physics Teachers Conference in Anchorage this coming January, be sure to
stop by Stephan Fine Arts (600 W. 6th Avenue) to
see more of my spectacular northern lights photographs.
November 1, 2005
The featured print for November is "Bearadise".
This photo was taken at the world-famous McNeil River State Game
Sanctuary in Alaska, and shows a young brown bear lounging in the grass
and enjoying a warm and sunny summer day. The Sanctuary is open only to
permit holders who have been lucky enough to have their name selected in
a lottery drawing. Thousands apply annually, but only a lucky few win a
permit. I must be extremely lucky - I've applied twice, and won a permit
I've added a
special photo to the Aurora Gallery. It's a
spectacular photo of the northern lights blazing over an Anchorage lake
and the Alpenglow Star. The star is
illuminated on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the
World Trade Center. I've been trying to get this photo for four years, but
it's nearly impossible to have bright aurora over the star on September
11, with a clear sky, and a calm lake to provide a reflection. Finally,
today it all came together for this rare photograph.
June 30, 2005
I'm now gone for July and August doing my annual glacier research
on the Juneau Icefield. If you'd like to order any prints, my automated
ordering system will still process your order, however I won't be able to
ship your print until early September. In the meantime, if you'd like to
see what I'm doing on the Juneau Icefield, take a look at my other
If you've ever wondered what hundreds of square miles of snow, ice, and
rock looks like, the pictures on the site will satisfy your curiosity!
June 29, 2005
We've been having fantastic weather here in Anchorage during the
last week, with afternoon and evening thunderstorms providing ample
photographic subject matter. I went to one of my favorite Anchorage
overlooks and captured
this photograph of a
vibrant rainbow right over downtown.
June 25, 2005
I've returned from my second trip to the world famous McNeil River
State Game Sanctuary, viewing the wild brown bears of the Alaska coast.
During my four days there, I took just over 2,100 photos, nine of which
comprise the featured print for July and August,
Waiting for the Run. These four bears are awaiting a run
of salmon with the next incoming tide. The incomparable Alaskan landscape
provides a dramatic backdrop for the bear's home along Mikfik Creek.
June 6, 2005
I've been tromping around the woods the last few days in search of
my latest series of photos --
and flower scenes. My interest in this subject matter is a result of
my recent purchase of a 17 megapixel digital camera. The resolution of
this camera is absolutely phenomenal, rendering even the smallest details.
To see an example of this detail, click on the magnifying glass icon in
this photograph, Busy Bee.
May 30, 2005
In addition to several of my panoramas,
Arts now has a selection of my northern lights photographs in
their 6th Avenue gallery in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. If you happen to
be in Anchorage, stop by their gallery to see these dramatic prints in
If you're a business owner, doctor, dentist, attorney, or
otherwise maintain an office, you know how important it is to project a
professional image for your clients. You spend great care in choosing
furnishings and optimizing your interior design. Don't skimp when it comes
to your wall hangings. Alaska Photographics can furnish your office with
beautiful, inspiring photographs based on several themes - northern
lights, wildlife, landscapes, and even our exclusive and impressive
series of panoramas. I understand your time is valuable, that's why I will
visit your office for private consultations. If you're interested in a
particular photo or photos , let me know and I'll bring them to your
office so you can see how they look in your office setting. And if you
chose, I can take care of the framing and hand deliver the framed prints
to you (obviously, I can't offer this service throughout the entire USA,
so this is good only for my local area from Girdwood to Big Lake, which
includes Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, and Wasilla). Additionally, I
offer a 10% discount on orders of five prints or more. So feel free to
browse my Galleries and if you see something you like,
click here to let me know and we'll work something out!
December 18, 2004
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Photos are the kind of thing that are best seen in person, and viewing
them on your computer monitor is a poor substitute for the real thing. In
an effort to address this limitation, I've started adding close-up,
detailed views of selected images. I know it's not like seeing the
photographs in person, but it will give you a much better idea of the
detail that is inherent in my photographs. Whenever you come across a
photo with a magnifying glass icon superimposed on it, click the icon and
you'll get a close-up view. To see how this works,
click here to see my panorama entitled
"Water Colors". Note that the magnifying glass icon is present
only on the preview images here on this website -- it is not
on the actual prints.
I've made significant changes to the
Panorama Gallery, which features my
series. Among the changes, I've added several new panoramas, including
Water Colors, and
Also, there was an article in the
Anchorage Daily News today about plans for installing 33 400-foot high
wind turbines on Fire Island, just off the coast of Anchorage. This would
have a huge impact on the scenic and aesthetic qualities of the entire
Anchorage, Turnagain Arm, and Cook Inlet areas. It would create a skyline
that far exceeds that even of downtown Anchorage. While it's true that
wind-generated electricity is free of the fuel-related impacts of coal,
oil, and natural gas fired power plants, the visual and aesthetic impact
of tens or hundreds of 400-foot tall structures can't be denied. The
solution is to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to perform
visibility analysis so that these types of projects can be optimally sited
based on numerous criteria, including aesthetic considerations.
If you want to see what Fire Island looks like today, before it is
If you've seen my recent award-winning photograph,
Defending the Homeland, and wondered what it
looked like in person, I've just posted the video of this dramatic
encounter. Click the link on the Home Page, or
here, to view the video
(3.4 MB download).
I just had several my northern lights photographs published in
Skywatch West: The Complete Weather Guide by Richard A. Keen.
This guide to the weather of the western United States, Canada, and Alaska
is a fascinating and lively in-depth examination of all aspects of
meteorology in the West. Highly recommended! You can
purchase a copy at Amazon.com.
September 3, 2004
I'm pleased to announce the opening of my show at Stephan Fine
Arts in the Captain Cook Hotel, in downtown Anchorage. The show features
ten photographs from my
panorama series, which will be on display throughout the month of
September. So if you're in the Anchorage area, stop by and have a look!
September 1, 2004
I just returned home from my annual two-month expedition on the
Juneau Icefield and learned that
Defending the Homeland and
Emerald Sky had been published in
the Anchorage Daily News while I was away. The photos were accompanied by
a short article about the annual AlaskaWILD photography competition and
exhibition. Unfortunately, I didn't know the photos were going to be
published and in my rush to pack for the Icefield, I wasn't able to post
Defending the Homeland here on the website. If you happened to be
looking for a print of this photo but didn't see it, you can now
order your very own print.
If you're going to be in the Anchorage, Alaska area from September
3-10, 2004, be sure to check out my First Friday show at the Stephan Fine
Arts gallery in the Captain Cook Hotel (4th & K Street). I'll be showing
ten spectacular photographs from my
panorama series. Among the photos on display will be
The Great One,
Knik River at Sunset,
Bird Point Summer, and
Seagull's Paradise. I'll be at the show
on Friday, September 3, so stop on by for a chat and a look at these
June 1, 2004
Alaska Society of Outdoor and
Nature Photographers holds an annual juried photo contest and
traveling exhibition called
AlaskaWILD. I'm very pleased to announce that all four of my
submissions were chosen for the year-long traveling show. And in addition,
Best of Show,
Best Wildlife photo,
Best Nature photo, and
Honorable Mention in the
Landscape category!!! Visit the
to view all the winning entries from the 2004 exhibition.
I just learned today that one of my recent northern lights photographs,
Sunset Lights was one of 10 photos
selected, of thousands submitted, for the annual Alaska Airlines/Horizon
Airlines Magazine photo contest! Although I didn't get the Grand Prize, I
did get an Honorable Mention. You can
print of this photo here.
I'm pleased to announce my partnership with
Arts, the premier fine art gallery in Anchorage, Alaska. Stephan Fine
Arts has been in business at the same downtown location since 1977, and
features works by such noted Alaskan artists as Charles Gause, Fred
Machetanz, Rie Munoz, and Ernest Robertson. They also feature the wildlife
and nature photography of Thomas Mangleson and Johnny Johnson. If you
happen to be in Anchorage, stop by the gallery at 600 West 6th Avenue and
you can view and purchase several wide-format panoramas from my
series — Denali Sunrise,
Turnagain Winter, and
Knik River Sunset.
The northern lights were out over Anchorage on Saturday, the 24th.
I grabbed the camera and headed into the mountains overlooking town, and
captured a spectacular panorama of the
aurora arcing over the Chugach Mountains and the lights of Anchorage. This
photo has been published in the Anchorage Daily News today.
Click here to see it on the ADN website.
In June 2003, I was fortunate enough to win a lottery permit to
photograph the bears at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. I took
thousands of photos during my five days there, and have posted one of my
favorites in the
The northern lights have been fairly good the last several nights. I drove
up toward Denali National Park and was able to capture
dramatic photograph of the lights shimmering over the summit of
It seems I was lucky enough to have a second photo selected as the
"Photo of the Month" on the Norwegian northern lights website
This website features some of the best aurora photography available, so
give it a visit. My winning photo, Heavenly Hands, captures
a unique display of northern lights at sunset over the Juneau Icefield in
Alaska, with a dual auroral band that resembles a pair of hands reaching
down from the sky. This striking 24" x 16" photograph is
available for purchase by
It seems my recent northern lights photograph,
Aurora, has been a BIG hit! It recently was picked up by The
Associated Press and has been published in newspapers around the United
States. It has also been published on numerous websites, including "The
Week in Pictures (Sept. 11-18)" on msnbc.com and
to Coast AM with George Noory.
If you'd like to own your very own 24" x 16"
museum-quality print of this stunning photograph
here to go to the order page.
Although recent predictions called for little to no northern lights, I was
lucky enough to capture several nice shots recently of the aurora
shimmering above a lake nearby my home. In fact, one of them was even
published on the front page of the Anchorage Daily News newspaper! You can
get your own signed, Numbered Edition print of this photo by
The featured photo for July and August is Alien Planet #2. This
photo was selected as the winner of the May, 2003 "Photo of
the Month" contest on the Norwegian northern lights website
This monthly photo contest features consistently stiff competition, and
Alien Planet #2 received a score of 3.72 out of 4, the highest score of
any northern lights photo so far this year! I'm offering this spectacular
photograph in a large 18" wide by 24.5" tall size, each one individually signed and
numbered by myself.
Click here to view this
striking aurora photograph.
October 14, 2002
In response to comments from numerous
viewers, I have added a
Guest Book to the site.
Please feel free to leave your comments regarding the site, its contents, or any
ideas you have which may help me to make the site even better.
October 6, 2002
I have updated the website to
include a new look, which I hope is more aesthetically pleasing than the
original version. I'd like to hear what you think about it. Drop me a short note
with comments or suggestions.
here to send me an e-mail.
May 11, 2002
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