This past summer, I shot a travel assignment in The Yukon for Holland America Line’s Mariner Magazine. The feature story, which was written by Edward Readicker-Henderson, appears in the Fall 2012 issue, and includes images from The Yukon Wildlife Preserve and the area around Kluane National Park. Click here to read the entire issue online. Edward and also I teamed up for a feature article on Skagway that appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of Mariner.
For photographing at the Preserve, I rented a Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED VRII, which ended up being an incredible piece of glass to use on the shoot. It’s tailor made for capturing wildlife and it allowed me to really bring the animals up close, which is what the client wanted for the story. Read my review of this lens here.
If you shoot sports or wildlife, I’d highly recommend getting your hands on a lens like this, even if it’s just for a day. If you don’t have six grand to drop on big glass, you can always rent the Nikon 300 f/2.8 from BorrowLenses.com. They ship next day to the US, and when compared to how much this thing costs new, the rental price is quite reasonable.
After shooting an assignment in The Yukon this week, I managed to sneak in some play time before heading back to Alaska. Whitehorse biking fanatic Anthony DeLorenzo and fellow local Rory got me a bike to ride and showed me the local trails, which are suspiciously located right behind his house.
Racing around in the forest and dodging tight trees for a couple of hours gave me a chance, not only to shake out the leg muscles, but also to give my new Lowepro Flipside Sport AW a solid test. As promised, I’ll post my full review of this active camera pack next week and include more photos from this ride.
Make that three Whitehorse locals. Here’s a shot of Anthony’s mad Yukon trail dog Starbuck “my mother was a sled dog slut.” For the record, Starbuck beat me down every trail and hill except for the really long one at the end. He knows all the turns and shortcuts and is a burly runner.
As I discovered, Whitehorse has AWESOME mountain biking. If you ever go up there to ride, which you should do, consider checking out Boréale Mountain Biking, a small group of avid mountain bike guides who can show you any number of the 500 miles of quality trails that exist in the area. They do single and multi day trips and even have their own yurts. That’s a plus in my book.
Thanks for kicking my ass up the local hills, Anthony. I can’t wait to come back!