Took a day off from my photo assignment in Anchorage to get out of the city and shoot some pack rafting with two friends, Eric Parsons and Nora Tobin. We went up to the Eagle River and they ran a fun three mile stretch below Eagle Peak while I hiked through the woods along the bank with my camera and chased them down the river, all the while keeping an eye out for bears and moose.
The fun really began when I decided to borrow Eric’s drysuit and packraft so that I could have a turn running the river. Being a relative novice when it comes to whitewater sports, I quickly turned the run into an epic. I flipped and swam in the rapids twice, got the raft hung up on a log in the middle of a good sized drop and then lost my paddle after being washed completely under the boat between two large rocks. And where was Eric with his video camera during all of this? Taking a nap in the woods.
All turned out ok, and I can still smell the refreshing tinge of glacial water up my nose. Besides, I would have felt pretty lame if I came all the way to Alaska and didn’t have some kind of good wilderness adventure.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go to REI and buy Eric a new paddle.
I’m currently on assignment in Anchorage, Alaska, shooting outdoor and lifestyle images. My client always finds such great models for our shoots, which always makes my job easier. When photographing in Alaska, you’re at the mercy of the weather. So far, so good, although it’s supposed to turn at the beginning of next week, so we’ll try and get as much done as we can before the rain comes! Here’s some of what we shot today.
(Portrait of Jody Swigris running on her birthday.)
I shot some inside adventure photos this week, of master welder and frame builder extroardinaire, James Bleakley, in his workshop. James is the owner of Black Sheep Bikes and builds incredible handbuilt bike frames here in Fort Collins, Colorado. James built titanium bike frames for us when Eric Parsons and I did our mountain bike expedition to Ladakh in the Himalayas of Northern India, where we rode over the highest passes on the planet. You can see info and images from that trip here.
To kick off the Spring season, I’ll be giving a free slide show about my Little Switzerland, Alaska rock climbing trip next Thursday, 7:00PM at The New Mountain Shop located at 172 N. College Ave. in downtown Fort Collins.
A longtime staple of the Northern Colorado outdoor community and dedicated sponsor of many of my previous slide shows, the Mountain Shop has recently reopened under new management. They have an great new store and an awesome, friendly atmosphere. Come by, see the show and hang out with some of your fellow Fort Collins outdoor junkies! Who knows, you might even win some free gear…
Rock climbing season is upon us once again!
(Juston Ledoux bouldering at Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, CO)
(Hiker on the summit of Mt. Huron: 14,003-feet, Sawatch Range, Colorado.)
I am adding a new four-week online photography course to my class offerings at The Compelling Image. The new course is titled “Exploring Long-Lens Success,” and is designed specifically to have students learn and apply the full spectrum of optical benefits offered by telephoto lenses, so that you can make them a working part of your photographic repertoire.
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