Month: July 2009

Self-Portrait: “Bridge to Somewhere”

I was setting up this shot with this super-wide-angle lens during Nancy Rotenberg and Rick Holt’s wonderful macro photography workshop

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Turnagain Pass — Alaska — 7/15/09

After giving me some key pointers, Nancy pulled the trigger as she sent me off towards Somewhere.

Thanks, Nancy! You’re a sweetheart to the max!! What a great time we all had — building for the future from the heart!!

I am so grateful!!!

: )

[Update: I am so sad to say that Nancy passed away in August of 2011]

Related:

Photographer Nancy Rotenberg: “What happened to the light we had as small children when we were filled with awe and excitement?”

Nancy’s site: Natural Tapestries

Seven Glaciers Restaurant

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My uncle, Mom, Ted and other diners watching a paraglider pilot and paying passenger run like crazy to launch over a smokey Girdwood valley, 7/12/09.

Tech Note:
Most of the photos so far at this site were shot in RAW with the compact Canon G10 (including Our Resident Eaglet, by the way). This is an amazing camera, but has one major weakness: the otherwise handy control dials move way too easily. I have to always remember to check to make sure that they haven’t moved each time I take it out of the case. This time I didn’t.

The resulting tiny JPEG still works mostly well enough for a shot this size, but if I had shot instead in the 15 MP RAW format, the blown highlights would have had more detail, and I could have zoomed in on the running paragliders and included that crop as well.

Living and learning.

Our Resident Eaglet

We have a bald eagle who oversees our NWA cargo operation every single day, here in Anchorage, Alaska. How blessed are we!

She (I think it’s the mom) is sitting on her craggy perch, just behind me as I’m photographing her chick. I’ll post photos of her, later.

The Delta 757 just happened to be the plane coming — seriously. Delta is our new owner who is phasing out our entire 747 freighter operation this year.

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July 10, 2009

This baby eagle was situated to be able to see some of our cargo operation.

I should mention that I did not Photoshop in Delta’s 757.

Related:
Nesting: The Start of Something Beautiful!

Playhouse Visitors

I was watching the Tour de France’s team time-trial at midnight, when I heard something run by outside. One of these moose calves was galloping all over our yard.

We get many moose visitors, but this is the first time I’ve seen (and heard) one this active.

They didn’t stick around long (but did come back later). Here is their exit.

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Momma and twins pass neighbors’ playhouse and swing

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