Photographing your wild Alaskan experience

When capturing Alaska to take it home as your own, you need to know your boundaries.  We’ll start with wildlife. Alaskan wildlife is in fact wild.

A Grizzly Bear can run up to 35 miles per hour (or 55 km/h). Typically you’ll have wonderful opportunities to observe a bear in action, catching a salmon in mid stream, snuggling with her cubs or displaying their wild dominance by taking advantage of the awesome packages available through some of our local fly-out services.

While you prepare for your shot follow the critter with your camera. Taking pictures doesn’t mean FREEZE and CLICK! You will reduce motion blur  my following the action with precision.

The moose can be quite docile in appearance but very aggressive in protecting it’s territory. Males in prime condition weigh from 1,200 to 1,600 pounds (542-725 kg). Adult females weigh 800 to 1,300 pounds (364-591 kg). Only the bulls have antlers.

Having the right type of lens to shoot nature in low light is going to be key during Alaska’s fall and winter months. Something with a low aperture and a decent focal length. If you can afford it, a 70-200mm lens with a fixed aperture of two. Also understand that even with a lens like this, ISO 100 probably won’t do unless you have ventured to our land of the midnight sun during the summer months.

Alaska’s picturesque beauty will stun you. Experience raw depth, color, and still movement within our landscape. When shooting an unclimbable mountain or rich sunrise/sunset, there are a few factors to consider to encapsulate the perfect image.

Get up early or Stay Late

Know What the Weather is Doing

It might be nice and sunny at your place, but up in the mountains is a different story. The weather can change very quickly from sun to snow in a short space of time, so before you set off, make sure to check the forecast for the area you’re heading to, and if its looking a little dodgy, then be prepared by taking warm clothing and don’t forget your mobile! Take something to shield your camera from the worst as well.

Add Some Movement

Moving objects can add a lot to a mountain scene, conveying things like the blowing wind can really make a shot. Up in the hills, clouds tend to race across the tops, so capturing this motion can look quite striking, likewise with blowing trees, and grasses, having them blur a little gives your viewer a bit more input on what it was like at the time. Moving water in a mountain scene is a classic. Having a fluffy babbling brook in your shot can look great; try using a Neutral Density filter to allow you to extend your shutter speed.

Find the Angle

Its quite easy to just take shots from your standard tripod height, but this can lead to the same perspective in each shot you take. Try varying your view on the scene, get down amongst the grasses for a bugs perspective, or if you’re including a stream in your shot, try taking your shot from within the stream (if its safe to do so) for something a bit different.

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