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Some random thoughts…

Gearing up…

Hello all…

I’ve been planning my upcoming Alaska trip for over a year now and it’s finally becoming a reality.  Some fellow photographers and I will be flying to a lodge in Katmai in two weeks.  Have you ever seen the classic images of a Grizzly Bear standing on the edge of a waterfall catching a leaping Salmon in it’s mouth?  Well, that image was likely taken at a place called Brooks Falls along the Brooks River.  That’s where we’re going!  They  are in the midst of the “Salmon run” up there, the annual migration  of Salmon returning to their place of birth in order to spawn.   They swim upstream and up waterfalls and the Grizzlies, looking to bulk up for their winter hibernation, actively hunt these fish as they battle their way upstream.

I’ll be there in the middle of all the action hoping to get that classic shot for myself!  Although the nice folks at Brooks Lodge couldn’t guarantee that the bears will be fluffy and hungry, nor would the salmon be jumping, I still have high hopes.  I, along with my colleagues, will be bringing  cases of camera gear with us, no doubt making the airline droids who thought up the “extra $$ for extra baggage” policy very happy.  I now have the task of selecting which pieces of equipment (lenses, camera bodies, etc.) I’ll be taking along for the ride.  Along with looking through equipment I already have is the requisite running around and buying up every thinkable accessory I may, or may not, need.  There are no roads up there, we’ll be taking a float plane directly to the lodge.  We’re actually going to ship a few cases of camera equipment ahead via UPS to save on airline surcharges.  I hope to come back with a slew of wonderful shots to show you all via the website.  Wish me luck!

An update on the “Fireground Action Photography” podcast…

I’ve finally recorded Episode ’00’ which will serve as the introductory episode.  After I complete a few full episodes I’ll go ahead and officially launch the podcast on the web.  More on that later…right now I have to go find some more camera batteries and bug spray…

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July 16, 2008 Posted by | Photography, Podcasting, visual arts | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment