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Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here  or get it on iTunes Rich Harrington has a special guest this week.  Robert OToole joins us to discuss his migration from commercial photographer to world-renowned nature photographer. Robert was the co-leader for our Alaska trip this year and a fantastic photographer and instructor. Robert O’Toole is […]

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Learn how to use the Philip Bloom PocketDolly with Scott Bourne. We’re on location in Alaska to bring you this special report. _____ This Post Sponsored by: The Digital Camera Store At Amazon

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here…   or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich and Scott record a special podcast live from Alaska.  They breakdown […]

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My last eagle trip is over. The long flight from Alaska has returned me to Vegas where I’m getting ready for NAB followed by a weekend of fun from the other side of my life – auto racing. I wanted to share one last post about the eagle trip. I had an epiphany of sorts […]

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My final Alaska eagle photography trip is close to an end. It’s been a great experience. My workshop sold out with lots of old friends in attendance. My assignments all went mostly pretty well. My hard drive is full of more amazing eagle images and lots of video. It occurred to me that some of […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here…   or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich and Scott record a special podcast live from Alaska.  They breakdown […]

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I’ve been having a great time co-leading a workshop with my pal Robert O’Toole. We have a surprisingly superb group with many return clients from past trips. We’ve had more good weather and light than bad. Today we have more challenging conditions so it will be good to see what the students have learned. I […]

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The tides, the winds, the sun and the weather. Even if you know where and when to find eagles….even if you know how to photograph eagles….even if you have the right gear….there’s always the tides, the winds, the sun and the weather. These four fources impact everything you do as a wildlife/bird photographer. Yesterday, the […]

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I finally made it back to Alaska. This trip is a busy one. I’ll only be here 11 days total and I have two assignments and a workshop to teach. I’m also testing several video and still cameras and lenses, a new tripod and assorted other stuff I can’t mention yet. The trip from Vegas […]

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This year has been a bittersweet year for me. I am retiring from assignment work and will no longer teach field workshops as of this coming November. I look forward to the relaxation to come and the additional time to pursue my car collecting hobby, but I will also miss the chances to tell stories […]

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2012 Alaska Eagle Trip Wrap Up This is my final post about this year’s eagle trip in Alaska. This year’s eagle trip had the usual themes for me. I got to spend time in some of the most beautiful outdoor scenery in the world. I got to spend time helping a friend. I got to […]

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If you’ve been paying any attention to my feed you’ve probably surmised that I am currently in Alaska. I am up here for the second year in a row to photograph bald eagles. I’m here this time to accomplish different goals than the last time. On this trip I am helping a friend, reviewing cameras, […]

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BONUS: Here is a video I made of some of the images of eagles. Enjoy.

Here are all of the posts related to my recent Alaska photography trip, combined into one. Don’t worry – if you’re sick of eagle posts, I promise, this will be the last one for a while.

Alaska Eagle Trip Diary Part 1

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I’m in Alaska again – this time to photograph bald eagles. As I did last time, I’ll keep a running diary of sorts that I will publish to the Photofocus site as I am able. I will have very limited Internet access on part of this trip but will try to get access via satellite phone and will take the sea plane back to civilization once in a while to check in. The first half of the trip I should be able to get online somewhat regularly.

I’m shooting both video and stills on this trip. I’ll primarily be relying on the Nikon D3s for stills and a Canon 1D MK IV for video. But I am also using – that’s right – a Nikon D7000 for video. This camera is one of my favorite DSLR hybrids because it works very well and is downright affordable compared to some of the alternatives.

In addition to the hybrid DSLRs, I’ll be using the Canon XF100 video camera. It’s brand new and arrived just in time for the trip.

I’ll be working some other cameras too and will fill you in as time allows. I do plan to use my iPhone 4 as well. I’m using the OWLE Bubo as an iPhone camera/video stabilizer.

I’m also testing some cool gear from Cinevate including their Pegasus Carbon DSLR Camera Slider with carbon all terrain kit. It’s a very strong and very light weight slider.

I’m carrying my gear in a variety of bags. My assistant packed up a sturdy Tenba bag filled with stands and supports including my 1030HD fluid head and sticks from Oconnor. I’ll also have an Induro ballhead, carbon fiber tripod and gimbal head. I’m using the new Porter Case to carry my main cameras on board the airplane. I’m also using a Tenba brief case to carry my laptop and backup drives. Borrowlenses.com is shipping my backup gear to Alaska for me so I have to manage less stuff on my own.

The weather will range from 10-15 degrees for a low to 30 degrees for a high during my stay so I’m packing lots of warm weather clothing and lots of layers.

It should be a fun and interesting trip. Regarding Alaska’s weather this time of year, I’ll leave you with this:

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens

Now, I am off to find some eagles.
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See Part I of my Alaska Eagle Trip Diary here: See Part II of my Alaska Eagle Trip Diary here: See Part III of my Alaska Eagle Trip Diary here: It’s funny how my standards have changed over the years. When I was a kid, if I made a picture of an eagle a mile […]

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See Part I of my Alaska Eagle Trip Diary here: See Part II of my Alaska Eagle Trip Diary here: The first full day of shooting eagles in Alaska produced some great photography opportunities for me. I’m working off the amazing Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska. This has to be one of the most photographically […]

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See Part I of my Alaska Eagle Trip Diary here: It took me a full day (13 hours) from Vegas to get to Homer, AK which is the first destination on my Alaska eagle trip. I flew from Vegas to Seattle, Seattle to Anchorage and Anchorage to Homer. It was a very long day. Some […]

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I’m in Alaska again – this time to photograph bald eagles. As I did last time, I’ll keep a running diary of sorts that I will publish to the Photofocus site as I am able. I will have very limited Internet access on part of this trip but will try to get access via satellite […]

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NOTE: Videos now on SmugMug

As promised, here is a final recap of my Alaska bear trip containing the entire diary, links to videos on Vimeo, links to behind the scenes images on Flickr and links to the final images on Photrade. This is ongoing. I haven’t even had time to process all the images/video yet so monitor these links if you’re interested in seeing more. I won’t be talking about it here on the blog again in the event that some folks may be getting tired of hearing about it.

Link to behind the scenes photos on Flickr…

Link to Photrade bear portfolio…

Link to Vimeo videos…

Photo Gear on Location

Video of Packing for Alaska

Video Diary

The complete text diary…

Photo by Scott Bourne

Photo by Scott Bourne

NOTE: You might want to read my original post about this trip to better understand what this is all about. Also, the bear in this photo was located in Denali National Park. It’s a standard Alaskan Grizzly. The bears we’re shooting in Geographic harbor are larger.
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Photo Gear On Location in Alaska from Scott Bourne on Vimeo. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store

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Scott Bourne’s Alaska Video Diary from Scott Bourne on Vimeo. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store

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UPDATE: I have started posting my bear photos on my Photrade account. You can see the first 10 at Photrade.

UPDATE UPDATE: I have added some generic trip photos, minus bears to my Flickr account.

Alaska Photo Diary Part 9

We finished our second rain day pretty much as we did the first. We sat around working on our images from the first two days of shooting, we ate a great deal, and we enjoyed each other’s company. I personally did something I don’t usually get to do…I really relaxed. I love being on the water. I love the peaceful setting. And I really love Geographic Harbor.

Due to the storm’s movement, we came into Geographic Harbor late, but it was worth the wait. Wow is this beautiful. Eagles, black-legged kittiwakes, puffins, harbor seals, harloqin ducks, mew and glaucas gulls and of course bears, have been plentiful. A few of the team went ashore to scout in the rain and I am sorry I didn’t go with them. They got some great shots of the bears playfully wresting in the rain. They admitted that the conditions were miserable, but since they put up with those conditions they got the shots. Lesson learned. No matter how ugly the weather is today, I am going out to shoot if ANYONE decides to go to the beach.

A few of the crew as well as some in our party went fishing yesterday. The catch wasn’t overwhelming but it was tasty. We got three 15-25 pound halibut between the group, and one sand shark as well as some fish I have never heard of. Within three hours of the catch, our cook had made the filets, seasoned them and thrown them on the BBQ! Then, he made a home-made, fresh tarter sauce that was so good, I don’t have words to describe it. He left the skin on the fish and cooked it skin-side down. When the white blood raises to the top, the fish is done and again, all I can say is wow! I have never had any halibut taste like this. It was amazing.

We have quite an interesting group. Since we’re spending so much time on the yachts during the bad weather, it’s easy to get to know everyone. We have a commercial airline pilot, a heart surgeon, a commercial real estate broker, a mortgage broker (and his wife,) the owner of a boat-based sightseeing company in Florida, a physicist, a mortgage broker, a third-generation butcher who owns a meat-packing company, and a lovely ex-nurse who is Arthur’s friend; acting as his assistant for the trip. All three of the crew have been taking turns acting as my assistant and doing a good job for me. Continue reading