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. 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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