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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]