Up Close with Bears

Borwn Bear Closeup

I love bears. I’ve spent a lot of time with them over the years in Alaska, observing most of them in Southeast Alaska. But never have I had an up-close experience like the one that happened last August. With a … read more

Icons

Although the affliction is found in every photographic genre, nature photographers seem to be particularly guilty of this phenomenon: the iconic photo. For landscape photographers, there is no more iconic location than the Yosemite Valley. This is where Ansel Adams, … read more

Looking Back

bodie cabin and clouds

This has been a time of retrospection, the end of a good year. I have used the quiet time to sort and keyword images, a massive job that has taken days. I have about 120,000 digital images that I can … read more

A Challenging Portrait

George Flemming at the oars

Often, people ask me how I began my photography career. The early part was pretty simple. I was visiting Japan and picked up a Nikon camera and a couple of lenses. I then moved to Alaska and bought a darkroom … read more

How Much Is Too Much?

stampmill timbers, Bodie, California

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the ethics of photo manipulation. Tom Till, the noted Southwest photographer, brought this up recently in a piece he wrote for Outdoor Photographer magazine. He found that he had drifted along the … read more

Slowing Down

Yosemite spring

I’ve been fortunate to visit many of the most beautiful places in the world. Most of the time these are “hurry up” moments: gawk at the site, maybe take a snapshot. Sometimes I am more fortunate: I can linger at … read more

Better Technology, Less Thinking?

Ansel Adams

I was sorting and culling today through old correspondence with publishers. A generation ago, getting images to a magazine was a ponderous process. First, one had to label slides, then create a separate typed (yes, with a typewriter) list of … read more

Whale Musings

breaching humpback whale, Prince William Sound, Alaska

For some reason, whales have been on my mind. I love these gentle giants and have been photographing them for years. The species I photograph are humpbacks, so named for the curved backs displayed when diving. They were hunted to … read more

Warp Speed Photo Technology

Taku Harbor, Alaska

I have a friend who made a reputation for himself as a creator of large-scale photographic panoramas using large, heavy equipment, and at one time he had three galleries who exclusively represented his work. Along came Photoshop. He refused to … read more

Wet Weather

Raindrops on leaves, Wrangell, Alaska

Often I hear other photographers complain that they can’t take photographs on a given day because it’s raining. Here in Northern California we’re finally into our wet season after months of relentlessly blue sky, and that’s a blessing. The wet … read more