Photo Of The Day – Upside Down At The Pond + 6 More

Title: Upside Down At The Pond Location: Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA, North America  (58°27’7″ N 135°53’1″ W) Description: Some pond images from just behind the ranger station for Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. Shot while on assignment with UnCruise Adventures. Join me here in Alaska Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Iceberg Maker + 5 More

Title: Iceberg Maker Location: Dawes Glacier, Endicott Arm Fjord, Alaska, USA, North America (57°30’9.43″N 132°49’5.15″W) Description: Located along a long arm of a fjord in Alaska, the Dawes Glacier is a beautiful site (as you can see in the Bonus Images below). The images were shot on my last trip with Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Basalt Columns Like The Waves

Title: Basalt Columns Like The Waves Location: Alaska, USA, North America ( 87° 1’27.56″W 20°22’12.52″N) Description: Located on the outer reaches of Southeast Alaska, the basalt columns here, while not formed by the waves, certainly feel a need to emulate them. ——————- Camera Canon 7D Mark Lens Canon 28-300mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Falling To The Sea

Title: Falling To The Sea Location: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA, North America Description: Catching falling ice ain’t easy. ——————- Camera Canon 10D Lens 50mm ISO 400 Focal Length 130mm Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Speed 1/500 Altitude Almost sea level Photograph Copyright 2016 Peter West Carey. Image Available Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Water’s Edge

Title:  Water’s Edge Location: Prince Of Wales Island, Alaska, USA, North America (55°17’56” N 132°41’25” W) Description: It looks like there is a fair amount of run off from the streams along this area of clear cut. ———————- Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L ISO 160 Focal Length Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Float Plane Over Southeast Alaskan Islands

Title: Float Plane Over Southeast Alaskan Islands Location: Flying over Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, USA, North America Description: Getting lucky in photography helps, as was the case on my flight from Ketchikan to an assignment with Waterfall Resort in Southweast Alaska. ———————- Camera Canon 5D Lens Canon Continue Reading →

Video Of the Day – Bubblenet Feeding Humpback Whales

Title: Bubblenet Feeding Humpback Whales Location: Frederick Sound, Alaska, USA, North America (Find it here on a map) Description: Bubblenet feeding is great to watch because it tells you where the whales will surface. I’ll admit I’m not a cinematographer so this video is a little raw, but look Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Speeding To Sunset

Title: Speeding To Sunset Location: Off of Admiralty Island, Alaska, USA, North America Description: After all the normal photos of a beautiful sunset, it’s time to play a little. I slowed the shutter speed of this shot to encourage some blur and then zoomed toward the sunset while snapping Continue Reading →

Video Of The Day – Bellowing Humpback Whale

Title: Bellowing Humpback Whale Location: Frederick Sound, Alaska, USA, North America (Find it here on a map) Description: I have never heard a whale make this sound before. Granted, I’m not the foremost specialists in whale sounds, but I have spent about 14 days of my life watching Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Double Breach

Title: Double Breach Location: Off of Admiralty Island, Alaska, USA, North America Description: We got lucky. But it seems to happen often when in Alaska. This shot of two breaching whales, one already making a huge splash and the other just moments away from landing, was taken aboard Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Cormorants And Gulls

Title: Cormorants And Gulls Location: Off of Baker Island, Alaska, USA, North America Description: I love that the new Canon 7D Mark II has GPS built in. It drains the batteries faster but there are times when that is okay. Like when you are in a boat and Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Bald Eagle On The Dock

Title: Bald Eagle On The Dock Location: Waterfall Resort, Alaska, USA, North America Description: Last week I had the joy of teaching a Summer Solstice Workshop (and shooting some of my own photos) at Waterfall Resort in Alaska. Bald eagles are not endangered in Alaska and in the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Close Whale Encounter

Title: Close Whale Encounter Location: Off the coast of Noyes Island, Alaska, USA, North America Description: Last week I had the joy of teaching a Summer Solstice Workshop (and shooting some of my own photos) at Waterfall Resort in Alaska. While I am not much of a fisherman, Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Backflopping Humpback Whale

Title: Backflopping Humpback Whale Location: Inside Passage, Alaska, USA, North America Description:While the pretty glaciers and mountains have their draw, for me the joy of an UnCruise sailing in Alaska is whales and more whales. And the (legally) close proximity we enjoy.

2015 Calendars Are Ready!

I’m happy to announce this year I am releasing not one, not two, but seven different 2015 wall calendars! And because of price drops, all calendars are just $15 (+S&H). The subjects of each calendar are : US National Parks Sunrise & Sunset Himalayas in Color Himalayas in Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Distant Mountain And Clouds In Alaska’s Inside Passage

Title: Distant Mountain And Clouds In Alaska’s Inside Passage Location: South of Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA, North America (58°19’10” N  135°50’7″ W) Description: While on a voyage with UnCruise Adventures to shoot one of their boats, we passed by some stunning scenery. I don’t know the Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Icy Strait Symmetry

Title: Icy Strait Symmetry Location: Icy Strait, Inside Passage, Alaska, USA, North America Description: Taken while on assignment with UnCruise Adventures, a humpback whale heads under our ship so close I can seemingly reach a hand and touch it. While this image was shot with my standard 28-300mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Kayakers In Front Of A Glacier

Title: Kayakers In Front Of A Glacier Location: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA Description: I love using size to put things in perspective. While the glacier face reaching the water is massive, it’s not until the kayakers came into frame that I was able to show their Continue Reading →

Join Me Aboard The UnCruise Adventures Safari Endeavour To Learn Photography In Remote Alaska

I am honored and thrilled to announce I will be once again joining forces with UnCruise Adventures to teach photography aboard the Safari Endeavour. This is not the hard-core trekking in the mountains trip I have run in Nepal in the past, this is a luxury small boat Continue Reading →

An Easy Path To Great Landscape Photos – Visit A National Park

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Time after time when I view my own photos and gravitate to what I enjoy the most, 70% of those images are shot in a national park some place on this planet (with UNESCO World Heritage Sites coming in a near the top as well). It’s no coincidence that they are also one of the places I like most to visit.

If you are starting out in landscape photography and struggling to find subject matter, consider finding a nearby national park. And this goes for those of you outside the USA as well. In Australia they are all over the place while other countries might have a scarcity, but they are almost always worth the travel.

Sure, ‘everyone’ has been there before you, but if you are looking for experience and almost surefire shooting material, what better place to practice. After all, for all of us, every shot is practice for the future. Every shot hopefully teaches us something or helps us appreciate light and nature in some way. National parks will help you soak up that experience while helping you improve you skills.

How To View The Slideshow

To view the full screen slideshow, simply look to the lower left hand corner for a big X. When you click that, these words will hide away and you can see the full background slideshow of National Parks. Click the spot where the X was again to make the words come back. Hovering your mouse over an image will temporarily stop the slideshow.

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Mount Rainier And Reflection Lakes At Sunrise, Mt. Rainier Natio

 

Photo Of The Day – Alaska Rainforest Floor

 Title: Alaska Rainforest Floor Location: Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska, USA, North America (58°27’26” N  135°51’54” W) Description: Walking the shores of Glacier Bay National Park and getting down low brings into view a whole other world of plants. The canopy and sky overhead are reflected Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Rainbow Over False Bay, Alaska

Title: Rainbow Over False Bay, Alaska Location: Chatham Strait, Alaska, USA, North America (57°58’5″ N  134°54’59” W) Description: Southeast Alaska, the area around the capital of Juneau, sees its fair share of gray weather. During a one week whale watching cruise with UnCruise Adventures, I witnessed not only Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Green

Green is a good, all-purpose, calming color and I can use some calm today. Continuing with my series to explore the world I have photographed through color, I present to you, the color Green. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions with shooting information and a slideshow. Continue Reading →

Traveling Through Colors: Blue

There are beautiful blue skies in California today and maybe that’s why so many of the images in this post are of the gorgeous skies contained therein. Whatever the case, enjoy this trip around the world with the color blue. Hint: Click on images for much larger versions Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Russian Church, Sitka, Alaska, USA

Title: American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Russian Church, Sitka, Alaska, USA Location: Sitka, Alaska, USA, North America Description: An American bald eagle perches atop the steeple of St. Michael’s Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church in Sitka, Alaska. For those from the Lower 48 or from other places in Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Kayaks And The Wilderness

Title: Kayaks And The Wilderness Location: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA, North America Description: Kayaks wait for guests to head out across the icy waters of Johns Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve in Alaska, USA. Camera Canon 1Ds Mark III Lens Canon 14mm Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Kayaks Waiting In Glacial Aquamarine Waters, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Title: Kayaks Waiting In Glacial Aquamarine Waters, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Location: Alaska, USA, North America Description: Three kayaks are lined up for guests to paddle through the glacial waters of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, USA. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 28-300mm L Shutter Speed Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

Title: Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa Description: Kayakers explore the icy waters in front of Lamplugh Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. The kayaks were launched from the M/V Wilderness Explorer, run by Un-Cruise Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Breaching Humpback Whale – Alaska

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale – Alaska Location: Alaska, USA, North America Description: Every summer humpback whales head to the waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage to feed. The nutrient rich waters help the animals grow before they head South to breed and calve in the warm waters of Hawaii Continue Reading →

View On The Forest Floor In An Alaska Rainforest

What’s lurking on the floor of an Alaskan rainforest? Plenty! For my daughter, girlfriend and I, cruising with InnerSea Discoveries in Alaska’s Inside Passage this last summer allowed more than one opportunity to take a small skiff ashore and wander in pristine temperate rainforest. Not only that, I Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska Location: Inside Passage, Alaska, USA, North America Description: A breaching humpback whale makes a graceful arch while playing in the waters of Alaska. Camera Canon 7D Lens Canon 400mm L Shutter Speed 1/4000 Aperture f/2.8 ISO 200 Focal Length 400mm Click HERE to Continue Reading →

Top 10 Photos Of 2012

My friend and fellow photographer Jim Goldstein is not only a great photographer, he invites people to share their work through his annual round-up of everyone’s best images from the previous year. I’m not one to participate in many “Best of…” lists, but it’s an honor for me Continue Reading →

2013 US National Parks Calendar Now Available

Would you like to discover a new National Park each and every month next year? For 2013 I am offering a 12 month Majestic US National Parks calendar perfect for your office, garage or outhouse. Each month offers 2 – 5 images from parks throughout the USA, including: Continue Reading →