We’ve been to Australia three times now, twice to Melbourne, and once to Sydney and Tasmania. It’s been an exotic place ever since Bugs Bunny first introduced me to it, and when the chance came, we decided to spend some time driving around the island. On one overcast and rainy day, we drove down to Cape Tourville to see the bay – what you can’t tell is that I’m underneath an umbrella, desperately trying to get the pano shot before more raindrops fall on the lens. And what you really can’t tell is my wife in the car, laughing at me, because she’s dry and warm!
Since it looks like we won’t have an adventure this year, I’m using the time to go back and revisit some images in the archives – and to use them as a new weekly zoom background!
Only about 1/3 of the visitors to Denali get to actually see the mountain. When we were there it was foggy and socked in most of the time. But on the last day, as we were driving back to Fairbanks to head home, we stopped for a quick break and saw this scene. I live in Colorado, so majestic peaks are part and parcel of a weekend in the mountains, but there’s something different, something special about Alaska.
I saw my first version of this images when I was a kid and another group of scouts got back from a backpacking trip. That was back in the celluloid days, long before computers, instagram, or selfies. It’s been on my bucket list to go shoot, even though it’s now incredibly cliche’.
Last fall my dad and I did a workshop with Jack Graham (highly recommended), and one morning he took us to get ‘the shot’. Jack guided us there, so that when we arrived there were only a handful of other folks. I’d been surprised at just how early that was, until, right before sunrise, the serene silence was broken by the sound of – not kidding – almost 100 camera shutters.
It’s still magical and amazing to see, but somehow sharing it with dozens of my new friends just wasn’t the favorite part of the trip. We got other classic shots too, and I’ll share some of those in future posts, but the best parts of the trip were when Jack took us to non-classic locations. For now, that’s one off the bucket list.