Some time ago I realized I live in one of the most stunning landscapes on the planet, yet fail to truly experience it. I call it the backyard syndrome: it’s so close you rarely walk through it. Not to say Alaska isn’t enormous, harsh and challenging. So more and more I have been taking to the trail.
A few weeks ago four people from the Alaska Alpine Club attempted to summit White Princess — a nearly 10,000 foot peak in the eastern Alaska Range.
The 9 mile approach up the Caster Glacier took all day, but bluebird skies always make great skiing. Unfortunately, bluebird skies didn’t stick around, and near-whiteout conditions high on the mountain nullified Sunday’s summit push. Absolutely no complaints though.
The photos are mostly 35mm film with two iPhone frames.
Approaching an ice cave on the Caster Glacier, even simple Alaska scenery’s stunning.
Inside the ice cave a person’s presence is easily overcome by time, textures and colors.
Ski tracks say where you’ve been, and can be extremely satisfying to look at.
The only view we got of White Princess — the peak in the upper-right quadrant — was rolling into base camp around 9 p.m. Dark and cold quickly followed.
A large rock wall dwarfs skiers and illustrates the scale of Alaska’s environment.
Group shot before leaving base camp.
About the only blue sky seen on Sunday. Snow blowing off the ridge is a good indicator of the strong winds.
I’ve been posting photos from a recent road trip, which fits perfectly with the weekly photo challenge, “on the move.” This iteration is going to travel a large distance, between Vancouver, BC and the Oregon coast.
All the pictures show movement somehow – often other people in their daily routine dotted throughout pictures.
So here’s round three of iPhone pictures. I also find my iPhone is very handy while on the move – small, very quick to access camera and also very quick to share. Soon I’ll be back to my posts about Europe.
Church backdropped by skyscrapers in downtown Vancouver, Canada.
Truck towing a truck with a truck on the bed. Not pictured: a truck towing all three.
Rotating bridge on what I believe to be the Columbia River.
Taking the brewery tour of one of my favorite brands, Deschuettes Brewery.
Florence Beach, Oregon coast.
Climbing sand dunes on the Oregon Coast
Icy and windblown conditions on Mt. Bachelor, Oregon.
I recently returned home from a road trip through Canada, south through Washington, Oregon and California, then north through Nevada, Utah, Montanan, Washington and Canada again.
Because of the quickness both in taking and sharing pictures I really embraced my camera phone on this trip. This is the first of likely a half-dozen posts chronicling the road trip from my iPhone.
All these were featured on my Instagram account, follow me @rwoodpix to see what other adventures I embark on this summer.
The first leg of the trip was roughly 2000 miles, from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Whistler, British Columbia, to do some snowboarding. This first post features shots from the road.
Caribou cross the road near the Canadian border.
Leaving Tox, Alaska, on the morning of March 7, 2014.
Liard River Hotsprings is a mandatory stop along the Alaska-Canada Highway in winter or summer.
Bison are common along the ALCAN,. The one center left moved minimally, so it was alive when we passed.
Blow out along the John Heart Highway.
Pretty light along the ALCAN.
Time for another iPhone photo collection. For me iPhones are true slivers of life. It could be my other camera is just out of reach, or I need to be quick – dramatic light in a restaurant or a dragonfly landing on my leg. My favorite is attempting to capture the impromptu; that picture that must be shot out of a car window with little time for composition, a logging truck or a man and his dog.
Window blinds slice and dice light entering a restaurant as a little girl plays.
A man and a dog relax outside the corner store.
Afternoon garden help from a smiling dragonfly.
Fishing for silver salmon in Prince William Sound.
Getting passed by one of many logging trucks on the Alaskan-Canada highway.
I have been pretentious when it comes to phone cameras. Always the last one I go for, often forgetting I have it.
That’s unfair of me. Camera phones continue to change our world in ways we can’t predict or fully understand. The ease, concealment and wide-spread use share the world more then any medium before. From pets to people, welcome parties to war zones, the game has changed.
“You finally have a video technology that can fit into the palm of one person’s hand, and what the person can capture can end up around the world,” James E. Katz is quoted saying in a 2011 New York Times article.
Here’s an edit of some of my iPhone images.
For only $29 you can look horrible like snooki too!
Broken. Me Too.
Colorful and salubrious bloody marry.
Worker on the tarmac.
Bikers prepare to leave Denali National Park.
Above: The silhouette of a tree creates abstract patterns as colors cascade across Green Lake in Seattle, WA.
Using layers effectively can be a powerful way to captivate an audience. The effect of taking a three-dimensional scene and rendering it two-dimensional can be greatly minimized by offering multiple layers as focal plains to create depth.
An easy trick to think about is having something in the foreground, mid ground and background. Shoot through objects like fences, window frames or tree limbs to instantly add depth. Clouds, fog and mist all help individual layers stand out from each other, and adding a reflection can quickly increase depth.
The edge of a window, clouds and shoreline make for three very distinct layers.
Multiple rooms with varied lighting and window reflections create a confusing set of layers.
Foreground, mid ground and background to create layers, with complementary colors to boot!