First snow, Kluane National Park

Fresh snow falls over the boreal forested hills in Kluane National Park, Yukon Territory, Canada. Canon 5D Mark III, 500mm f/4L IS II, 1/125 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 200.

It is upon us. The edge of winter that is. It’s a beautiful time of year with autumn colors broacasted across the hillsides and mountain slopes. It is especially beautiful when a snowfall comes a little early, before the leaves have fallen, and the white decorates the leafed out trees. This happened when I was in the Yukon Territory, in Kluane National Park this week.

I took this photo with Canon’s new 500mm version II. I use the 500 for landscapes often, and while it does not serve as a great test for the lens, it worked beautifully. I took a series of these images and stitched them into a panorama, this being one of four.

 

  • Carl D - Hey Patrick

    Nice image; the snow really sets it off.

    Kluane is a great park to visit; you’re welcome to go over and photograph there as often as you like. :)

    Cheers

    CarlReplyCancel

  • Patrick Endres - Jim,
    Yes, liking the 500 so far. It appears, at a first glance that the vignetting is much improved, which becomes a notable factor when merging images into a panorama. I use photoshop, which is pretty simple, clean, and integrated with Lightroom. It works well.ReplyCancel

  • Jim McCann - Patrick, You do get around, don’t you! And I see you also took the big hit on a new 500. Nice lens.

    And what program do you use for stacking? I just attended a seminar and saw what Helicon Focus can do for landscapes. Impressive.ReplyCancel

Bearberry & Blueberries

Autumn colored red bearberry and blueberry plants on the tundra in interior, Alaska. Canon 5D Mark III, 24-105mm f/4L IS (90mm), 1/60 sec @ f/9, ISO 400

The crimson red color that inflames the Alaska alpine tundra in autumn is so intense it sometimes hurts to look at it. I grabbed this photo while out on a day hike with some friends in the Alaska range. Labor day weekend is a pretty good target date to capture autumn color in its splendor in the mountain country of interior Alaska. I did not have my tripod with me on this outing, and a larger aperture would have increased the depth of field sufficiently.

Ma Johnson’s Hotel, McCarthy, Alaska

Ma Johnson’s historic hotel in McCarthy, Alaska. Canon 5D Mark III, 24-105 f/4L IS (60mm), 1/40 sec @ f/11, ISO 200

McCarthy is a very small town located in the bowels of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, near the old historic Kennicott copper mine. It’s a quirky town and it has the license to be so due to its remoteness and the handful of folks that chose to reside there. There is a foot bridge across the Kennicott river, for the general public to access town, which is about a one mile walk. I went there for the annual 1/2 marathon and music festival on Sept 1, 2012. There are a few historic buildings in town and vintage and dilapidated vehicles to go along. Ma Johnson’s Hotel is a great place to stay if you ever make it down there.

Ma Johnson’s historic hotel in McCarthy, Alaska. Canon 5D Mark III, 24-105 f/4L IS (67mm), 1/30 sec @ f/11, ISO 200

 

  • Buff Corsi - Does this hotel have a dining room? Years ago Jerry and I took the hand tram across the river and had the tastiest BBQ ribs ever there. I’ve remembered it ever since.ReplyCancel

    • Patrick Endres - Buff,
      No dining room in this little hotel, but there is a nice sitting parlor.

Serendipitous bull caribou

Bull caribou on autumn tundra, Alaska range. Canon 5D Mark III, 500mm f/4L IS w/1.4x (700mm), 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 400.

While driving from Fairbanks to McCarthy, Alaska with friends, for a combined 1/2 marathon race and music festival, we happened upon two bull caribou foraging along the autumn covered tundra just north of the Alaska Range mountains. The colors of the tundra were nearly peaked, in that they included all phases of the green, yellows and reds that create an amazing palette on the landscape. This bull caribou was just loosing the velvet coating on the antlers in preparation for the autumn rut marking the breeding season. Thanks to the sun roof in my vehicle, I was able to get enough elevation to overlook some of the shrubs that were obscuring the legs of the caribou. The gentle back lighting in this frame accentuates the colors and provides a slight rim light on the caribou fur.

  • Patrick Endres - Hey Jim,
    Thanks for the comments on the book. I was glad to be a part of that project and think the book in general, turned out very satisfactory.ReplyCancel

  • Jim McCann - Nice image, Patrick. A friend of mine saw and photographed that same bull and I’ve been wanting to get down there, but so far no luck in finding the time. The new 500 sits in the case.

    On another matter…I’ve been attending the Outdoor Writers conference this week at Chena Hot Springs, and while there I recieved a copy of “On Arctic Ground.” An absolutely stunning book with several important messages to readers, as well as fabulous photography by you and some of your colleagues. Great job!

    Everyone needs to get out and purchase this fine book!ReplyCancel

  • Steve - Wow caribou, a marathon, and then live music! Only in AlaskaReplyCancel

Autumn in Denali

I spent 5 days in Denali in latter August this year. The skies were at times to void of clouds, but one can’t complain when Denali reveals itself in it’s typical dramatic fashion. Here is a gallery collection of a few from that trip. I purposely focused on the mountain, and had good luck with weather for that to bring a handful of images to fruition.

  • Patrick Endres - -Inge and Lois, thankyou

    -Eric, fun to have a serendipitous meeting with you again also. What great weather you had in Denali, a score indeed!ReplyCancel

  • Inge - Denali in full fall, what more can one wish for? Beautiful photo’s with spectacular colors and light Patrick, I love looking for recognizable spots and the hidden gems of the park. Good for you for finding the mountain out during your Denali days!ReplyCancel

  • Eric Rosenbaum - Stunning work, as usual. Glad i got to run into you in Denali. And FINALLY got to Fairbanks airport and saw your photographs that went up 2 years ago. Had fun pointing them out to travel companions like a know-it-all (liked yours the most). Best, ERReplyCancel

  • Lois Bryan - Patrick these are exquisite. I’ve just forwarded your email to my husband who was born in Alaska within sight of Danali. thank you!!!!!

    best,

    Lois BryanReplyCancel