Katmai brown bear, stitch from 4 images

 (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Brown bear walks along the beach of Naknek lake at dawn in Katmai National Park, southwest, Alaska. Canon 1Ds Mark III, 24-105mm f/4L IS, (35mm), 1/25 sec @ f/10, ISO 400

I’ve been digging through some files from that latter part of 2011, doing some clean up work and getting folders in a completed state. Occasionally I will shoot a series of images which are to be stitched into a larger file in post production. I do this for panoramas, and sometimes to increase the overall resolution due to focal length and/or scene restrictions. This is one of those made from four images. I was set up along the beach in Katmai National Park and knew that the bears make this morning journey. I missed a few chances for simply not being ready, but this time, I had set my focal length to 35mm, anticipating the basic composition of the bear. After I shot the series of the bear walking along, I kept the camera on the tripod and shot three images in a vertical direction, which includes the tree and sky. This affords a nice, high resolution file very suitable large publication.


  • Carl D - Hey Patrick,

    I hear ya – I don’t even think I was around; I was probably still sleeping, or sipping coffee or some such.

    No aurora here, either. 10 days of bluebird days and the clouds rolled in yesterday afternoon. :(



  • Carl D - Hey Patrick

    Yes, you should’ve been at 800 or 1000 .. next time you might wanna ask someone who knows about such things; if, of course, there happens to be someone like that around.

    Hope you got and got some aurora tonight.



    • Patrick Endres - Carl, I was looking for counsel on that subject, but you were the only other person around, so there was simply no one to ask. I’ll try to do better next time. As for the aurora, it was insanely windy in Fairbanks last night, and cloudy also.

  • Patrick Endres - Hey folks, Thanks for the comments and taking the time to visit.ReplyCancel

  • Emlyn - Great image and a very interesting process to achieve it. Regards

  • Rob Siciliano - Views/images like that make the early morning hours worth it. Great shot! Makes me look forward to heading back out there (that and the -20 degrees outside).ReplyCancel

  • Leiv Arne Åkset - Amazing shot!
    Love the light, siluett and background!

    Have a nice weekend!


  • Patrick Endres - Carl, just barely, the other three were soft. Should I have been at 800 or 1000 ISO? Of course! But this one squeaked by.ReplyCancel

  • Carl D - Hey Patrick

    This is sweet. Amazing it’s sharp for 1/25sec.



Virgin Island beach views

Cinnamon Bay Beach, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Cinnamon beach, St. John, US Virgin Islands. Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mm f/2.8L, 1/50 sec @ f/14, ISO 200, polarizer

Given the current temperature in Fairbanks, Alaska this morning, which weighs in at -40 below zero, this scene is about as far away from my current view as possible. My week on the Island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands was filled with views of aqua blue water, and temperatures between 75-85 degrees. That is 125 degrees different that today. Alaska, its a land of extremes, and that’s one of my favorite things about living here.

It may look like this picture has been heavily saturated, but in fact, I added zero saturation in lightroom, just a little vibrance and contrast. It really does look like that along that stretch of beach.

  • Patrick Endres - Ron,
    No release, just a grab shot – too bad though. I was parenting my 11 year old niece so serious photography was slim.ReplyCancel

  • Ron Niebrugge - Looks like a beautiful place – love the color of the water!

    Did you ask for a model release?ReplyCancel

Great Barracuda, St John, Virgin Islands

My dreams of the expansive and crystal clear views under the Caribbean were not fully realized on this trip due to some stormy waters and the resulting turbidity. However, I spent some time snorkeling in the 80+ degree water, which yielded awesome sights of underworld creatures like, octopus, coral, squid, sharks, brilliantly colored fish and and a colorful sea floor.

I took this shot with my EWA Marine housing, having left my larger Ikelite housing at home in order to travel light. The great barracudas would hang out just off the reef, keeping fairly stationary in the water, and somewhat easy to approach. Basically, there is no way around it, underwater photography is challenging. I’ll be going back there some day to focus more on underwater views. In the wake are some great times in this aqua blue, marvelous island landscape.

Great barracuda, St John, Virgin Islands. Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mm f/2.8L (35mm), EWA Marine housing. 1/500 sec @ f/7.1, ISO 400

  • Patrick Endres - Cree, you know exactly what that looked like :) ReplyCancel

  • Cree - Beautiful colors. This turned out great!ReplyCancel

  • Patrick Endres - Jon,
    EWA housing for lightweight. Not a serious photo trip, as I took my 11 year old niece. My friend had an Aquatech and I may go that route in the future. My Ikelite, although I liked it, is for sale. Too big for most of what I like to do.ReplyCancel

  • Jon Cornforth - Cool picture. EWA housing? I thought that you had an Ikelite? I’m really enjoying my Aquatech housing, if you ever need something more compact & rugged.ReplyCancel

Cinnamon Bay, St. John Island, US Virgin Islands

Cinnamon beach, St. John, US Virgin Islands. Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mm f/2.8L, 1/80 sec @ f/13, ISO 200, polarizing filter.

When I left Fairbanks for a little tropical reprieve in the US Virgin Islands, it was minus 35 degrees below zero. What a contrast to this Caribbean scene! My journey, although short, was partly a vacation although a photographer is never really free from the addiction of picture-taking. Significant rain and clouds in the first few days kept my DSLR in the pack, and I shot mainly with my Iphone. However, when I saw these clouds forming, I ran for the camera. Although the polarizer filter was helpful for the water, I rarely like it’s influence on the sky, specially with the 16mm lens. It is never a uniform representation and tends to vignette to the opposite side of the sun’s direction.

This picture was taken along a popular beach in a National Park which covers a good chunk of the Island of St. John. And that is a good thing or the whole island would be covered with houses, much like it’s neighboring Island of St. Thomas.

I’m back in snowy Fairbanks now, with the temperatures to drop well below zero again. It sort of feels like a dream looking at this picture… meanwhile, I’m getting ready for a cross country ski.


  • Angus Rose - Patrick- We were there for about a week last January, my first time going anywhere tropical. Definitely a place I want to return to.ReplyCancel

  • Patrick Endres - Angus,
    It’s a fantastic place indeed and worth a revisit sometime in the wintry future. How long did you stay?ReplyCancel

  • Angus Rose - My girlfriend and I camped at Cinnamon Bay almost exactly a year ago! St John is an incredible place, less touristy than I expected especially if you make the hike to the other side of the island. Glad to see you had fun there!ReplyCancel

  • Patrick Endres - Eli, “to drop well below zero”, have you checked the forecast, -40 below by tomorrow night! But it is rather warm right now, only -2.ReplyCancel

  • Eli Mitchell - Temperatures are well below zero? It’s a toasty 28 degrees here. :) Nonetheless, your vacation looks like it was an enjoyable escape.ReplyCancel

2012 AT&T Calendar

I’m on vacation in the Virgin Islands. Yup, a rough life. Fairbanks was minus -30 degrees when I left, and even though I really like winter, the white sand and aqua water will be a fantastic break. A few photos in the making but nothing too serious. While I’m gone, I scheduled this post of a recent publication, and since it is a calendar, I thought it was a fitting picture to wish everyone a new year worthy of their expectations. May your 2012 be a rewarding year.

Panorama stitch I made from photos taken in Denali in August of 2011

  • kim - 2014 ATT is that yours? brooks range? gates of the arctic?ReplyCancel

  • shizuri - How can I get this calender?It it for selling?ReplyCancel

    • Patrick Endres - Hi Shizuri,
      I don’t have this calendar for sale, you might be able to get it from the Alaska office of AT&T, but I’m not sure about shipping.

  • Patrick Endres - Thanks Richard, sometimes things do come together nicely, and it is great when it happens.ReplyCancel

  • Mike Criss - Congratulations Patrick. THE Alaska Calendar for sure. Beautiful image, well deserved.ReplyCancel

  • Richard Siggins - Everything came together nicely for that shot. Even the sheep cooperated! That would look great as a 4′ wide calendar print.ReplyCancel