While I spend my share of time traveling to exotic locations to photograph, I still contend that photographing in one’s backyard is viable for the average photographer. Now I confess that I have a fine backyard for this–8 acres of boreal forest, and not all backyards are the same. But, you don’t need acres really, as beauty can be found in very tiny places. To substantiate my perspective on photographing locally, I try to include a photo from “my backyard” in the annual calendar I publish on Interior Alaska. And speaking of publishing photos, it makes me smile when I sell pictures taken from my backyard, and a recent photo sale brought this subject to mind for a little discussion. Here are a few pictures that I’ve taken on my property premises, and even a few from within my own house! I’ll start with this shot, featured for the month of November in my Fairbanks and interior Alaska wall calendar.
The frame below just sold for a window display background at 16 x 7 feet! As a panorama it worked perfect for this application. I did of course photograph the individual frame as well, but the panorama has an interesting, repetitive pattern. I took the picture from my deck, looking across my driveway at the snowy forest trees.
I have the good fortune of living in a latitude friendly for aurora borealis viewing. Once in a while, when the displays are strong, they can be photographed in a more southerly direction from the deck on my house. That was the case in this photo. It was published as a wallpaper backdrop in the old Fairbanks airport, about 12 ft high by 18ft long.
One last shot that I took from the window of my house.