1.26.2009

my bad quality photos of the Obamas

As seen from my wobbly vantage atop a port-a-potty beyond the gated parade route (yes, they're cropped).

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Check back in the next day or two for a real documentation of inauguration day, 2009.

1.19.2009

Mystic 4

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After a long couple of plane rides east and a snowy drive on an un-plowed interstate crossing Connecticut, I'm sitting through the final speaker of a very inspiring wedding seminar/conference. "Mystic 4" has featured some of the most talented wedding photographers in the country and its been nothing short of amazing to be in a room with so many of these folk.

I'm leaving with a fresh conception of how to document a wedding day.

Here are a few images from the day. Someone please call me soon to book a winter wedding cause I'm so fired up right now and can't wait till spring to cover my next wedding!

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Tonight I fly to DC for the big day!! I'm running on 2 hours of sleep and hope to get another 2-4 tonight. This should add to the mayhem. Check in tomorrow evening (Tuesday)...I'll try to post at least one image from the inauguration with more to come the following day.

1.18.2009

east bound and up

Here's kind of a ridiculous photo of me at a wedding fair in the new Dena'ina Convention Center today (taken by the illustrious Joe Connolly).

I clearly don't pose well.

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Tomorrow morning I hop a flight to Connecticut for a wedding photographers' workshop/conference to be held on Monday. That's just an aside, however, to the true purpose of this trip out east...to be in DC for the 20th of January.

Stay tuned for updates.

1.17.2009

the pineapple express

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With our inversion ending and the temperatures rising again, Anchorage went from cold to thaw in one short week. Just over a week ago we were seeing as low as -30 in parts of Anchorage. Today in town, the high was rumored to have been 52 above.

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By the end of daylight today my street was underwater and my neighbor, Brooks, was being interviewed by all the news channels. Following are images of his yard underwater and various parts of Chester Creek flowing across Arctic instead of draining properly. Ice and debris buildup in the culvert the culprit?

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The quality of the color of the sunset was that of a summer sunset.

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Fortunately, Brooks caught on to the danger during his lunch break and was able to move everything to higher ground. I'm not sure that our other neighbors, however, were as lucky.

1.14.2009

Concert for a Free Tibet

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Last weekend, I was fortunate to get the opportunity to help out with the Free Tibet concert at the PAC in downtown Anchorage. Paola Pivi and Karma Lama put together this free concert meant to inspire and educate folks in Alaska about the continuing Chinese occupation of Tibet. It ended up being quite a celebration of Tibetan culture and good music.

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The following images are of Alaskan Yup'ik/Inuit band Pamyua, The Culture Brothers (featuring Karma Lama) and award winning Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo--as seen from my limited viewpoint backstage (although I could walk around to either side).

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Yungchen's voice carried me to Tibet, to the jeep ride my brother and I took across the Tibetan Plateau a couple years ago. The CD that our driver kept on repeat as that most astonishing landscape unfolded in front of our eyes...it must have been Yungchen...her voice the perfect soundtrack for that windswept landscape.

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This last photo is of Paola and Karma. It was a good 12 hour day for me running around at the PAC--but I doubt Paola had taken much of a break in days. She was amazingly detail oriented up to the last minute before showtime...which I guess one has to be if they're going to organize such a successful event without incident. And they filled the Atwood Concert Hall!

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1.05.2009

The 50th State

Following the footsteps of many Alaskans during the darkest winter months, I fled to Hawaii for a week in mid December. Unlike many Alaskans, I'd never been. But I had this free ticket to use for giving up a seat on an Alaska Airlines flight last spring (a now defunct policy). Everyone told me to go to Kaua'i--for its lack of development--so I did.

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The morning I left, I looked out my front window and decided that it might be nice to have the change for a week. Following are a handful of images from the trip (all of which were shot with the single 50mm lens that I carried this time). I spent the majority of the time hiking and little time on the beach. The highlight of the trip was spending 3 days hiking (and slogging through portions of a rain-soaked trail) the Na Pali Coast to Kalalau Valley.

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If you go to Kaua'i I'd recommend (in addition to hiking the coast) that you go to the bakery in the town of Kilauea and soak up some good atmosphere and eats.

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After spending a week in a t-shirt and shorts (hiking despite the drench of sweat and red mud) I was greeted by a rush of cold at the Anchorage airport and spent the first day back responding with enthusiasm to my surroundings...grateful for the trip, but thankful to be done with the heat.