Alaska Nature Photography
Alaska Photography Tips – Alaska Nature Photography
What if, while taking pictures, you felt all warm and peaceful inside, like curling up on rug by the fireplace? Or what if you could sense a connection to something bigger than yourself?
It is possible, you know.
The most profound thing I’ve discovered in the 35 years that I’ve practiced and taught Alaska photography tips, is that taking pictures of what’s outside us helps to heal and re-connect with what’s inside us.
Most photo tutorials, workshops, videos, and books spoon-feed us the predictable topics like composition, f/stops, jpegs, pixels, noise, depth of field, HDR, aspect ratios, and shutter speeds. A solid foundation for making technically correct images — be it Alaska nature photography or street photography — but it lacks soul.
Just like learning music, if your goal is to make music from the heart and connect with people, memorizing scales, note placement, and music theory won’t get you there.
“Get out of your head and just play,” my harp instructor said one day.
My photographs have been featured by Better Homes and Gardens, Audubon, Patagonia, Pillsbury, Organic Gardening, TIME, Christian Science Monitor, Business Week, Readers Digest and National Geographic Traveler to name a few. I even have one adorning a wall at The Smithsonian.
My favorite photographs, like the ones I publish in my annual calendar — along with recipes, upbeat quotes and unusual holiday for sharing at gatherings — are the ones where I can re-live the scene:
+ Curvy lines drawn in the sand, like icing on a cake
+ Northern lights waving a pink and green cape like a bullfighter
+ Hot tears of joy puddling down my cheeks when I bring a single snowflake into focus, and
+ Leaning so close to a bumblebee that I can hear tiny clicks from its claws as it scrambles across a daisy.
Photography isn’t about taking pictures. It’s about uncovering the essence of what’s already there waiting for you. ~Marion Owen
To take photos like that, I need to get out of my head (cease analyzing everything), stop restless thoughts, and give myself permission to just see, my way. Step aside and, as Keb Mo says in his song, Let Your Light Shine.
Step on up,
Step into your greatness.
Don’t be afraid.
There’s a place that you will rise up to;
No one else could do what you do.
Let your light shine.
Let your love show
It’s a short ride
Down the long road
When the rains come
And the winds blow
Let your light shine
Wherever you go.
This world is ready and waiting
For you to break on through.
It’s time to recognize,
You’re the only one like you.
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