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I "happen" to live in a state to which many photographers - particularly landscape and wildlife photographers - would give their eye teeth to visit. Since the photog group doesn't yet have a journal, I thought that I'd start one based on photographic opportunities here in Alaska.
That being said... Alaska is BIG! - over half a million square miles worth of "BIG" - so there's no way that I'll be able to cover the entire state. Since I live in Anchorage - at 270,000 people, easily the largest population center in Alaska - most of these journal entries will be centered here.
For the record... I shoot both film and digital photos. My principal film camera is a Nikon N90S [It's not exactly new, but it does a great job!]; I also occassionally shoot one of my 3 pentax cameras [mostly because I have a 500mm lens for it].
My most used camera, though, is digital. It's a Canon Powershot S3 with a 12x15 f2.7-3.5 IS lens. The pics from this camera are sharp, but the color balance is often less-than-desired, so I manipulate "important" shots using Corel's Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.
At $99 retail, it provides 90%+ of the functionality of Adobe's Photoshop, but costs considerably less. I[f I had an extra $1,000+ I'd use Photoshop, but my budget has said - and continues to say - "No!".]
Now... General photography opportunities in Anchorage:
(1) Anchorage is known as the "City of Lights and Flowers" for a reason. From May through September the city is a garland of flowers grown and emplaced either by the City of Anchorage or by groups of the 700+ member Master Gardener Association. Tourists routinely wander the streets of [downtown] Anchorage taking shots of the hundreds of hanging baskets and flower beds around businesses and municipal buildings.
(2) Moose: Yes moose do routinely wander through neighborhoods in Anchorage; I've personally seen them in my back yard, downtown, near Anchorage's largest mall ("Dimond Center"), in most of Anchorage's parks and "greenbelts". Moose are more commonly seen in town in early spring than during the typical tourist season; heavy blankets of snow force them out of the surrounding mountains about the same time as the poplars - primarily birch and cottonwoods - begin to bud.
Note that moose are unlike other members of the deer family in two ways. First... They're BIG! A typical 1 year old calf is easily taller than my 5'11" frame, and a bull moose can easily be in the 600-700 lb range. Second: They don't scare worth a darn! While few will attack without provocation, it is never smart to assume that the moose standing 20 feet from you is "safe".
(3) Bears: Bears are less commonly seen in town [I've never seen one downtown, but they have been reported there; one actually attacked people near the downtown area early this year. There are two kinds of bears that are seen here: black bears and brown ["grizzly"] bears. Black bears are smaller and are more interested in eating vegetation and garbage; Brown bears are much larger, are omniverous, and are more likely to attack than black bears. Generally speaking, you're better off leaving the scene immediately upon seeing a bear than you are trying to get a picture of one and then running for your life! A brown bear can jump thirty feet and can run over 30 mph, so my advice to would-be bear photographers is to take your camera to the zoo!
(4) Events: The single best photographic event in Anchorage is the ceremonial start of the Iditarod sled dog race - which coincides with the end of the Fur Rhondezvous ("Fur Rondy") on the first Saturday of March. Typically 80+ teams of sled dogs "tour" through the city as a preview of "things-to-come" [meaning the real start of the Iditarod in Wasilla - about 40 miles north of Anchorage by road - which happens on the first Sunday of March].
(5) Glaciers: There are NO glaciers in the City of Anchorage. The nearest [the "Knik Glacier"] is about 30 miles north of Anchorage and is impossible to reach without an ATV or a plane. The nearest driving-accessible glacier iarethe "Matanuska Glacier" which is about 90 miles north (by road) and the "Portage Glacier", approximately 70 miles south of the City of Anchorage. [The Portage Glacier is actually within the "Municipality" of Anchorage.]
There is a nationally recognized scenic drive from Anchorage to Seward - about 150 miles - along which probably 100+ "pocket" glaciers - and a few larger ones - can easily be seen. Be warned, though: that drive can be dangerous in winter and in summer. In winter there are often avalanches that block the road; during the summer automobile accidents are quite common - and deadly - due to idiots taking a narrow/winding road at excessive speeds.
Other glacier-viewing/photography is available via the port cities of Whittier, Seward, and Valdez. Taking one of the tours available by boat is comparatively inexpensive, rewarding, and often allows some rather spectacular wildlife viewing (orcas, whales, etc) in addition to glacier viewing.
(6) The Aurora ["Northern Lights"]: Frankly, Anchorage has too much light pollution to allow viewing any but the most spectacular auroral views. But they are easy to find during any of our winters. Simply travel north past Wasilla and you'll see green auroras about one night in three. Red auroras are much rarer - perhaps one in ten auroras viewable in the vicinity of Anchorage have a red element - but are much more commonly seen as you move north. Fairbanks, for example, probably sees ten times as many red auroras as are seen in Wasilla.
[Red auroras are "high-energy" auroras; greens are lower energy. Both can be quite faint or quite powerful. All of them are wonderous!]
(7) Other possibilities: The storybook Alaskan wilderness is never very far from "civilization" anywhere in Alaska. [Civilization is in quotes because there are only ten communities in the entire state with populations above 10,000 people.] So you willingness to go "off-road" can result in spectacular photographs or in equally spectacular failure.
Note: When traveling to or in "the wild" always assume that you may get stuck somewhere unexpectedly. In addition to a First Aid kit, keep at least one day's worth of food and water in your vehicle (or pack) along with weather protection to include a warm sleeping bag. If you are stuck in a broken-down vehicle... Stay with the vehicle! You'll be easier to find and you'll be in less danger from wildlife.