Have you ever envisioned an image so vividly... you "saw" the image before you actually saw it with your eyes? For me, this moment came to life during during one of those float plane trips, mid August 2015. We were flying over Kodiak's Dry Spruce Bay towards Port Bailey to deliver some mail; Port Bailey is one of the Emerald Isle's decommissioned cannery sites. We cleared the tree tops and just as the pilot turned the plane towards Port Bailey I see that image I had envisioned, shimmering in the clear blue, salmon filled water. I politely asked the pilot of we could hover over the seiner as they "cinched up their purse strings". Thankfully he obliged, the light was just right and the water was so calm we could actually see salmon caught in The Ambassador's net. Lucky for me, I had shot out this float plane's window plenty of times and knew a few tricks-- always ask the pilot if you can shoot with the window down to eliminate window glare; use a polarizing filter to cut through the haze; use a long lens to fill your frame and make sure the shutter speed is fast enough to stop motion from the moving plane.
If I could select one image from 2015 that made me proud-- not only photographically speaking but an image that would also represent my time living here in Alaska-- and be hung on the wall of my own home someday. It would be this.
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|Nikon D750, Nikon 70-200mm lens @200mm, Hoya 77mm polarizing filter, f/4.0, 1/400 sec, ISO 1000, Exposure Compensation -.3 stop.|
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