40% off Christmas Sale!

Get your prints from Checote Photography at 40% off now until Christmas. Simply type in “christmas” into the coupon box at the payment page of your checkout. You can also view further instructions and new photos at the gallery titled “Prints for Sell” (http://www.checote.com/p126336098)

If you have any comments or would like talk about special orders you can reach me through my e-mail: kenneth.checote@gmail.com

 

Sincerely,

Kenneth Checote Moriarty

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A photo in the night

During the first week of November, there was a short window of clear skies in between Autumn stoms in Juneau,AK.  These breaks in the weather have always brought great relief, especially when the last clear day was around 20 or so days ago.

When this nice weather arrived, my friend and fellow photographer Stacy LaMascus and I leapt at the opportunity to photograph the clear night skies.  So we packed my truck with warm clothes, tripods, cameras, lenses, hot tea and drove to Fish Creek Rd. on Douglas Island, because it was more protected from the 30 MPH winds that were hitting downtown Juneau.

Once we got there, I started to take test shots of the scene.  The purpose of doing this is to adjust composition in the dark and get a base exposure by looking at the histogram.  To get a base exposure, I will increase my ISO to the highest setting (3200 on my Canon 5d) and will use the widest aperture which was f2.8.  I will also turn off noise reduction until I have a histogram and composition to my liking.  By doing this, I do not have to wait a very long time to see what I am getting.

After I am happy with the shot, I will turn noise reduction back on, reduce my ISO to 800 and do the math to get the correct shutter speed and f stop.  I will also manually focus on infinity so that the stars will be in focus.  For this shot my exposure was 69 sec. f/4 @ ISO 800.  Stacy also helped me out in this photograph by driving my truck down the road so that I could have a some red and orange leading lines directing your attention to Mt. McInnis.

Another thing that helped me out during this process was my TC-80N3 remote cable release.  In a nut shell, this cable release allows me to set a self timer so I will not have any camera shake, and I can also set my shutter speed longer than 30 sec. by using the bulb setting.

Here if the photograph of Mt. McInnis, Mt. Stroller White and the Big Dipper.

If you have any questions about how to photograph at night, or mention something that I missed please feel free to ask and I will respond to the best of my knowledge.

-Kenneth Checote Moriarty

Mountain Goat Hunting Trip to Haines, Alaska

I spent the Halloween weekend on a mountain goat hunting trip in Haines,AK with a woman named Julia Heinz of Haines.  Julia is a doctor as well as a hunting guide in Haines,AK.  You can learn more about her services at Women Hunting Alaska

I have spent several evenings thinking about this amazing trip up the Chilkat River since I have been back in the bigger city of Juneau,AK and I still have not found the words to describe this wonderful experience.  So in lieu of a lengthy story about what was seen, heard, and felt while on this hunting/photo expedition I have decided to just show some of the images that were captured until the words come.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

-Kenneth

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What vacation?

Sometimes its best to rest when you are not on vacation. My father found this out two weeks ago when he flew to Alaska from Texas to escape the heat that the summer brings down south.

Within hours of his arrival we were at the Mendenhall Glacier photographing black bears that were fishing for sockeye salmon. We didn’t stop there, the next day brought bubble net feeding humpback whales, then a day of fishing before my art exhibit, followed up by a day of glacier exploration.

Finally when his legs couldn’t move anymore and I thought I might have tired him out, my work called and I had to return to my daily grind of guiding photography trips in Juneau,AK.

It was the perfect time for him to rest and me to get back to work and earn some money before the fall kicked. The experiences we shared were great and I am always excited about sharing my home with my friends, family, and strangers that come here.

While it is impossible to get all that Juneau has to offer in a day, week, or year, I think that a lot of people understand why we live here once they have experienced part of our lifestyle. The joys of fishing for salmon while watching bubblnet feeding whales lung to the surface. Or the far off glaciers taht dot the mountain sides, and the sun shine that appears through holes in our clouds. It is all unique and beautiful.

Here are some photographs of these days when my dad was here.

It never gets old.

Yesterday I was out with Cpt. Colin on one of Gastineau Guiding’s boats, the Sounder. I was out on a photo safari for work and we were hoping to show some clients some new stuff, something that people rarely see.

We came to a group of bubble net feeding humpbacks off the East side of Shelter Island near Juneau,AK. There were about 14 or 15 humpback whales in the group with one baby calf milling around in between all of the whale watching and fishing boats.

We came to a chaotic cluster of boats, waves, wind and rain and got lucky. The humpbacks had been setting their bubble net throughout the area, but whenever they were unsuccessful one adult whale would come up to the surface, and then the other dozen would follow suit.

I noticed one surface near our boat and head in our direction. Soon after the rest of the group came up heading towards us. These guys were moving quick and dove under our boat and surfaced about 30 yards on the other side.

These photos are of the group swimming away from our boat and also what they looked like on our depth finder.  If you’d like to see more photos then check out Checote Photography.