Make one-of-a-kind creations During the second pandemic winter, I began dabbling in a new hobby: photo painting. It goes by many names—digital painting, digital photo art, mixed media, etc. Rather than simply enhancing the original image using the usual settings like brightness, highlights and shadows, or color saturation, photo painting creates an entirely new piece of art. Alaska’s winter colors lean blue and white, but this snowy ridge glows after a good editing session. There are apps for transforming your photos into pieces that resemble, for example, a Renaissance painting or a watercolor or a vintage illustration, but since I was only tinkering for my own pleasure one long, dark, December evening, I didn’t bother finding new software or reading up on technique. In fact, I stumbled upon this pastime by accident. The leaves that launched a hobby. Reviewing folders of images from the fall, I opened a slightly blurry…
Talent, technology, and the creative spirit One of the best things about producing Alaska magazine is the opportunity to work with such a dynamic, talented team. I’d like to welcome two new members who’ve recently joined: Corrynn Cochran as digital content editor, and Tim Lydon as assistant editor. Readers might recognize Corrynn’s name from her former stint here as photo editor; she brings a wealth of energy and skills to our online presence. Tim is a journalist and public lands advocate who’s written for us before and now compiles The Cache section. It’s always good to have new ideas flowing and fresh perspectives on the magazine and our great state. This photography-themed issue includes the winners of our 2022 photo contest as well as a how-to article on choosing the right photo tour, a feature on macrophotography, a piece on how to have fun with photo editing, and more on…
Congratulations to our 2022 photo contest winners. Each image tells a story or captures a slice of Alaska’s unique beauty, adventure, or way of life. This year, we’ve included photographers’ Instagram names so you can follow them online to see even more of their explorations around Alaska and beyond. We hope you enjoy these colorful images from around the Great Land. Grand Prize Winner JENNIFER SMITH @jfogle02 Look for this image on the cover of our February Issue of Alaska Magazine. Ice Bear: “Blessed with an early winter and a late salmon run, a Kodiak brown bear finds itself encased in ice. The ice around this young sow’s face makes the perfect heart shape.” Categories Alaska Life: Representing Alaskans and/or their way of life, traditions, culture, or authentic “only in Alaska” moments. CLOSE-UPS: Showing the close-up details of anything Alaskan, from nature to people to urban constructs. Scenic: Emphasizing the…
Who has the right to view a wild animal? And is sharing the location of wildlife detrimental or beneficial?
For several years, Jimmy Tohill got to witness a great horned owl family that nested in the forest near his home.
Paxson Woelber is an Alaska-based freelancer who takes photographs mainly as a hobby.
Bob Kaufman has an extensive portfolio of Alaskan landscape images and often shoots photos while he’s flying his plane or helicopter.
Michelle Theall recounts humorous stories from her time working on a small cruise ship in southeast Alaska.
Libby Libbey is a wildlife photographer with a passion for working with moose and loons. See the gear she uses in the field.
Photographer Jeff Schultz shares the story from his journey in Lake Clark National Park scouting for a place to hold Alaskan bear photo tours.