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February 3rd, 2014

Behind The Shot: ‘Polar Nap’ by Mario Davalos P. – Kaktovik, Alaska

Posted By David Alexander Willis
Sleeping polar bear after eating mukluk in Kaktovik, Alaska
I always try to lie down in the ground when photographing birds or small mammals, but with polar bears, well, that’s a different story. Not only are they tall as a big truck, but also fierce and aggressive. Lying flat in the ground so close to the largest carnivore on Earth would be equivalent to … 
February 6th, 2013

Barter Island Polar Bears 105

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Barter Island Polar Bears 105
Aww! I photographed these two cute polar bear cubs during my Alaska Polar Bear Photography Tour last October. They are so adorable I just want to hug them, except for the fact that they would probably eat me. During our tour, we work with local Eskimo guides who take us out in their small boats … 
January 13th, 2013

Barter Island Polar Bears 100

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Barter Island Polar Bears 100
I love this picture of a polar bear mother with her two cubs! I took it last October while co-leading my Polar Bear Photography Tour in Alaska with Steve Kazlowski. It is a lot of fun helping clients photograph polar bears, especially when the bears are kind enough to pose for us right when the light … 
January 12th, 2013

Kaktovik Sunrise Abstract 1

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Kaktovik Sunrise Abstract 1
I got to travel with my client-friend Bryn Forbes in Alaska and Tonga this summer. Though the purpose of the trips were to photograph humpback whales, Bryn spent a lot of time shooting motion blur abstracts. We all gave him a hard time about it, but he motivated me to try shooting some myself during … 
July 5th, 2012

Lens Envy and the D800

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Polar Bear with Piggy-back Cub, Svalbard
I had my first chance this past week to field-test the new Nikon D800 on a trip to Svalbard in the Norwegian arctic. Knowing that I would be shooting from the deck of a ship, and hand-holding my camera a lot, I decided to pair the D800 with the Nikkor 300mm f2.8, probably the sharpest lens … 
November 1st, 2011

Heading South…and North

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Chinstrap Penguins on Iceberg, Antarctica
There are places in the world that are so unique, and so visually stunning, that both as a photographer and a lover of wilderness I find them irresistible. First among these has to be Antarctica, simply one of the most spectacular corners of the planet. The wildlife is fabulous, which sort of goes without saying, … 
August 26th, 2011

Arctic Documentary Project – Svalbard, Norway Final Post #5

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
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August 10, Danskøya Island 37F This morning is cold. Most definitely the coolest we’ve experienced. Danskøya Island is on the northwest part of the archipelago and is on the edge of better polar bear habitat. The ice is nearly 80 miles offshore, so any bears that are stranded on the Islands of Svalbard migrate towards … 
August 11th, 2011

Arctic Documentary Project – Svalbard, Norway Post #4: Second Trip

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
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August 8, 2011, Cloudy and 43F Tanya and I spent the past three days in Lonyearbyen in a small, very European, apartment, catching up on business matters, writing and a little rest before our next group of guests arrived. The first trip went really well, but every adventure to the field is new, so it’s … 
August 5th, 2011

Arctic Documentary Project – Svalbard, Norway Post #3: Whales, Walrus Bears and Seals

Posted By Daniel J. Cox
A curious young male walrus spy hops to get a better view of our photo group. Nikon D7000, 200-400mm lens.
July 27 – Clear skies, Temp Around 45F Sailing into the midnight sun, Svalbard, Norway. Nikon D7000 The weather continues bright and sunny. For two days now we’ve had skies with virtually no clouds. Some wind yesterday afternoon but amazingly if it weren’t for the desolate landscape, void of vegetation, and cool temps, I would … 
September 13th, 2010

Foggy Musings…

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Jumping Polar Bear, Svalbard
No, I am not in Svalbard anymore, searching for polar bears. Far from it; I am sitting in a cafe in Port Angeles, Washington, waiting for the weather to clear. I was scheduled to fly over the Elwha River today – documenting the historic dam removal project there – but with pea soup fog all …