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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Favorite Places: From Readers & Pros

For real estate and nature photography, there’s nothing as important as location. Check out this selection of diverse places around the country so you can be in the right place to get your shots.

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Alaska & Hawaii
* Carr Clifton, Denali National Park And Preserve, Alaska
Home to Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak, Denali National Park boasts one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world. With limited access to the park’s interior by way of a 91-mile gravel road, photographers with special-use permits are allowed access to the road in their private vehicles and a wide range of photo opportunities. From scenic iconic views of the Alaska Range and Wonder Lake to wildlife photos of caribou, bears and wolves, the extra effort to travel to this park is well worth it.

Essential Gear: Fall (late August to early September) is the favored season with its lack of insects, improved weather patterns and colorful tundra. With unpredictable weather, photographers should outfit with extreme, foul-weather gear, including the famed Alaska Ketchikan sneakers (rubber boots), a superb wet-weather tent and an umbrella for keeping yourself and your camera somewhat dry. Bring a minimal amount of gear for hiking in tundra, pepper spray for repelling grizzly bear and lots of patience for sitting out bad weather.
Getting There: If you’re lucky enough to receive a photographer’s special-use permit, you’ll need a reliable vehicle to travel the Denali road. The easiest way to accomplish this is to fly to Anchorage, rent a vehicle and drive north to the park (you always could drive to Alaska from the Lower 48 via the Alcan Highway or take the ferry with vehicle from Bellingham, Wash., to Haines, Alaska, and drive from there). Another option is to fly to Anchorage and take the train from there to the park. There’s a regular bus schedule for the shuttle into the park (check with Denali National Park and Preserve).

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Jerry Hunter, Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska
The Mendenhall Glacier is located in the Tongass National Forest about 12 miles from downtown Juneau. This image was taken in May 2006 during a cruise of the Inland Passage in southeastern Alaska. The glacier is easily accessible, with developed visitor facilities including a campground, interpretation center and trails. The glacier has receded 1.75 miles since 1910, when Mendenhall Lake was created, and over 2.5 miles since 1700. With increasing temperatures, scientists expect that Mendenhall will continue to retreat in the foreseeable future. Olympus Stylus 300 Digital

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Scott Heffelfinger, Wahikuli Beach, Maui, Hawaii
This image was taken at Wahikuli Beach near Lahaina on the island of Maui at dusk. The beach is located on the western side of the island just outside of the city. Wahikuli Beach can be accessed from the main drag and has numerous entrances off of the Honoapiilani Highway. On any given day, clouds will cover the channel between the islands of Lanai and Molokai, but they help create a stunning array of colors at sunset. The western side of Maui is great for time exposures and experimenting with different light sources. Each day is a unique experience. Nikon D80, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED

Note: * denotes pro photographer


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