Matanuska Glacier

“To the lover of pure wildness Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.” ~John Muir

Matanuska Glacier, view from the Cabin Deck

My first morning in Alaska, and the view from the Matanuska Glacier State Recreation Site Cabin. Matanuska Glacier, AK – March, 2013

to Matanuska Glacier

I arrived in Anchorage late one afternoon (my first trip to Alaska – March 2013), got a few supplies (beer and firewood), and headed to the Matanuska Glacier Cabin. I was very fortunate to have a good friend living in AK at the time, who had pre-purchased my real supplies (white gas and food stuffs).

Fins of Ice jetting skyward due to the mounting pressures within the always moving glacier. Matanuska Glacier, AK - March, 2013
My Sister, Katelyn DeWitt, in an ice cave at Matanuska Glacier

March in Alaska: the temperature when I left WV was about 26°F, and the temp when I landed in Anchorage was about 28°F…not so bad, not too different, right? Well, in Fairbanks one night as I was photographing on a mountain top and it was -14°F, not including the windchill from 20-30 mph winds…I had frostbite around my nostrils where the two layers of balaclavas didn’t cover. Anyway, more about Matanuska Glacier… 

I’ve always wanted to see the cold, raw nature of the earth carving glaciers, and after doing some research on accessible glaciers in Alaska, Matanuska was the one I chose. The below photo was taken just after the sun had set, and is highlighted by the alpine glow on the Sercas. This is perhaps my favorite photograph I’v captured to date…

Alpine Glow on the Seracs

Alpine Glow on the Seracs – Perhaps my favorite photo from my 2013 Alaska trip. Matanuska Glacier, AK – March 2013

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Wakeboarding

 

Wakeboarding on Cheat Lake, West Virginia

Ryan Kuehn wakeboarding on Cheat Lake, West Virginia

My friends Ryan and Eric took me out wakeboarding on Cheat Lake last summer, and it’s taken me over a year to get around to editing/posting the photos. Thanks for the patients guys!

I had more fun shooting photos of Ryan and Eric jumping wakes than I did wakeboarding itself. Read more

Little Planet Panorama – using Polar Coordinates

 

The effect that creates the little planet like images is technically referred to as a Stereographic Projection! It’s fun math to think about, and the visual product is intriguing to look at. What happens is a normal image with normal coordinates (x,y) is distorted on to a polar coordinates system to create the little planet effect.

I took the below image in 2012 in Seattle, Washington. I then distorted the panorama just last night into a Stereographic Projection. The following article describes how to create this effect.  

Seattle, Washington, Little Planet panorama

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