The world of the midnight sun

Galbreath Lake   2011.6


One cannot imagine how different an area at latitude 70 is from the latitude where one lives. One can never really know until he or she actually stands at this higher latitude. So, in order to accomplish this, you must go outside and see the earth for yourself.

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Coastal Eagle, Seward, AK 2010. 12.


Motion of primary feather, wingstroke, and sharp eyes in flight of bald eagle, these are the theme of this photographing trip.

Imaging a flying bald eagle in mind at a library, I was reading the book of Art Wolfe’s. (Art Wolfe is one of the most celebrated photographers in the world.) Passion for capturing an image of eagle flight came to my mind. Then my next photo theme was decided.

Homer spit was the easiest place to approach bald eagle for picture till last winter (2009) however a small number of the eagle is present at the spit this year. Because Jean Keen who had handed out to the eagles for a long time passed away, nobody has feed on the eagles. Thanks to Jean, I have already taken some good photography of the bird but I need to find another honey pot location for it. Fortunately, I found reliable information from another book, Birds of Alaska at the library.

According to this, there is one lagoon where it is located on 3 hours driving from Anchorage.

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Inside Passage, Juneau, AK 2010. 7.


This adventure is my first experience to photograph on the water. Being known as Babble Net Feeding, this feeding activity of Humpback Whale captured my interest. Although the picture of this unique feeding style has already published by many photographers in the world, I expected that it would be good test for my photography career. Frankly, only the desire to watch Humpback Whale in my face pushed me to go there. The plan had been considered a half year ago (from January) with my friend, Takashi Kurosu who designed this web site. (I call him Kurosu because his given name is as same as mine.) In Japan at an Internet cafe, we started searching this location where we have never been. Then one rental boat company was found out. Then we decided that we approach the whale by a boat we steer.

Jake Buck, is a sales manager of the company, Panhandle Powerboats LLC, gave us valuable information around this site, especially about the place of uncharted rock reef. It helped a lot. On arriving the airport, we called to Jake and got a skiff. It’s about 15 feet long which is enough size to be tossed by the small waves. And worried that we have no experience. But, adventure is on my own risk. Setting up the base camp at Auke bay campsite, we opened a map and a chart.

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