Alaska provides some of the most striking and distinctive North American landscape backdrops. This wilderness is true to its reputation, wild, rugged and very remote making photography both challenging and rewarding.
Tracing the shoreline, we stayed mainly on the coast while moving across the Gulf of Alaska. We took in the ocean, coastline and dramatic cloud structures. Famous for incessant rainfall where each day is a mix of continuous leaden skies that are either raining or about to rain, the resultant mist and rain-heavy clouds became a distinctive presence and ever-changing character in our photography.
But while this rain and cloud cover makes for great photographic drama... working in the wet and on water is hard going. It requires a constant mix of preparation, obsessive gear protection and moisture maintenance using a series of rain covers, silica gel and dry boxes to keep the elements of water and salt at bay.
The sun's rare emergence is equally spectacular. Rays mixing with clouds and cutting through them to dramatically transform the colour and contrast palate. Here dusty pinks and purples, flame yellows and oranges overcome the steely blues and greys of the mist and clouds in a grand drama of colour contrast.