Gilbert Stetson: Blog en-us (C) Gilbert Stetson (Gilbert Stetson) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:08:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:08:00 GMT Outdoor Photographer Magazine   Outdoor Photographer magazine has been a staple for years for my reading enjoyment and learning from the articles. On their website there is a Gallery section for photographers to post some of their best and an Assignment section that ask photographers to try different techniques & styles and post their results. Back in February or March one of the Assignments was "National Parks and Lands". A lot of photographers were posting great shots of the same western National parks and Lands. I searched my files for something different to enter and decided on an image of an iceberg on Lake Alsek in Alaska. It was while on a 12 day, 11 night rafting trip with Alaska Discovery, designed with photographers in mind, that near the end of the trip we had set up camp high above Alsek Lake. The weather was a light rain most of the day and after camp was set up we took the rafts out to explore and photograph the many icebergs that were floating on the lake and to get a closer look at the Glacier on the other side of the lake. We came across a large iceberg that to me resembled a set of teeth and gums with a hole in the middle. As we got closer the skies started to brighten up as the clouds were lifting revealing a mountain in the background thru the opening in the iceberg. I waited till we drifted so the mountain was centered in the opening and got the shot.

  This would be the image I would decide to enter. Flash forward to the end of April and I was surprised to receive an e-mail from Kristan Ashworth the managing editor of Outdoor Photographer stating they wanted to publish my photo in the July issue. Several e-mail replies between us to get all the information needed and forms to sign before deadlines that were approaching quickly. I'm very excited waiting to see my photo published in "Outdoor Photographer", something every wildlife/nature photographer dreams of. Just a few more weeks to go.

To see the photo now, go to my Alaska images to view.

(Gilbert Stetson) Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:05:54 GMT
Planning my next big trip - Moab, Utah   I've been planning my big trip for the first week of May to Moab, Utah for the last couple of months. I'm looking forward to photographing the arches of "Arches National Park" and the vastness of "Canyonlands National Park". Using the web to research the area and attractions to optimize the most of my time there to capture the most images.

  While researching I found "Dead Horse Point State Park", a dinosaur museum with over 100 life size dinosaur statues scattered thru out the landscape, places to view dinosaur tracks in the stone as well as ancient "Rock Art". And let's not forget the La Sal Mountains & Colorado River Scenic Drives. Moab even has a website( with links to the different attractions and best time of day to photograph them. This will be a great asset and time saver as I can plan where to be when I need to be at the right time of day to capture the best possible images. 

  The last couple of weeks I've been checking out my camera equipment and what I might need. I decided on getting a new carbon-fiber tripod made by Manfrotto from B&H Photo (www.B& It folds down to only 16" which is great for travel. Doing so early enough I was able to purchase extra quick-release plates for my additional cameras & lenses, since the plates I have now are different from the new ones and are not interchangeable. Imagine ordering new equipment at the last minute and not knowing till you get out in the field that you can't use it because you're missing something you didn't know you needed. This is why I always recommend getting everything together two months in advance. It will give you time to review all manuals and equipment and give it a local field test so you are familiar with it. I also took the time to review my camera's manual to learn how to use the "Astrotracer" function so I can try my hand at some Milky Way shots while I'm there as there is virtually no light pollution and there will be a new moon and a meteor shower that week. I found out to use this feature on my Pentax K-3, that I needed a GPS unit that attaches to the hotshoe. I've ordered and received one and have learned how to calibrate it, which is easier than how the instructions look.

  I'll be working on some of my images and posting my favorites to the site while I'm in Moab, the rest I will leave till I return back home. 


(Gilbert Stetson) Arches National Park B&H PHOTO Canyonlands National Park Dead Horse State Park K-3 Manfrotto Moab, Utah Pentax Thu, 03 Mar 2016 21:00:46 GMT