Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber


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A Fixer Upper

Old House In The Palouse

Old House In The Palouse

One of the things that make the Palouse so special are the surprises it offers up.  I am in the Palouse all week leading Rockhopper workshop.  We will be visiting many places and shooting the wheat harvest.  However we will also be visiting abandoned homes and cars that are dotted all over the Palouse.  It’s great fun.  This image is an old house I found and then worked in post processing.  I did a single image tone map then using silver effects pro did a fun BW toned conversion.  Shot with a Fuji XT1.


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This Is The Palouse

This Is The Palouse

This Is The Palouse

I am in the Palouse for a week.  I’ll be running a workshop here for photographers using Phase One cameras.  The Palouse is located in southeastern Washington state.  It can be compared to the Tuscany of America. rolling hills with wheat and neat little farms, and all sort of surprises.  I have been coming here for years and always leave with some beautiful images.  This image embodies the Palouse, golden fields, windmills and lonely trees.  Look for more to come.


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Heading Out Again – Palouse Bound

The Palouse Landscape, Simple and Beautiful

The Palouse Landscape, Simple and Beautiful (Click To See Larger)

I am heading out early tomorrow to lead a workshop in the Palouse.  This is one of my favorite areas in the country to photography.  Kind of like the Tuscany of America.  Rolling hills and big skies.  Our workshop will be shooting at harvest time.  This is the time all the fields have turned from green to gold.  And , the farmers with their combines start to cut down the wheat.  This means everyday will be different.  There are new patterns and things to shoot all the time.  This image was made a few years ago but to me is what the Palouse is all about.  Simple and beautiful landscapes.

Since I am in America and have internet we will continue to post articles and images directly from the workshop.


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Svalabrd Pano

Svalbard Coastline Panorama, made from 14 images stitched together.

Svalbard Coastline Panorama, made from 14 images stitched together.

When visiting what I cal big sky locations I find myself enjoying shooting panoramas.  These are multiple images that are blended (stitched) together in Photoshop.  This image was made just about ten days ago in Svalbad.  It was shot handheld and was 14 images that were stitched together.  Made with Nikon D800E and 24-70mm lens.


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A Beauty

Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox Click On Image To View Larger, Click Again To See More

Hard to believe that a week ago I was in winter clothing exploring the northern polar regions of Svalbard, Norway.  What an amazing trip and I worked with two different groups of the nicest people on the the trip.  I was an instructor along with Peter Cox for the Luminous-landscape – Rockhopper Workshops my day job.  We saw amazing sights as well as some real up close encounters with wildlife.  On our last day we found 2 Arctic foxes playing and we were able to shoot hundreds of images.  This is one of my favorites.  It just draws you in.  Shot with a Nikon D800e and the new Tamron 150-600mm lens.  I can’t wait to make a print of this one.

 


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Wally The Walrus

A walrus surfaces

A walrus surfaces

Walrus are incredible animals.  We hear about these creatures in story books and such.  To see these animals up close is a real privilege.  We were lucky on one of our encounters with the walrus to have a curious group.  They provided many photo opportunities .  This shot is of one walrus as he surfaces to check me out.  Only a few feet away.


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Polar Bear On A Kill

Polar Bear On A Kill

Polar Bear On A Kill

This is sight that one doesn’t get a chance to see everyday.  Some people may be disturbed by it, but it is nature at work.  This was shot just about 10 days ago on our Svlabard Photography Workshop.  The location of the shot can be viewed on a hap HERE.  This bear was quite content with letting us take pictures.  I like the Arctic Gull in the shot too.  They say if you can see these gulls then there must be a bear close by.


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The Great Ice Wall

Icewall, Brasvellbreen, Svalbard

Icewall, Brasvellbreen, Svalbard

On both of our trips in the recent Svalabrd workshop we visited the Ice Wall of Brasvellbreen.  It is hard to describe this location.  It is not a Glacier but an ice cap and one of the largest in the world depending on who you ask.  The bottom line is it is hundreds of kilometers long and has hundreds of cascading waterfalls and textures.  We were fortunate to arrive at this location with the sun sweeping over the face of the ice wall.  And this was around midnight.  at this time of year there is 24 hours of light in the Arctic.  I’ll have more images of this amazing ice wall in the near future.


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The Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox, Svalbard, Norway

Arctic Fox, Svalbard, Norway

It’s nice to be back home.  I have spent the last three weeks with Peter Cox and Morton Jørgensen cruising the Svalbard area with 2 workshop groups.  We were on the prow for wildlife and great landscapes. Overall on both workshops we have a mission accomplished.  We had the chance to photograph Polar Bears, Walrus, many birds, whales, glaciers and as in this image above Arctic Fox.  The Arctic Fox is a hearty animal having to live in Arctic Conditions for most of the year.  For the winter months it is a pure white animal and then in the summer months it sheds it coat and looks pretty much like the image above until late August when it grows its winter coat back.  I had the chance to photograph this fox on two occasions in the last few weeks.   I have quite a few beautiful images from the few hours spent with this fox and its brother.  Look for more soon.


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Classic Polar Bear

Classic Polar Bear, Svalbard, Norway

Classic Polar Bear, Svalbard, Norway

Before I start publishing a lot of the other wildlife images from this trip and some amazing other Polar Bear photos, I thought I would tease with one that is just a classic pose.  This Polar bear let us photograph her for almost two hours.  She was on a fresh kill.  It was one of the best two hours I have ever spent shooting.  I’ll publish more images over the coming days.


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On The Way Home

Beautiful Iceberg, 24 hours of light, Svalbard, Norway

Beautiful Iceberg, 24 hours of light, Svalbard, Norway

I am now in Oslo, Norway about to start the second leg of my journey back to home to Indianapolis. I have been away for 3 weeks and 16 of those days have been at sea leading two amazing photo workshops in the Arctic region of Svlabard, Norway.  This was my second trip to Svalbard and it won’t be my last.  I got to share this trip with some amazing people and take so many amazing images.  We have polar bear pictures and one of them was on a  kill.  Walrus and Arctic fox.  We shot an Ice Wall that is 100’s of kilometers longs with ware falls at just the right light.  We shot a bird cliff where I have never seen so many birds.  So, over the coming weeks you’ll find a ton of images here on a daily basis, plus give em a few weeks and I’ll have a trip log of this trip.  I am home for a few weeks before leading a workshop in the Palouse.  So, let’s start out with a classic Iceberg shot.  Funny to all dressed up in winter gear in July.


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First Svalbard Trip

The First Svalbard Workshop Group Photo Made On An Ice Floe In The Arctic Ocean, by Peter Cox

For the last 8 days I have cruising onboard the Malmo a small ship in the Arctic region of Svalbard photographing landscapes and wildlife with an amazingly great 12 passengers.  I’ll have more to report in August on my return but did want to share our group photo made on an ice floe in the middle of the Arctic Ocean north of Svalbard.

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