Kevin Raber

Photography, Techniques and Whereabouts of Kevin Raber


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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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Leaving On A Big Jet Plane and Not So Big Boat

Miners Cabin In Svalbard, Luxury Accommodations

Miners Cabin In Svalbard, Luxury Accommodations

I’m leaving today to go as far north as possible, Svalbard, Norway. I’ll be leading 2 back to back Rockhopper Workshop tours into the Polar ice and Svalbard area to photograph Polar Bears, Reindeer, Arctic Fox and other wildlife plus some great landscapes including some amazing glaciers. I won’t be back until July 31st and will have no internet. I’ll definitely suffer internet withdrawal but I should be OK. If we do get any signal I’ll put up a post. Otherwise see you back here on the 31st.  Maybe I’ll even find Santa Claus.


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Cypress Trees Tuscany

Tuscany Cypress Trees

Tuscany Cypress Trees

Yes this shot is pretty iconic but I like it and wanted to share it.  These are the famous Cypress Trees in Tuscany.  As you are diving down the road you’ll always find a few cars pulled off at this location shooting these trees.  The key is getting good light and a good sky.  I have shot this location in complete fog, sunrise and sunset.  Each time I come away with some nice images.  This is just a nice feel good spot.

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