Detail of Clan House

Detail of Clan House

Ketchikan, Alaska

Totem poles have always been an interest of mine. The wonder of who made these beautiful artworks and what they symbolize has captured my imagination. The Clan houses of the natives in Alaska are even more intriguing. I have had the opportunity to photograph several clan houses and many totems in Southeast Alaska and look forward to seeing these artistic works on my next visit to Alaska’s Inside Passage. 
 
Each time I visit a place or scene I always try to come up with new ways to capture the uniqueness of the subject and include several perspectives of the place. I have many images of the entire clan house and in this case I chose to focus on the details of the center post of the house. My photos can never replace the beauty of the original carving but they can show others what can be found in these locations. It may bring back memories to those that have seen these works firsthand and for others it may inspire them to plan a trip around these historic sights.
 
Photo tip:
I could have shot this handheld but I always try to shoot with the best techniques. Sometimes, I find photographers want to cut corners and speed up the whole process of taking pictures. I still find my tripod one of my best tools. Yes, it takes time to set up and shoot on a tripod. Using a tripod slows me down and causes me to be more considerate of the possibilities in the compositions available. Being fast isn’t always the best approach. Besides, who wants to hurry when you have such interesting things to photograph.
 
Embrace the Journey!
 
Date: 6/10/18
Time: 1:55:20 PM
Model: NIKON D500
Frame #: 9498
Lens (mm): 200
ISO: 100
Aperture: 7.1
Shutter: 1/125
Program: Manual
Focus Mode: AF-C
White Bal.: SUNNY
Quality: RAW

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