Copyright Joseph Classen
Copyright Joseph Classen
Copyright Joseph Classen
Kodiak Island is one of the most beautiful places in Alaska and is an absolute paradise for
photographers, offering truly world-
Whether one is an experienced professional seeking to capture Alaskan images for
commercial use, or a beginning photography enthusiast simply shooting for fun, Kodiak
is the place to visit, and Wild Revelation Guide Service can help you make the most of it.
Wild Revelation Guide Service operates year round, in all reasonable weather conditions,
in order to help photographers capture the unique Alaskan images they are after.
There is only one way to describe a beautiful, summer day on Kodiak Island: heaven on earth!
The island is alive and teaming with life virtually everywhere! One can expect to experience
some of the world’s best nature and wildlife photography opportunities during the summer months
on Kodiak. The long Alaskan days and the famous “midnight sun” offer hours upon hours of time
to explore and capture unforgettable images.
When mid to late September arrives, the fall colors of Kodiak Island are nearing their peak.
The lush, green of Kodiak’s towering Sitka spruce, mixed with the vibrant hues of cottonwoods,
alders, willows, berry bushes, and other species of trees, all join together to produce a diverse
palate of beautiful autumn colors that complement each other wonderfully!
The fall months are a major time of transition, not only for the landscape of Kodiak Island, but
for the wildlife as well. Massive Kodiak brown bears are eating voraciously to fatten up for the
winter, and while one has to be even more cautious in their presence during the fall, bear activity
is at a peak and there are many opportunities for photographing them on the island’s many salmon
streams. Along with the bears, bald eagles, foxes, and a variety of other creatures, are all on the
rivers, gobbling up the hundreds of spawned-
cycle of life carried out in such a manner right before one’s camera lens.
Alaskan winters unfortunately have a bad reputation. Sure, it’s cold and dark, but with a little attitude
adjustment those winter days can turn into an exciting new world of opportunity for the photographer!
Kodiak is often thought of as “Alaska’s tropical island.” Due to its geographical location and warm
Japanese trade winds, winters on Kodiak Island are not nearly as dark and cold as other parts of
Alaska. Daytime winter temperatures range from approximately 24 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit, and
in recent years have been warmer on average. During the peak of the winter (December 21)
Kodiak gets a little over six hours of daylight, with the sun rising around 10:00 AM and setting around
4:00 PM. Many wonderful, unique photographic opportunities arise precisely because of the shorter
days and longer nights, such as photographing spectacular Alaskan sunrises and sunsets at more
reasonable hours of the day/night.
The long, dark nights also provide extraordinary opportunities for astro-
elusive aura borealis, shooting long exposure star trails, etc. Night photography is great fun and a
whole new world to explore for those who are used to only shooting in the light of day.
Another attractive winter quality is the lack of people. Not many tourists or sportsmen come to Kodiak
during the winter, which leaves many popular, scenic areas virtually untouched. Photographers can
experience great peace, solitude and relaxation during a winter visit to Kodiak Island.
Most importantly, the colder months of the year are perfect for capturing breathtaking landscapes,
as well as the magical, deep blue seascapes that come alive in the winter months. .
Spring on Kodiak Island is most noticeably sprung by late May or June. As short and as fast as the
warming spring months are, they bring about tremendous renewal of the natural world. When the
month of May emerges on Kodiak, great excitement fills the air! The brown, dead grasses begin
their transformation into the lush greenery that the “Emerald Isle” of Kodiak is known for. The salmon
runs are preparing to start, a variety of migrating songbirds and whales are on the move, colorful
wildflowers are beginning to sprout, the days are getting significantly longer, the mighty Kodiak
brown bears awaken, bald eagles have dispersed from their winter hangouts, and life is good!
There is a wonderful resurrection throughout the land, and all of it is fun to capture with a camera.
As spring leads into summer, much of the fishing on Kodiak Island begins, as the various species
of salmon are in the process of making their annual spawning run. This can be a great time of year
for “action/adventure” photography as there are both commercial and sport fishermen and fishing
boats everywhere! Kodiak is home to one of Alaska’s biggest fishing fleets and provides ample
opportunity for some unique photography.
Naturally, one of Kodiak Island’s most sought after photography subjects is the mighty Kodiak
brown bear…the largest bear in the world! Wild Revelation Guide Service specializes in helping
clients view and photograph these incredible animals in a respectful, safe manner. Enjoy this video
which showcases the beauty of bear country, and offers an overview of Joe’s book about
photographing one of Alaska’s most famous residents…
Another of Kodiak’s most sought after photography subjects is the majestic bald eagle, our National
bird. Kodiak Island is blessed with a great abundance of these magnificent raptors, and they offer
fantastic photo opportunities! While eagles are present and active year round, the late fall and winter
months are an especially good time for eagle viewing and photographing. But of course, one needs
the right guide who knows where the eagles congregate, and how to go about getting the best shots
of these wonderful birds. Enjoy this video to learn more…
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