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These images of homes were taken in Nome, Alaska during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race on March 14, 2016. I traveled to Nome to photography the arriving dogs and mushers, tourists and locals. I had a full day to photograph before the first dog team arrived the next morning at 2:20 am. It was cold and bright day. The sun was on the horizon all day and produced wonderful golden light.

Nome has an assortment of houses from old to brand new. The community is a regional hub and has a population of around 3,700. More in the summer. I have travel to over 75 villages and Nome has some of the nicest homes I have seen when compared to other regional centers such as Bethel, Barrow, Dillingham and Kotzebue. Smaller villages in Alaska have more modest homes and public facilities. I tried to include an assortment of structures to give viewers an idea of what homes look like on the Bering Sea coast. Homes get weathered quickly dues to the cold, snow and powerful winds.

Buildings are warmed with $5.18 per gallon heating oil. I have included an image that shows unleaded gas costs $4.99 per gallon. Gas on the same day cost $1.95 in Seattle. Nome is an isolated village off the road system and fuel is delivered by barge. In 2012, fuel could not be delivered due to sea ice. Fuel ended up being shipped in a Russian Arctic fuel tanker that followed the US Coast Guard Healy ice cutter though hundreds of miles of ice. A happy ending due to cooperation between two world powers.

I shoot these buildings with my Nikon 16-35mm f/4 zoom lens with a monopod. I used an aperture of f/11 for depth of field. My ISO was 100. I metered for middle tones to keep from overblowing highlights.
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