These photographs were taken in November 2013 in Akiachak, Alaska. The small village of 600 people is located on the northern bank of the Kuskokwim River. During the winter the river freezes and people can drive to Bethel, but have to watch for unmarked open water. It was a windy and rainy day when I took the photographs. I used a OP/TECH rain sleeve to protect my camera and lens. The clear plastic is a worthwhile investment since it will fit any sized lens and camera. The streets were messy after a couple of days of rain. Many villagers in Akiachak use four-wheelers for summer and winter transportation.

I traveled to Bethel and Akiachak with my 16 pound surveyor tripod. The tripod is awkward to travel with but provides rock solid support for stabilizing a camera and capturing tack sharp images. Unless it is ready windy this heavy tripod is unshakable. Working with a tripod gives me the time to frame a scene carefully. Using a wireless remote allows me to trigger the shutter without touching the camera. I used my Nikon D600 and Nikon 16-35mm f/4 lens at ISO 100 to take these images. Most of these images were shot at f/11 at around 1/15 second. Slow shutter speeds require a tripod.