These images were taken during two trips to Bethel in 2013. Bethel is the sub-regional center for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Around 7,000 people live in the Yup’ik community. The village is very active in the summer with people fishing and boating on the Kuskokwim River. Bethel has one paved road that runs from the village to the regional airport. I have added a few abstract or patterns in nature images.

I used my Nikon D7000 with my Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens to capture these photos. This is not the first time, but I used f/4 instead of a f/11 aperture. I thought I was using a small aperture for depth of field, but realized later I was wide open. I am learning to always check my settings. This is the first trip where I used a filter to protect my lens. I did not use filters because I believed they would degrade the image. This is true for inexpensive filters, but I use high quality B+W Pro Clear filters. I clean the filters during most outings so I know they protect the lens glass from grime.