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I took these images during the first week of the 2014 Fur Rendezvous. Anchorage, Alaska’s premier winter festival. You know spring is coming when the Fur Rondy is here. There were sled dog and outhouse races. People meeting friends. Everyone dressed warm and had red cheeks from the cold. Locals were wearing their furs. Fur Rondy is sort of Anchorage's Mardi Gras. It seems women smile when they see they are being photographed. Men are more somber. I have to remove a lot of photos of men from my photo library because they are looking too stern.

I used my Nikon D600 to take theses images with my Nikon 70-200mm f/4 lens on a monopod. I used ISO 800 during the earlier morning hours and then changed to ISO 200 when midday light arrived. Even thought it was not really cold my shutter finger got to cold to smoothly press the exposure release button. I carry a metal bottle with hot water in it, but get to involved taking images to stop and warm my finders. I use a thin inter-liner under a heavier glove, but my hands still get cold if I do not warm them. I usually shot just with a thin liner. I always dress for cold weather and with winter boots. I carry healthy snacks for energy and warmth. I will remove any photograph upon request by contacting me at bartz@englishoephotography.com