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Turnagain Arm has some of the highest tides in the world that demolish sheet ice into large chunks of snow, dirt and ice. Ice chunks larger than semi-trailers are typical in size. These images were taken from January-April 2012. Ice massed together is not very photogenic, some might say ugly, but I want people to see what Turnagain Arm looks like in the winter. There is a lot of ice climbing in the inlet and surroundings areas. Several ice walls are located next to the Seward Highway and people need to drive cautiously. Inlet water is dirty brown, but every once an a while a blue sky or mountain reflection turns the water bluish-green. Some of the mountain shots were taken across the valley from Alyeska Ski Resort.

During one trip to the arm it was snowing and my camera lens become wet. I did not check to see if my equipment was dry. I did not find out until later that all my images had spots on them. It took a lot of work to remove the spots with Lightroom. I now check my equipment on a continuous basis. I carry a soft towel to clean the camera and a lens cloth for the glass. I used a Nikon 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 zoon lens with my Nikon D7000 to take most of these images. It is a consumer lens, but I got a lot of sharp images from the zoom. The wider angle views were taken with a Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens that produces convex horizons that need correcting with the distortion control feature in Lightroom. I use a tripod for landscapes, which gives me the time to concentrate on focus, aperture, composition and exposure. Tripods allows a photographer to use low ISOs and long exposures.
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