So this is what I did over this past winter when I was not making people coffee.
It's all time-lapse footage shot in and around Anchorage, Alaska, with the emphasis on the nature around the city rather then on the people and buildings. This is a collection of the nicer stuff I shot of the northern lights, stars, sunset, and the tide. All of this was shot between October 2011 and April 2012.
A new film from the Kokkaffe Media team. A portion of the film explores the Kanektok in Western Alaska. Looks great!
From the Filmmaker:
THOSE MOMENTS is a feature film for the 2015 fly fishing festival cycle, following fly fishing guides on their day off. We start in Alaska with Hawkeye and Zac searching for giant, flesh-eating rainbows on the Kanektok River, then join Torrie and Josie on Andros, Bahamas, for some mellow bonefishing and finish in British Columbia, where Scott and Kara swing for steel on the Dean River.
Angler's Alibi gives you a glimpse of their slice of fishing paradise on the Alagnak River. This is nice video that shows many aspects of their program and the experience in Bristol Bay.
From the Filmmaker:
In South Western Alaska, just west of where the Aleutian Island chain meets the main land, exists a place where man remains a visitor. A place where the moon and the tide keep the pace for the harmonic rhythms of the natural world. Here everything still lives and dies by this rhythmic dance. In one of the last places truly untouched by man kind's negative influences the natural world still reigns supreme.
Here salmon return in numbers not seen anywhere else on earth. Here bears and eagles are more likely to be seen than another group of people. Here an ecosystem exists supporting life so vibrant and so plentiful it has to be seen to be believed. Here salmon return in numbers not seen anywhere else on earth. Here bears and eagles are more likely to be seen than another group of people. Here an ecosystem exists supporting life so vibrant and so plentiful it has to be seen to be believed. It is here that an adventurous few have created a stronghold deep in the wilderness where we can safely visit this wild place.
Visiting Angler's Alibi for the first time changes one's life. To be at a fish camp where the fishery is so untouched and authentic is nothing less than an inspiring experience, sure to ignite passion in us all while reinvigorating one's love for the natural world. Recharging your soul with every cast, Angler's Alibi is a destination that has to be seen to be believed.
BTW: Big Ups to Reckless Kelly and their Beautiful song "Wicked Twisted Road"
Large Group of Humpback Whales Feeding in the Pristine Waters of Alaska. Aerial Drone Footage from Seagulls Point of View.
From Wikipedia: The humpback whale's most inventive technique is known as bubble net feeding; a group of whales swims in a shrinking circle blowing bubbles below a school of prey. The shrinking ring of bubbles encircles the school and confines it in an ever-smaller cylinder. This ring can begin at up to 30 metres (98 ft) in diameter and involve the cooperation of a dozen animals. Using a crittercam attached to a whale's back, researchers found that some whales blow the bubbles, some dive deeper to drive fish toward the surface, and others herd prey into the net by vocalizing. The whales then suddenly swim upward through the "net", mouths agape, swallowing thousands of fish in one gulp. Plated grooves in the whale's mouth allow the creature to easily drain all the water initially taken in.
The Lost Boys of Yantarni is the story of the quirky few, stubborn enough to live and work on one of the most rugged and formidable outreaches of the Alaska Peninsula - a Neverland practically unknown to the angling world. The allure? – giant, dime bright, Coho Salmon that charge into these mile-long rivers with a seek-and-destroy mentality.
Mother Nature still keeps secrets here, never really showing her hand. For the guys running the place, outwitting her is a daily battle. Severe weather, four-legged locals, and never-ending chores stack the odds against them.
Last year, Jason Ching produced the short film showcasing the research of an Alaska Salmon Program. Watch it here. It was incredible. Some of the best salmon, wildlife, and landscape videography we'd ever seen. Fast forward 1 year.
Today, Jason has yet another beautiful Alaska video reel, focusing on the landscape and salmon of Lake Aleknagik in the Wood River System and Iliamna Lake. There are some absolutely fabulous aurora, aerial, and underwater shots in this short film.
From the Filmmaker:
This video highlights the scenery of Iliamna Lake and Lake Aleknagik in Southwest Alaska. These two watersheds provide spawning habitat for some of the largest returns of wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, and also serve as important habitat for the development and growth of salmon in their early stages of life. As a keystone species in Bristol Bay, sockeye salmon are of large economic importance to the commercial fishing industry and local lodge outfits, they serve as an important food source for local communities, and also support the diverse and amazing ecosystems within these watersheds.
Fly Out Ambassador Camille Egdorf releases Unbroken - her latest film on their family run business on Alaska's Nushagak River in Bristol Bay. Camille is quickly gaining momentum in the fly fishing world, and this film reveals the spark of her love affair with the sport.
From the Filmmaker:
"Unbroken" a continuation of "Forget Me Knot" portrays the deep connection and love my parents, Dave and Kim Egdorf hold for a wilderness they've known for over 30 years. It depicts and shares the experiences had by myself, our clientele and the guides working hard to make the family business what it is today. From broken boat motors, to moose and bears, to big fish, "Unbroken" is the story of a family living in remote Alaska for 4 months every year and sharing it with others. It was an honor to have it as an official selection the 2014 International Fly Fishing Film Festival. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. -Camille