So the topic sounds grand, but those who have been to the Aleutian chain off Alaska know that the experience can be anything but. With this being my second time photographing the Deadliest Catch for Discovery, I decided that I would try and show the world a little background of good ole Dutch Harbor. It was also at this time that I was able to get a Canon G10 early enough to take with me and test out. Do note: before this adventure I had never used a point and shoot camera, but the idea of a relatively high quality file from a camera I could keep in my jacket pocket when not on set captivated me. Another plus is that when not on set, I usually wear sunglasses, and having to take them off to snap pictures would be a drawback that could have negated the use of a P&S camera altogether.
With that said my clients and I (Jenny and Luke, you rock!) decided that each day after photographing we would go for a drive around the island in our rental SUV with no front brakes, multi-colored panels, and doors that would sometimes lock you out, and sometimes lock you in. To say that this paid off is an understatement.
We drove up a mountain that borders the area that the Deadliest Catch ships dock, known as Mount Ballyhoo. What’s the significance of this you say? Come to find out, Mount Ballyhoo was actually bombed by the Japanese in 1942 amongst two days of attacks on the US. What we drove into would captivate us, and proved to be just plain amazing when combined to the low angle of the sun’s warm diffused light. The natural beauty of the landscape combined with munition bunkers, pill boxes and turrets, this was a surreal journey that would have been a mental image if not for the Canon G10.