Entries by Kenton Krueger

Understanding the Exposure Triangle

A lot goes into creating a quality image. It’s more than simply having an expensive camera. There are particular skills and techniques that can help a photographer get the most out of his/her camera. We thought a discussion on the exposure triangle would be a useful exercise for this blog, as it is arguably one […]

Take Better Panoramas

Everyone loves playing with the panorama function on their iPhone, right? It takes cool pics. And there is a lot of fun to be had messing with that particular setting. If you’re reading this blog, however, we’re guessing that you’re probably a bit more of an advanced photographer than someone who’s going to be completely […]

Canyons of Utah: Arches & Canyonlands

One day it was there. The next, it wasn’t. For millions of years Wall Arch stood brilliantly above the desert landscape in what is now Arches National Park. Then, following a crash that sounded to those who audibly witnessed it on the night of Aug 4, 2008, the sandstone arch was gone forever. Every arch, […]

F-Stop Camera Packs

There are so many things to consider when getting serious about landscape and wildlife adventure photography. What camera is body is going to be good enough for me? Which lenses do I buy first, second, third and so on? Certainly, I’ll need a decent tripod? Can’t forget a series of filters. The list could last […]

The Auroral Oval – What is it?

Hang onto your hats people, we’re going to get a little scientific for a minute in an effort to take a closer look at one of our favorite sky events, the Aurora Borealis. We’re all more than likely familiar with the Aurora. We’ve seen countless images while craving an opportunity to make some of our […]

Lavelle’s Bistro in Fairbanks, Alaska

You know how the saying goes, “When in Fairbanks?” Wait.. That’s not actually the saying, is it? Its “When in Rome,” isn’t it? Oh, well. For our purposes here we’re going with “When in Fairbanks.” And when in Fairbanks, Alaska, eat at Lavelle’s! Fifteen years has passed since Kathy Lavelle and Frank Eagle founded Lavelle’s […]

Fall in Yosemite National Park

I’m going to steal a line here, but do you know the feeling that comes from finally seeing a place that you’ve only seen prior in postcards? Yosemite is that type of place, if you’ve never been. A place where the geology figuratively slaps you in the face as granite features such as Half Dome […]

Critters of Costa Rica

Before we start this post let us take a moment for an official Backcountry Journey’s Public Service Announcement: PHOTOGRAPHERS BEWARE! If you travel with us on our Wildlife of Costa Rica Tour you may not return home! That’s right. But not for any scary reasons, or anything as such. Its Costa Rica’s “pura vida” that […]

Zion National Park: Angel’s Landing Re-Opens

There is seemingly a lot of news coming out of Zion National Park these days, however, we wanted to point out one particularly important item important to us that may have slipped through the proverbial cracks. Zion National Park’s world-famous “Angel’s Landing” hike has been re-opened after being closed since intense flooding, mudslides and rockfall […]

Update on the Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt

Quick update on the proposed grizzly hunts that were to take place this month in Wyoming and Idaho. We had written a blog post a few weeks ago on photographer Thomas Mangelsen and his, and others, efforts to block this hunt. Looks like for now the group will be pleased. U.S. District Court Judge Dana […]

Long Dormant Yellowstone Hot Spring is erupting!

A quick update from Yellowstone National Park, and this time at least it does not involve anyone taunting bison. Ear Spring, a normally docile spring, erupted recently for the first time since 2004, shooting steam and water 20 to 30 feet into the air, which a press release from the Park indicated is a height […]

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Makes Plans to Re-Open

News coming out of Hawaii is that Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park will soon be able to reopen after several months of closures due to volcanic eruptions. If you haven’t heard, major earthquakes and lava eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano have kept most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park temporarily off limits to visitors for the last […]

Shoot’em with a camera–not a gun.

Shoot’em with a camera–not a gun. That is precisely what wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen plans to do with the grizzly bear tag he recently was awarded through a lottery drawing as the largest grizzly hunt in the lower 48 states in more than 40 years is due to get underway soon, in Wyoming. Mangelsen, an […]

Yellowstone Bison Tough Guy Update

Fun, quick, update on the bozo bison bully we wrote on a few weeks back. You’ll remember this internet sensation as Raymond Reinke, of Oregon. His legal proceedings have now passed and he has been given a punishment that might come up a bit shy of what many would have liked to have seen, but […]