Entries by Ben Blankenship

Trip Report: Brown Bears of Alaska: Lake Clark – June 2021

Lake Clark National Park is located in southwest Alaska, and his home to a wide array of ecosystems, including tidal bays, estuaries, rainforest, glaciers, volcanos, and salmon bearing rivers and streams. And this wide array of ecosystems means that virtually all of Alaska’s iconic animals can be found here, including moose, wolf, bald eagles, wolverine, […]

Astrophotography | Tips & Tricks

There’s nothing like capturing the night sky, and better yet, the Milky Way. Camera sensors are able to pick up immense detail and light from those far off galaxies – making it an extremely fun and awe-inspiring type of landscape photography. Ben Blankenship was recently in Joshua Tree National Park guiding a Backcountry Journeys’ workshop. […]

Macro Photography | Tips for Wildlife

A macro approach can produce fantastic images of small creatures and wildlife. It does require some special gear and techniques though. In this video, Ben Blankenship covers what gear you need and the techniques he’s used to capture amazing macro images for years. Ben is an expert on all things Costa Rica and has an […]

Yosemite in Spring

Yosemite National Park in California is one of the most majestic places in the world. You could even say that landscape photography was born there. Ansel Adams was one of the first to capture and portray the beauty of the park, and other icons like Galen Rowell followed shortly after. Today, landscape photographers continue to […]

Trip Report: Night Skies of the Southwest II – March 2021

Few landscapes are as dramatic as the United States’ southwest deserts. Bright reds, yellows, and even blues accent jagged peaks and badlands, creating a Martian-like terrain. And it was here, in this alien-looking landscape that Backcountry Journeys embarked on its maiden voyage into the desert at night. BCJ has been running trips into Zion National […]

The Joys and Pitfalls of Astro Photography: How to create compelling images in the nighttime, from the Milky Way to Star Trails

Backcountry Journeys is in the field this week (and next) on our Special Departure ‘Night Skies of the Southwest’ photo workshop. It seems like the perfect time to lay out some of my tips and tricks for creating compelling photos of the night sky. It is hard to argue that some of the most compelling […]

The Sea Turtle and the Gold Miner: The story of grassroots sea turtle conservation on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

Thick jungle lines the dusty roadway as it leads deep into the rainforests of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica’s remote southwest. From the small town of Puerto Jimenez, the road traverses narrow ridgelines and shallow river fords. After an hour and a half’s drive, those who venture this far will see a small wooden […]