That’s “shooter” as in photographer, not as in hunter.
This week’s giveaway “Snap Decisions: My 30 Years as an Alaska News Photographer,” is more than just the moose-and-goose-in-the-spruce school of photography.
I do have to say, however, that the moose photo to the left is one of my favorite images ever published in the Anchorage Daily News.
This is no pretty coffee-table book focusing only on scenic vistas and awesome animals. In photographing the news, my former colleague Jim Lavrakas covered some pretty grim stuff: crime, alcoholism and poverty. It’s strong work.
But other pages are breathtaking, the kinds of things that make you want to visit the Last Frontier. The Iditarod photos in particular are wonderful.
Jim’s most famous picture came about quite by accident. It seems some people were putting northern pike into Anchorage waterways, possibly to have themselves some pike fishing later on. Trouble was, the pike were wreaking havoc with the trout-stocking program.
A photo opp in a fish tank (“See how fast a single pike can gobble down a bunch of baby trout!”) resulted in an amazing shot: a pike so stuffed to the gills, so to speak, that it couldn’t quite swallow the last bite:
Ever feel like that little fish? I have.
“Snap Decisions” is signed by the author, and it would make a great holiday gift. Or keep it yourself and see what a professional shooter can do with a camera and a fish.
Speaking of fish: Jim has retired and now runs Skookum Charters in Homer, Alaska. If catching a barn-door halibut or just taking an unforgettable boat tour is on your bucket list, save your frequent-flier miles and give him a call. (Note: I’m not getting paid to say that. I’m just supporting the local economy.)
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