Exploring Southern Alaska

Last July, I was invited to go on a scouting trip to Sitka, Alaska with my good friend Colby Brown, a fine-art photographer from Denver. Having wanted to travel to Alaska since I was a little kid, I jumped at the opportunity. It would also give me a chance to scout a location that I have plans to revisit for two weeks this fall with a surfing crew.

Alaska was just as I imagined it. Friendly locals, clean, and untouched – like traveling back in time. However, upon returning home, the images have stayed on my hard drives for nearly 9 months. I shared some on Facebook and put a few more on my Tumblr, but nothing went into the print store, nor did I send anything out for publication. I brought back photos of broad, vibrant scenes, but that’s not what I felt in Alaska. Standing in the accurately-named Last Frontier state felt more raw. Like early explorers stepping foot on a new location for the first time. I didn’t feel that my shots captured that.

A few weeks ago I was lucky to stumble upon VSCO film, a set of film emulation presets for Lightroom. As a photographer, I’m ashamed to say I’ve never shot film. A part of me feels as though it’s some sort of right of passage to actually be called a photographer, and that I’m fooling everyone in the meantime. Applying the VSCO presets and some minor Lightroom adjustments, however, comes close to the feeling I get while flipping through old family photo albums. That’s what my photos from Alaska were missing – history and character.

So, 9 months later, here are some select shots from Sitka and Kruzof Island, Alaska. I can’t wait to return this fall with surfboards and tents in tow.
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Fresh Shots – One Month in San Francisco

For those that don’t know, I spend my day hours as a web developer and in early February I packed up a few things to pursue new professional knowledge in the Bay Area. The change in scenery has been incredibly inspiring and I can’t remember the last day that I missed the sunset. Being here has also led my photography to take an interesting turn. I’ve been exploring new ways to visualize scenes for editing using VSCO presets and lots of high contrast black and white, semi-replicating the feeling of film.

I’ve been to Yosemite and Big Sur twice and my new favorite thing to do is drive down Highway 1, taking in the ocean at sunset – windows down, music up. Here’s a collection of my favorite shots from the last month. I’ll be in the Bay Area for two more months, so expect more sunsets and ocean scenes to come!
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March 2013 Desktop Wallpaper – Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Over the past month I’ve made the move to Bay Area from California. My last few weeks have presented amazing opportunities not only to shoot with the excellent photographers that live in this area, but to photograph something different from the mountains of Colorado. I’ve spend a good amount of my time just driving down Highway 1, taking in sunsets. This shot was taken near Santa Cruz at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

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Fresh Shots – Loveland Pass

With winter in full swing around Colorado, I’ve been making it a point to spend as much of my time in the mountains as possible to capture the snowy scenes. My go-to spot as of recently has been Loveland Pass. Due to it’s location close to Denver, Loveland Pass gets plenty of backcountry skiers that hike to earn their turns in untouched powder.

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January 2013 Desktop Wallpaper – Loveland Pass, Colorado

Winter is finally in full swing in Colorado, especially on Loveland Pass, which always sees some of the harshest winter conditions. After an adventure in sub-zero temperatures, I shot this photo just above the A-Basin ski resort as the sun was wrapping up the day.

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2013 Casey Mac Photo Wall Calendar

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My 2013 Casey Mac Photo Wall Calendar is now available for purchase! These 13 photos are a small selection of my favorite photos from my adventures in 2012. The calendar includes shots (seen below) from Colorado, California, Utah, Costa Rica, and Alaska.

The calendar is $20 + $3 shipping to anywhere in the United States. It is 11″ x 17″ when open and spiral-bound on 100# gloss stock paper. Should you decide to purchase 3 or more calendars, please contact me prior to ordering and I will provide you with a discount.

Thank you for supporting independent artists and allowing me to share these photos with you.





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December 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – Golden Gate Bridge

December 2012 Desktop Wallpaper Golden Gate Bridge

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to shoot with 4 of my favorite San Francisco photographers in their own backyard and what better place to shoot in the bay area than the Golden Gate Bridge. Thanks to Joe Azure, Toby Harriman, Michael Bonocore, and Todd Sipes for showing me one of the best place to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge.

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November 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – Blanca Peak, Colorado

November 2012 Desktop Wallpaper Blanca Peak Colorado

With fall winding down in Colorado, I’ve been making it a point to get a few more difficult mountains climbed before they’re covered with snow. Blanca Peak, a 14er in the Sangre de Cristo range, has been on my list for a while. This was shot the night before while camping in the valley below.

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October 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – Dallas Divide, Colorado

October 2012 Desktop Wallpaper Dallas Divide

Fall in Colorado is the best time of year, and the San Juan mountains in southwestern Colorado are the best place to experience it. This shot, taken from the top of the Dallas Divide, shows Mount Sneffels, a 14,000ft mountain, towering over the aspens in the valley below.

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