Travel

New Post on the Sigma Blog: Morning at the Reflection Lakes, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Alex_Filatov-Stormy-Monday-600x414

  My latest post on the Sigma blog talks about my first journey to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is a natural continuation of a theme discussed during my previous entry, “Making the Best of Opportunities in Nature Photography.”  It talks about a rainy morning at the Reflection Lakes in Mount Rainier National Park and […]





New Post on the Sigma Blog: Making the Best of Opportunities in Nature Photography

Pure Gold

  My second post on the Sigma blog discusses the challenges of facing conditions in the field that are beyond one’s control and explores how they may be used to a nature photographer’s advantage. Please give it a read!   All content is ©2013 Alex Filatov Photography. All rights reserved. Follow me on Google+ | Facebook | Twitter





Day and Night at Triple Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana

"Sun-Crowned Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana"

Triple Falls is a hidden location among the alpine meadows dubbed the Hanging Gardens in Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana. This stunning waterfall is also known as Double or Quadruple Falls depending on the number of streams joining the Reynolds Creek as it flows towards lower elevations, often a reflection of how much snow […]





Wild Goose Island and St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

"Rainbow Over Wild Goose Island," Glacier National Park, Montana

Oh boy…where do I begin (again)? I apologize for having so little time to regularly update this blog and thank my loyal readers for continuing to follow along. In the past few months, some exciting opportunities have come my way that I hope to share with you soon. I have also been fortunate enough to […]





Majestic Appalachia, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

"Spring Awakening," Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

The natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is fully revealed during the spring. Slowly waking up from its winter slumber, the valleys fill with the sound of rushing streams and singing birds. Blooming dogwoods, budding trees and a variety of wildflowers that make the Smokies so famous cover the […]





Thor’s Hammer, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

A Midwinter's Night Dream

Capturing the majestic hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park is an amazing experience for any landscape photographer. One in the particular, the Thor’s Hammer, has captivated the imagination of generations, rising approximately 150 feet (46 meters) above the canyon floor. Part of the Claron Formation and consisting of predominantly limestone, it arose from a prehistoric […]





Flowering Yucca, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Flowering Yucca

I’ve recently returned from a trip to the Southwest where I was fortunate to spend some time with my folks. They were very excited to see the iconic sights of the canyon country around Moab, Utah that I’ve previously photographed and enthusiastically discussed. The vistas they had witnessed over the course of a week exceeded […]





Mother Bear and Cubs, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

"Hanging On," Nikon D800 handheld, NIKKOR 70-200 f/2.8, 1/100 sec at f/5, ISO 800

In the great spirit of Mother’s Day, I’m sharing some images of a mother black bear with her three cubs captured this spring in the Smokies. Mama was busy protecting them in a truly menacing fashion just like a loving mother should while teaching the kids how to climb trees. Across all cultures, borders (and […]





The Sinks, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

The Sinks

Welcome to my new site and blog! All the prior entries will be migrated here over time, so kindly update your bookmarks and RSS feed. Here’s a new image from my recent early April trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee/North Carolina. Around this time of year, the lush waterfalls and cascades […]





Stud Horse Point, near Page, Arizona

Foreign Planet

Alien shapes of the prehistoric pedestal rocks, seemingly defying laws of gravity by balancing their enormous tops at acute angles, give Stud Horse Point an otherworldly feel. Located near Page, Arizona close to the Utah state line, this group of half dozen stunning hoodoos is positioned within a depression overlooking the valley and Lake Powell […]





Yaki Point, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Everlasting Light

After waking up early on a cold April morning, I was somewhat disappointed to find that the dawn light at Yaki Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon was obscured by dense storm clouds on the horizon. However, one of the most important things I have learned is to never give up and […]





Rim Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

"Bryce Alpenglow"

The Rim Trail, extending from Fairyland to Bryce Point, offers stunning vistas of the Bryce amphitheater. The trail, 5.5 miles (9.6 km) long, climbs 1754 feet to a maximum elevation of 8354 feet (2546 m). While it does encompass some fantastic viewpoints such as Sunrise Point, Sunset Point and Inspiration Point, its true beauty lies […]





Ancient Glow, Antelope Canyon, Arizona

"Ancient Glow"

As morning light brings incredible lines, colors and textures of Antelope Canyon to life, it simultaneously highlights the deeply contrasting, unpredictable transience of the human existence. Our lives represent little more but grains of sand on its ancient floor, carved out of Navajo sandstone by wind and water over millions of years. Consequently, we must […]





Sandstone Striations, Coyote Buttes North, Arizona

"Sandstone Striations"

Visiting a well-photographed location such as the Coyote Buttes North in Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness often presents a creative challenge for the photographer. In my opinion, while there is value in obtaining classic captures of the Wave, one should also strive for original compositions.      While attempting to do exactly that, I noted compelling purple […]





Little Stony Man Cliffs, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Little Stony Man Sunset

Beginning the short 0.5 mile late October hike to Little Stony Man Cliffs in Shenandoah National Park, I was brought back to my childhood by the flagrant smell of moist, fallen oak leaves covering the rocks along this short part of the Appalachian Trail. It had been exceedingly cloudy on our drive in to Virginia and […]





Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park

"Starstruck"

Photography of the night sky has recently become a focus of many dedicated landscape photographers as it taps into man’s natural fascination with all things celestial by revealing incredible details in the heavens above, both seen and unseen. On my recent trip to Maine’s Acadia National Park, a beautiful clear autumn night with the Milky Way visible […]





Blackrock Summit, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Blackrock Summit

Easily one of my favorite locations in Shenandoah National Park, Blackrock Summit is a fantastic place to see and photograph stunning sunrises and sunsets over the Blue Ridge Mountains with unique rock formations in the foreground. Although it is an approximate 2.5 hour drive from Luray, it is accessible via a short 20 minute hike […]





Weathered, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Weathered

One of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever seen came on a crisp late October morning in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Driving along the beautiful Skyline Drive, we didn’t have high hopes for a great sunrise as the sky was very cloudy and ominous. Pulling over at the overlook, we set up just in […]





Happy Halloween!

"What Lies Within"

Happy Halloween to all! Whatever you are doing, whether wandering the dark streets, spooky forests or simply watching Michael Myers carve up people like pumpkins on TV while consuming your kids’ hard-earned candy, I hope you stay safe. Enjoy the creepiest holiday of them all! I’ve come up with a couple of ghoulish images from […]





Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine

"Cadillac Mountain Morning Glory"

Cadillac Mountain is one of the most frequented attractions in Acadia National Park. Because of its elevation and northeastern location, Cadillac Mountain is the first place in the United States to see the dawn of day.      The motivated individuals who rise early enough to see this spectacle will witness the break of dawn over […]





Mesa Arch Sunrise, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

"Mesa Arch Sunrise," Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Canyonlands is my favorite National Park of all time, and for good reason. Driving in from Moab in the fading night with the expectation and excitement of seeing the first rays of light turn the underside of the Mesa Arch deep colors of orange and red is an indescribable feeling! Of course this jewel located […]





Bass Harbor Lighthouse Sunset, Acadia National Park, Maine

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Located on the rugged, rocky southwestern shore of Mount Desert Island, the Bass Harbor Head lighthouse is one of the most frequently photographed sites in Acadia National Park. Built in 1858 in Tremont, the lighthouse rises 56 feet above mean high water. Several previous attempts at photographing this beautiful site were frustrated by dense New […]





Cobblestone Bridge, Acadia National Park, Maine

"Change of Seasons," along Jordan Stream, Acadia National Park

One of the striking features of Acadia National Park are its many carriage roads with sixteen stone bridges, constructed from hand-hewn local granite in the early 1900s.      The Cobblestone Bridge spanning Jordan Stream was the first one built in 1917. It was designed by William Welles Bosworth, an architect who had previously been […]





Dawn Glow, Acadia National Park, Maine

"Cadillac Mountain at Dawn"

My wonderful fiancee and I drove into Bar Harbor, Maine, on the evening of August 27th, as we escaped the wrath of Hurricane Irene which was ravaging the east coast. We really did not know what to expect in terms of conditions, but for the exception of the complete washout on Sunday complete with a […]





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