The Lure of the Dalton

Discussion in 'Photos' started by Alcan Rider, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Tn. Walrus

    Tn. Walrus Knuckle Dragger

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    Alcan Rider, what camera/ filters/ processing are you using? The colors are extremely vivid in your shots.
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  2. ddennis669

    ddennis669 Adventurer

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    I was there in late June of 07. Once north of Atigun Pass it is nothing short of intoxicating.


    Some riders approach as I near Deadhorse.

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    Southbound.

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    :D


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    :clap

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  3. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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    Great photos ACR, thanks. :thumbup
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  4. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    And I look at the photos others post in their ride reports and wonder how I can get the beautiful colors that they display. :lol3

    When I take the time, I like to post-process the photo a little if it needs it. Add a little contrast, give it more color saturation, maybe reduce the gamma if it looks to be overexposed. Anything to improve the image without doing any Photoshop-type manipulation. Some of the photos are HDR shots, but I try to minimize the effect so it is barely detectable, yet offers an improvement. This is one of those -
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    This is also an HDR photo, but more obvious to those who have used the process themselves -
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  5. ROYAL COACHMAN

    ROYAL COACHMAN Been here awhile

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    Absolutely stunning photography gentlemen!!!!!
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  6. Tn. Walrus

    Tn. Walrus Knuckle Dragger

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    Thanks, I've never tried the technique, but I am going to.
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  7. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Surely you must taken shot some still shots too. Post a few of them for our enjoyment. BTW - looks like you had some nice weather on your ride. But still, there's no way you can escape the mud somewhere along the route, is there.
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  8. superdutyGS

    superdutyGS lone rider

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    I just love this guys. Thanks so much too all that have posted pics.
    I appreciate you starting the thread too Alcan Rider. I leave Missouri July 14th for the Circle. Not planning on deadhorse, going to go to coldfoot and turn back. These pictures have me counting the hours rather than the days. thanks again to all the contributors.
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  9. locorider

    locorider Loco, pero no estúpido!

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    Definetely, awesome pictures! Looking forward to ride there this summer!!!! :clap
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  10. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    The heavy truck traffic, combined with the calcium chloride, results in a surface so hard grader blades can only scratch the surface unless it is softened with water. So they soak it with thousands upon thousands of gallons of water for a couple of days prior to grading it. Usually done in stretches of three to ten miles at a time, so you only have to get through that much before you're back on drier ground and can breathe easy again - until the next wet stretch.

    This photo was shot out the windshield of my van during a trip on which I took a couple of tourists to Deadhorse to take a peek -
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  11. rgiroux

    rgiroux Invisible Man

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    Frijole wont post his pix from our 2009 trip, so I will

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  12. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Talk about vivid colors - those are really nice considering how dull it can be in that valley! :thumb


    Early June and Galbraith Lake is still pretty solidly covered with ice. But it looks like you had a warm day - at least that far.

    As many times as I have made that climb up to Chandalar Shelf, never once have I taken a photo looking back down the Dietrich Valley like that. Another nice one, with perfect lighting. :thumb

    Just a few clouds high over Atigun; looks like you had one of the rare beautiful days to do the trip. Sure makes you glad you did it, doesn't it.

    Judging by the time between photos, you made really good time up and back. When I went up a few days earlier, the road was in great shape. And going up again at the end of June the last 30 miles into Deadhorse were the best I've ever seen.

    You have some more great photos from the trip, keep posting. :deal
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  13. rgiroux

    rgiroux Invisible Man

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    We must have had the best weather in many a year on our trip north. From the time we left Idaho, until we got to Coldfoot, it was usually warm and sunny. in fact we got into Coldfoot and the temps were in the 70s. Yukon Crossing it was 80! Couldnt believe it.

    On the bit from Coldfoot to Prudhoe, we didnt put on cold weather gear until we were about 40 or 50 miles out of Prudhoe. Then it got windy and cold, but still clear. The way back was a whole different story, tho. We hit rain about 40 miles north of Atigun. We blame Francis, our new riding buddy as he had challenged the weather gods by asking earlier where all the bad weather people talked about was :lol3

    Course, true to form, we got to the Pass and the sun came out and it was warm and sunny all the way back to Coldfoot. Didnt hit cool weather until two days later in Anchorage.

    Best trip ever (so far)

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    Mostly sunny on the way north


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    Sounds like you know almost every inch of that road? :thumb
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  14. rgiroux

    rgiroux Invisible Man

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    We left around 8 or 9 in the morning from Coldfoot. Got to Prudhoe around 2:30 or 3:00. Road was fantastic except for one small area being worked on.

    Ate at Prudhoe Bay Hotel (?) and left to go back south around 5pm. Made it into Coldfoot around midnite after battling some heavy duty rain and mud for a couple of hours!

    Funny how that is a different road almost every day. Makes for a trip that is never boring.
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  15. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    :nod Winter and summer. This photo was taken at 3:15 in the afternoon on Christmas Eve '07, about 3 miles south of your photo. You can match the peaks at the left of your photo.
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    Like the sun in the summer, the moon never set all night long. But unlike your trip, the coldest spot was crossing the Yukon (-20F), and the warmest was at the top of Atigun Pass (+15F).
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  16. frijole

    frijole Clickin'

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    Rick, this was my favorite trip too. Let's think about a Dempster trip someday. Maybe Alcan Rider wouldn't mind joining us? :)
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  17. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Y'know... it's been on my mind that I still haven't gotten around to making the run up to Inuvik and it is time to correct that oversight. Let me know when you're headed that way, maybe I can take a few days and tag along. I promise not to slow you down too much.
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  18. frijole

    frijole Clickin'

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    We would probably so you down. Rick and spudnick and I stopping every 5 min to take pix :) when we get around doing this, we would love to join you on this trip.
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  19. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    Jack, your eye with the camera is simply amazing! Just when I thought your pics had amazed me to no end, I stumble upon another thread of yours that raises the bar even higher! 86 days till departure from south Florida! So cannot wait! Plans and purchases are down to the minor details, I could actually leave tomorrow, but it might be tough riding up there still!! :p3rry

    We plan to do our best to get through Glenallen to buy the famous ALCAN Rider a cup of coffee and hear some of the tales in person!!!! We should make Fairbanks around July 10 or so sometime after that we should be in your neck of the woods!!!:clap

    PS........looked up where your cabin on the edge of the park is! WOW, I bet that is solitude and amazing!!
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  20. Delta88

    Delta88 Knurly Adventurer

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    These are mere snapshots as opposed to the many wonderful photographs you've all posted but here they are just the same....

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    Fireweed

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    We didn't see much wildlife in July of '06 but this moose.

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    It got a little moist on the way back south.

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    Bundling up for the snow on Atigun Pass

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