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Check below for the latest about additions to the site, new products, and other news. Sorting through years of photos to create a portfolio is an immensely fun but time consuming process. Stay tuned for new galleries, more images, and new edits of older photos.


The Night is Young

I'm pleased to share I was accepted into a second exhibition organized by the East Bay Photo Collective in Oakland, California. This exhibit follows the theme The Night is Young. My photo  appears in the online gallery. This is a photo from Wildcat Canyon that I shot while hiking out of Wildcat Canyon on a New Years Day a few years ago. The owl was perched on a palm frond and silhouetted against vivid sunset colors. I remember thinking at the time that with the interesting shapes from the palm and captivating hues in the scene, this might end up being one of my favorite photos for the whole year (and it was)! 

Great Horned Owl

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ERH Art And Music Festival Aug 6, 12-5PM

The East Richmond Heights Art and Music Festival is back! Stop by this great FREE event and meet 2 dozen+ talented artists and vendors from our neighborhood. In addition to the vendors, there will be a stage with various musical acts, food trucks, plus a chance to visit the monastery at the Gyuto Foundation. The festival stretches along a couple of blocks of Bernhard Ave between Kensington and Cypress Ave in Richmond (you can plug in 6401 Bernhard Ave, Richmond, for directions). Park in the neighborhood.

This event great event started in 2017, before I had officially started Alan Krakauer Photography. I was captivated by the event and spent the entire day taking photos (if you've seen any of the marketing for this year's festival then you've likely seen some of them!). In 2018, the festival served as the debut of my business. This will now be the third year I've been a vendor and I'm so excited to see you all there this year!

I will be there with a huge selection of cards, plus other gifts like magnets, stickers, and my hot-off-the-press 2023 Wildcat Canyon Calendar. I'll also have a variety of prints available for sale. I accept cash, major credit cards, PayPal, and now Venmo!

Lauri will be in the next tent over with a great variety of beed, button, beaded lace, Cezch glass, and washi paper earrings and pins. 

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2023 Wildcat Canyon Calendars are here!

I'm very happy to share that my 2023 calendars arrived from the printers today! This is always one of my favorite projects at Alan Krakauer Photography. It's always fun to dive way into my catalog of photos from my local open space. I'm looking for different seasons, subjects, and aspect ratios to fill out the pages. More than that, every year I get pick images that tell a new story about the area. This is now the fourth iteration of Wildcat Canyon calendar for me!

The calendars are available for sale on my Etsy site. This is currently the only 2023 calendar I have prepared. There may be others before the year is out, but if others happen it won't be until the fall.

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Audubon Female Bird Prize!

I am honored and overwhelmed to be able share that a photo of mine was selected as a a winner in the 2022 Audubon Photography Awards! The photo is of a female Greater Sage-grouse that I took in Wyoming several years ago. "Snow Queen" was chosen by the judges as the best in the new(ish) category of Female Birds. There are a lot of amazing photos capturing the spectacle of male sage-grouse but this photo was technically quite nice with the almost eye-level vantage point and beautiful morning light reflecting off the snow. It also captures a lot of the toughness of the birds that spend the winter in such a harsh environment. I'll tell more of the story of the photo in a future post. Thank you National Audubon Society and congrats to all the other photographers.

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Community at The Image Flow

I'm thrilled to announce I've been accepted into a juried exhibit at The Image Flow gallery in San Anselmo, California. The theme of the call for artists was Community, and as you'd imagine most of the selected entries had to do with people. Of course community is an ecological term as well, and it doesn't take too much time along the San Francisco Bay to see groups of birds of different species together as a feathered analog to our own mingling towns and cities. I submitted several photos and Against the Grain, my photo of roosting Marbled Godwits and Willets from Arrowhead Marsh. This photo was also recognized in Audubon Photography Awards Top 100 and as an honorable mention in the Outdoor Photographer Nature's Colors contest, but this is will be its first appearance in a gallery. 

The exhibit runs from May 23 -July 22, with an opening reception on June 4th.

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Art in the Garden event: May 1

We are now about 3 weeks away from our reentry into the world of in-person art! Lauri and I will be joining the Bringing Back the Natives Garden tour as partnering artists. As we did in back in 2019, we will be setting up in the stunning garden of Al and Barbara Kyte in Moraga. 15% of our proceeds from the event will go back to BBtN! We hope you can join us between 10AM and 5PM on May 1.

Tickets are required for entry, but are free with registration. There is a suggested donation of $15.

Although we are only out for the one day, the BBtN tour extends over multiple weekends and includes online video tours on April 16-17 and two days of in person tours at more than 50 different private gardens on April 30 and May 1 (Bayside gardens on the 30th and inland gardens on the 1st). Also watch for events throughout the year such as sales at local native plant nurseries.

Wholesale Catalog Update.

Please see the "Wholesale Card Orders" section on the Prints tab for the revised wholesale catalog. I've now included the Panoramic (4x9") cards in my wholesale offerings!

If you have any trouble with the download links, please contact me.

Spring Events Update

While we still aren't back to the full schedule of public events we had in 2019, things are actually happening again! Please check out the Events Tab for more information about the Food with a Twist reception (March 5) and Bringing Back the Natives Garden tour (our Moraga event will be May 1).

Food with a Twist!  (Now actually happening!)

The East Bay Photo Collective gallery is now open! If you are in the Oakland area, I hope you can stop by and check out the exhibit. EBPCO is open Fri-Sun from 12-6.  

Happy New Year 2022! (Giving Back Edition)

Happy New Year from Alan Krakauer Photography! Best wishes to all of you. I'll keep sharing photos and working on new products, projects, and maybe even my long envisioned reorganization of my website in the coming year. We also have tentative plans for in-person events in the spring, so hopefully there will be a return to normalcy.

At the end of December I wrapped up my 5% giving back campaign for Save the Bay. I'm pleased  to announce that I was able to make a $50 donation. I made this in memory of our neighbor Marilyn who was a long-time supporter of this organization. 

Starting January I will be donating 5% of sales to a new organization: Urban Tilth. This is a local organization that works at the intersection of food security, agriculture, environmental justice, and biodiversity. It was an important organization for our neighbor Rudy. I'll be donating to Urban Tilth at least through the end of March.

No 2022 Calendars This Year

For those of you who are waiting to order your wall calendars ... unfortunately I've made the decision not to produce any calendars for 2022. This was a very tough choice since these are so popular with so many of you.

I do expect to design calendars next year for 2023, and I may have some alternative formats that could even appear mid-year as 18-month editions. I'll have more to say about that when they get closer to production.

My Etsy store is still open for card orders!

Food with a Twist!

I'm pleased to announce I had a photo accepted into Food With a Twist, an exhibition organized by the East Bay Photo Collective in Oakland.  This is particularly exciting since it marks my first juried show and because it's actually the first one that I provided the framed print rather than having the show organizer print from my digital file. 

The image is something a little different for me. It is the walrus from my "Fruit Faces" series. To read more about this check out the Birds for Breakfast entry below.

The instructions from EBPCO stated we could do what we wanted with the framing, so my wife stepped in to add something special to the project. She painted the frame a navy blue to accent the blue bowl and blueberries, and for a particularly unique touch, decorated the interior edge of the frame with different patterns of washi paper. I love how it came out!

Unfortunately we don't have a firm date for the opening of this exhibit. Just weeks after moving into their new space one of our unusually strong fall rainstorms flooded the building and the gallery is currently being repaired. EBPCO anticipates maybe a January opening. Stay tuned!

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Giving Back (Fall 2021)

Alan Krakauer Photography gives 5% of it's sales to charity. For the final quarter of 2021, I will continue what I started in the summer and give 5% to Save the Bay. You can read more about my reasons for supporting this great organization below.

Birds for Breakfast!

My latest blog post for the Golden Gate Audubon Society is now live on their website. Birds for Breakfast is a quick read on how my wife and I have been entertaining each other during the pandemic with (frequently) bio-inspired fruit carvings on our oatmeal. I included over a dozen examples of bird designs in the essay -- we've made over 200 since last spring!

I hope to have something from our fruit face series available on Etsy one of these days. 

(July 2021)

Bewick's Wren

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Giving Back Summer 2021 (pt. 2)

We're into July and I'm pleased to announce the next recipient for Giving Back at Alan Krakauer Photography. From July through September, I'll donate 5% of all sales to Save the Bay, the largest regional organization working to protect, restore, and celebrate San Francisco Bay. A quick look at their website is all you need to see the long (60 year!) and successful track record of this organization.

There is also a more personal reason that I've selected Save the Bay -- they were a favorite organization of our dear friend Marilyn Muenchow. Marilyn passed away recently. She was a lover of nature and the outdoors. She, along with her husband John, kept a spectacular garden filled with lots of native plants. They'd sometimes have 4 or 5 different species of birds nesting in their East Bay yard. Not only will your support go to a fantastic organization but it will be in tribute to a wonderful person. 

(July 2021)

Giving Back, Summer 2021

It's the end of June. What does this mean, besides the fact that the 4th of July is right around the corner? My Spring quarter donation period is ending! I've now kept this pledge going for a full year, with over $200 going to great organizations including The Innocence Project, Golden Gate Audubon Society, and The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties.

In April I announced a fourth organization, and I'm happy to announce that thanks to the generous supporters of Alan Krakauer Photography, we raised $20 for Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa County.

What cause will we be supporting in July, August, and September? I haven't decided yet, but stay tuned!

(June 2021)

Point Molate

If you've been following me on social media this spring, you may have seen a post or two from the northwestern portion of the Richmond shoreline called Point Molate. I was invited to help Golden Gate Audubon Society to learn more about the development plans for that poorly visited part of the East Bay. This is a really special area with lots of history and a surprising amount of rugged beauty. A version of one of my photos was used for the cover of the summer issue of The Gull to set up an article talking about the region and its future. You'll likely see more about this issue (and my photos) in the months and years to come.

(June 2021)

Point Molate Shoreline

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Mt. Diablo Audubon Photo Contest

Another contest update! Mt. Diablo Audubon Society recently held their second annual photo contest for California birds. I submitted photos to several of the contest categories and was excited to learn I received honorable mention in two catorgies – Bird Portrait and Female Birds. The recognition was particularly nice since the two photos that were recognized were two in which I put a lot of attention to the artistic components of the photo (rather than something technically sound but not very original). Hearty congratulations to all the other photographers who participated in this growing contest.

Mt. Diablo Audubon Society is one of my two "home" societies. For maybe 15 years I've participated in the Central Contra Costa Christmas Bird Count circle that they organize, plus I have given two talks on my research at their monthly meetings. 

Crow (Point Reyes, CA), Hen Turkey (Richmond, CA)

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Photo Winner

I am thrilled to announce I received the People's Choice winner in the 2021 California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Photo Contest! I received word earlier but only recently got the official acknowledgement (it's not yet on their website either).

I've never worked directly with this organization – the contest was organized by partners at Point Blue Conservation Science, a great organization working globally to protect nature. More than that, I have benefitted greatly from working lands. My doctoral research took place in part on ranches near my research station in upper Carmel Valley, and my postdoctoral work took me to multi-use land in Wyoming managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

May 2021

Pale Calf, Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

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Giving Back -- April 2021 Update

It’s no April Fools, but we are heading into April and that means it’s time to Give Back. From January through March I set aside 5% of sales to give to a group doing good in the world, and for this period I had selected The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. I’d like to thank all my customers, and in particular those who offered to round up or supplement their orders to pass on even more money to this important organization. We gave a total of $40 which helps get 80 meals to people in need! Given that so many here still face food insecurity, for the period of April though June, I will be donating 5% to Meals on Wheels.

Calendar Sale! Card Boxed Sets Are Back!

With a twist... These are Press Print cards I ordered some time back. Two designs only, so each box contains 10 cards of a single design. Limited quantities! What's different with these cards compared with my inkjet cards?

-Cardstock is heavier and not glossy

-Slightly larger (full 5x7 A7 size rather than the slightly smaller A6 size)

-Envelopes less "green" (sorry!), no post-consumer content or sustainable forestry certification

Comes in a kraft box with clear plastic lid.

Available on Etsy!

And if you haven't picked up a calendar yet, they are now 40% off on my Etsy Site (now only $12 each). 

Giving Back -- Jan 2021 Update

Several months ago I started a giving back program here at Alan Krakauer Photography (you can read more about this in my archived updates). In brief, I will donate 5% of all sales to an organization doing something good for the world. 

Due to the wonderful support for Alan Krakauer Photography over the past 3 months I was able to make a $150 donation to Golden Gate Audubon Society! So thrilled to have been able to make this impactful donation.

Starting January 1 I am shifting to a new charity -- The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. There is such dire need for food security right now, and monetary donations to food banks are one of the most efficient ways to do this.