Welcome to Alan Krakauer Photography!
Here you'll find galleries of some of my favorite work. 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.
For smaller products like cards, calendars, and stickers, please visit me on Etsy (AlanKPhotoStore)!
Prints through Smugmug:
Smugmug allows ordering of prints hosted on this site. I have some of my top images available in a gallery under the Prints tab here. You can select sizes and several other options for products are available as well. Most or all of these are fulfilled by Bay Photo, a well respected photo lab. Eventually I will have all my photos re-edited for color and get the site revamped so most galleries are purchase-able. If you see a print you want that isn't yet available, please contact me and I can make it available!
Fine Art Prints:
Currently we have two ways to do this. If you live outside of the Bay Area, the best option for archival quality prints on fine art papers is to contact me and work out an arrangement using Bay Photo's extensive line of papers and matting/framing options. I've ordered a few test pieces and they were stunning. If you live in in the Bay Area, then it will be easier to pick up one of my printed and matted images from me in person. These are available as up to 12x18" images printed with pigment inks on acid free papers and matted with archival materials. If/when I figure out how best to ship these I may be able to offer them through Etsy (but we're not there yet). Regardless, we can make it happen so contact me if there's an image you want on your wall!
LATEST NEWS BELOW
Crab Cove Reception
We had a great time at the reception for the first annual photography exhibition at the Crab Cove Nature Center. It was my first time at the visitors center itself and I was really impressed. There are some great exhibits featuring local natural history plus some great views into Alameda's human history as well. How cool is it to peer into an aquarium with a shark and large moray eel too?
Our photos are on display in a back room that used to be the exhibit construction room for the entire park system! The room has been turned into a sparkling outreach classroom, but in August has wire display walls with 70+ great photos from local public lands.
The park is right by the shoreline, so it's a short walk to see pelicans resting at the tideline and sailboats cruising into the harbor. Neat spot!
Can't wait for the next exhibit opening, in Richmond, next weekend!
Crab Cove Photography Exhibition
Another local exhibit! Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda is hosting their first Photography Exhibition! Their public call was for photos celebrating life and culture in the East Bay Regional Parks. My submission was my favorite mushroom photo! The photos will be available for viewing on weekends in August.
Audubon Photography Awards Top 100
The National Audubon Society has announced the winners of the 2019 Photography Awards. Although I wasn't among the finalists, I was excited to see there was a sage-grouse photo among the winners (of course, it would have been better if it were MY photo ha ha). However, I am thrilled to announce I did have one image selected among the top 100, out of more than 2000 entrants. The image, about a quarter of the way down the list, is "Against the Grain", the photo I took of roosting Marbled Godwits and Willets at Arrowhead Marsh in Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline. I'm over the moon about this recognition of my work, especially since it came in the context of supporting birding and bird conservation.
Richmond Museum "Richmond in Focus"
Very pleased to announce I've had 5 of my Wildcat Canyon photos accepted into the Richmond Museum's upcoming exhibition "Richmond in Focus"! This marks another milestone in my journey at Alan Krakauer Photography. Having some prints on public display has been a goal of mine, and now they will be!
Female sage-grouse in snow
If you've visited the About the Artist tab, you'll already know I come from a biology background and I'm always excited to see crossover between my photography and science. I spent more than a decade in Wyoming helping lead a research team studying a charismatic and imperiled bird called the sage-grouse. Especially during the winter, sage-grouse are almost entirely dependent on, you guessed it, sage (not culinary sage, but the high-desert plants in the genus Artemesia). To help illustrate this important relationship between these two fixtures of the western landscape, I took this picture of a female grouse munching on some sage. I was happy to allow friends and collaborators to use this photo in support of their new paper that leverages genomics to better understand how this enigmatic bird makes a living in such an inhospitable place. Congrats on the exciting paper!
Fine Art Prints and the Open Studio
When I started Alan Krakauer Photography, I started small. Literally. My first set of products were all inkjet greeting cards I printed myself. From there I added a wall calendar, more cards, and eventually stickers. My goal was to move into prints, but my first step there was to get print-on-demand files here on Smugmug. I've even sold a couple!
At least right now it's not cost effective to outsource the production of an inventory of prints to sell at in-person events. The recent East Bay Open Studios provided the perfect deadline for me to start making my own fine art prints. A few weeks ago I finally set up my pigment printer and started printing and matting. There's just something super satisfying about seeing a blank sheet of paper disappear into the rollers and reemerge with a favorite image on it. Many thanks to Evan at Moab Paper for his print workshop and demo at Looking Glass Photo last year. And thanks to everyone who bought a print at EBOS!
The larger paper, along with differences in workflow between my greeting cards and these prints, has allowed me to finally print up some images that just didn't work before because of the size or colors. So now I've finally got images of scenes like the moonset on this home page or my magical dawn among the tufa towers at Mono Lake.
At this point I'm only offering these fine art prints (pigment printed on acid-free paper and matted on acid-free backing with archival mounts) in person since I haven't yet worked out shipping. But if you see a photo here or on my Etsy site that you'd like to see as a print, please let me know!
I have a few framed prints and canvas prints that I ordered up as well.
Card Recall :( [Update 5/11]
[Update: After reaching out here, on FB, and via email to people I for whom I had contact info, I only received one notice of a card with minor problems. So thankfully I don't think many of these made it out to customers, and none of the new cards I printed for the Moraga event showed any of the adhesion issue. Phew! Please do contact me if you notice any printing problems in the future.]
As a new business, I know not everything will go perfectly. At the same time, I want to make sure everything is right with my customers.
After packing up for the Cherry Blossom Festival, I discovered a small number of rectangular greeting cards partially adhered to the inside of the plastic card sleeve. This happened along the top edge of the card (along the spine), and when the card is removed from the sleeve, stripes of ink partially separate from the card.
Based on the affected cards (many of them newer designs), I believe these all came from one or two recent print runts. I'm not sure of all the photos affected, but scouring my inventory, many of the cherry blossom and prayer wheel cards from the Gyuto grounds had this problem, as did a few of the blue quail cards, the mountain bluebird, roses, and "cow palace" (but please check all your cards). The vast majority of rectangular cards, and as far as I can tell all square cards, were unaffected.
I know you purchased cards expecting a high quality product and I regret that some items I sold over the past couple of weeks do not meet this standard.
If you purchased cards at either of the April 2019 events please check your cards. If you find you have a card with this problem, I am more than happy to mail you a replacement card at no charge. Just send a quick snap of the affected card(s) and email me at alan <dot> krakauer <at> gmail <dot> com, and let me know your address.
(May 1, 2019)
Stickers now on Etsy/Spring Promotions
I've done a fairly large update on my Etsy site.
I've reorganized the sections, so now it's browsable by, for example, gift cards, square cards...
I've got two big Spring promos going on. Free Shipping on orders $25 or more and 15% off orders $15 or more. These are good for a limited time so take advantage!
First Prints Available For Order
Please visit the "Prints" tab and check out the gallery there!
Finally! What's taken so long?
I started this page as a portfolio site, with the intent that everything here would be available to you to take home. That said, when I first started building the site I uploaded a lot of images without really knowing how they would print and I was nervous to let them out into the wild. There can be a HUGE difference in how a file looks on a bright computer screen versus paper, a fact I've struggled with when printing some of my greeting card designs at home.
Now I have a better monitor for editing and will start to revisit my favorites and include some files I'm confident will look good on your wall. I'll keep adding them here as I can over the next weeks and months. Please contact me if there is an image you would like to purchase but you don't find it below.
Eventually I hope to reach a tipping point where I can reorganize and/or replace the existing galleries with sets of fully purchase-able items. This will mean a lot of reorganization as I reforge the user experience here.
I am also planning to do some of my own printing and provide matted photos at in-person shows. These will be fine-art prints on high-quality paper and archival mattes and backing.
For other products (Cards, Calendars, and Stickers) please visit my Etsy Store. Check back frequently for new designs and products!
"Against the Grain" now available
New Products on Etsy
I've been excited my upcoming events, and that's inspired me to get some new card designs ready. Many are wildflowers that fit with the theme of native plants and the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour events. A few are from a visit to the Gyuto Foundation to catch their cherry trees in bloom.
I'll have an entirely new line of product available this weekend as well! Stickers! I'll announce here when they are available on Etsy, or find me at one of the spring festivals and check them out in person!
Outdoor Photographer Hard Copy!
It's here!!!! The winners of the 2018 Nature's Colors contest appear in the April 2019 issue of OP. Turn to page 13, and you'll find my entry, Tundra Slumber. How exciting! This is a magazine I would read cover to cover in the Galen Rowell days, and now to have one of my own photos there!? Wow wow wow!
Once again, thank you to the Outdoor Photographer, the judges, and the contest sponsors. And if you haven't already, do check out the amazing photos by the other finalists.
Outdoor Photographer Spread
East Bay Open Studios
If you've checked out the Events tab, you'll seen two weekends in June (8th/9th and 15th/16th) that are blocked out for the East Bay Open Studios. My neighbor Linda Ruis-Lozito and her friend Tai Yee participated last year. Linda is again generously sharing her studio, and this year I'm joining the party! We'll have art, refreshments, and more! My wife Lauri La Pointe should have some exquisite earrings made from beads, buttons, lace, and Japanese washi paper to check out too.
Linda not only makes the studio part of "open studio" happen, she did the design of these postcards. Don't they look amazing?!
This open studio will also be my absolute deadline for getting larger prints available. I hope to have them sooner, but I will definitely have some for the opening weekend. It will happen, I promise!
Kensington Farmers Market– Post-trip Report
Last Sunday we set up a booth at the Kensington Farmers Market just off of Colusa Circle in Kensington. It went great! Watching the weather forecast as the day approached, we were concerned about rain. What kind of moron tries to sell paper goods in the rain? Thankfully the weather gods smiled and we had dry skies all day.
The market itself was a lot of fun. I was a little nervous going in since my previous festivals had built-in friendly crowds, either on home turf at the East Richmond Heights Festival or wildlife-themed like the Wild Birds Unlimited festival. I shouldn't have worried– a lot of people stopped by and I sold a lot of cards and even a few calendars! We knew some of the folks who visited the booth: family, friends, colleagues, and some internet acquaintances who i'd never met in person before. The organizers were super friendly and helpful as well. Needless to say I'll be back!
Many thanks to Gene Kitamata and Jacki La Pointe for the photos!
Kensington Farmers Market Sun. Feb 10
I'll be at my first in-person event of the new year this Sunday at the Kensington Farmers Market (Colusa Circle) from 10 to 2. Come by and check out some new card designs, including some photos that would make a perfect card for Valentine's Day. And if you're not in the Bay Area, get your order in on Etsy, where I've got a 10% sale on through Valentine's Day.
Outdoor Photographer Contest Win!
Last fall, after some encouragement from my family, I decided to enter a couple of photos in Outdoor Photographer magazine’s “Nature’s Colors” photo contest. I didn’t have much expectation of winning given the number of amazing photographers who were likely to enter a nationwide contest like this, but I figured it is the kind of thing an aspiring photog should do, and hey, you never know… So I selected a red fox image from my time in Alaska (“Tundra Slumber”) and “Thrush Nirvana” from the 2019 Wildcat Canyon Calendar.
Jump forward to late December– I receive an email from OP indicating that "Tundra Slumber" was selected as a finalist for the Nature’s Colors contest. I was over the moon that my photo was selected among the top 25 submissions. This photo has always been one of my personal favorites and so it is exciting that someone else thought it was a special photo too. I’m being completely honest in saying that I thought there was 0% probability I’d end up in one of the top spots (although I did start to visit the Outdoor Photographer site around the time I expected the winners to be announced, just in case).
Fast forward again to this week, and another email from OP. I had to scan it a couple of times to be sure I was reading it right. "Tundra Slumber" selected as the GRAND PRIZE WINNER. What? I still can’t believe it. As someone just getting used to putting my work out there and taking the first steps towards photography as a business, this is unbelievably validating. In the 1990's and early 2000's (in the pre-digital days) I was an Outdoor Photographer subscriber, so to have my photo featured there now is incredibly thrilling.
A big Thank You to Outdoor Photographer, the contest judges, and the sponsors!
January 25, 2019
December Updates to the Etsy Shop
I've reduced the price on the 2019 Wildcat Canyon Calendars to $15. Get 'em before they're gone!
Also, the shop now has more than 50 items! Some of the recent additions include 2 new card boxed sets (one a colorful autumn-themed set from Wildcat Canyon, and the other a wildlife in snow collection). Perfect if you need to crank out some thank-you cards after the holidays!
Stay tuned in 2019 for many more card designs and products.
San Pablo Crafts Fair UPDATE
Unfortunately I've had to cancel my appearance at the Crafts Fair today due to illness. I've been fighting something all week and was hoping I'd be better by today, but I've decided not to risk it (both for me and the audience). I was planning to unveil a couple of new box sets of cards at the festival, but you'll have to look for those on my Etsy site now (they should be up soon).
To make up for this, I've brought back the 10% off site-wide sale on Etsy through Monday, and there's still free shipping on orders $25 or more.
Again, very sorry to miss this event!
Holiday Discounts on Etsy
I am offering FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on orders $25 or more through December 25.
For the next week (Through 11/28/2018), I'll offer an additional 10% off all orders!
San Pablo Holiday Craft Fair
I've just reserved a spot in my next festival– the San Pablo Holiday Craft Fair. This event will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 10AM until 4PM, in Maple Hall (13831 San Pablo Ave) in the city of San Pablo.
The festival looks to be quite family friendly. The festival pamphlet I have mentions crafts for kids, face painting, and a snack bar, along with a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus from 1:30-2:30.
I'll be there with my dwindling stock of 2019 Wildcat Canyon calendars and some new card designs.
Get the Wildcat Canyon Calendar!
I’ve done a lot more talking up of my Wildcat Canyon calendars on Facebook, but somehow I've neglected to give them their full due here. The calendars are done, and I think they look great if I do say so myself! The 12 full bleed images give a seasonal journey through life in the park and include many of my favorite photos from the past year. Empty spaces in the calendar portion are filled with additional bonus images. You can order them through the Etsy site, or if Etsy is not your thing, feel free to contact me and we can work out a way to get you a calendar. I can take PayPal, credit cards, checks, and for in-person purchases, cash. Even if you don’t buy through Etsy, it’s worth a look at the items there in case you want to buy some cards or card boxes.
Pleasant Hill Festival
Another festival success in the books! The Fall Nature Event at Wild Birds Unlimited was today, and we were treated to beautiful sunny but not too breezy weather (even when you are prepared, wind is not the friend of festival tents or small paper products). We were one of the first booths to start setting up, and it turns out we were right next to the Contra Costa Avian Society and their Severe Macaw, and also one booth away from the Native Bird Connection and their Bald Eagle! Exciting neighbors for sure.
Since the East Richmond Heights festival I've rolled out some new products, and I was happy to see they had some takers. Besides the Wildcat Canyon calendars, I put together some new images, most notably a trio of fox cards that got a lot of looks today. I also unveiled my small gift card designs.
It was nice to take on a small festival that was close but not too close just for the experience of knowing we could actually pack everything up in one car and load/set up without any problems. Also wonderful to get to learn more about some of the East Bay's wildlife and conservation organizations. A big thanks to Mike from WBU for letting me participate and for everyone who stopped by my booth.
Fall Nature Event at Wild Birds Unlimited
Festival #2 just popped up on my radar this week! Many thanks to the Wild Birds Unlimited in Pleasant Hill for allowing me to join the Fall Nature Event! I'll be setting up a table alongside many great local wildlife and conservation organizations including Mt. Diablo Audubon Society, Raptors are the Solution, California Bluebird Recovery Program, and International Bird Rescue.
The event runs from 10AM - 4PM Saturday on October 6. Wild Birds Unlimited can be found at 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, California 94523
Etsy Store now Open!
The wait is over! I've now got an online store open on Etsy. You can find Alan Krakauer Photography products at AlanKPhotoStore. The much-anticipated calendars are available there, and I've also posted about 20 card designs. These include most of the best sellers from the East Richmond Heights festival. I've also added small square gift cards.
-If there's a photo you see here that's not yet on Etsy but you are interested in having as a card, let me know! I will continually add products as much as "real life" allows.
-At the moment I'm only shipping to the US, but will add international shipping soon.
-My plan for prints hasn't changed. When I've had a chance to try out the print-on-demand print houses, I hope to make them available through this site rather than Etsy.
My Wildcat Canyon 2019 calendar is off to the printers and my hard proof should arrive early next week. Once I've reviewed it, then printing begins and the end is in sight! I should be ready for online sales then too! It's happening!
In the mean time, the Golden Gate Audubon Society "Birds of the San Francisco Bay Area" Calendar is available for sale. Obviously I'd love it if everyone bought my calendar, but if you don't, please consider supporting GGAS and buying this one. Now that they have announced availability, I will reveal the photos that made the cut. Both ended up being full page, and one made the back cover!
This shorebird image comes from a crazy fall day at Arrowhead Marsh at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline near the Oakland Airport. If I remember correctly, I was there to try to find a somewhat unusual sparrow (Nelson's Sparrow, a "life" bird for my list) that was being seen out in the marsh. It was high tide and the wintering shorebirds were looking for a place to wait out the high water. The end of the short boardwalk was free of people, so Willets, Marbled Godwits, and a few other species started coming in to roost. What started out as a trickle turned into a mob of birds, and the front edge continuing to inch forward as the rest of the flock made space for the new arrivals. It was quite a surreal experience to have this carpet of birds flowing towards me! I think this photo also captures the idea that the SF Bay remains a critically important area for both migratory and resident birds, and that we need to make habitat for these species amid all the human development in the region.
The owl silhouette in front of the San Francisco skyline was taken in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. I was hiking there with my father-in-law last winter. I typically visit in the morning, but we decided to make an afternoon/evening trek to catch the sunset and hopefully see some coyotes. We were returning from an overlook on the Belgum Trail above the old Belgum Sanitarium. I think I had just remarked that it was unfortunate we weren't seeing any owls when I noticed Great-horned Owl perched not too far off the trail. The colors in the sky were amazing, and I took a few shots before I realized if I ran back up the trail a bit I might be able to get the owl in the foreground with San Francisco in the background. Luckily the owl stayed put for my maneuvers, and I was able to make this shot before he flew off to look for dinner. It was dark before my father-in-law and I made it back to the car, but on the way back we heard or saw a couple more owls, had a skunk cross right in front of us on the path, and watched a coyote run down a ridge near us in the twilight. This photo appears on the back cover of the GGAS calendar, and I also chose it for the December image for my Wildcat Canyon calendar!
GGAS 2019 Calendar Selections
Bay Area Bird Photos Selected!
Returning to town after a couple of weeks of travel, I found an exciting piece of news waiting for me in my inbox. A couple of months ago I responded to Golden Gate Audubon Society's solicitation for photos for their 2019 Birds of the Bay calendar by submitting three images of local birds. I've been a member of GGAS for much of my 20 years in California, and regularly participate in one of the Audubon Christmas Bird Counts that they organize each December. This past year I became a docent for their Bay Trails education program. In short, GGAS is a great organization that I like to support.
I've provided them with photos in the past but I had never had any selected for their calendar... until now! Apparently I have not one but two photos in the 2019 calendar! I'm not going to spoil which ones until GGAS announces availability, so stay tuned to find out.
Now back to the final edits on my own calendar!
(added August 16, 2018)
Facebook and Instagram
Facebook and Instagram accounts are now go! You can reach them from the small icons at the bottom of the page. I also figured out how to upload photos directly from Lightroom on my computer to Instagram, which will make sharing images a lot easier! Follow me at these places for more news about new photos, products, and shows.
(added July 25, 2018)
Alan Krakauer Photography Booth
2018 ERH Art and Music Festival a Huge Success!!
Yesterday was my very first time selling my work, and I couldn't be happier with how it went! The booth looked great and held up well in the wind. I met lots of people who were as excited about Wildcat Canyon Regional Park as I am, and opened the eyes of some others who didn't know how much cool stuff there was to see in their local open space! I was really encouraged by all the great feedback I received on my images. Thanks to everyone who stopped by.
The selling part went well too! I actually sold half of the single cards and ran out of several designs. I even got my first order!
I want to give a huge thanks to Natalie Kniess for organizing the East Richmond Heights Art and Music Festival and to all the volunteers who made the festival go. Also many thanks to my wife and her family for a ton of help, advice, and support.
I don't always end every sentence with an exclamation point but it was just that kind of day.
(added July 23, 2018)
Balinese Dancer, ERH Art and Music Festival
My First Event!
Sunday, July 22 will be the public launch of Alan Krakauer Photography! I will have a sales booth at the East Richmond Heights Art and Music Festival. The festival, which runs from 11AM to 7PM, features local artisans, musicians, and dance troops. The inaugural event in 2017 included a few food trucks, a tiny (but ride-able) steam train, and access to the adjacent Gyuto Foundation Tibetan monastery. I had a great time as spectator and photographer (in fact, I donated most of the publicity photos the organizers are using this year).
I'm over-the-moon excited to have my first festival booth. This week I'm giving my printer a workout getting ready. For my first go I'm keeping it simple. I'll have a selection of 5x5 and 5x7 note cards, as well as some boxed sets of 5x7 cards. There will be images from Alaska to Wyoming, but most of the emphasis will be on local scenes and critters, especially from neighboring Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.
Hope to see you there!
(added July 18, 2018)