Welcome!

 

 

Greetings friends!  Every day of life is a precious gift from God and a great adventure…in more ways than one…for better or for worse. To quote a fellow Missourian, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore! Dream! Discover!” (Mark Twain)

 

I get many questions from folks about where certain photographs were taken and inquiries about the stories behind them. There is indeed an adventure and a story behind every image I capture, and here is where I’ll post some of the details of those adventures… past, present and future.

 

Enjoy your visit!

Joseph Classen.

 

 

 

New Inspirational Gallery, Greeting Cards, and Other News

June 19, 2014

I’ve been busy as a bee these past several weeks with all sorts of things, and on top of that, it’s fishing season!!! So, I’ve been spending much more of my free time chasing salmon and stocking up the freezer for the year rather than focusing on photography at the moment.

 

However, I finally had some time to catch up on various Wild Revelation projects, and also get a few new images along the way.

 

First of all, I’m happy to announce a new gallery here at the website. For a long time now people have asked me to combine popular scripture quotes with some of my photography. Well, I finally did. Check out the new “Inspirational Gallery.”

If you have a favorite verse or quote that you think would be great for a particular image or product, I can certainly accommodate custom orders. Feel free to contact me any time to discuss your project.

 

Along with offering a variety of gift items, I also am now offering custom greeting cards, which work especially well with the images from my new Inspirational Gallery, as those images are formatted to the exact dimensions of the cards. Click here to find out more.

 

 

In other news, public use of Wild Revelation Photography continues to grow. One of my images made it to the cover of the new phone book. Check it out…

 

Also, my work is on display once again in the US Post Office here in town for the summer. I’m very appreciative for the support. Thanks!

 

And last, but not least, I do have a few new images to share from the last month or so. I captured some neat images of a rather tame fox who visited a construction camp I was staying at awhile back. I included those photos in the “Miscellaneous Alaska Wildlife Gallery.”  I also captured a number of interesting images while out subsistence fishing, hiking, flying around in a helicopter, and other such activities. I included those in the “Miscellaneous Photos Gallery.” Of course, I got a few new eagle shots, and hope to get some new bear images in the weeks to come. Stand by!  But for now, here are a few samples of the new stuff…

Joseph Classen     Wild Revelation Photography     Kodiak Island, Alaska


New Video Gallery

May 10, 2014

The other day I was sitting around recovering from a miserable lower back blowout and found myself going through a bunch of old video clips I’ve taken over the years while out on various adventures. I decided to organize them all and create a video gallery here at the website for folks to enjoy some action footage of the great outdoors! I’ll be adding more to it as time goes on, both videos of past adventures, and more recent ones.

 

Please keep in mind that these videos are simply for you to enjoy. They are not professionally produced, and are rather rough around the edges. These videos are not for sale, nor are they for any sort of commercial use. Again, they are just collections of footage for you to enjoy. Click here to visit the new video gallery.

 

On another topic, don’t forget, my new book, Awakenings in the Wild, has finally been released!

As is a common practice these days in the publishing world, it has first been released as an eBook to test the market before being produced and released as a printed version. For more information and to purchase the eBook, click here.

 

 

Joseph Classen     Wild Revelation Photography     Kodiak Island, Alaska


New eBook Release!

April 22, 2014

 

 

My new book, Awakenings in the Wild, has finally been released! As is a common practice these days in the publishing world, it has first been released as an eBook to test the market before being produced and released as a printed version, which is a very costly endeavor, especially for books with lots of color images. With the literary market going more and more digital, and more people preferring to do their reading on tablets, laptops, etc., I decided to take the plunge into the world of the eBook.

 

For more information and to purchase the eBook, click here.

 

On a final note, word of mouth is the greatest marketing tool when it comes to books, so please do me a huge favor, if you’d be so kind, and spread the word to your friends!


Springtime in Alaska

April 02, 2014

Spring is in the air here on Kodiak Island! The days are getting warmer and longer with each passing week, migratory songbirds are starting to show up, killer whales are on the hunt, and the land is slowly coming to life. With a new month upon us, I have plenty of news to share with you. First, an exciting announcement, one of my photographs was chosen to be the cover image for the upcoming Kodiak Local Pages Phone Directory. I'll post an image of it for you once it has been released to the public, so please stand by.

 

In other news, Wild Revelation photographs are now available as a number of great gift items! Click on the “Gifts” page (under Products and Services) for more information. No better gift for that special occasion than a gift from the wild!

 

As you are hopefully aware, the mission and purpose of Wild Revelation Photography is not only to share the beauty and wonders of God's creation, but also to raise funds to help those in need and to protect our wild lands and wildlife. A portion of each sale is donated to various organizations for this purpose. Starting in April, I will have a "charity of the month," in which I will donate a portion of that month's sales to. For this month, I've selected Sacred Heart Radio, a non-for-profit radio network that broadcasts wonderful Christian programming throughout parts of the Pacific Northwest, including Kodiak Island.  

 

Naturally, the percentage that I’m able to donate all depends on the number of sales each month. As I often have to remind folks, getting the photographs that I do is not cheap! It can be a very expensive, time-consuming ordeal when it's all said and done. Quite often it's a struggle to simply cover my costs and break even. Thus, I'm constantly striving to make more photographic products available to make more of a profit to share. You can do your part by sharing Wild Revelation Photography with your friends. Please invite them to check out this website, as well as inviting your Facebook friends to "like" the Wild Revelation Facebook Page. And finally, if you have any product ideas that would be suitable for Wild Revelation Photography, please don't hesitate to contact me with your thoughts or suggestions.

 

Last but not least, I've captured some unique new photos over the past few weeks. I've recently gotten more serious about long exposure photography. I've been doing quite a bit of it at nighttime, but it’s a whole different ball game during the day. To meet some of that challenge, I bought a neutral density filter for my camera in order to take long exposure shots even at high noon! Essentially, a neutral density filter is a dark lens which greatly reduces the light coming into the camera, thus enabling one to get up to 30 second exposures (or greater). The results are quite amazing and beautiful, most especially in photographs where water is part of the composition.  Here are a few of the recent additions that I've added to the Kodiak Island Gallery...

 

 

 

 

I added one to the Black and White Gallery as well....

 

 

 

Joseph Classen     Wild Revelation Photography     Kodiak Island, Alaska


Winter News

March 01, 2014

Winter has been going by quite rapidly here on Kodiak Island. January, February and March are usually cold, dark, miserable months in Alaska, but not so this year. As folks in the lower 48 have been experiencing brutal arctic blasts, it’s been quite pleasant up here in the north with lots of sunshine and mild temperatures. Of course, having lots to do and exciting new ventures to pursue also makes the “slow” months go by fast.

 

And, it has indeed been an exciting few months! For starters, I recently began a new job working in land surveying, which not only provides me with many challenging skills to learn and apply, but also the opportunity to explore even more of the great land of Alaska. Over the last year or so, many have asked me if photography has become my full time source of employment. Unfortunately, the answer is no. But, if it was, I probably would not be so enthusiastic about it. For now, I approach it as a side business and ministry, focused on sharing the wonders of God’s creation, making a few bucks to share with those in need, and covering the costs of capturing such photographs…which is not cheap!

 

Speaking of photographs, as I mentioned in my previous blog post, one of my bear photographs was chosen to be the cover image for the official 2014 Kodiak Island Visitors Guide, which goes out to thousands of people all over the world. It’s a humbling privilege, for which I am very gracious. Here is what the cover looks like…

 

In other news, my new book is almost ready to go to print. In a nut shell, the book is a photo journal/coffee table style of book about the role that nature can have in one’s spirituality and the wisdom learned from spending quality time in the wilderness. Of course, it’s loaded with lots of wildlife and nature photographs. Here is a sneak peak at the cover…

 

I’ve still been getting out when I can to get some new photographs. A week or so ago we had a truly spectacular display of the aurora borealis here on Kodiak. Usually the northern lights are not all that strong here on the island, but this time they were out in full force! I drove way out to the Olds River, where I knew nobody else in their right mind would go for a short, weeknight outing, and I got a couple of great shots which were featured in our local newspaper. I included them in the Nightscapes gallery.

 

For quite some time I’ve been trying to get some photographs of the huge sea lions that call Kodiak home, and I finally hit the jackpot! Last month I got some awesome action shots of one attacking and devouring a fish in St. Paul harbor. I included the images in the Alaska Wildlife gallery.

 

I also captured some nice images of a wonderful waterfall I discovered while on a hike awhile back. You can see those photographs in the Kodiak Island gallery.

 

And finally, as always, there are lots of eagles to photograph. I added some new ones to the Eagles of Alaska gallery.

 

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Joseph Classen     Wild Revelation Photography     Kodiak Island, Alaska


Exciting News for the New Year!

January 19, 2014

2014 is off to a great beginning with many things to come in the New Year for Wild Revelation! For starters, one of my bear photographs was chosen to be the cover image for the official 2014 Kodiak Island Visitors Guide, which goes out to thousands of people worldwide! As soon as I am able to, I’ll post a picture of the cover for you (it has not been released to the general public as of yet).

 

Some more good news to share, Wild Revelation Photography is also now on display at the Kodiak Island Post Office for all to enjoy. I’d like to offer my thanks to the good folks at the US Postal Service for their interest in my work and their willingness to allow me to share it.

 

 

As you may have noticed from some of the changes at the website, Wild Revelation has a new, official logo which will be used for all business branding purposes in the future.  And speaking of business matters, this year will see Wild Revelation expanding from a photography business, into a publishing company as well. The first book from Wild Revelation Publishing is getting close to completion, and several more are in various stages of development. I’ll be publishing books primarily on subjects of Christian spirituality, nature, photography, and the outdoors in general. I’ll also be producing greeting cards, calendars, and a variety of other products featuring your favorite images, so stay tuned for more information as things progress.

 

In the process of rebranding and expanding Wild Revelation, I’ve reduced the prices of my print and showcase products in order to make them more affordable to the general public. As I often point out, getting the photographs that I do takes a great deal of time, money, energy, and even personal risk on occasion, which is why I (and all professional photographers) vigilantly defend their work from those who would steal it or infringe on copyright issues.  But on the other hand, if one’s work is so expensive that one’s general audience can’t afford it…what’s the point?  And so, again, I’ve made a significant attempt to cut costs down to make Wild Revelation Photography more affordable for those who enjoy it. Have a look at the Products and Services page for more information.

 

And finally…yes...I do have some new photographs to share! I have to admit that this time of year is extremely dull here on Kodiak Island. Nonetheless, despite the short days and long nights, I’m still getting out when I can to create some new images.  Over the last few weeks I’ve captured some nice black and white photographs that I’ve added to my collection. Have a look at the Black and White Gallery to see the new additions. Here is a couple to get you started…

 

 

 

Also, I’ve been creeping around in the cold, dark nights recently doing some “light painting photography.” Light painting is essentially the technique of using a flashlight to “paint” and highlight certain subjects or features of a long exposure photograph to make it stand out more in the composition. It’s great fun and it produces some amazing results!  Here are a couple of new images that I added to the Nightscapes Gallery…..

 

 

 

Of course, there are lots of eagles around to enjoy this time of year, and as always, they make great subjects. I added a few to the Eagles of Alaska Gallery.  Here is one of my favorites...

 

 

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Joseph Classen     Wild Revelation Photography     Kodiak Island, Alaska


More Nightscape Photography and New Black and White Gallery

December 20, 2013

I’ve added quite a few new photographs to the Nightscapes Gallery over the past couple of weeks. Clear skies have been hard to come by around these parts in recent weeks, so when the opportunity arises, I grab my camera and head out! It seems I’m not the only one with the idea though, as I regularly run into other night photographers who are also taking advantage of the beautiful starlit nights that we have when the conditions are right.  Click here to see the recent additions to the gallery.

 

Along with my growing nightscapes portfolio, my black and white photography is expanding as well these days. So much so that I’ve recently dedicated a new gallery to it, simply called Black and White. Click here to check it out.

 

Don’t forget, there are only a few days left to take advantage of the Wild Revelation Holiday Sale! I'm offering a 30% off discount on all products from now until Christmas. What better gift to give this year than a gift from the wild!!! The prints and showcase products that I offer truly have to be seen to be believed! Your friends and loved ones will be blown away and forever inspired by a gift from Wild Revelation Photography! For more information and specific details, see the Products and Services page.

 

To redeem your 30% off discount, simply type in the words “Holiday Sale” in the Coupon Code box which will appear on the screen after you have placed an order and are completing the check-out process. Again, this offer is good until Christmas, so don’t miss out and spread the word to your friends!

 

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Joseph Classen     Wild Revelation Photography     Kodiak Island, Alaska