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.

 

 

 

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

 

 


New Nightscape Gallery and Holiday Sale

December 05, 2013

Winter is setting in fast! Indeed, it’s the time of year when dazzling photography subjects can be hard to come by. All the fall colors are gone, and everything in nature seems brown and dead. Thus, it’s a good time of year to go through old photo albums and files and look around for those overlooked images that were really not that bad after all. I’ve often found that one can take a mediocre shot and breathe new life into it by applying more recently learned processing techniques, converting it to black and white, etc. Such has been the case with a few old wildlife and winter images I found. I added them to the Wildlife of the Lower 48 and Canada, and the Kodiak Island galleries.

 

 

Along with resurrecting some older images, I have added a few more recent photographs to the collection. While spending some time with my family this past fall I got a couple nice shots of my nephew while he was trout fishing, as well as some photographs of a neat old log cabin church we came across. Those images can be found in the Landscapes of the Lower 48, and the Miscellaneous Photographs galleries.

 

 

 

While there might not be much color in the woods this time of year, there is still plenty of it in the water and in the sky! During these darker winter days I tend to focus more on photographing water scenes as well as the night sky. I’ve been doing quite a bit of “astro-photography” these days and have put together a new gallery here at the website entitled Nightscapes. Some of the images are a couple years old, and some are more recent. No matter the case, with my astro-photography portfolio growing more and more, I thought it would be nice to have all my past, present, and future images in one place. Click here to have a look!

 

 

Holiday Sale

Don’t forget….this holiday season 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!

 

 Click here to “like” Wild Revelation Photography on Facebook.

 

 

Joseph Classen     Wild Revelation Photography     Kodiak Island, Alaska

 

 

 

 

 


Holiday Sale.

November 28, 2013

This holiday season 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!

 

In the meantime, may God bless you and fill your hearts with peace during this most special time of year!

 

 

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Joseph Classen     Wild Revelation Photography     Kodiak Island, Alaska


New Autumn Photographs.

November 18, 2013

Well, my favorite time of year is coming to an end. The colorful leaves of autumn are all but gone and Old Man Winter is rapidly taking over. This year I was doubly blessed as I was able to enjoy the fall foliage of both Alaska and my home state of Missouri. I’ve been spending lots of time lately catching up and visiting with family, so I have not been doing all that much serious photography, but, I was able to capture some nice autumn images in the midst of it all.

 

While traveling around the Anchorage area in October, I captured some nice shots of beautiful Bird Creek. I included these in the Miscellaneous Alaska Landscapes and Seascapes gallery.

 

I was also able to get a few nice shots of a young black bear while in the Anchorage area. They turned out really well in black and white. They are now in the Miscellaneous Bears of Alaska gallery.

 

While in Missouri I got out a few times to photograph some of the local wildlife. Those particular photographs can be found in the Wildlife of the Lower 48 gallery, and the Cycle of Life gallery.

 

I also spent some time visiting my favorite Trappist Monastery down in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.  Though I spent the majority of the time praying and reflecting, I did still manage to capture a few interesting images. I have included them in Landscapes and Seascapes of the Lower 48, Miscellaneous Photos, and Small but Beautiful galleries.

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, if you have not done so already, click here to “like” Wild Revelation Photography on Facebook.

 

Joseph Classen.     Wild Revelation Photography.     Kodiak Island, Alaska.