Over Anchorage

On the second day of my December journey to my parent’s home on Anchorage, I borrowed the truck and trekked South onto the windy roads which snake into the Chugach Mountains South of town. The low slung mountains, once a haven for miners seeking gold, offer wide vistas from which to capture images of the Cook Inlet, Anchorage, The Alaska Range to the North and the valleys and ridges of the Chugachs. Here is a set of HDR images from that trek. They are available to purchase and enjoy from my sister website at Photoshelter.

All photos were taken with the Canon 7D and processed in Lightroom and Photoshop. Contact me for custom cropping of the images. I am also available for weddings, portraits and events. Contact Michael Kleven at 206-307-7588

 

Rugged Alaska Mountains
HDR image from the Chucach Mountains over Anchorage.

 

 

 

Over Anchorage – Images by Michael Kleven
 

Anchorage to Seattle

I’m on the plane preparing to depart Ted Stevens Airport in Anchorage for my flight home to Seattle. Anchorage is a hotbed for film and culture. Or is at least well on it’s way. The folks in the Alaska film office are really friendly. I registered with them as a director, sound and camera guy. Sometimes in helps to have parents on Alaska. But heck, I sure miss them most of the year. I’m hoping my networking efforts will lead to work in the growing production industry in Alaska and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

I also enjoyed the lively theater in Anchorage. In particular off Broadway hit “Freud’s Last Session” at Cyreno‘s Off Center Playhouse in Downtown Anchorage. Me, my brother Wayne and niece Carmie all took in a day of  skiing at the municipal ski area “Hilltop”. The slopes were mostly gentle which suited us just fine. It was the first time on a lift for Wayne and Carmie and my first time since 1985. At the end of the day we were all swooshing down the slopes like pros.

I really enjoyed the photo ops in the Chugiak Mountains near my parent’s home, at Hatcher Pass and on the frozen lakes. Hopefully I will have some more of those to share with you here soon.

As always Alaska, you offer so much and always leave me wanting more.

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Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle
The friendly Eskimo prepares to fly me to my home.

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Ski Trip
Me, my brother Wayne and niece Carmie, having an excellent time at Hilltop Ski Area.
Ducks on an icy lake.
With warm December temperatures, these ducks decided to hang out at Reflection Lake in Anchorage.

 

 

Alaska sunset December 2012
I took this photo looking South from the Chugiak Mountains above Anchorage

 

 

 

WordPress App from Anchorage

Hello friends. I’m trying out this new WordPress App on my new iPhone 5. I’m hoping that this makes it easier to blog while I am out and about, which is most of the time.

This is my brother Wayne Kleven at his office. He works as a manager at a Native owned fuel supply company, Northstar Gas.He’s been doing a great job helping keep costs down and quality supplies available year round. I’m so glad to see him doing something he enjoys.

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This is my nephew Joren goofing around on Christmas Day. He’s a great kid and I love him a lot.

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I pulled off the side of the road in Palmer Alaska to take in some of the amazing scenery. The Alaskan sun in December stays near the horizon all day long. This makes for some dramatic light and photo imaging opportunities.

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This post is a test of both the WordPress iPhone App and the iPhone 5 photos on the blog. As you may know I work professionally with the Canon 7D and other higher end cameras. But since I’m on vacation now I will be interested in looking at these results. Hope you enjoy. Happy 2013! Let me know if you need wedding or portrait photography, or video services for business or production camera or sound services for film?

Michael-Peter Kleven (filmmaker and photographer)

mikekleven@gmail.com

creativeLIVE: The Art of Filmmaking & Editing

The neighbor kids created a skating rink on the Lake in front of my parents home in Alaska
Hockey goal on Reflection Lake in Anchorage, in front of my parents home, Dec 2012. 

Hello friends. As I write this I am happily tucked into my parents cozy home in Anchorage Alaska. I was just up in the Chugiak Mountains near here taking in the lovely views of  tiny Downtown Anchorage  in the distance and the surrounding Cook Inlet. I hope to have some photos to share with you from this trip soon.

But the reason I’m writing today is about the upcoming free filmmaking and editing course at creativeLIVE. I’ve thrown my hat into the ring  for the opportunity to be an in-studio student  for the course  January 14th, 15th and 16th 2013. The course will be taught by Jeff Medford and Ross Hockrow. Based on there popular CineStories trainings, the focus will be on narrative storytelling for live events and commercials. The course will stream free online. Please view and like my submission video and join me for this exciting course on the 14th.

I’ve enjoyed a number of the courses put on by creativeLIVE in the last several years. In particular the opportunity to be a student of Gale Tattersall, Lesa Snider and Skip Cohen. They provide an amazing service to the community of media content creators. You might enjoy this recent podcast from the folks at This Week in Photography where talk with creativeLIVE co-founder Chase Jarvis about the history and future of creativeLIVE.

 

The Art of Filmmaking and Editing Course webpage

CineStories Website

Look for Kleven Creative Services to become more involved in Wedding and Event filmmaking and Commercial projects.

 

Documentary Filmmaker Doug Block Explains It All

Check out this informative podcast episode from my favorite podcast Film Courage. In this episode Doug Block goes into great detail discussing how he went about creating and distributing several documentary features and his forum for documentary filmmakers The D-Word.

Me  and  Sandra Kleven, a writer and filmmaker in her own right, are currently in the process of developing our own feature documentary Jumping Russian Rope about Native Artist Neva Rivers, Hooper Bay Alaska and previously unidentified historical Russian influences on the Yukon/Kuskokwim delta of Southwest Alaska. Using remnants left from Russian explorers and traders in both the language and DNA and potentially a previously undiscovered shipwreck, our film hopes to push back by several hundred years the record of Russians in this region and greatly expand upon what is known today. In the process viewers will gain a unique perspective on the land and its people. Doug’s advice comes at a key time for us, as we pitch our film to potential funders, collaborators and participants.

Thanks again Film Courage, for rising above and beyond with the high quality of your coverage of indie filmmakers, their creative process and professional practice.

July 4th Fireworks from Log Boom Park

I am living now in my new/old home town region Bothell/Kenmore. This is where I was brought home from the hospital after my birth and where I started elementary school. I finished elementary school in Bellingham. Later I graduated from Whatcom Middle School, Bellingham High and WWU/Fairhaven College. As an adult I have also lived in Seattle, Lakewood, Bremerton & Auburn. Now the long and winding road has taken me home to the Bothell/Kenmore area. Here as a kid me and my friends would hike up Swamp Creek, sell apples to earn money for the Canyon Creek Trout Farm and some adventures I just can’t mention here. Last night with my brother Tyler from Colorado and my niece Carmie from Alaska I enjoyed the fireworks at Logboom Park in Bothell. I brought my HD camera along and recorded some raw HD video. So for a patriotic flashback to July 4th 2011 please enjoy!