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Award winning photojournalist who came to Alaska in 1975 and has made a career of photographing the contemporary lifestyle of Alaskan near and far. Stapleton worked mainly as a magazine photographer in the 1980-and early 1990s but transitioned into writing and shooting as writer reported for various publications. Stapleton has illustrated books, posters, calendars, websites and print publications and has shown his work in galleries around the state of Alaska and in Washington D.C.

Sunset on an Executive Jet

A Walmart Executive jet rolls out of the ramp and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport as the sunsets to the west over the Cook Inlet. Photo by Rob Stapleton/Alaskafoto
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Photography air to ground!

Cessna on floats focus is from above the aircraft during its takeoff run just before getting up on step  at Lake Hood Seaplane Base and the Lake Hood Gravel Strip LHD summer of 2016. Photo by Rob Stapleton/Alaskafoto 2017
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Portrait of a jet with great imagery

Aircraft Portrait and Background Scenery – Alaska is huge; it’s the largest state in the U.S., twice the size of the second largest state of Texas. However, it’s also one of the least populated states, mostly filled with small communities and devoid of high rise buildings. This makes it the perfect photography destination for anyone […]

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Air to Air, or Ground to Air Photography: Some Notes

The natural function of the wing is to soar upwards and carry that which is heavy up to the place where dwells the race of gods. More than any other thing that pertains to the body it partakes of the nature of the divine.— Plato The man has always desired to fly. It has always […]

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Anchorage Airport Wins Air Cargo Awards

Award Winning Service and Location- The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (TSAIA) has been awarded Air Cargo Excellence (ACE) Awards in three separate categories. TSAIA won the ACE Award for the best North American Airport, the Specialty Cargo Category, and the Platinum Award for airports with over 1 Million Tons Category. The Air Cargo Excellence […]

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Photograph on final approach to ANC

The majesty of aircraft and Alaska scenery in a photograph- Alaska carrier  Everts Air Cargo flies all over the state of Alaska. This photograph was made as the DC-9 freighter was on final approach to Runway 33/15 at ANC. Alaska is known as The Frozen North is a U.S. state situated in the northwest furthest […]

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Springtime Photography in the Air

Making the Best of the Photography Horizon- Alaska has an endless panorama which can either accentuate or ruin your photography. When taking pictures of mountain ranges and oceans, keep your camera level. Remember the rule of thirds in photography.  Also, don’t position the horizon in the middle of the flame; the last thing you want […]

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Alaska daylight adds hours of summer flying

A Grumman Widgeon, now owned by the Alaska Aviation Museum water taxis back the ramp at Lake Hood. Anchorage currently has 19 hours and 18 minutes of daylight giving pilots nearly 21 hours of flying time to use their floatplanes. Photo by Rob Stapleton/Alaskafoto
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Alaska Aviation Portrait of the Day: Dec. 13, 2014

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Portrait of Mountain Weather

Portrait of Windy Weather- Making good environmental portraits involves keeping your eyes open for good backdrop imagery. While looking for a good landscape to make a portrait of a friend of mine this scene came into view. Travelling south this view is right off of the Parks Highway just south of Cantwell, Alaska. Using Filters […]

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