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Week 33 Winner

The winner of Week 33 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Caleb Jacobson. Retreating glaciers have left indelible marks on the world around us. They've created some of the most picturesque and beautiful sights to be seen on the planet. On the other hand, disappearing glaciers worldwide are a constant reminder that we must do what we can to ensure that the relationships between humans and our planet remain in balance. Caleb has won a $100 gift code to hippytree.com and we are donating $100 to the Access Fund in his name. Learn more about Caleb below.

Where was the image shot?
I took this image on the Kenai Peninsula near Seward, Alaska.

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Sony a7rii
Lens: Sony 70-200mm f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/200
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 125

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
After hiking up the steep hillside alongside the glacier and having encounters with marmots and mountain goats, I descended back down into the valley and made my way to the location for this shot. I ended up timing the photo perfectly. Had I arrived at the viewpoint earlier, the glacier would have been shrouded in clouds. Any later, the sun would have slipped behind the mountains.

How long have you been shooting?
I started taking photos about a year and a half ago. Being a passionate rock climber and watercolor artist, I wanted to combine my love for the outdoors and my artistry into one hobby.

What's your camera of choice?
My camera of choice is the Sony a7rii. Its compact size makes it easy to bring along on grueling hikes or long climbing expeditions.

What’s your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Landscapes for sure. Although I enjoy traditional landscape photography, my true passion is adding human elements to my photos. Whether it is to show scale or add interest in a photo, it always excites me.

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
It's a mix. I typically go on adventures with my dad throughout the Pacific Northwest. He enjoys spending time in nature and at times serves as my "unpaid intern." I also like bringing my camera along on climbing trips with friends.

What excites you about photography?
The endless possibilities for new photos is what motivates me most. As a 17 year-old self taught photographer, I am excited for the long future ahead of exploring and taking new and unique photos in both obscure and well known locations.

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