Focal Point

Focal Point is an evolving blog from the ADN photo staff, Bob Hallinen, Erik Hill, Marc Lester, Bill Roth and photo editor Anne Raup. Email your ideas and news tips to photo@adn.com | About the blog

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Cold and Fast

Cold and Fast 5K classicCold and Fast 5K classicIt has been 40 below in Fairbanks recently. They moved the Alaska Nordic Cup cross country ski races from Fairbanks to Anchorage. The first race was scheduled for 11 am today. It was too cold. They moved it to 2 pm. It was just right 4 below, the cut off temp to race.

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Photo Exhibits Around Town

Photo Shows Around TownPhoto Shows Around TownAbout a week left to check out the November photo shows around Anchorage, including Cody Swanson's show at the International Gallery of Contemporary Arts. Click "read more" below for a list of shows.

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Pennies for Pounds

Wendler Middle School life skills student Amanda Paneak wheels a completed Thanksgiving dinner basket, including a frozen turkey and a pie, through the halls on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, that was given to family of a Wendler student that otherwise would have gone without. Money to buy food for the baskets began two months ago with a "Pennies for Pounds" collection and a silent auction which raised about $1,500.

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With large-scale painting, UAA students pay tribute to one of their own

"In Memory of Carman Alexandra Fabiano" in the UAA Arts Building."In Memory of Carman Alexandra Fabiano" in the UAA Arts Building.In the first-floor halls of UAA’s Fine Arts Building, student work is regularly showcased on the walls. Last week, one piece commanded attention in an uncommon way. A 6-by-4-foot acrylic-on-canvas painting called for closer inspection, not only because of its size and vivid color but because of what it portrays – a young woman with a warm, friendly expression. Next to it was a small newspaper clipping.

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Frozen out: Big stars pose a challenge

Nicolas Cage during filming of "The Frozen Ground."Nicolas Cage during filming of "The Frozen Ground."There were telltale signs along 3rd Avenue this morning near E Street as I walked from my car to the Hilton. Large equipment trailers, classic cars and giant reflectors let anyone who passed by know that filming of "The Frozen Ground" was about to take place.

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Bering Sea storm: 2 perspectives

Left: NASA satellite image of the oncoming storm. Right: A whirlpool forms in the flood waters in Nome (photo by Matthew Smith / KNOM Radio Mission)Left: NASA satellite image of the oncoming storm. Right: A whirlpool forms in the flood waters in Nome (photo by Matthew Smith / KNOM Radio Mission)
A sharp-eyed reader suggested a curated collection of the strongest photographs to come out of ADN's visual report from the massive storm last week. Our readers did a terrific job of documenting the storm that hit the west coast , so I jumped at the opportunity. The first thing that struck me was this pairing of the satellite image and the whirlpool. See the rest of the editor's picks from the Bering Sea storm

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Mountain View: Snow in the streets

Members of the Toleafoa family enjoy the new snowfall on North Pine Street in Mountain View on Saturday, November 12. From left, Ralph and Raeden pull the sled. Richard lays down while Richelle, Raeven, Jonah Sagato and Rhozlyn go for a ride. Racquelle pushes from behind.

Note about the Focal Point blog: Although the scope of this photo blog is growing and changing, I hope to keep the Mountain View theme alive with occasional updates. Click here to read more about our new plans for this space.

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Step Afrika!

Step Afrika! dance company members had a workshop with East High School dance class students before their shows with the Anchorage Symphony. Saturday's performance is the world premiere of "Symphony in Step".
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Blasted snow patterns

The wet snow and high wind conditions at Portage Lake make interesting snow patterns on the walls around the Portage Visitor Center.

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Making snow

Before the natural snow comes, ski areas help Mother Nature. Making snow at Hilltop Ski AreaMaking snow at Hilltop Ski Area

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It's ice time in Anchorage

Sometimes the ice that happens early in the winter is some of the most beautiful. Bob Hallinen explored the ice scene before the recent snowfalls. See more ice photos

Ice: Ice formations on mud puddles in east Anchorage.Ice: Ice formations on mud puddles in east Anchorage.IceIce

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Harvest time


At top, Vissnu Bhottori harvests red potatoes at the Fresh International Gardens area along McPhee Avenue in Mountain View on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

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Memorial on McPhee

Items are left as a memorial at a the scene of a fire on McPhee Avenue on Saturday, July 30. A fire department spokesman said the body of a girl was found in the home as firefighters battled the blaze on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

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Space to grow at McPhee Gardens

Ia Vue works in her garden.Ia Vue works in her garden.A plot gets watered on July 20.A plot gets watered on July 20.Soup can tops. A wind chime?Soup can tops. A wind chime?Growing season is in full bloom at McPhee Community Gardens in Mountain View. The Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department rents more than 50 plots in an effort to help residents provide affordable and nutritious food for themselves.

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Volunteers bring changes to Lyons Park

A portion of the newly painted map.A portion of the newly painted map.Dalton King loosens a fence post for removal.Dalton King loosens a fence post for removal.Twonyia McGee-Andrews, center, with daughters Ty-Tiana and Teresanna.Twonyia McGee-Andrews, center, with daughters Ty-Tiana and Teresanna.Dozens of volunteers met at William B. Lyons Park on Saturday, July 16, to begin improvement efforts there.

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Smiles at the Street Fair

Michelle Estell, facing, greets Sandra Black.Michelle Estell, facing, greets Sandra Black.Shane Bannarbie and daughter Anaya, 2, cheer as they watch Jacob, 6, reach the top of the climbing wall.Shane Bannarbie and daughter Anaya, 2, cheer as they watch Jacob, 6, reach the top of the climbing wall.The third annual Mountain View Street Fair brought out thousands for activities around Clark Middle School on Saturday afternoon, June 25, 2011. Live entertainment, food, a hoops tournament and mural painting was just some of what brought out the crowd on a cool and cloudy summer day.

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Recognizing Refugees

Soua Vue.Soua Vue.African groups dance together.African groups dance together.Omima Adam and six-month-old Malaak.Omima Adam and six-month-old Malaak.Many of the people celebrating at Lion’s Park in Mountain View on Friday traveled a long way to get there. The World Refugee Day event recognized residents who have relocated to Anchorage from across the globe.

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Meno attracts attention, controversy after run-in with police

A work on canvas.A work on canvas.A work on dumpster.A work on dumpster.
Meno, one of Anchorage’s most prolific and most-wanted graffiti artists, has a simple explanation for how he picks locations to show his work. “I look for spots that need it,” he said.

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Rugby season gets underway

Jenardvis Ware, of the Mat Valley Maulers, passes as he is tackled by Thomas Foilefutu of the Thunderbirds.Jenardvis Ware, of the Mat Valley Maulers, passes as he is tackled by Thomas Foilefutu of the Thunderbirds.Brennen Kraemer of the Mat Valley Maulers and Apelu Asailevai of the Thunderbirds reach for the ball.Brennen Kraemer of the Mat Valley Maulers and Apelu Asailevai of the Thunderbirds reach for the ball.Viliami Fakatou.Viliami Fakatou.

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MTS Gallery goes out with a party

Becky Kendall and Momentum Dance Collective.Becky Kendall and Momentum Dance Collective."Bill Tsurnos," a painting by Erin Pollock."Bill Tsurnos," a painting by Erin Pollock.Party-goers paint Enzina Marrari.Party-goers paint Enzina Marrari.
The MTS Gallery didn't quietly turn off the lights and lock its doors for good on Saturday night. It went out dancing, drumming, stimulating and breathing fire.

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