Alaska trip, June 2013

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by foxtail1, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
    I just got back from a trip to Alaska. Needless to say, I took many pictures (and some videos) and it's going to take a while to get them all sorted. I decided to start a thread for the best, and I'll add to the thread over the next few weeks. I'll also post some in the specialty threads (7-14 mm, 100-300 mm, birds, and flowers, most likely). Here are a few to start out, all taken with the 100-300 mm and either the G3 or the G5.

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    black bear by foxtail_1, on Flickr

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    humpbacks! by foxtail_1, on Flickr
    A large group of humpback whales, bubble-feeding near Juneau.

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    lighthouse vista by foxtail_1, on Flickr
    Point Retreat Lighthouse, on Admiralty Island, Alaska (not far from Juneau)
     
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  2. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    Kristi... that 100-300 served you well in the great, open spaces! Very nice images. I'm looking forward to seeing more from your trip.
     
  3. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
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  4. SnapDuck

    SnapDuck Mu-43 Rookie

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    May 13, 2012
    N. California
    I just got back from an Alaskan cruise this week as well were you on the Grand Princess?

    I shot 2500 stills and 100 video clips. I will post some pics in a few days. I am a little overwhelmed by the amount of shot selection and post processing that is ahead of me.
     
  5. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
    No, I was on the Norwegian Pearl. I'm feeling the same way about the number of photos to sort through. I shot some video (whales, mostly), and have to figure out how to process it. I haven't done anything with video before.
     
  6. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Why didn't you just use a prime & "zoom with your feet" for that bear shot? :tongue::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Great wildlife shots, Kristi! Would love to see Alaska some day.
     
  8. lefty

    lefty Mu-43 Regular

    I went to alaska on the Disney Wonder last year and didnt see a single bear aftervtravelling from the other side of the world booo
     
  9. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Kristi -Why have great lenses and not use them for maximum effect? The bear would be awesome with the 7-14. :smile: It's been decades since our RV tour. Thanks for sharing.
     
  10. bluzcity

    bluzcity Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 17, 2012
    Memphis, TN
    Brent
    I'm loving this adventure! Great shots and keep em coming!
     
  11. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
    You guys want me to get eaten by a bear...

    Crdome, I would love to do Alaska by land some day, and since my husband really wants to ride our motorcycles up there, it may happen eventually.

    lefty, instead of the cruise excursions in Skagway (train, etc), I rented a car and drove to the Yukon. That's when we saw the bears, right by the Yukon Highway.

    I'm processing the shots from each card in order (trying for some discipline), except for jumping ahead for the shots in the first post. So, the other bear and the 7-14 shots will be later on. I'm only up to Juneau on the G5 card.

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    sea lion by foxtail_1, on Flickr
     
  12. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
  13. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
    We spent a day cruising around Glacier Bay. I haven't gotten to the card with the shots from my 7-14 mm lens, but here are a few from the 100-300 mm.

    The water looked cold! There was a crackling sound from the ice in the water, and the water was full of silt from the ice.

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    ice water 2 by foxtail_1, on Flickr


    I did catch some ice falling from the face of Margerie Glacier.

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    ice fall 1 by foxtail_1, on Flickr


    Margerie Glacier again. The color of the icebergs floating in the water depends on what part of the glacier it fell from. Some are turquoise, and others are gritty gray.

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    blue glacier by foxtail_1, on Flickr


    Another cruise ship was entering Glacier Bay as we were leaving.

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    ship in the mist by foxtail_1, on Flickr
     
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  14. thelaxong

    thelaxong Mu-43 user

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    Jan 13, 2011
    Melbourne - Australia
    Yeah, those bear shoots is best to shoot with the 14mm prime :biggrin: Try to get closer to the bear with that setup :biggrin:
     
  15. thelaxong

    thelaxong Mu-43 user

    791
    Jan 13, 2011
    Melbourne - Australia
    :2thumbs: Kristi. I see you had a blast of a holiday and came back with a lot of awesome photos.

    Alaska is another one on my list of things to do/see before I die.
     
  16. Captmatt

    Captmatt Mu-43 Rookie

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    Apr 7, 2013
    Homer, Alaska
    Matt Wilkens
    Nice shots! Next time get off the giant cruise ships and travel the Alaska Marine Highway, lots more tight spaces and interesting native villages the big ships don't go to.
     
  17. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
    Well, I've gotten through all the shots (not the video, though), and I've put a lot of images in the specialty threads.

    Since I'm a well established thread hog, I'm going to put a bunch here as well.

    The humpback whales were amazing. There were about 18 in the group we were lucky enough to see on the trip.

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    whale feeding 2 by foxtail_1, on Flickr

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    twin tails by foxtail_1, on Flickr

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    blowing by foxtail_1, on Flickr

    On the whale watching trip, there was also a nice view of the Point Retreat lighthouse and of Stellar sea lions on a buoy.

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    lighthouse by foxtail_1, on Flickr

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    pile of sea lions by foxtail_1, on Flickr
     
  18. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
    Skagway was the next stop after Juneau. I rented a car (highly recommended!) and drove north on the Yukon Highway.

    I drove as far north as Emerald Lake. (It really is that glorious.)

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    Emerald Lake 3 by foxtail_1, on Flickr

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    azure by foxtail_1, on Flickr

    Driving south, the next stop was Carcross, a delightful small town.

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    railroad bridge 2 by foxtail_1, on Flickr
     
  19. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
    From there, the drive back to Skagway was beyond description. I'll put a few photos here, but the rest are in in my Flickr feed.

    When I posted one of these shots in another thread, I was complimented on my post processing. I did very little, if any, post processing. The colors did not need amplification. (On that particular shot, I put the OOC image on Flickr today. Judge for yourself.)



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  20. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi