Monday, July 3, 2017
I have just returned from an incredible week aboard a private yacht for a photo tour of Alaska's Inside Passage. The seven participants traveling with me were treated to some of the finest photographic opportunities Alaska has to offer. All of us were blown away by the superb things we were able to observe and photograph during our week on the water.
We photographed cavorting whales, swooping eagles, pristine icebergs, a world class sunset, sea otters, sea lions, seals, a variety of birds, and so much more. On several days we took our zodiac skiff to nearby islands with ancient moss covered trails flanked by huge trees, or icebergs on the beach. We had complete flexibility since the boat was chartered just for us. Our captain was an experienced naturalist who has traveled these waters for over 40 years. He knew exactly where to go to get us the image opportunities we wanted.
As if that weren't enough, we had a world-class chef who prepared all our meals, and a ship's mate who did the lion's share of taking care of our quarters, shuttling us to shore, and a myriad of other duties. It was a great crew, and we were treated like good friends which for me is the best way to travel.
I plan to return next summer to do the same trip. Stay tuned for dates. It will fill very quickly.
Eagle - 1/6400 sec. at f/7.1, ISO 1600. Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens set at 280mm on Canon 7D Mark II body. Handheld.
Sunset - 1/80 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800. Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens set at 70mm on Canon 5D Mark III body. Handheld.
Iceberg - 1/1600 sec at f/9, ISO 800. Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens with 1.4 extender set at 560mm on Canon 7D Mark II body. Handheld.
Whale - 1/2000 sec. at f/10, ISO 800. Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens set at 200mm on Canon 5D Mark III body. Handheld.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in ships." -- from "Wind In The Willows" by Kenneth Grahame