Alaska cruise photography

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bflood Senior Member • Posts: 1,808
Re: Alaska cruise photography

Ketchikan - we did a flightseeing tour into the Misty Fjords - expensive but worth every penny. Great views from the air, landed on a mountain lake and stood out on one of the plane's pontoons, took of over the waterfall that drains the lake. Ketchikan is an entertaining walk-around town, too - some good shooting there.

Juneau - Mt Roberts was socked on the day we were there, so we didn't bother with the tram. We took a whale watching cruise that included lunch, reasonably priced, and we had good luck finding whales. Also saw eagles, seals.

Skagway - we took a boat to Haines for a tour of the Eagle Preserve - waste of time because we were there in May, the wrong time of year. If you are going near the end of the cruising season (September), it could be dramatically better. If you will be there during the summer months, I agree that the White Pass railroad would be the best choice.

Ask the on-board photographers if there is a great but remote spot on the ship for photographing the glaciers. Some boats have places accessible to passengers that go largely unnoticed, but can have a a better than average view of the glaciers. The lower on the ship you can get (closer to the water) the better.

Some ships have a distinct engine vibration that resonates through the entire ship, and will ruin a shot if you use a railing or post to steady your camera. Some ships don't. Be sure to check before trying to rely on a railing for a sunrise or sunset shot. If you take a monopod, rest the bottom on the instep of one of your feet to insulate it from the vibrations. A tripod won't be useful on the ship - not enough room, it will interfere with other passengers, and engine vibrations.

Have fun.

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