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Adam Duncan

Tips for Shooting Alaska

My wife and I are preparing for a cruise to Alaska in August. I'm a novice photographer and was wondering if anyone had some advice on shooting around Alaska. Interesting places I should try and shoot?

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7/2/2006 1:23:47 PM

Tricia L. Olson-Giles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/3/2006
  No advice, but will be doing an Alaskan cruise next May for my honeymoon, and would like the same suggestions. I specialize in macro work with botanicals and wild animals, so obviously those are my first choices, but beyond that I know I'll be going outside of my comfort zone.

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7/7/2006 5:07:17 PM

Bob Cournoyer
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  We went on a cruise to Alaska last July on the Norwegian Star out of Seattle. #1 piece of advice...Don't wander around blind eyed to all the touristy stuff trying to get the "shot of a lifetime"...take all the "tourist" shots for memories. Then, if you have time, go for the more artsy stuff...:-)


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7/7/2006 7:59:45 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Hmm. Well, don't drive onto a peat bog in the Kenai National Forest. If you don't get stuck up to the wheel hubs, you may still end up getting into deep trouble with the park service. And...look out for grizzly bears (even brown bears for that matter). On the boat, don't order the venison or the whale. Very uncool.

If you get to wander, go to Homer, Valdez and Kenai. Drive out along the spit to see some spectacular scenery overlooking the Gulf of Alaska, and if it hasn't melted from global warming yet, the glaciers off Homer. Valdez is a very colorful place (at least used to be when I lived up there.)

If you make reservations waaay in advance, you can rent a car, put it on a flat bed rail car and ride the Alaska Railroad out of Juneau or Anchorage up the interior to the North Slope near Prudhoe Bay. That's some spectacular contry. The train is great ! You either sit in your car and watch the scenery pass, including moose, caribou, etc. like sitting in a scenecruiser bus, or walk up the enclosed catwalk to the dining or observations cars.

Depending on the time of year and where you are, in the summer, it may be light enough to stand outside and read a newspaper under the evening sky all night long.

Have a swell time ! Don't forget the bug spray and a rain coat.

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7/8/2006 7:48:42 PM

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