Monday, July 28, 2014

Misty Mountain Road (And Breaking Landscape Photography Rules)

Towards the end of our trip, Eileen and I did some more driving throughout the Alaskan countryside near our bed and breakfast.  Speaking of our bed and breakfast, if you like staying in those and want to see Alaska, stay at the Hidden Creek Bed and Breakfast which is ran by Ron and Michelle Tenny!  They are great hosts, have a great place and serve the best breakfasts in the world!  Michelle has a culinary degree and they both really know how to cook!  They really made our trip special!

Anyway, as we drove around seeing the sights, we stopped at many of the photo turnouts along the Seward Highway to take photos.  WIth this shot, it was raining a bit, but I saw this nice view through a break in the trees where you could see the mountain, a stream and the road all at once.  So, I broke the traditional "landscape rules" that state that one should use a wide angle lens with landscape orientation.  I did a portrait orientation with my 50-230mm telephoto zoom lens so I could capture everything I mentioned and compress the shot.  Did it work?  Please leave a comment below and thanks for dropping by!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 63.2mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/350
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Friday, July 25, 2014

Alaska Railroad in the Morning

We rode on the Alaska Railroad one day to get from our "base" of Girdwood to a town named Seward where Eileen's sister Annette, Annette's husband, Darrel and their son/our nephew, Dylan were staying.  We all met up in Seward and went on a boat tour that was not good for land-lubbers so to speak.  However, the train ride to and from Seward was spectacular!  We sat in the "dome car" where the windows wrapped up into the ceiling so you could really see the landscape. You can sort of see it in the far left portion of the image here.  It also had a viewing platform in the back of the car that was outside so one could really get some nice pictures.

Also, the car had two levels.  We sat in the top level, but down below is a dining area where we had our dinner on the way back.  I gotta say that our meals were two of the better ones we had on our entire trip!  That doesn't mean we ate at many bad places... no.  Alaska Railroad has a very good chef on-board their trains and the food was outstanding!  It was just a great all-around experience.  When we go back we are taking the train again!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifim X-E1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 50mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/150
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - ) EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bald Eagle Face

We saw so many "critters" at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  You could get almost, almost close enough to touch them.  Of course there was some sort of barrier/fence between the public and the animals that one could not touch them, but it was so cool to get that close.

The Conservation Center takes care of injured animals and uses those animals to educate the public about them. So, this eagle must've had some sort of problem because he was perched inside of a barn.  I'm guessing he/she probably could not fly for whatever reason, but I really don't know for sure.

Speaking of getting close to the animals, this eagle was located right on the other side of the barn that housed two male moose!  If it wasn't for the fence, one really could touch those guys!  They were that close!  Too close for me to get a decent shot if you can believe that!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 230mm
Aperture - f6.7
Exposure - 1/80
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 2500
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Seaview Cafe and Bar in Hope Alaska

Our great friends Richard and Sandy took us for a wonderful sight-seeing tour of the area around Girdwood in their RV one day.  Part of their tour took us to Hope, Alaska where this great little Seaview Cafe and Bar is.  It reminded me of something you'd see in the show Northern Exposure.  So, we went into the bar side of the establishment and had some great seafood chowder.  Some of the best I'd ever had! I also discovered Denali Brewing Co's Twister Creek IPA!  Mmm good!  Can't wait for that to get to the lower 48. Then we went to the Discovery Cafe just down the road for excellent pie!  It was awesome!  Thanks again guys for the great tour!  You make excellent guides for sure! ;-)

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF10-24mm F4 R OIS
Focal Length - 18.2mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/400
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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