Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Grazing Bison

The Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center has a herd of bison that they are planning on introducing into the wild sometime next year.  This is one of the herd's members taking time for a bite to eat...

Here's an interesting fact about bison that comes from the official website of Yellowstone:

"A bison’s massive hump is comprised of muscles supported by long vertebrae; this allows a bison to use its head as a snowplow in winter, swinging side to side to sweep aside the snow."

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
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Focal Length - 182mm
Aperture - f6.4
Exposure - 1/180
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
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Tripod - No
HDR - No
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Alaskan Cottage

Across the street from the Seaview Cafe and Bar in Hope, there was this cool little cottage.  Looks like a nice place to stay if we wanted to move to AK, but it's a little too remote for us.  Might be fun to try for a little while though!  It sure is a bit different than the homes here in Central Texas, especially the landscaping; everything's so green and in bloom.  However, in January or February, I think I might rather be here..

Enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
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Focal Length - 12mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/170
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
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HDR - No
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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
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Focal Length - 50mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/150
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - ) EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
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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
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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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mountain Meadow

On our way back from Seward after the "Boat Tour From Hell" as Eileen likes to call it - you know, the one where she used 7 barf bags - we rode the Alaska RailRoad back to Girdwood, the town that worked as our "base".  Actually we took the train to and from Seward.  I took this shot from the viewing platform of our rail car.  It was cloudy most of the day, but towards the end as we got close to Girdwood, the sun started poking through and shined on the bases of the mountains.  I thought it made for a nice black and white image.  What do you think?

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 75mm
Aperture - f4.5
Exposure - 1/2000
Exposure program - Shutter priority AE
ISO speed - 640
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Tripod - No
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Whittier, Alaska

We saw many glaciers when we were in Alaska.  As a matter of fact, on the tour where I took this shot (26 Glaciers Cruise), the Park Ranger who narrated the tour said there were some 100,000 glaciers or so throughout Alaska.  And of those 100,000, only about 600 are named.  That brings me to the tour where I took this picture...  I took this as we were coming back in to Whittier.  You can see the glacier at the top of the shot which is just above the town.  I'm not sure if it has a name, but if I had to guess, it would be the Whittier Glacier.  I really don't know, though.  Plus, we didn't see 26 glaciers because of the weather which was rather cloudy and foggy, but we did get to see a humpback whale and her calf breach and we saw a glacier calve off about the equivalent of a 9 story building!  Enough to rock the boat a bit!  According to our captain, that doesn't happen too often.

Whittier has a population of about 200-300 people in it and just about all of them live in that tall building you see in the shot.  Whittier is also a port for the Princess Cruise Line as well as cargo ships.  So most of the people that live and work in Whittier support that industry.

You can get to Whittier two ways, either by boat or through a tunnel in the mountains that is only big enough to fit a train or a car/truck.  So if one wants to go through, you need to get staged at predetermined time and vehicles will then be allowed to go one way through the tunnel for about 10 - 15 minutes, then a train goes through, then vehicles get to go through the tunnel in the opposite direction.  So, if you have to be somewhere either in Whittier or outside of Whittier, you have to take the schedule for the tunnel into consideration as part of your travels.  Not too much to do there other than work for the boating industry, but if you want to read more about Whittier, click here.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-E1
Lens - Fujinon XC 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 80mm
Aperture - f5.6
Exposure - 1/340
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Girdwood From Alyeska Glacier

On one of the rare clear days we had in Alaska, Eileen and I went on a hiking tour of the Alyeska Glacier at the Alyeska Resort through Ascending Path, a company specializing in guided hikes in that area.  Our guide was Peter and he was awesome!  It was just us three on the hike which lasted about 3.5 hours and he took us high above Girdwood to this amazing view you see here.  Yes, the snow below is the actual glacier, but it looks more like spring snow, really.  Also, the bay you see below is called the Turnagain Arm portion of the Cook Inlet.

According to Wikipedia, "The inlet was named after Cook in 1794 by George Vancouver, who had served under Cook in 1778. Turnagain Arm was named by William Bligh of HMS Bounty fame. Bligh served as Cook's Sailing Master on his 3rd and final voyage, the aim of which was discovery of the Northwest Passage

Upon reaching the head of Cook Inlet, Bligh was of the opinion that both Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm were the mouths of rivers and not the opening to the Northwest Passage. Under Cook's orders Bligh organized a party to travel up Knik Arm, which quickly returned to report Knik Arm indeed led only to a river.

Afterwards a second party was dispatched up Turnagain Arm and it too returned to report only a river lay ahead. As a result of this frustration the second body of water was given the disingenuous name "Turn Again". Early maps label Turnagain Arm as the "Turnagain River".

One other cool thing about the Turnagain Arm is when the tide rolls in...  When it does, it comes in all at once.  It is literally a tidal wave, so much so that one could surf it in.  As a matter of fact a lot of locals do that since the wave can reach heights of 5 feet or more.  The guy operating the tram at the Alyeska stated that a world surfing record was set here for the longest ride of approximately 11 miles!  Incredible!  As you can see, the tide is out at this point, but when it comes in, it's all water down there.

As far as the photo goes, I used the trusty X-T1 and I post-processed it all in Lightroom!  Hooray for me!  I'm getting used to that program!

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 22mm
Aperture - f9
Exposure - 1/420
Exposure program - Program AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0Ev
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

Monday, July 14, 2014

Alaskan Grizzly Bear

Well, we are back from our trip to Alaska and it's back to work tomorrow.  Big time bummer!  But, this trip needs to be paid for and so do the next ones!  So, here's the first post from the trip!  There will be many more, but this one of my faves and wanted to get it out there right away!

We stayed in a little town called Girdwood which is about 35 miles SE of Anchorage.  And further down the Seward Highway another 10-15 miles or so is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.  It's a place that rehabs injured animals and gets them back into the wild.  It's a sort of zoo, but more to educate people on the local wildlife by bringing in injured animals and getting them healthy.  If they can be released, wonderful, but if they can't, they will stay permanently.

This is a shot of one of the grizzly bears there.  He seems very friendly as he wandered up to the fence and then sat down on his backside.  Rather funny actually.  He also seemed quite tired.  Although looking tired and friendly, I would not want to meet him in the woods.  As a matter of fact, a good friend of our bed and breakfast hosts was mauled by a brown bear while we were there.  She's going to be OK, but it just goes to show that these guys don't play.  The mauling also occurred at a campground that some of our own good friends, Richard and Sandy, stayed at just the night before and heard of bear sightings in that area!  Oh and thanks again guys for taking us around and showing us all the sites!  We had a great time and you guys made it extra special!

Anyway, that's the shot of the bear and I have quite a few other shots from AK to go, so stay tuned!

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Exif data:

Camera - FujiFilm X-T1
Lens - XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 204mm
Aperture - f6.7
Exposure - 1/210
Exposure program - Aperture Priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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