Alaskan Flare…

So…I just got back from an Alaskan cruise – it was…different.

It’s not your typical tropical destination – but the colors were bright – and when out – so was the sun. In fact – the sun, as even just part way north as the Inside Passage isn’t really that far up, doesn’t set till later up there…so sunsets – pretty spectacular. Granted no palm nor coconut trees a la Hawaii / Cali…but, I think the massive mountains and crazy sky make up for it.


 (Elisa Sherman)

The most impressive part of the cruise and by far the source for most of my images – was the 2-3hr mini cruise we took up the Tracy Arm Fjord after climbing down onto a smaller vessel. We got extremely lucky – only a few days a year are as beautiful as the day we got here…the water was glorious, the glaciers spectacular, the icebergs brilliant, and the mountains, massive.


 (Elisa Sherman)

That last bit, from an image making perspective was really breathtaking – the sheer size. Well the size and the lens flare – but we’ll get to the latter in a minute. First the size – everything in Alaska is, well, bigger. No pun. I could tell, simply because I knew I had a pretty darned wide lens on my 5d2 – I rented a 16-35 especially for the trip – a bit of a trial run – as that is a lens I covet. And honestly – I couldn’t barely fit some of the scenes inside of that wide frame – stunningly massively gigantic.

 (Elisa Sherman)

Now to the latter – who knew lens flare due to massive light would be such an issue – in Alaska?! Well, so many views I captured – I purposely was shooting into the sun – and, I guess, I just embraced it. I think the light was gorgeous – and this image sits as my wallpaper at work…

 (Elisa Sherman)

I probably shouldn’t forget the critters – we saw a few – though I didn’t capture many in frame – here you see some black or brown(??) bears on the shore – they really are large – but alas even cropped in – they look tiny as so many things did, amid the massiveness of the surroundings…

 (Elisa Sherman)

How massive you might ask, is everything really – not to belabor this theme – but BIG. In the next image – smaller tour boats, are but specs amongst the glacier and icebergs…you can’t even make them out – I can see them if I crop to 100% – but they aren’t much to look at – so, eh, trust me:)

 (Elisa Sherman)

Oh, and I probably shouldn’t forget the calving glacier – I guess it’s special that it did it whilst we were there – but then, we did have a bit of magic with us, so…

 (Elisa Sherman)

 (Elisa Sherman)

At the end of the day – bigger is better and more beautiful – here’s a few more, and the full gallery slideshow following…


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Alaska, July 2012 – Images by Elisa Sherman

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5 Responses to Alaskan Flare…

  1. elisa says:

    Copying in comments that didn’t get transferred…

    elisa
    elisa | In reply to Cheryl Spelts.
    thanks – I like this one, it’s one of the newest from graphpaperpress…it has given me some trouble – but once I got it working…I might try to even out the slideshow image sizes this weekend (will actually require some image editing) – but for now, it will do…

    Alaskan Flare…

    elisa | In reply to Cheryl Spelts.
    thanks – the sky in so many was so cool…oh and I love the 16-35…maybe next year;) And yeah, the stairs – there was something about them in frame I liked – I might have taken that one with the fish…I don’t even know and I’m too lazy to look;) Most all of the images are from the fjord, the ship, or in Juneau…I didn’t even take my camera out in the other dreary locals where we just went kitchy shopping – I just used my phone;)

    Alaskan Flare…

    Cheryl Spelts
    I also like your new blog design! I’ve always been a sucker for the clean white sleek look – makes it all about the images!

    Alaskan Flare…
    Cheryl Spelts
    Really really beautiful! I especially love the first shot – the clouds and the band of sky and the sea – love the math! And the shot of the staircase – it’s different, in a good way!

    Alaskan Flare…
    elisa | In reply to Caroline.
    Thanks Caroline! It really is pretty hope you get to see it one day;)

    Alaskan Flare…
    Caroline
    So gorgeous! One day. One day I’ll visit this gorgeous place.

  2. Did you rent a 16-35mm? How funny! I kept thinking that some of them looked like that lens, but I told myself not to be ridiculous. How on earth would I be able to tell what lens you used? I’m not some techie genius, able to just look at an image, and just know what lens was used. But still it felt so familiar…

    I should have guessed you’d rent something fun to use on the big trip!

    • elisa says:

      yes:) I poppped on the fish eye a couple times – but as it’s 15mm – unless I was doing something more creative – it didn’t lend itself so much…I think the stair one though might have used it…

      I want to get the 16-35 – I have always loved your images and others that I have seen with it…I sold my 24-70 as I didn’t love it – it was so…normal, if that makes sense – it was great for concerts – almost a must have – but since I don’t want to shoot those as much – I just decided to sell it…and save up for the 16-35…if I don’t buy it by next January I’ll rent it again on my Hawaii trip probably – I want to go on a photography tour when I’m there…

      I also sold my second body – bc if I’m not really shooting events regularly I dont’ need it…instead once the technology matures, I’ll probably look into the mirrorless – especially now that canon has an option in that arena…of late size/weight has been an issue for me – and I would love quality in a smaller package especially for travel. I’m really at the point – that if I can’t have pretty good IQ/response, then I’ll just use my phone…so middlin tech just won’t work…so it may not be until the next model or something…or maybe I’ll buy a car?!

      • I get it – and in fact, I sort of miss my old film cameras for the same reason. They were small and light! And a cheapie 50mm 1.8 lens was small and light as well – so I could pop one of those on a camera, grab a couple of rolls of film, and put them in my purse, and go. On days when you think you *might* want a camera, and a cell phone camera just won’t do, what do you carry?

        • elisa says:

          exactly! I think that is real appeal of the tech going smaller with quality sensors…a 1.6x sensor starts to look more attactive again if it’s going to be in a nice small package…I got a new p/s last year, but just wasn’t over the moon with it – for the size, quality, my phone is more handy for mediocre quality shots. I actually took quite a few shots in Alaska with it…I loved the ability to post them to social media when I hit each port…and on the dreary rainy days that I didn’t want to take my good gear on shore and the photo ops were minimal – my phone was all I used…honestly, I would sell my 70-200 it’s such a beast – if I hadn’t just spent 600 this year to get it repaired…I feel like I have to get good images back from it to get the value back;) and it is a gorg lens – though I think I might prefer the 135 2.0 longterm…I am not so much a gear head at this point, but the physical size / wt really has been a hindrance for me lately – and I’m kind of glad I never got into it so much that I was committed to it professionally – I don’t think it would have been good for my back :( ON the flip side I saw one of the kelly moore bags at the shop where I picked up the rental – it was gorg…I covet it as well;)

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