Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Alaska Report

We just returned from a wonderful trip along Alaska's inside passage. We spent 8 days on a yacht that cruised from Sitka to Juneau. We stopped in some wonderful remote bays and also stayed 1 night in Glacier Bay National Park. I highly recommend  the company we traveled with, American Safari Cruises, for anyone interested in seeing  this part of Alaska. I was focussed primarily on landscape shots since I was shooting with the H3D and it is not really the best tool for wildlife photography. It will take me a few weeks to go through my images and finalize the ones I will show on my website. I do have a couple of fun shots I am posting with this entry, one of a whale eating her  lunch, and one of a group of sea otters. I look forward to trying out the new Adobe Camera Raw 4.1 to process my image files. This new upgrade has some very powerful new features that are described in detail at Photoshop News . In the next week I will also be posting some additional reports about the Alaska trip.



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2 comments:

  1. Hi, Elizabeth,
    Great to hear you are back--your trip sounds amazing! I hope to do something similar someday soon.
    I am curious about your comment about the H3D not being the best tool for wildlife photography. I'd like to learn more about why you feel that way--I'm assuming you didn't have the equivalent of a Canon 500/4 IS in your bag for the H3D :)... Were there other factors as well?
    Thanks, and looking forward to hearing more about your trip!
    Best regards,
    Brad

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  2. HI Brad - Thanks for your comments. The H3D has a capture rate of about 1 shot per second when using the CF cards, making it a little slow for wildlife. In addition, the longest HC lens is a 300mm, and since there is no Image Stabilization like on the Canon long lenses you have to use a higher ISO and fast shutter speed to get crisp shots, which can be difficult. I think the best cameras for wildlife are the Nikon or Canon DSLRs with the long lenses that have image stabilization. We also had a Canon 5D along with a 100-400 IS zoom that was used primarily for wildlife shots. The H3D is best for landscape shots taken on a tripod that will be made into very large prints, which is what I primarily focus on in my photography business.

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