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Posted: 8/20/2006 2:45:43 PM EDT
FINALLY finished post-processing my Alaska trip photos, so here you go:









































































Link Posted: 8/20/2006 2:46:40 PM EDT
Wow.. very nice.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 2:51:01 PM EDT
Great pictures. Man, that must have been fun. Thanks for sharing!
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 2:51:46 PM EDT
WOW RIK!!!!

Those are professional quality photos...

What do you have for a Camera... ???
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 2:54:04 PM EDT
Thanks for posting, Rik...very nice.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 2:56:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 2:57:16 PM EDT
Those moose pictures are violating the COC rules.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 2:57:42 PM EDT
Great pictures! Looks like you had a great trip.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 2:57:52 PM EDT
What lens were you using for most of those shots?

I'm going to Alaska in 2 weeks, and I'm taking a 28-75mm 2.8 and a 70-300mm 4-5.6.

The telezoom isn't fantastic, but should be alright. Some of your wildlife shots are really great, either you got super close or you have a huge lens!

Shawn
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:00:24 PM EDT
That is simply what I hope Heaven will be like for me.......


If only I could find a good paying job in Alaska I would move there in a heartbeat.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:09:12 PM EDT
Cool pic's!! Thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:09:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Verity:
What lens were you using for most of those shots?

I'm going to Alaska in 2 weeks, and I'm taking a 28-75mm 2.8 and a 70-300mm 4-5.6.

The telezoom isn't fantastic, but should be alright. Some of your wildlife shots are really great, either you got super close or you have a huge lens!

Shawn


I used a Canon 5D and a Canon 30D. Most of the wildlife shots were with the 30D to take advantage of its 1.6x crop factor. I believe all the wildlife shots except the Dall Sheep were with my Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS lens. The Dall Sheep were far away enough that I used my Canon 300mm f2.8L IS with a 2x teleconverter.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:12:06 PM EDT
awesome
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:13:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RikWriter:

Originally Posted By Verity:
What lens were you using for most of those shots?

I'm going to Alaska in 2 weeks, and I'm taking a 28-75mm 2.8 and a 70-300mm 4-5.6.

The telezoom isn't fantastic, but should be alright. Some of your wildlife shots are really great, either you got super close or you have a huge lens!

Shawn


I used a Canon 5D and a Canon 30D. Most of the wildlife shots were with the 30D to take advantage of its 1.6x crop factor. I believe all the wildlife shots except the Dall Sheep were with my Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS lens. The Dall Sheep were far away enough that I used my Canon 300mm f2.8L IS with a 2x teleconverter.



Sounds really expensive
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:16:32 PM EDT
You certainly did yourself proud with those photos. Looks like you had a good trip. There aren't that many clear weather days on McKinley, you got a little lucky with that one.

Thanks for sharing your pix!
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:18:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 3rdStreet:

Originally Posted By RikWriter:

Originally Posted By Verity:
What lens were you using for most of those shots?

I'm going to Alaska in 2 weeks, and I'm taking a 28-75mm 2.8 and a 70-300mm 4-5.6.

The telezoom isn't fantastic, but should be alright. Some of your wildlife shots are really great, either you got super close or you have a huge lens!

Shawn


I used a Canon 5D and a Canon 30D. Most of the wildlife shots were with the 30D to take advantage of its 1.6x crop factor. I believe all the wildlife shots except the Dall Sheep were with my Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS lens. The Dall Sheep were far away enough that I used my Canon 300mm f2.8L IS with a 2x teleconverter.



Sounds really expensive


The camera bag I was carrying had about $11,000 worth of gear in it.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:24:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dilbert_556:
You certainly did yourself proud with those photos. Looks like you had a good trip. There aren't that many clear weather days on McKinley, you got a little lucky with that one.


Yeah, the weather stayed clear all the way out to Wonder Lake. The bus driver said it's the 14th time in 17 years he's had McKinley stay clear all the way out to the Lake (it's like a 5 hour drive.)
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:32:57 PM EDT
Truely amazing pics. Well done.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:38:42 PM EDT
Really nice, good photography work!
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:47:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:52:02 PM EDT
kick ass
I now have new wallpaper at work!
Great job.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 3:55:55 PM EDT
Excellent pictures! Thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 5:10:11 PM EDT
Awesome I have to visit one day ( My brother has taken a hiking trip there )

I wonder what it would be like to live there
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 5:19:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 5:20:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Turnkey:
Awesome I have to visit one day ( My brother has taken a hiking trip there )

I wonder what it would be like to live there


Expensive in some ways, for one. Limited access & few ameneties compared to city-livin', but if you are into your own thing & don't mind living in relatively more isolated conditions (depending on where you chose to live), it could be your thing. Beautiful is just a word. Those postcards pics of blue ice floes & glaciers really are that blue in person. Find something in your job sector & you could do it. Turns out, AK has the greatest number of motorcyclists per-capita in the U.S. Sewerd HWY is one hell of a road, whether your on a cruiser or sportbike.

Yes, I think about it, too.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 5:25:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Master_Blaster:

Originally Posted By Turnkey:
Awesome I have to visit one day ( My brother has taken a hiking trip there )

I wonder what it would be like to live there


Expensive in some ways, for one. Limited access & few ameneties compared to city-livin', but if you are into your own thing & don't mind living in relatively more isolated conditions (depending on where you chose to live), it could be your thing. Beautiful is just a word. Those postcards pics of blue ice floes & glaciers really are that blue in person. Find something in your job sector & you could do it. Turns out, AK has the greatest number of motorcyclists per-capita in the U.S. Sewerd HWY is one hell of a road, whether your on a cruiser or sportbike.

Yes, I think about it, too.


Blaster: There's some pretty nice country out by you too also
Farthest West I've made it was Idaho
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 5:27:35 PM EDT
Wow, National Geographic can't compare to that.
Link Posted: 8/20/2006 7:20:21 PM EDT
BTW, I am DEFINITELY going back next year. Wanna try July this time to try to avoid the onset of the really rainy season and do some backcountry camping this time.
Anyone wanna come along for bear bait?
Link Posted: 8/21/2006 2:40:39 PM EDT
Great pictures!! I've been trying to plan a little backcountry trip of my own. I would like to hit Denali NP and Wrangell - St. Elias NP in the same trip. Too bad Denali doesn't allow backcountry travelers to carry a rifle for protection like Wrangell does.
Link Posted: 8/21/2006 2:57:02 PM EDT
... Better than awesome!
Link Posted: 8/21/2006 3:01:33 PM EDT

Link Posted: 8/21/2006 3:04:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TX_CO4:
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Now if someone could photoshop the other hawk owl pic to say "Yah, rly!" it would be perfect!
Link Posted: 8/26/2006 7:31:55 PM EDT
By the way, those people who PMed me asking for hi-res versions of one of the pics, I have them available now. Please PM me again so I can email them to you.
Link Posted: 8/26/2006 8:21:09 PM EDT
Thanks for the memories. Hold them for yourself closely, it's the best. Great pics.
Link Posted: 8/26/2006 9:16:38 PM EDT
right click, save

right click, save

right click, save

right click, save

right click, save

right click, save...............

I dropped off a hitchhiker at the entrance to the Denali highway one January. Asked him if he knew what he was getting into....Expect -50 temps...... Yeah, he lives for winter camping and the isolation. He expected to be out there for 3 weeks.
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