Last summer I bought a new camera knowing I was going to South America on the Veendam and then Alaska on the Statendam. I got a Nikon D5000, a beginner level model, it’s my first digital single-lens reflux. Believe me, this one has more bells and whistles than I will probably ever use but I am working on getting off automatic.
Since I got to Alaska I have taken two photo safaris, one in Juneau (in a separate post to follow) and one in Haines, and I was delighted with both of them. I took one in Stika last year with my old beat up camera and would like to repeat with my new one. The photo safaris are some of the many shore excursions offered by Holland America.
In Haines we went out with Bob Adkins for the Photography Discovery excursion and he showed us some drop dead settings that typify southeast Alaska. I loved his approach. He told us we were on a shoot for National Geographic magazine and the focus was southeast Alaska. We were given time to shoot from all angles and distances. He made suggestions as to composition, as well as technical points.
I tend to take a lot of vertical shots myself usually because I am trying to fit in mountain tops and the water or flora below. One thing he said I will always remember: “National Geographic never puts a horizontal shot on their covers.” We need to learn how to look vertically when composing a shot as well as horizontally. Bob told us it takes 22,000 photos to get 20 shots good enough for a national article. OK then, I feel that I am on the right track.
Stay tuned for Juneau…
Joanne Gardner is Statendam’s future cruise consultant.