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Digital Workshop: Photos from the Last Frontier

Special thanks to Westerdam’s Techspert Krista who posted this on the Microsoft Blog.

Hello everyone, it’s Krista, techspert sailing on the Westerdam. We’re currently sailing toward Hawaii and the French Polynesian Islands, but I’m still reminiscing about the beautiful sights from our Alaska season! During one of our last cruises to the Last Frontier, I asked guests to submit their photos in hopes of being able to share the best images online with all of you. We received many great submissions, but we had six STUNNING photos shared by two of our passengers sailing with us from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3.

Mr. Ewen Todd, from Okemos, Michigan, captured this great shot of our beautiful ship at sunset in Juneau.

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Mr. Todd also submitted these photos. First, another great sunset in Juneau, and beneath that a beautiful scenery and mist as we cruised through Stephens Passage toward Juneau.

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HAL Digital Workshop

Mr. Raleigh Ferdun, who hails from Honolulu, Hawaii, submitted this photo that showcases his photography skill. Check out that bee that he caught in action inside this beautiful flower! You might be surprised to see such a colorful flower in Alaska, but it’s true, he shot this image in our second port of call, Sitka. In the Camera Basics Digital Workshop class we talk about different settings to use in different situations, and for this image, I’m guessing he used his Macro focus. Want to use it? Look for an icon of a tulip on the back of your camera. Press the button, and you should be able to turn macro focus on, then taking a shot like this will be really easy!

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Another great shot from Mr. Todd (he had so many great ones, I couldn’t pick just one or two!), he caught this on one of our shore excursions, the Sea Otter Wildlife Quest in Sitka. There are so many chances to see all kinds of wildlife in Alaska. I’m glad Mr. Todd was able to share this one with us. Who doesn’t love a great sea otter photo?

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Our last chosen submission also comes from Mr. Ferdun, and I am absolutely in awe of this photo! A common sight toward the end of the Alaska season are schools of salmon swimming upstream en masse. Mr. Ferdun managed to catch them in action in Sitka. We can see through the water and see the motion of the fish in this photo as well. Truth be told, I’m not sure how he got this clear of an image, but I’m glad he did, and was able to share it with us!

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These guests certainly have great photographic talents, but they didn’t use any expensive or complicated editing software. Any edits they made on the photos were done with Windows Live Photo Gallery, a program you can download for FREE that will help you edit, organize, and view your photos! Visit for more info.

I hope you enjoyed the photos that our guests shared with you. If you’ll be cruising on a HAL ship, be sure to stop by the Digital Workshop. We’ll show you how to get the most out of your digital camera (without having to carry your manual around with you all the time!) and we’ll also help you learn how to use Windows Live Essentials software to get those photos onto the computer, edit them, put them in a movie or slideshow, and share them with friends and family all over the world! The best part? You can download Windows Live Essentials at home for free! Check it out now at, or if you’ll be cruising with us soon, then stop by the Digital Workshop and learn from your ship’s very own Techspert!

Holland America Line is a proud partner of Microsoft on the Digital Workshop powered by Windows program.

  • Claudette

    we will be sailing on the Rotterdam in November and I am interested in the computer and digital workshops that are offered on board. I am reluctant to bring my laptop because of baggage restrictions and also we will be in Rome 3 days prior to the cruise. Will I be able to take advantage of these workshops if I do not have my computer? Thanks for the info

  • Digital Workshop

    Hi Claudette, There is no need to bring your own computer as all of our workshops are equipped with approximately 15 laptops. Classes are popular though, so sometimes you may not have the opportunity to experience the class hands – on. That being said, your Techspert will repeat all sessions 2-3 times per cruise so that you have numerous opportunities to make the class and not miss something else that you find important and fun on board.

    Happy sailing!

    The Digital Workshop

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