In June, I wrote a few blog posts while aboard the Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Sea Lion about my travels in Alaska. Today I am posting my final story, video, and photos. They can be seen by clicking here.
The above photo is from my last hike I took in Alaska. I would like to think my buddy the whale was waving goodbye to me. Alaska is a very magical place. I hope that I am fortunate enough to visit again.
The Sea Lion was a wonderful way to explore the Inside Passage, it provided an up close and personal view of nature that I could not of ever imagined.
For those photo enthusiasts, I brought with me a Canon 5d Mark II, Canon Mark III, 80-200mm 2.8, 300mm 2.8, 15-35mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8 and two extenders, 1.4x and 2x. I also took a 50 macro lens. The below photo was taken with Canon 5d and the 300mm with both extenders attached making it a 840mm lens. The other specs are, ISO 1600, aperture 8, shutter 1/640. We saw several bears walking along the shorelines and cliffs at different spots in the Inside Passage. My shipmates and I began calling these “far away bears.”
We saw all sorts of animals on the National Geographic Sea Lion and fortunately they were not all far away animals. This sea lion was swimming by me while I was on a zodiac ride. It was shot with a Canon Mark III. The other aspects are lens 200mm 2.8, ISO 320, aperture 4, and shutter 1/3200. The image is not cropped.
So no matter what camera equipment you have, you will walk away with some fantastic nature shots. Many of my shipmates carried point and shoots and had wonderful shots of a nature and Alaskan scenes. And if you want to learn more about photography, there is a National Geographic trained photography specialist onboard to help you. My number one tip for you is to bring rain gear for yourself and your camera equipment. An aquapac is an excellent choice for point and shoots. There are lots of options on the market, so do your research. On our first day, one of my shipmates dropped his camera in the water while kayaking and ruined it. Don’t let that happen to you.
This cruise was a fantastic way to combine my love for nature and love for photography.
Read more about my adventures in Alaska and see more photos by clicking here.
— Sarah Phipps
Travel and accommodations provided by Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.