Alaska Sunset

Alaska Sunset

This was taken a while back when I was returning from seeing my aunt up in Haines, Alaska: from the ferry getting close to Juneau.

That’s a great ferry ride: too bad I have a negative reaction about long boat rides right now or we might plan another trip.

Early Snow outside Haines, Alaska

Haines Alaska, Peaks with New Snow by Allan J Jones Photography
Haines Alaska, Peaks with New Snow

These are peaks visible from the ferry between Haines and Juneau Alaska. I was lucky to catch a brief opening in the clouds letting a little sun on the lower rock while the foreground forest was in shade.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 190mm 
ISO 800    1/640 sec    f/13

Eldred Rock Lighthouse

Eldred Rock Lighthouse, Lynn Canal, AK 24Nov2013, Photo by Allan J Jones
Eldred Rock Lighthouse, Lynn Canal, AK 24Nov2013

Eldred Rock Lighthouse sits in the middle of Lynn Canal between Juneau and Haines. It’s a fantastic location… when it’s clear. Juneau weather is rainforest like… and you can get socked in for weeks. I was really lucky to be able to hit a day in November when it was clear and I was on the ferry from Juneau to Haines.

It was cold, though. In order to get the shot, I had to go out onto the deck of the ferry. The wind was blowing some, adding to the windchill from the motion of the boat. I would go out and shoot as long as my fingers could stand it, then go back inside and warm up as much as I could, hoping that my sensor stayed free of condensation. Between the wind and the ferry motion I had to bump up the ISO so I could keep the shutter speed fast enough to cut any camera motion.

Camera: Sony NEX-5N 
Lens: Sony 55-210mm set at 94mm 
ISO 1600    1/1000 sec    F/16

Lutak Inlet Eagle

Eagle on Lutak Inlet, Haines, Alaska
Eagle on Lutak Inlet, Haines, Alaska

I was early for the ferry going from Haines to Skagway. It is a short crossing, but I was excited about the trip, since it started my drive home from Alaska down to Washington. I had visited Alaska a number of times and lived there in the 70’s for a year, but I had always either rode the ferry or flown. So, I was pretty darn early for the boat.

The ticket agent at the ferry terminal suggested I could drive up the Lutak road and enjoy the scenery for an hour or so and still be plenty early, which I did. On the way back to the terminal, I noticed an eagle sitting on a piece of driftwood along the shore. The wind was blowing hard and ruffling the feathers.

Photo taken May 19, 2017

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 300mm
ISO 400    1/500 sec    f/11

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