After taking a vacation from reality for 2 weeks, I'm back! It's taking me a little longer than expected to snap back into the old routines, but I'm getting there...
Basic summary of my trip:
Vancouver, Canada ~ Cruise to Alaska with ports in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, one day in Glacier Bay (WOW!) ~ One week of driving around and getting lost in the wild Alaska
I just gotta say this was a trip of a lifetime! I honestly had a hard time coming home... but I ran outta money :P I will be going back though... soon!
The trip did start out a little bumpy though, our flight was canceled and we were delayed for 8 hrs.... our luggage was lost up until a few hours before the cruise... then once on the cruise I tripped walking up stairs and fell flat on my face. No worries though, no cameras were injured and only a couple witnesses were "dealt with". But after all that, it was smooth sailing!
I highly recommend, if you've never been or even thought of visiting Alaska... go now! It is an ever changing environment and who knows how long it will stay as pristine and simple as it is today. And really, you can do Alaska on a budget... if it weren't for the cruise, I would have spent the same if not less than on any other trip. Honestly, we hung out with a couple that rented a VW and just drove all over, when they got tired they would just pull off the road and sleep! They packed lunches for the day, and at night ate at a reasonable spot. Showered at the laundromat (which they all had showers!). The costliest part of their trip was the flight & rental! This must be common practice in Alaska though, because we saw a ton of RV's and vans pulled off for a break... and camping was allowed almost everywhere.
So now I have the joy of reliving the experience by going through my thousands of photos! It was a huge learning experience as I've never photographed wildlife before... so don't expect many great animal shots! The major lesson learned on this trip was when photographing an animal, don't be afraid to turn up your ISO. I'm one that is stuck on 100, too afraid of noise to ever venture out of that realm. Well, it cost me a few too many great shots, however by the end of the trip I was getting a little more comfortable with the idea.
I'll be posting my images as I process them. I decided it would keep me the most sane, and organized, if I go through them in the order that my trip went. I'll be posting pretty much everything on my flickr account, and only the "worthy" ones in my shop... please feel free to comment, critique, give pointers... as I am always learning, and always open to new ideas!
flickr ~~~> flickr.com/photos/kimrose/
shop ~~~> KimberlyRose.etsy.com