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Jul 27, 2012 11:57 |  #1

Going on an Alaskan cruise in a week hoping to get some great landscape shots as well as wildlife! Was wondering if a CPL is necessary for shooting Icebergs? Do you guys recommended any other accessories?


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Jul 27, 2012 12:58 |  #2

A CPL is essential for almost any landscape work when there's sunlight. If you're going to be on land consider at least a monopod (so don't forget the tripod mounting ring for the 70-200/100-400) for wildlife in the distance since the light can be all over.


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Jul 29, 2012 13:16 |  #3

What are your recommendations on CPL's i've heard quality makes a big difference is the Hoya good or should I spend the extra $$$ and buy the B+W?


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Jul 29, 2012 13:39 |  #4

I just got back from an alaska cruise a couple weeks ago and it was a lot of fun. It was my first time cruising and my first time in alaska.

What excursions are you going on?

Here's a link to my pictures.
http://antinode.smugmu​g.com …laska-Pub/24391351_4VWvsd (external link)

The most important equipment I had were rain clothes head to toe and a rain sleeve for the camera.

IMAGE: http://antinode.smugmug.com/Vacation/Alaska-Pub/i-M9G8LVH/0/L/P1100001m-L.jpg

Out on the front of the ship it's windy and rainy, but that's where you have to be to get pictures of whales, otters and seals. A lot of people were freezing their butts off, while the wife and I were toasty warm in thermal underwear, fleece, and waterproof shells. Waterproof shoes are a must also.

The cheapo optek rain sleeve worked surprisingly well, but of course, the front of the lens still got wet because of the driving rain. It didn't seem to bother my sigma 80-400mm though and I never got any condensation going from 50 deg, 100% humidy weather to inside the ship.

I took my kit lens 18-55mm, 55-250mm, and sigma 80-400mm and I got the most use out of the 18-55 and the 80-400. I think I only used the 55-250 once.

A monopod came in handy while waiting for whales to come by or for a glacier to calve. I'm not sure what happened, but the sigma optical stabilization freaked out while on the monopod and it buzzed and fluttered furiously. Now that I'm back at home it works fine on the monopod so I'm thinking the low frequency vibrations of the ship messed with it. I just had to use the lens without OS.

I don't have a CPL for the sigma, so none of the iceburg shots were polarized. Actually, I think the only time I used a CPL was for the river shots.

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Jul 29, 2012 14:25 |  #5

I like B+W for all my round filters.


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Jul 29, 2012 18:30 |  #6

Jon wrote in post #14786337 (external link)
I like B+W for all my round filters.

Me too.




  
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Jul 29, 2012 18:42 |  #7

Just did an Alaskan cruise in May. You'll need wide angle most of the time. A good zoom for wildlife, but except for hanging out on the bow as Spyder mentioned, you'll need to take some excursions to find wildlife. Landscapes are a non-stop variety of evergreens and snow capped mountains. Rain is a bit of a crap shoot, but blue skies are almost impossible. If you;re going to take all 3 bodies, you should be able to cover everything. I had two crop bodies with a 17-50 on one and the 70-200 on the other.


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Jul 29, 2012 22:41 |  #8

Great write-up spyderpig!

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Jul 30, 2012 21:59 |  #9

I got back from my cruise last week. The weather was fantastic. We had sun everyday and temps were in the 60s most of the time. It was the first time in about 1 days the locals had seen the sun in the ports we visited. I didn't bring a polarizer but I think it would have been beneficial for the whale shots in Juneau. I got a couple of decent shots but I never got to see much of their bodies.

IMAGE: http://www.pete-the-greek.com/Places/Alaska-2012/i-nvJ5FRp/0/L/SDIM6260-L.jpg

I loved Glacier Bay, the scenery was amazing. I don't rightly know if a polarizer is neccessary but it can't hurt to bring it. The week before we went, the conditions were horrible - foggy with no visibility from the ship. We were blessed to go when we did.

IMAGE: http://www.pete-the-greek.com/Places/Alaska-2012/i-XZgBCNM/1/L/SDIM6398-L.jpg

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Jul 30, 2012 23:05 |  #10

Thanks everyone! I'm very excited about the trip and just ordered a B+W 77mm MRC CPL.


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Jul 30, 2012 23:11 |  #11

Dear NTOTRR - You certainly "lucked-out" on the weather and the prestiness that accompanies after a wet-weather period...
What camera body/lens combo did you use in your picture #2? - great crisp shot!

Dear PHOTOPRO -
[Can be very unsetted/dynamic weather like the west coast of British Columbia (particularly anything beyond 100 miles north of Vancouver) or like mountainous areas of Banff/Jasper Alberta, or Europe such as Switzerland or Austria].

SPYDERPIG's comments (a.k.a "be prepared") are great advice; as wind or being around the water can be chilly/cold &/or wet.

Have fun!!


Mary
P.S. I have the B+W (77mm & 72mm) MRC KSM CPL; but Hoya's are great too.


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Jul 31, 2012 10:27 |  #12

Happy, I brought both my Canon 7D and my Sigma SD15. I took that second shot with my SD15 and Sigma 17-70mm DC OS lens. For the whale shots, I used the SD15 and the Sigma 80-40mm EX DG OS lens. If I have one regret is that I didn't bring the 80-400mm lens I have for the 7D. The 7D s a far better camera to use for whale watching for its faster AF and burst speed.




  
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Jul 31, 2012 10:47 |  #13

big lenses, warm clothes, and lots of camera media to put the shots on. Make sure you have a few batteries for your camera(s). CPL and maybe a neutral density filter depending on what you like to shoot.


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Jul 31, 2012 11:00 as a reply to  @ hawk911's post |  #14

Good move to get the CPL. You will not regret it for this trip and for the future. For lenses I recommend something that goes very wide, I had my 16-35, and something that goes very long I rented a 75-300 but a 100-400 would be better. I used the wide for most of the scenery from the ship and from the train and on a glacier. The long was for the wildlife and a couple of shots of Denali.

I took a tripod but did not really use it much.

You can see what I got HERE (external link).

I was into HDR at the time and so I have a Mendenhall Glacier HDR gallery HERE (external link).

Have a great trip!


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Jul 31, 2012 16:29 |  #15

bpalermini wrote in post #14795179 (external link)
Good move to get the CPL. You will not regret it for this trip and for the future. For lenses I recommend something that goes very wide, I had my 16-35, and something that goes very long I rented a 75-300 but a 100-400 would be better. I used the wide for most of the scenery from the ship and from the train and on a glacier. The long was for the wildlife and a couple of shots of Denali.

I took a tripod but did not really use it much.

You can see what I got HERE (external link).

I was into HDR at the time and so I have a Mendenhall Glacier HDR gallery HERE (external link).

Have a great trip!

Nice gallery Pastor. If I return to Alaska, this gallery has given me the impetus to take an excursion onto the glacier like you did.




  
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