Request - Iceberg photos

I'm planning a family trip next year - Alaska cruise.  One of my goals is to capture the icebergs.  I heard they are difficult to capture because of the blue tint, the easily blown highlights, and other reasons I don't remember.  I did a quick search, stunning iceberg shots are few and far between.


If you gals come across any stunning iceberg photos, or if you know any landscape photographers that have great shots, would you please post them here?  I want to start studying them!

Posted on October 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm
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Not sure how one would rate the quality of these, but I love them!


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I tried to find a "less blue" one under sunnier conditions:


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Posted on October 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm
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I'm a big fan of a local artist here in Atlanta that did some stunning infrared work with iceburgs, Todd Murphy: (I won't copy his photos here as these are copyrighted and protected and I don't have permission to post them)


http://www.toddmurphy.com/?page_id=29


I went to Alaska in '05 and saw only ice floes and plenty of glaciers.  It really depends on where you go if you see iceburgs - if you stay in the inside passage, we didn't see iceburgs per se but some calving from glaciers will produce smaller chunks called floes.  There is a good chance that if you are going on a crusie, you will be staying far away from actual iceburgs (big chunks like I think you are looking for). There are some excursions you might be able to book to take you to glaciers but generally, the cruise ships stay away from 'em.


Here are some other photos I took just for fun. This was my first vacation entirely shot digital!


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Posted on October 5, 2011 at 4:05 am
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@doolittle, thank you for the reference!  His pictures are stunning! (I thought I thanked you as soon as you posted, but I guess I only said it in my head.)


When I said Iceberg I was thinking, well, ice. I should've included glacier in my post.  I'm debating between Tracy Arm and Hubbard Glacier, and possibly Glacier Bay.  I'm still researching which one is more photogenic, but it's really hard to find as it's so subjective.  


Which cruiseline did you do in 05, and did you depart from vancouver or seattle?  Do you remember which glacier you saw?  

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 11:53 am
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We actually cruised Glacier Bay - the Inside Passage Tour - on Holland America and I cannot recommend it enough. Trip of a lifetime and I have yet to go on another cruise/line as good as HA. We went to three or four glaciers - Mendenhall (near Juneau),


The calving shot is from Johns Hopkins Inlet. The wide glacier shot is Margerie Glacier (I'm pretty sure). I've honestly got to go look up the glacier we saw (from a distance) during our whale watching tour and the one we landed on for the helicopter ride (I think it's Davidson Glacier since it's near Skagway where we took off).


Cities were Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan (probably my favorite because of the totem pole artists)


We actually departed from Vancouver, arriving one day early (went to the museum) and then stayed in Vancouver for four days after. We went to Seattle for one day and Victoria, BC (highly recommend!) for one day, too.  Final day was spent touring around Vancouver's Stanley Park (breathtaking).


I loved Alaska SOOOOO much and I'm dying to go back - fully armed this time with all my digital toys!


Big advice/tips:


- take a covertible jacket w/ hood that goes four ways - one with a zip out puffy that can be worn alone, zipped in, zipped out.  We found that all pieces came in handy during different portions of the trip.


-We went on the last cruise of the year - the weather was perfect! No bugs, warm some days, and just enough chill to still feel like you're in Alaska. The coldest we got was on top of mountains and glaciers. ;o)


-Don't go on a whale watching tour on a BIG boat if you can handle smaller boats (some people can't or are afraid). What we found was that while we saw a lot from a distance, the boats cannot get to them fast enough - turn around time and all.  Later we found out about smaller boat tours and the boats are much more agile and can get closer faster.


-Sled dog camps are fun even without snow. The puppies are ADORABLE!

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm
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doolittle, thanks for the info!  I booked Glacier Bay with HA from Seattle.  I wanted to depart from Vancouver but my mom didn't want to (she lives in seattle).


I'm so bummed out though.  DH wasn't happy that I booked HA because the only thing he cares about is the interior of the ship.  He couldn't care less where the destination is, what route we take, as long as the interior is nice. So he wanted to go with Celebrity, which doesn't do Glacier Bay, and wanted me to cancel my HA reservation.  And then my mom, who had been pressuring me to reserve ASAP with daily emails, told me that she's also going to a mediterranean cruise at the same time with some relatives.  W.T.F.?


Anyway, so I just canceled the reservations.  After doing extensive research, I was so excited about this trip and have been thinking about what excursion activities to book, what camera gears to bring, etc.  Oh well, maybe we can try again next year. 

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 10:31 am
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According to most of the reviews, the two lines are almost neck and neck with quality and services. I have never sailed Celebrity but can tell your DH that HA is VERY VERY nice.  I felt the interior was superb.


And if they don't go to Glacier Bay then, WTF? 


Oh well!

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 6:12 am

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