September 5


Blackstone Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska

By Dan

September 5, 2013

Blackstone GlacierWhat do you do when you get visitors in Alaska? You go do tourist stuff! My mom was in town last week, so I took her on a glacier cruise in Blackstone Bay, one of the deep water fjords in Prince William Sound.

She’d never seen a glacier before, so this was a pretty special treat for her. The boat goes right up to the massive Blackstone Glacier, which is part of the 300 square mile Blacktone-Spencer ice complex that covers many of the mountains southeast of Whittier. We got to see otters, waterfalls, sea birds, a seal, and of course, lots of ice, some of which calved off into the bay right before our eyes.

The Photography Stuff

Just because my mom was there, didn’t mean that I was off-duty. I took along my DSLR with my favorite lens of late, the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens, which I consider to be the Outdoor Photographer’s Dream Lens. It’s considerably lighter than the heavier f/2.8 version, but it still has full-on pro quality optics, including ED glass, Nano Crystal Coat, AF-S silent wave motor focusing and a brand new five-stop VR system.

The new VR more than makes up for the one stop difference in speed, and it certainly helped when I was shooting in dark overcast light during our glacier cruise. I used this lens extensively last winter for backcountry skiing photography, and I’m also finding it to be a great landscape lens as well. You can read my full review of this lens here

I also took along my Fujifilm X20, which performed quite well under the overcast lighting conditions. The 28-112mm zoom lens let me get in close, which is key on in theses kinds of situations, because you’re pretty far away on the boat. I actually shot a couple of these photos below with the X20, but I won’t tell you which ones. You’ll have to guess and leave me a comment.

At any rate, enjoy the shots and let me know what you think!

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About the author

Hi, I'm Dan Bailey, a 25+ year pro outdoor and adventure photographer, and official FUJIFILM X-Photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska.

As a top rated blogger and author my goal is to help you become a better, more confident and competent photographer, so that you can have as much fun and creative enjoyment as I do.

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