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  1. We were on a starboard side balcony for our Seward to Vancouver cruise. I know that it is most likely not written in stone but all but one of our port stops had us facing the dock. Not what I wanted. And I expect that the decision may not be made until the ship is near port. I took a look at some of the services that give the positions of the cruise ships and it appears to be a real crap shoot on how they are positioned in port. We clearly wanted to watch for sea life while on our balcony when in port on the ship. Just didn't happen. Not even sure it is even possible to determine which cruise parks which way. Next cruise for us, getting a stern cabin or will skip the cruise. The best exterior scenery we had was after leaving Hubbard Glacier on way to Juneau looking east from the port side upper deck. Of course the trip in and out of Yakutat and Disenchantment Bay was amazing from anywhere on the boat.
  2. We did the trip up to Emerald Lake via van with Dyea Dave's driver Rose (excellent), then back to Fraser where we picked up the WPYR (White Pass & Yukon Route) small gauge railroad to finish to Skagway. We had prepaid for the rail tickets which Rose made sure to stop at the depot and pick up. At the end , she made sure we were all boarded together b4 she finished with those that did not take the train. I thought it was a great combination as we got many, many great photo stops while in the van. Then the 45 minute train pull back to Skagway. A 3 1/2 minute compilation of the train ride https://vimeo.com/345258416 We stopped at the Iditarod Musher Camp A stop at a tiny little desert A break for lunch And bunches of awesome scenery Spent 6+ hours on the van tour + train and took over 200 images of some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen.
  3. To go with Michelle of Island Wings is a true delight. We got to hang out on the alpine lake for about 15 minutes. It was pretty surreal for us Texans. And hey bottom-dragger, I was always confused about that spelling also..... always want to spell it like on the topo🙃 fjord or fiord (fyɔrd, fyoʊrd, fiˈɔrd, -ˈoʊrd) n. 1. a long narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs usu. formed by glacial erosion. 2. (in Scandinavia) a bay. [1670–80; < Norwegian; see firth] fjord′ic, adj.
  4. I'm thinking you are going this year.... 105cruise may be referring to the issues with 'Rona. If it is for next year, otherwise.
  5. DW is the same way about flying. Totally white knuckled on the several commercials we took last year. She had the best time ever on the 2 we took in the 14 days. Best was around Denali - way spectacular. We did have to cancel one due to RCI screwing up our time. She had absolutely no issues with the float planes and ski-planes at all.
  6. We did the flight with Island Wings. We landed on a small alpine lake known as Lake Manzoni. The views were impossible to describe and better live than photographed. Michelle is an amazing host/owner. Here is a sample of what you will see from the air.
  7. I was taking shots of a Humpback last May in Juneau. My trick is to use one eye to watch for action while I use the other to center it in the camera FOV quickly when it happens. When ever a Humpback would rise up, I would easily center and fire burst frames. When I got back home and examined the shots, I noticed what I missed in live action from onboard. What does this set of one second burst tell you?
  8. The only reason I keep one of my FX Nikon format is that I have it set up with a bellows and 55 micro nikkor to duplicate the hundreds of 35mm slides from yesteryear. I've got a great collection of Nikkor lenses from way back and new that all work great for all the DX bodies. Have been tempted by the mirrorless Nikons but it appears they just don't measure up. Cannot justify the $$$
  9. For all of my general purpose images that I want to share on the web, I quit PhotoBucket when they began charging a huge fee and went to Imgur. I don't use them for any large archiving but only web photo sharing. Usually less than 500Kb files. For video, I started using Vimeo and DropBox paid services. For large storage offsite that are crucial to keep, I use Amazon paid services, but normally use external HDD at home.
  10. As SuperCrewBear mentioned, there may be plenty of light when you ride the train. I use the tool at https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/anchorage
  11. This was a private short day cruise. One of the best families to work with (Shawn & Teresa McConnell). Absolute professionals that return emails and calls quickly with always complete information. They just had a new boat built for a larger (40' Catamaran) but still small (13 onboard) for their son Casey. It should be finished by the time the CV19 thing is down.
  12. On Radiance I found them on deck 6 near the Schooner Bar. . It was a large monitor with a slide show running. I took pix of all the maps. Here is one.
  13. This story crossed my browser today. Venezuelan Navy Vessel Sinks After Opening Fire on Cruise Ship. https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2020/04/05/video-has-emerged-of-the-venezuelan-patrol-ship-that-sunk-itself-after-ramming-a-cruise-ship-not-a-typo/
  14. Dave, I keep looking at your water cooled overclocked rig. CPU thermals should be okay with the CPU on water but how much air do you have running over all the rest? In my mind the board (mosfets, chipset, and m.2 ssds) and GPU are all on air (cannot see it all that well). So the board components will benefit from directed air flow. It might be okay in a closet but have you run a benchmark and check temps to make sure they remain in spec?
  15. I've only had my GP7Black for 15 months but I think I would use it head mounted. That would give you the option of capturing video of more than just the sled dogs and up front view. To get good stabilization, I've found setting on 1080p/120fps/linear works great with standard stabilization on. If you want to use Hypersmooth stabilization you can drop back to 60fps and shoot in 2.7k resolution. My 65" 4k TV does a superb job of up-converting the 1080p resolution. I found the 90 degree FOV (linear) was more than good enough (no need for wide or superview). When shooting at 120fps, then doing editing and playback at 60 or even 24fps, it gives the video an almost cinematic feel.
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