Photos from the Last Frontier!

2 Oct

Hello everyone, it’s Krista, techspert sailing on the ms Westerdam.  We’re currently sailing toward Hawaii and the French Polynesian Islands, but I’m still reminiscing about the beautiful sights from our Alaska season!  During one of our last cruises to the Last Frontier, I asked guests to submit their photos in hopes of being able to share the best images online with all of you. We received many great submissions, but we had six STUNNING photos shared by 2 of our passengers sailing with us from August 27 – September 3.  Take a look!

Photo by Mr. Ewen Todd, from Okemos, Michigan.  Taken during the Westerdam's Alaskan cruise beginning on August 27, 2011

Mr. Ewen Todd, from Okemos, Michigan, captured this great shot of our beautiful ship at sunset in Juneau.

Photo by Mr. Ewen Todd, from Okemos, Michigan.  Taken during the Westerdam's Alaskan cruise beginning on August 27, 2011

Photo by Mr. Ewen Todd, from Okemos, Michigan.  Taken during the Westerdam's Alaskan cruise beginning on August 27, 2011

Mr. Todd also submitted these photos.  First, another great sunset in Juneau, and beneath that we see beautiful scenery and mist as we cruise through Stephens Passage toward Juneau.

Photo taken by Raleigh Ferdun, from Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo taken during the Westerdam's Alaska Cruise beginning August 27, 2011

Mr. Raleigh Ferdun, who hails from Honolulu, Hawaii, submitted this photo that showcases his photography skill.  Check out that bee that he caught in action inside this beautiful flower!  You might be surprised to see such a colorful flower in Alaska, but it’s true, he shot this image in our second port of call, Sitka.  In the Camera Basics Digital Workshop class we talk about different settings to use in different situations, and for this image, I’m guessing he used his Macro focus.  Want to use it?  Look for an icon of a tulip on the back of your camera.  Press the button, and you should be able to turn macro focus on, then taking a shot like this will be really easy!

Photo by Mr. Ewen Todd, from Okemos, Michigan.  Taken during the Westerdam's Alaskan cruise beginning on August 27, 2011

Another great shot from Mr. Todd (he had so many great ones, I couldn’t pick just one or two!), he caught this on one of our shore excursions, the Sea Otter Wildlife Quest in Sitka.  There are so many chances to see all kinds of wildlife in Alaska, and I’m glad Mr. Todd was able to share this one with us.  Who doesn’t love a great sea otter photo?

Photo taken by Raleigh Ferdun, from Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo taken during the Westerdam's Alaska Cruise beginning August 27, 2011

Our last chosen submission also comes from Mr. Ferdun, and I am absolutely in awe of this photo!  A common sight toward the end of the Alaska season are schools of salmon swimming upstream en masse.  Mr. Ferdun managed to catch them in action in Sitka.  We can see through the water and see the motion of the fish in this photo as well.  Truth be told, I’m not sure how he got this clear of an image, but I’m glad he did, and was able to share it with us!

These guests certainly have great photographic talents, but they didn’t use any expensive or complicated editing software.  Any edits they made on the photos were done with Windows Live Photo Gallery, a program you can download for FREE that will help you edit, organize, and view your photos!  Visit download.live.com for more info.

I hope you enjoyed the photos that our guests shared with you.  If you’ll be cruising on a HAL ship, be sure to stop by the Digital Workshop.  We’ll show you how to get the most out of your digital camera (without having to carry your manual around with you all the time!) and we’ll also help you learn how to use Windows Live Essentials software to get those photos onto the computer, edit them, put them in a movie or slideshow, and share them with friends and family all over the world!  The best part?  You can download Windows Live Essentials at home for free!  Check it out now at download.live.com, or if you’ll be cruising with us soon, then stop by the Digital Workshop and learn from your ship’s very own Techspert!

-Techspert Krista, ms Westerdam

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