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Alaska Part II (Denali NP)
Posted By: palmor, 02-04-2008, 07:11 AM

Here is Part II in the Alaska series.

After Talkeetna and the glacier landing we headed up to Denali National Park where we stayed for 5 days. We spent 3 of those days out at Wonder Lake (~86 miles into the park). I have to say that it was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. We got EXTREMELY lucky that for all 3 days Mt. McKinley (locals call it Denali) was out of the clouds. I woke up each morning, unzipped my tent and there was the view of Denali filling up my entire tent door.

On our way to Wonder Lake (the 2nd day we where there) this was the 1st glimpse we got of Denali through the clouds


The ride to Wonder Lake (while long) was a great part of the trip. The views and wildlife were amazing as you can imagine

Fox


Grizzles:


Links to save bandwidth:
Carri boo: Cariboo photo - palmor photos at pbase.com
Moose: Mother Moose photo - palmor photos at pbase.com
Fox and cub : Fox and Cub photo - palmor photos at pbase.com

So we finally get to our camp and these are the views we had!
From our campsite


Sunrise on Denali



In addition to wonderful views we had some wildlife in camp


Taken at night handheld (why its not so sharp)



And the Pano taken from our campsite

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02-04-2008, 07:40 AM   #2
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Very, very nice! I just finished reading a book that stressed the wild side of Alaska - "Into the Wild".

These are great shots and just reinforce that I need to see this part of the world before I die.
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A stunning sunrise. You're a lucky guy.

What lens(es) did you used for the whole vacation?
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Landscape scenes are breathtaking!

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Like the previous series these are great. Couldn't pick a favourite but I will anyway #2 and 4 are superb. Must be stunning to see in person. Thanks for sharing!
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I am just amazed. Each series is great and the details and scaling in your mountain shots are great
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Very nice images...
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Hi everyone,
Thanks for everyone who is replying to all these threads.. hopefully I haven't "Alaska'd everyone out".

Oh question about lenses and filters etc. I brought WAY too much gear. For 99% of my shots I used either the Sigma 17-70 or a Tokina 400mm f/5.6 AT-X. I used a Tamron 70-300 for few shots buts thats all.

What I did bring that worked out VERY well was two camera bodies. I had the Sigma 17-70 attached to my Ds most of the time and the Tokina attached to my K10 (for the SR). I did switch for some shots at places I knew I wouldn't run into any wildlife. I didn't use any filters at all. I did bring a cheap tripod and a monopod, both worked out pretty well. I could have used a better tripod but I didn't want the extra weight (or spend the money on a CF one).

I mentioned this in the other reply.. if anyone is planning a trip let me know if I can answer any questions. We where there for almost a month so I could have some tips

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They are all very beautiful. The surreal images of the icy cold lanscape. The blue colour are of another world!
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you guys and your traveling... *grrrr* (Wonderful pics palmor!!!)

I've already started saving some money away... I'll be going on a trip sometime soon and I'll post a ton of pics.

-Dan
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Well what can I say that has not been said ? How about fantastical ? Very impressive shots of a very impressive state. Thanks for sharing (Now Alaska will be on my bucket list)
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WOW!!!

Those mountain shots are absolutely amazing!!
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Beautifull shots. You are really lucky to be on those places...
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