So another late night again, so this one’s just about the picture. During our early stay in Alaska we spent a couple days camping near Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. We decided to take one of the 8-hour day cruises around the Kenai Fjords National Park to see some glaciers and hopefully some marine wildlife. I immediately found a home at the bow of the boat figuring it would be the best place to get the early look at whatever we came across.
It was a chilly 8-hours and I’m sure the rest of the passengers thought I was a nut job barely leaving the spot to warm up or use the rest room. I even ate my lunch standing there in the wind. I did however leave my post about 3/4 of the way through to get an authentic Glacierita!! Yes, it’s what it sounds like; they fished a calved chunk of glacier out of the bay and chopped ice off for margaritas.
There’s just something cool about drinking from ice that could be 1000′s of years old. The glacierita didn’t last long so the ice even made its way into my water bottle. Hey when is the next time I’ll get a chance to drink from a glacier again? Hopefully sooner than I think. For the record it tasted just like water.
Anyway, about lunch time we were graced with a fairly large pod of Dall’s Porpoises that decided it would be fun to play and swim off the bow wake (like porpoises and dolphins are prone to do it seems.) I had a pretty good seat for the show and I was so glad I decided to tough it out. Dall’s Porpoises look like mini Orca’s, black sleek bodies with white accents. Their dorsal fins are much shorter though, and well, they aren’t orcas.
So with the close in opportunity, I loaded up with my Sigma 10-20mm lens on one camera and a Sigma 24-70 on the other in order to try and capture just the right shot. I was hoping for something capturing the porpoises in close while also bringing in the breathtaking background. Most of the pictures were taken unframed as I hung the camera over the side of the boat (hand strap fastened very tightly) to get as low a perspective as I could and just snapped away.
I probably ended up with a hundred pictures or so for the 15 or so minutes. There’s a little bit of softness on the background, but lets face it at 10mm you going to get a little softness around the edges. I felt like this is the one. I hope you enjoy.