Well, that's what I did with my Alaska Photobook. You'll remember that I mentioned Ken and I took a cruise to Alaska along the Inner Passage back in July. I decided to buy a Photobook coupon near the end of July and, since it expired November 29th, knew I had lots of time. Well, time goes by. Actually time races by. Have you noticed that, too? It doesn't just pass, it whizzes by so quickly that if you blink, you miss something. Well, I blinked a couple of times and suddenly I'm in November and the expiry date is looming dreadfully close. This wasn't the way I planned things.
Editing is the most tedious part of the process. You begin with 800+ photos and know that you can't possibly use more than 150 to 200 without boring the heck out of anyone who opens the book. And, quite honestly, a lot of those photos are so similar that it takes away from the good ones to put in all the other ones as well. Editing took me a week and a half. I wound up with 248 photos that I had edited and thought I would use.
Time to begin the Photobook. I had bought a coupon for a large, coffee-table style book. It will measure 12" high by 17 1/2" wide. Yes, it's going to be a bit of a monster, but I wanted room to show off some of the best photos. Putting the Photobook together has taken me just over two weeks. The deadline is coming up in days and I am feeling rather good since it has been assembled. Next comes the editing process. No matter how closely I check the written areas, I always wind up with at least one error. It annoys me no end, but it has become an accepted fact.
Would you like to see a few of those photos? Even though we went back in July, I am still stoked about some of the photo opportunities that came my way. Yes, it is overcast and wet in most of the photos, but this is one of the world's largest rainforests. We had a wonderful time despite the weather. If you click on the photo, a larger version will show.
Approaching Icy Strait Point
Our cruise ship from shore at Icy Strait Point
A pod of Orcas during our whale watching excursion
Two sea lions, one of which was taken by an Orca
Approaching the Hubbard Glacier--sea lions on an iceberg
A panorama of the Hubbard Glacier which is growing each year
The left side of the Hubbard Glacier
The right side of the Hubbard Glacier
A long view across Mendelhall Lake
Mendenhall Glacier with iceberg in foreground
White water rafting down Mendenhall River
Gastineau Channel in Juneau
Tree on top of Mt Roberts, deformed by heavy snow
Doesn't this look like a Japanese painting?
Our cruise ship in the Juneau harbour from the top of Mt Roberts
Zane (our guide) and I in front of one of many Tlingit totemic carvings
In Ketchikan, eagle's nest in Tatoosh Islands
Kayaks waiting for our adventure
Our first time in a double kayak. The saltwater was like glass.
Eagle near the top of a snag in the distance
Close up of eagle on snag with added quotation
Our guide. In sunny weather there would be seals on the rocks
An eagle watches for fish
An eagle in the trees
The fine drizzle and mist made magic
Ketchikan--a statue honouring the many founders
Ketchikan harbour and city view. The roads are on stilts.