Our 10-day Alaska Cruise on the Norwegian Pearl.
For the past year, my husband and I have had our trip to Alaska all planned out. After much research we chose to go in May since it was supposed to be less rainy and colder, so there would be no mosquitoes. I have done two other cruises to the Inside Passage and knew that I would be at the mercy of the cruise ship schedule. Meaning the focus was to be more vacation, less photography. Less photography, meant bring less gear. I opted to bring a smaller camera bag; the Lowpro Photo Sport 200 AW (expect a gear review in the future). This bag allowed me to take my camera and two lens, plus plenty of room for essentials and a small tripod.
Earlier in the year I was given the opportunity to try out Nikon's 28-300mm "travel lens." Overall I was pleased with the results and I decided I would rent one for our trip. Which meant, besides my 105 Micro, that was the "go to" lens for my vacation. I rented it with a discount from Borrowlenses.com a few months before our sail date and all that was left was to wait for our trip to get here and pray for good weather. It was my husband's first time and I wanted it to be perfect.
Everyone has a passion in life, mine is photography mixed with the great outdoors. Though such should come as no surprise since I grew up playing and getting lost in the woods of The Black Hills of South Dakota. Making it only natural that I feel most at home when I am surrounded by mountain peaks and the voices of the animals. I have always wanted to make a difference in this world, I just did not know how I could. I soon realized by documenting our planet I could share my joy with the rest of the world. It is my hope that with my nature photography I will instill the same passion and love that I have for Mother Nature into others. This world we live on is truly an amazing place, but with our personal lives filled with work and stress we often forget to stop and take in the beauty all around us.