Archive for March, 2009

Mt. Redoubt Volcano

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The wekend eruption of the Mount Redoubt volcano will make the trip to Alaska more interesting.   If it’s history is any indication, it may keep erupting for a few months.   The prevailing wind will spread the ash and in some cases, will make fishing and camping in some areas less pleasant.   We have decided to make very few reservations now and will probably do more last minute ones as the time gets closer and we can see what is going on.  There is one webcam we have found that is pointing at the mountain. http://www.avo.alaska.edu/webcam/Redoubt_-_CI.php

There is a good still photo.                                           http://www.avo.alaska.edu/image_full.php?id=17020

The volcano is west of the Kenai across the Cook Inlet.    It can even affect Anchorage and that is further away.  Air travel was shut down there over the weekend.

Advice from a resident of the area included not making a lot of reservations  - staying loose…

New Telephoto Lens

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

In the electronics section, I mentioned that we got a Canon Rebel XTi that we have been using for about 2 years, got it just before the England trip.   When we do the next trip, of course we want to get some bear and other wildlife photos, but would rather not get real close to one.   Been looking for a longer lens to suppliment the lens that it is sold with and we finally settled on a 55-250 IS lens.  IS is image stabilized, so you can shoot photos without setting up a tripod and still get ones that are pretty clear.  

  We thought about going on the 15 hour ferry trip and shooting then - a tripod would not help much with the boat motion, that sort of convinced us.   Sometimes along the road, you may not have time to set up a tripod. The f stop ranges from 4 to 5.6. so it is not the fastest lens available.  The current price is $252, and of course you can pay anything you want for a lens, and hopefully you will get as much as you pay for.      This one seems light enough to leave on the camera most of the time and carry it around.   It would be nice to have some of the multi-thousand dollar lenses, but that is not our main hobby or our business.

Did a little experimenting today and here is a shot of Mary Anne pruning an apple tree at 55mm - the longest of our old lens and the shortest of the new lens.

Click on photo to enlarge.

55mm

55mm

From the same place, here is the shot at 250mm

250mm

250mm