Alaskan Cruise - Lurking in the Last Frontier

This summer I took a 7 day Alaskan family cruise on Carnival. On the surface it doesn’t sound like the sexiest of destinations, but its actually perfect for my Middle Classy tendencies. 

 Cruising the open seas of the Tracy Arm Fjord in south east Alaska.

Cruising the open seas of the Tracy Arm Fjord in south east Alaska.

If you’ve been on a cruise before you know how it is: buffet brunches, gambling, and plenty of soft serve ice cream whenever you please. Every few days the boat will pull into a port city for a couple hours as passengers flow into the tourist trap stores selling jewelry and other made in china knick knacks. It can be disheartening, but if you’re willing to look a little deeper and walk a bit farther there are some pretty amazing things to see and purchase. 

 Hipster photography starter kit: Olympus EPL-1 w/ Pinwide lens

Hipster photography starter kit: Olympus EPL-1 w/ Pinwide lens

Recently I’v been obsessed with my Pinwide lens (a pinhole lens for micro 4/3) attached to an Olympus EPL-1. It is the perfect hybrid of low tech optics with the convenience of digital photography. With no focus ring and no aperture control, the only thing I’m adjusting is shutter speed and iso. The limitations can be intimidating but it forces you to think differently about composition. 

I decided this camera set up was going to be my main rig during my Alaskan vacation. Felt like the photo aesthetics would match the adventurous spirit of America’s last frontier. 

 

Hiking the lower lake in Skagway

 

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