Disenchantment Bay – Alaska Cruise 2017 – Part 2

So, here we are at Part 2 and we’re facing another dilemma. Should I plan on Part 3 or try and squeeze in 85 more photos and 7 more videos all in this post? 

Well, since I won’t post all the photos, it’s actually only 72 so, sure, let’s do it all in one long post. Plan your snacks and bathroom breaks accordingly. 

As I mentioned at the end of Part 1, the weather was clearing and we were much closer to the glacier; both of those things contributed to give us better photos.

There is a gallery at the end of the post and a SmugMug gallery HERE. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. Note that the SmugMug gallery contains all the photos; those from the previous post (Part 1) and those of this post (Part 2). You can click on these photos to see a larger version but less than full-size. 

As I mentioned in Part 1, there’s a tonal difference in the photos from the D7000 and those of the P900, the latter tending toward a stronger blue hue, probably due to the processing of the camera to produce JPGs as opposed to RAW files.

The above are all from the P900 whereas these next ones are from the D7000. 

You might not have noticed, but the second photo has a little speck above the ice . . . that’s a bird. Those ice bluffs are 400+ feet tall. Again, without something to give them scale, they’re difficult to judge . . . but perhaps this might help.

No, wait . . . I meant this one . . . 

That’s a fairly big piece of ice that fell as seen by the amount of water it displaced and the splash once it drops. I was hoping to see many big drops, and I did miss a few (there’s a lot of glacier face to cover) but overall, there wasn’t as much calving as I had hoped. I consider myself lucky to have captured one example of calving. 

I now give you the longest panorama and also the biggest . . . the full-size version 49,000 x 4,000 pixels and 43 MB (click HERE if you have a decent Internet connection). Or, you can click on the smaller version below. 

This is what some of the photos comprising the panorama look like . . . 

The above photo shows the Valerie Glacier pushing out into the bay alongside the Hubbard Glacier.

Here’s another panorama, this one a bit smaller and encompassing about half of the glacier’s wall.

Those with a good Internet hookup might want to examine the full-size version by clicking HERE (27MB — 28,900 x 3,960 pixels). As a reminder, once it opens, you can click on various portions of the file to give you the 1:1 scale. 

I’m going to post a few photos but there will be more in the gallery at the end of the post for those who might want them. 

All the while, I alternated between taking videos and snapping photos. These next two videos are a bit longer (2:30 and 1:46 minutes) and only the second video has anything happening to the ice (a bit of outflow). 

You might pick up cracking and popping sounds and those were coming from the ice and had all of us anticipating seeing more dramatic calving. Alas, not. 

Whenever I got bored waiting for calving (often) I turned my attention to the other features of the bay. If you remember this map from the first post . . . 

What you’re going to see next is the confluence of the Haenke and Turner Glaciers.

Guess what? Yup; another panorama of that side of Disenchantment Bay (the West side). Note that the panorama sweeps across the way out of the bay and shows a bit of the Eastern shores.

Those with a good Internet hookup might want to examine the full-size version by clicking HERE (11MB — 18,500 x 3,700 pixels). As a reminder, once it opens, you can click on various portions of the file to give you the 1:1 scale. 

Around this time, the ship was turning in place in preparation for departing the bay . . . I shot a couple of videos . . . 

Again, a reminder that these are best viewed at a higher resolution and on YouTube proper. You can also hit the far-most icon on the lower left of the video window and it will change to a full-screen view. Do that only after changing the quality to 1080p60 (the spoked Setting wheel to the left of the YouTube name). 

Of course, I shot more photos . . . 

Note that on the second photo, what looks like the ground is actually dirt atop the glacial ice. Probably where some of the “dirty” ice that’s floating on the bay originates. 

Here are two more panoramas of the area . . . 

Clicking HERE  will open the original (26MB — 26,400 x 3,900 pixels).

I shoot most panoramas with the camera in landscape mode but occasionally, I remember that shooting in portrait mode gives you taller panoramas.

Of course, this produces a larger file. If interested in the original, click HERE (28MB — 24,800 x 4,900 pixels).

Then, I also remember that panoramas can also extend vertically. This is one of the photos . . . 

For this vertical panorama . . . 

If interested in the original, click HERE (11MB — 3,500 x 11,500 pixels).

Wait . . . that’s crooked . . . let me repeat; this is one of the photos making up the next vertical panorama . . . 

This is a smaller panorama (fewer photos) but if interested in the original, click HERE (10MB — 3,500 x 11,500 pixels).

By now, we were moving, receding from the bay. Since the weather cleared a bit, it was an opportunity for a few photos of the coastline that was previously no more than an indistinct wall of green and gray shadows.

By the way, it’s cheaper having an inside cabin than a balcony mini-suite . . . but . . . 

The big advantage with the balcony is that I can lay out my various cameras and lenses and leisurely take photos while my loving spouse keeps me well supplied with an unending supply of pizza slices, desserts, and hot beverages. One might think one would tire of it, but I can tell you — this being our third cruise — that is not the case. 

Only one thing could pry me from my comfort spot. Yes, yes, more food, but also this:

I spied that view when the ship was making a gentle turn. I gathered my P900 and headed to the back of the ship. In retrospect — and given what I saw — I should have also taken the D7000. I’d been walking around with both cameras around my neck for the better part of the afternoon, and it was laziness that had me leave one of them in the room. 

The high zoom of the P900 came in handy but I would have liked a few of these to have been RAW files. I can’t wait until the rumored successor to the P900 comes out (it’s supposed to have 100x zoom and RAW capability).

This next video was taken from the rear of the ship and is the combination of the engine noise and propellers churning the water are loud. I advise lowering the volume on your device. 

But, what about that view? It’s unfortunate the surrounding mountains were not as visible while we were closer. They make for an impressive backdrop to the glacier. 

What impressed me was how fast the lighting condition changed. The photos comprising these next two panoramas are in a span of two minutes.

If interested in the original, click HERE (27MB — 32,200 x 4,375 pixels).

If interested in the original, click HERE (11MB — 15,480 x 4,625 pixels).

Check out this progression:

Here’s a panorama of just the mountains in the back . . . 

If interested in the original, click HERE (8MB — 12,4000 x 4,100 pixels).

The light was probably changing because the clouds were dissipating . . . 

This next shot is another reason why I regretted not taking the D7000 which is a much better low light camera . . . 

That’s a neat piece of ice and I would have loved having a clear photo of the texture of the ice. I don’t know why I snapped only one photo. I also don’t know why I didn’t take a movie of ice (movies usually turn out better than the individual photos). 

Instead, I took a movie of this next piece of ice that — while still interesting — is not as interesting as the above. 

OK, OK . . . it’s not all that interesting.

As the ship retreated from the glacier, I alternated between the view out the back . . . 

. . . the one side . . . 

. . . the other side . . . 

. . . the front(ish) . . . 

. . . the side again . . . 

. . . the back and side . . . 

. . . the front and side . . . 

I was repeating myself, so I figured “one last panorama before heading in for a snack” . . . 

If interested in the original, click HERE (13MB — 13,5000 x 6,333 pixels).

It was roughly 4:00pm when I went in, grabbed a coffee (and a snack), snapped a photo of a framed painting I liked . . . 

. . . and went to the Atrium to listen to some music and the introduction of the ship’s officers (future post). 

Here are two photos of the semi-circular stairs going from one level to the other. The dark vertical channel is the elevator enclosure. That elevator only operates between the three floors of the Atrium. 

The perspective will mess with you a bit . . . those two photos are taken from the middle floor looking up. You’re looking at the ceiling of the Atrium. 

Nearly an hour later, I went outside again to check on our progress and took these last two photos of Disenchantment Bay and the Hubbard Glacier. 

The dynamic range of the scene was a bit too much for the P900, but it didn’t do too badly. 

And that is our first day of cruising and the visit to Yakutat Bay. 

There are a few extra photos in the gallery below, but if you’ve read the whole post, the additional photos are mostly of the same stuff shown above. 

Here’s the gallery (minus the big files) and then this post is done:

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