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Alaskan Cruise Memory Book: Day 4

Today we get ready to photograph the Hubbard Glacier. It takes several hours for the cruise ship to arrive in Disenchantment Bay, sailing through Yukatat Bay from the Gulf of Alaska. So we had plenty of time to find a great spot on the upper back deck from which we could photograph the glacier.Hubbard Glacier

Clean the Lens. Check the Battery and Memory Card.

We had a great vantage point, my camera was ready and I was not disappointed with the photo opps that this magnificent glacier presented. Besides trying to capture a variety of angles and locations on the glacier, let me tell you about how I captured a panoramic view of the entire ice formation.

Stitching Digital Photos for Panoramic View

Before the trip I upgraded by Kodak EasyShare digital camera to a Z980 — which  offers the ability to take panoramic photos. (This is one of those features you should read about before you start shooting photos — so you’re ready when the opportunity presents itself.)

My camera has a “stitching” feature. It allows you to shoot 3 consecutive left-to-right photos which it will then automatically stitch together into a panorama.

  1. Take Photo #1.
  2. Line up Photo #2. On the far left side of the viewfinder or screen, you’ll see the far right side of the first photo. Line this up with the left side of Photo #2. Snap.
  3. Line up Photo #3. On the far left side of the viewfinder or screen, you’ll see the far right side of the second photo. Line this up with the left side of Photo #3. Snap.
  4. Camera Composes the Panorama. That’s it — automatic “stitching” of your three photos into a panoramic shot. Check it out and if you didn’t line up each shot exactly with the previous one, shoot the three photos again.

Make a Personalized Poster of your Panoramic Photo

When you get a panoramic photo you like, upload it to lifephoto.com and create an 8″x18″ personal poster of it — vertical or horizontal — just $2.75!!  If your shot is vertical, you might want to make a larger photo banner that arrives ready to hang. When you get a good panoramic photo, print it and enjoy it! (Note: below is my panoramic shot of Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier — 6 miles wide!)
Hubbard Glacier in Alaska

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