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“Southeast” – A Cinematic Essay

“Southeast” – A Cinematic Essay

Southeast Alaska is one of the most remote places where one could live in the United States.

Approaching "Cake" (Kake) On "Taku"

No roads connect its few towns, which are scattered wide apart over 35,000 square miles of mountains, forests, glaciers and sea.

Should you move there to permanently live, or merely pay it a brief visit on vacation?

That’s the question posed by following short film which I produced and which aired last month on local TV in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.

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(For more about visiting the Alaska Panhandle, read our ‘Destination: Southeast Alaska” story.)

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Travel Photo Thursday: North, To Alaska!

Travel Photo Thursday: North, To Alaska!

Last Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle Travel section included stories by the section’s editor, Spud Hilton, on cruising Alaska waters on both small and large vessels.

Westerdam Sets Sail Sitka

imageOn Mother’s Day, 2009, the paper ran my first published travel story, a piece about glacier touring in Southeast Alaska. A similar story ran about three months later in the Dallas Morning News. And my story about Sitka, where the Russians handed over the keys to Alaska to the U.S. in the “Seward’s Folly” transaction, appeared in the Los Angeles Times the following April.

All three articles were based on my two-week journey through Southeast Alaska in June of 2008. After a stopover in Seattle, I flew to Sitka, took the ferry to Juneau, hopped to and from Glacier Bay in 6-seat planes, rode an overnight ferry to Petersburg, and finished the trip with a couple of nights in Ketchikan and a flight-seeing floatplane trip to aptly named Misty Fjords National Monument.

Here are a few photographic memories of the trip that launched my travel writing career.

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Travel Photo Thursday: When Opportunity Knocks, Answer

Travel Photo Thursday: When Opportunity Knocks, Answer

Finding a travel destination’s icon to photograph is usually quite easy.

Big Ben, LondonSan Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge isn’t going to be dismantled. Neither is Paris’ Eiffel Tower. And “Big Ben” that towers over London’s Parliament buildings isn’t going to be replaced by a giant LED time clock.

Unless bad weather precludes it, you can almost always be sure that you’ll have a chance to bring back a photo of such signature landmarks.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that several million photos have already been taken of those well-known structures, so coming up with a unique shot of them is going to be difficult.

Go ahead and take your photo of that famous sightseers’ “must-see” place. But don’t just focus your efforts on getting that shot. Keep looking for a “photo op” that will let you capture a seldom-seen scene.

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