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THE WHALE "MOVIE" (JAVA)
Song of a Humpback Whale
These are three JPG shots
Ferricks' XL1 with Optex Fujinon Lens on the 4th July 1999 Alaska.
Here some reactions from visitors:
Hi all, I saw some of the shots from
Alaska and it really looked great. Also met with Jan van der Meer (very nice guy). See you
all next year at IBC.
Cheers, Robert Lindqvist Lindqvist Radio TV AB Sweden
How beautiful! From one whale watcher to another: I should live so long to
get anywhere near as good a shot of a whale breach. Congratulations! John Burkhart MAUI
Community College Hawaii
Join a fantastic ALASKA VIDEO SEAFARI
with Captain John Ferrick and
Videographer Jan van der Meer
"The Stately Runner"
Hosting just 4 to 6 guests, the Stately Runner provides you a truly personal
service, intimacy and an up-close shared adventure that does justice to the wonders of
Alaska. When you're not filming or photographing on a wilderness beach, carefully watched
by your private-teacher or motoring through icebergs by Zodiac taking top shots of seals
and eagles, you're ensconced in comfort and style aboard the yacht.
The Stately Runner is yours to enjoy, from the boat launch at
the stern to the view deck on top, from a leather couch in the wheelhouse to the
comfortable couches in the window-wrapped main salon.
There's never a wait, never a line - you're truly a guest on
board. No charge for premium beer and wine, no charge at the bar at all. No charge for
private video-courses, no charge for activities like fishing or kayaking lessons, no
charges for shore excursions everything is included from first to last, until your
discretionary gratuity at disembarkation.
It's a liberating experience, an expansive sense of freedom.
Take your pick of the fishing gear - learn to paddle a kayak pour over the Captain's
charts. In the evening, enjoy a sociable cocktail and a lavish dinner, served casually
with grace and a smile. Then slip on the plush terry robe in your stateroom, pour yourself
a snifter of brandy, and have a look at the video-shots you took and do some quick editing
or head up for a hot-tub under the stars in another beautiful forested fjord. The perfect
end to a perfect day!
From your arrival at the airport to a fond farewell ten days
later, you're a pampered guest aboard the yacht. Everything's included from first to last
- gourmet meals; premium wine, beer and liquor; kayak, Zodiac and fishing excursions;
private shore tours and airport or hotel transfers. We appreciate the pure Alaska fresh
air and it is obvious that all will respect that smoking is not allowed on board.
Exploring in the wilderness
The Alaska Video Seafari quickly leaves from the 'touristed'
Inside Passage, and stays out of the mainstream. Wind through narrow channels inhabited
only by sea otters and eagles, halibut and crab. This is the Alaska of salmon fishermen
and totem pole carvers, of islands where sea lions outnumber humans, of beaches with a
bear's footprint. The Alaska that only a yacht can show you. And expect surprises
throughout the trip. Not everything is preplanned - rigid - nailed right down to the
minute. "We haven't been in this bay this season - let's take a look!" Later a
nearby fishing boat reports by radio, "Orcas off the Stephans Passage," - so we
turn and head for the whales! It's called "flexibility," a perfect attitude for
Filming as close as close can be,
On pictures like this the bear seems to be pretty
close, but its done with an extremely long shot lense. We go as close as close and
safe we can be. Pepper spray is always at hand! English well-known Nature
Photographer Andy Rouse also organizes special Seafari Photo trips on the Stately Runner.
With Jan's video group, photographers are welcome also but videographing is his
speciality. Hear also on your directional camera-mic the low roaring of a colony of sea
lions. Or borrow one of the super shotgun microphones. Film the soaring of an eagle
overhead. Feel the cooling spray of a waterfall. Trail your fingers in salty water over
the side of an ocean kayak. Listen for the orcas and singing whales. They will give a live
peformance (through loudspeakers) on deck. John as an audio-expert built special
underwater microphones. Also record the sound from a crackling rumble of a calving
glacier. Put your videocamera on 16:9 widescreen mode or try one of our anamorphic lenses.
Absorb the utter peace of a misty morning in a quiet cove, a steaming cup of coffee in
hand. It's these details, the intimate encounters with nature, that really bring the drama
and grandeur of Alaska alive on one of your best video productions ever.
As active as you want to be
Your Alaska Video Seafari is a 'hands on' experience for the
mind and the body. Guidebooks and charts abound on the ship. The Expedition Leader
provides insight and expertise through daily talks. When the vessel is under way, you're
videoteacher is also scanning the waters for wildlife and top-locations. CANON Inc.
provides Jan on all the trips with the best possible high tech binoculars; a hard to spot
bear, seal or deer cannot escape from his or your camera-lens! It certainly is a
save feeling that you'll always come home with the best possible shots, even if your
camera has problems! Plot your progress, learn the latest tricks on filming
wildlife. Kayak in a placid cove, or Zodiac shots among impossibly blue icebergs. Drop a
line for halibut, walk on a wilderness beach, record and explore a boardwalked fishing
town on foot, or soak in a natural hot spring on Baranoff Island. Or just relax on board -
it's your vacation!
With interesting fellow guests.
You'll be sailing with other sophisticated, active travelers;
people with a sense of adventure and interest to enjoy filming and photographing. People
who appreciate quality; who don't like crowds; who appreciate the all-inclusive policy.
People with an active, engaging interest in the world around them. People like you,
perhaps! Or you bring your own party of four or six friends, family or club.
An enthusiastic and experienced crew.
As not just one but two pods of orcas approach, John Ferrick
boasts, "On an Alaska Yacht Safari we don't just do everything, we overdo it!"
And with flexible scheduling and an enthusiastic crew, opportunities to enjoy the
highlights of Alaska waters indeed abound. You'll enjoy chatting with the skipper in the
wheelhouse and tasting his treasures as the gourmet chef. Plus his wife Sharyn always
eager to help you create the vacation of a lifetime.
Native Alaskans have a saying: "When the tide is
out, the table is set." And that's certainly true for Alaska's bears, fond of mussels
and salmon as they are. Always keep an eye on the shoreline - bears are abundant
throughout these waters. And to film one close, we approach one by Zodiac or Kayak -
carefully, quietly it is an awe-inspiring moment.
Filming natural wildlife.
Nature in all its beauty is our major focus. Bald eagles,
proud in the tall trees, pigeon guillemots, kittiwakes, perhaps a few puffins - it's a
birdwatcher's paradise. When humpbacks or orcas appear, we'll stop to enjoy the show. John
makes a conscious effort to maximize wildlife viewing, always, however, with respect and
restraint. Jan will activate a specially designed outboard low-angle camera platform for
absolutely fabulous point of views.
A warm welcome.
A warm welcome from the Otter boys will not be exeptional
when visiting a harbour from another village with native Tlingit, Haida or Tsimshian
people. These original inhabitants of the Inside Passage were renowned for their rich
culture and their distinctive arts, and blessedly their artistic traditions are still
thriving. The totems, galleries and museums of cities like Sitka or Juneau are very
interesting, but you'll also be visiting genuine Native villages.
The first trip is planned from Sitka to Juneau June/July
The second trip is planned from Juneau to Sitka in July
Please Book Early
The most important reason to reserve early is
that space is very limited. So please show your interest as soon as possible.
Stately Runner technical details,
prices, maps etc
Who is John Ferrick
Juneau Information Center
Search WWW.Altavista.com for searchwords like Inside
Passage, Juneau or Sitka and you'll find loads of info, maps etc.
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