Dream Trip to Alaska
Imagine a trip to Alaska beginning in Glacier National Park in Montana, continuing through Waterton, Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada, and along the Alaska Highway. Then tour Alaska for over two months until returning in the fall. This video has extensive map graphics to identify all locations visited. Scenery and wildlife are highlighted throughout the video, rather than any focus on dining, lodging, or tourist traps. This is a very professional video which took five years to complete. Expect stunning images of nature at it's best! More information and video previews available at fennofoto website.
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1. Alaska is very difficult to look bad on video and they did succeed in capturing it's beauty.
1. The narration is lacking quite a bit. It is obviously being read from a script.
2. Obviously made by an amateur. I am not saying that I could do any better but I am a semi-professional photographer so I would know to at least use a polarizer filter on the camera to cut down on the glare and increase contrast.
3. They did not cover any of the towns or cities. As a former resident, I believe that the people and traditions of both the natives (American Indian/Eskimo) and non-natives are very interesting and worth seeing. People don't just end up in Alaska like they might in Key West or California. It takes a concerted effort by someone with a pioneering spirit to make it there and stay the duration which makes for some fascinating local customs. In fact, not once did they even mention Anchorage, which is home to more than half of the states population and many interesting historical sites and museums. I guess what I'm trying to say is that there is more to Alaska than just scenery and wildlife.
4. They mentioned getting within 20 feet of a brown bear on a tour but completely fail to mention that in reality, that is not a safe situation since bears are notoriously unpredictable. Growing up, we'd hear stories almost every year about a tourist that got mauled by a bear because they got too close.
5. Not sure why they felt it necessary to spend 10-15 seconds focused on the gauges of the cockpit of the plane they were riding in or the captain of the tour boat they were on.
6. They discuss a few things that are really beautiful and/or interesting such as Mt. McKinley, the Homer Spit, etc. but don't go into any detail about how best to see them.
7. Not shot in HD or anything approaching it.
All in all, I think the best way to sum up how I feel about this video is that it seems more like it was their "Dream Trip to Alaska" that they made a a home video of to show family and someone told them "This video is great, you should try to sell it!". My wife and I really enjoyed America's Scenic RV Adventures: Alaska, RV Adventure of a Lifetime much more than this video. It also was made by a non-professional filmmaker but the narration is much more natural and humorous. Additionally, they covered in detail the towns and cities as well as how best to see some of the amazing sights in Alaska.
His narration is precise and informative, spoken from an obviously profound love and respect for these natural wonders. His summary gently offers a message of the importance of preserving our lands.
Also, I've just ordered another copy for a friend who's been to Alaska, but wasn't in a position to come away with the pictures she saw with her eyes and felt in her heart. I think this video will do that for her and be the perfect memento of her trip.