Top 5 Lake Vacations to Take in Alaska

If you want to take a vacation that will leave you with unforgettable memories and nourish your soul with pristine and gorgeous nature, then Alaska should be the first place on your list. And some of the biggest outdoor attractions in Alaska are its stunning lakes. Alaska is home to over 3 million lakes. Three thousand of those have names, while others are considered to be wild bodies. The panoramas that the lakes of Alaska offer make this the perfect place, not just for nature lovers but also for photographers. If you travel here, you’re sure to get a chance to take some gorgeous pictures of nature. However, with this huge selection of gorgeous lakes for you to visit, it can be hard to decide where to go exactly. We hope this list of the top lake vacations to take in Alaska will help you narrow down your options.

Remember that besides these stunning lakes, Alaska has much more to offer. From dense mountains and forests to many national parks with endemic wildlife species. So, if you want to include some of these in your trip, you should factor them in when planning. If you plan to choose one of the lakes from this list, you should check whether you can experience and see the other things you’re interested in if you go there.

The best way to enjoy your trip to Alaska

If you can’t be satisfied by traveling to just one lake, a popular travel option is to go on a cruise that takes you through the bodies of water in Alaska. This is one of the best ways to see as much nature and as many lakes as possible. Most cruises also make stops in residential cities and villages, so you’ll also be able to experience the culture and lifestyle of Alaska.

This is also a great option if you’re planning to move here. The nature you’ll see, and the lakes you’ll visit will make the trip feel like a vacation. While the stops in the residential parts of Alaska will be great for scouting where exactly you could move. All that’s left after that means to find help with a crew of interstate movers and to let pros make it easy to start your new life in Alaska. And what better way than to enjoy one of the following beautiful lakes.

#1 Eklutna Lake

Eklutna Lake is a gorgeous location in the Anchorage municipality, and it’s pretty close to the village of Eklutna. It offers dreamy and picturesque sceneries while allowing various fun outdoor activities. The most popular options are kayaking and canoeing. However, if you’re a fan of camping and hiking, you’ll also enjoy this place. One of the most unique and interesting activities that many people do at this lake is marriage. That’s right; it’s possible to tie the knot at the shore of this lake. So many people choose to do it because of the gorgeous scenery.

While this is one of the best lake vacations to take in Alaska, you should refrain from doing it alone. The weather can change quickly, and it’s much safer to go on a guided tour. And if you go for the getting married option, consult a local professional to help you decide on a date with the minimal chance of weather complications.

#2 Lake Clark

Lake Clark is Alaska’s sixth-largest lake. It is located in the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. It is one of Alaska’s most beautiful locations and incredibly popular with photographers. However, one issue with this place is that it’s not for the casual vacationer. It’s impossible to get to Lake Clark by car since no roads lead there. Anyone who wants to visit would have to book a boat or plane transfer phone off and advance. However, don’t let this discourage you. You can still enjoy the fun of a road trip until you get there. Just make sure to utilize everything you can to make the road trip safer since the roads in Alaska can be treacherous.

After you get there, you will see how worth it all of that effort was. Lake Clark has so much to offer. From beautiful landscapes and wildlife encounters to activities like kayaking, boating, and fishing

#3 Tustumena Lake

This lake is located in south-central Alaska and is the fifth-largest lake in the state. Similar to Lake Clark, it is relatively isolated, meaning that there is no road access. The most popular way to get here is by boat. However, the positive side of the fact that it’s a bit harder to get to is that the nature of the place is almost untouched. That, combined with the fact that the water of this lake comes from a nearby glacier, means that you can expect it to be truly crystal clear. Another reason this is one of the best lake vacations to take in Alaska is that it is the perfect place for any photographer.

#4 Katmai Crater Lake

This is a unique lake on this list. Just like the name says, this lake is situated in the crater of a volcano. It truly is a fantastic sight. However, it can only be viewed by a guided flight-seeing tour, usually from a helicopter.

This volcanic mountaintop filled with water was found in 1916 after one of the volcanoes near Katmai Mountain erupted. This caused Katmai Mountain to fall and the Katmai Crater Lake to form. The lake was discovered during a survey of the area after the volcanic activity had subsided.

#5 Goose Lake

This lake will offer a different experience from the ones we’ve discussed up till now. Firstly, it is located in the central part of Anchorage, near the university district. Since it’s so close to the city, traveling here will give off more of a summer beach vacation vibe. You’ll be able to spend the day swimming in the lake and relaxing on the beach. And then, in the evening, you’ll be able to enjoy the nearby restaurants and shopping centers. While it is generally all about swimming, it also offers opportunities for fishing and hiking.

One issue with this is that it does get pretty crowded. However, it is an excellent stop for any road trip through Alaska. You can take it easy and rest for the evening in one of the fantastic hotels here. Or explore the city for a bit, go for a swim in the lake, and then pack up and move on.

Final thoughts

Alaska is a stunning part of the US that many commonly overlook. If you want to spend your vacation taking in gorgeous scenery and breathing in the fresh air of pristine, untouched nature, then you should keep these lake vacations to take in Alaska in mind. They will leave you with unforgettable memories, awe, and a photo album full of gorgeous panoramic scenes. And don’t forget to enjoy other aspects of Alaska while you’re here. For example, Alaska is also one of the world’s best stargazing destinations. You can also hike, enjoy watersports in the lakes and go camping. And even if you just plan on going on a general trip to Alaska, make sure to include at least one of these gorgeous lakes in your plan. You won’t regret it.

6 Steps to Create High-Impact Restaurant Photographs

When running a restaurant, one of the essential aspects of promoting and marketing the business involves choosing what photographs to use. A high-impact image can engage the senses, making the viewer see, smell, feel and even taste the food without having been able to try it yet.

A professional food photographer can accomplish these, and more. Hiring the top experts in food styling and photography is key to generating appetizing images for your restaurant website and other marketing materials.

It takes years of experience to produce quality food images. To help you understand how the experts pull it off, here are a few steps detailing how they create tantalizing restaurant food photography.

High-Impact Restaurant Photographs

1. Gather the equipment

The tools used vary depending on the project. More often than not, you may find food stylists and photographers armed with more than just cameras and the dishes themselves.

When it comes to food photography, the aim is to make the dish as irresistible as possible. This often involves using techniques that focus on making the dish look good and deliciously tempting even when the food prop has been sitting out for an hour because of the shoot.

For instance, stylists may brush oil over the ingredients to make them glisten. Scoops of ice cream are replaced by mashed potatoes or shortening as they don’t melt under the light. As such, you may notice food stylists armed with brushes, toothpicks and other tools designed to make the dish look fuller and fresh.

2. Use natural light

Natural light has a way of making dishes look fresh and appetizing. As such, photographers will often schedule the shoot during the day. Plates, silver and other dining elements are shot outdoors or near a window to make the most of the natural light available.

At times, photographers will use flash and reflectors. When bounced off a wall or the ceiling, the light from the flash will provide additional light and soften any harsh shadows.

High-Impact Restaurant Photographs

3. Use props

Although the dish should be the focus of any image, at times, stylists and food photographers will add additional relevant elements to put the dish into context.

For instance, an image of a slice of cheesecake may include a fork and may be accompanied with a cup of tea or coffee and some small condiments. Peppercorns and herbs may be sprinkled all over a chopping board that features a large slab of grilled meat.

It is important to strike a balance between context and clutter. A few extra elements may help but there is no need to fill the photo with food or other objects.

Stylists and photographers also need to be aware of the colors and textures of the elements and props being included in the image. Contrasting colors and textures can help make ingredients pop out more.

Props need to be carefully inspected before being used in the image because the slightest imperfection will be magnified in the photo. Plates and utensils need to be spotlessly clean while the ingredients should look fresh and devoid of any blemishes.

4. Shoot from different angles

Perspective can change how the viewer may feel about the dish. Professional photographers will often try to take as many shots from different angles as they can for a single shoot.

A shot taken from directly above the dish can be used to include ingredients and other relevant elements. This type of shot illustrates what goes into the dish.

High-Impact Restaurant Photographs

On the other hand, a shot taken from the side can show how the dish would look when served. For instance, a shot of a slice of cake taken from an angle can show the different layers inside.

5. Shoot quickly

Stylists and photographers need to plan, experiment and practice the shots days before the actual day of the shoot. Unlike studio lighting, natural light changes depending on the time of the day and weather.

The look of ingredients and even entire dishes can also change in just a few hours, minutes or even seconds. Vegetables are an example. To make them look fresher, they are often undercooked.

When it comes to salads, the dressing can be put in a small bowl on the side. This is to prevent the dressing from covering the ingredients or making them look limp.

By practicing and experimenting with different angles outside the shoot, the team can also determine what they need to bring and how to set up the shot quickly. This is especially important in cases where several dishes need to be styled and photographed in one session.

If you’re taking a specialty burger photo, taking an angle shot from the side would be preferable to one taken from above as the side shot would highlight the burger patty itself while a shot from the top would have to accommodate other elements such as the sides, utensils, etc., else, you’ll be left only with the image of the top (sesame seed) bun.

 

6. Add steam

With the exception of desserts and other dishes served cold, steam is a popular element that can be added to an image. Steam emanating from the food gives it the impression that it just came off the stove, oven or grill.

Natural steam is difficult to produce. Most foods do not produce enough steam to be captured by the camera. Plus, food can get cold quickly, reducing the amount of time when the photographer can take the shot.

Food photographers and stylists need to be creative with steam, with some resorting to using garment steamers and microwaved sponges or cotton balls, or devising even more inventive ways to create it for their shoots.

Experienced stylists and photographers have several other techniques that they use to produce stunning food images. With this guide, you have a basic idea of the amount of work and effort it takes to create stunning and delectable food photographs.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Barry Morgan is the creative force behind Barry Morgan Photography. His passions are photography, food and family, although not always in that order. He believes you should love what you do, to do exceptional work. Cooking was always a family affair in his home so naturally, once his passion for photography took root, he was drawn to food photography. Barry Morgan Photography now works with hundreds of clients, turning their tasty dishes into mouthwatering visuals.

 

How to Pack Like a Travel Blogger

Do you want to know how to pack like a travel blogger? Quick, easy and packing light? Less experienced travellers usually fall into the common trap of stuffing their bags with everything they think they might need, but often forget some important item. That usually leads to frustration, because the problem is most typically noticed when there’s no place where the particular item can be bought.

Those people who have this problem envy travel bloggers and wonder how they can travel so much and still carry everything they need. The secret lies in the fact that the more you travel, the better you are at packing and in following the tips of more seasoned travellers. So, what is it they recommend, based on their experience?

Bring a Daypack

One of the first things you need to put on the list is a daypack, compressed and stored in a main backpack. You need it for day trips, hikes or even weekend getaways. With so many daypacks to choose from, your main concern is likely to be cost. Some more fashion-conscious ones will also try to match the style of their daypack with the clothes they usually wear on a trip.

Carry a Multi-Tool

You definitely want to bring along a multi-tool, such as the famous Swiss Army knife, which you can use for opening cans, bottles, nail clipping and cutting food. However, make sure you put your multi-tool in your checked luggage otherwise security will take it away. Still, the functionality of such tools allows travellers to reduce both the size and volume of their luggage by option for these practical solutions.

Bring a Bag for Wet and Dry Items

No matter where you go, you’ll be exposed to the risk of getting wet to a certain extent. In case that happens, you need to protect your dry clothes and electronics by using a wet/dry item. This is particularly useful for towels that can’t get dry before you your departure or swimsuits.

Record your Memories

No matter how focused you may be during your trip, there’s no way you can remember every adventure you had. That’s why it’s vital you take something to help you record your memories but won’t require a lot of your attention in terms of handling. A logical choice is a gadget, such as a fantastic GoPro HERO action camera, that can provide high-quality videos and pics of your travels.

Bring Earplugs

Though they might not be an obvious choice, earplugs are highly recommended by frequent travellers because of their ability to help deal with crying babies, snorers or loud conversations close to you. You want to be rested once you reach your destination and there aren’t many items that can help you with that better than a pair of good earplugs.

Carry a Water Bottle

Since you need to keep yourself hydrated at all times, it’s very important that you have a sturdy, reusable water bottle that you can easily refill. You’ll not only avoid buying plastic water bottles, but also benefit from some bottles’ ability to filter water and keep water cooler longer.

Wear Dark Clothes

Unless you’re travelling to some sunny and hot destination, experienced travellers recommend wearing darker clothes. Any stains and spills that are bound to appear will not be as noticeable as they would be if you wore light colours. That would also mean packing fewer items of clothing, which is another benefit of listening to seasoned travellers.

It goes without saying that there are many other tips for packing like a travel blogger, but you have to start from somewhere, right? So, consider the destination, the length of stay and start making a list well before you embark on your journey. It’s through the experience of travelling that you’ll find what you need to bring on your next trip.