At Sea – 08Dec2014

December 8 was a sea day . . . meaning, we were heading back to Fort Lauderdale, and it would take all day and most of the night. In the morning of the 9th, we would be back in the Florida port.

There are a lot of things to do on the ship, and to my chagrin, I did not take the opportunity to snap a bunch of photos of the ship.

I did look out and see another Bobby flying around. I’m not putting ‘booby’ in the tags as I’m sure I would attract a different crowd. The thing is, remember on the last post I mentioned that I cranked the ISO so I could shoot after the sun went down?

Well . . . I forgot to do my usual reset.

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

That’s what happens when you are shooting in broad daylight at ISO 6400. Certainly not the quality of the previous booby photos . . .

I tried salvaging them, but still not good enough . . .

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Not I’m-going-to-throw-up-and-choke-on-my-own-vomit awful, but not good enough to warrant further processing.

It was a rookie mistake, hence why I made it, and by the time I realized what was going on, the booby was gone. I snapped a photo of a few clouds in consolation . . .

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

. . . and put the camera away. By the way, the first cloud photo is an attempt at some artistic post-processing. It looked better before I over-processed it, but I’m too lazy to change it now. Just look at the second photo.

If you are not doing anything inside the ship, and if there is no booby flying outside, there is not much to photograph. You could snap a picture of the buffet dining room . . .

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. . . or you can be down in The Piazza (where the International Café is located), and watch the window until a ship comes by . . . 

I replaced the soundtrack of a bunch of people talking . . . also, the video was shot in portrait mode, but I could not be bothered to find out how I could present it so.

Here’s a picture to make up for the small video.

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As I mentioned in the last post, sunset be happening on the evening of the 8th of December.

Here’s the thing, the camera (Nikon D7000) metered the scene pretty well, but the White balance was way off, bordering on a copper-clad look. I adjusted the photos to represent more what I remember, and closer to the photos taken by the phone.

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Yes, here too you can click for a larger view of the photos, or go to the SmugMug Gallery HERE for the full size versions. Also more photos than what I show here.

Even if I am off in adjusting the WB, I think it still looks nice, especially as the sun raced toward the horizon.

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

The sun eventually peeked out from under the clouds, and continued on its path . . . 

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

The Jagged edges you see on the horizon are islands. At the moment, I forget which ones, but I’m fairly confident in stating they are in the Caribbean, hence Caribbean islands.

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Once the sun goes down, we go back to hoping to catch sight of other ships . . . 

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Above is the Carnival Conquest . . . and below is the Allure of the Seas.

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

I had to darken the photos considerably to approximate the actual shooting conditions. Come to think of it, it was probably even a tad darker.

I shot the photos at ISO 6400 to get enough shutter speed to minimize camera shake (actually, to help the VR system compe with my shaky hands). 

This is what a shot out of the camera looks like . . . 

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Keep in mind it’s practically dark. The inherent noise at those ISO speeds keeps us from seeing a whole lot of detail. For the previous two shots I reduced the noise using the DxO Prime Noise reduction algorithm.

One other trick you can use when faced with a loss of detail due to noise is to go B&W. Here are two different treatments.

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

Cruise 2014,sea, sunset,

It does not give you any more detail, but it masks the color noise, giving the impression (at least to me) of better details.

Well, this concludes the documentation for the fourth day of our five days cruise.

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9 Responses to At Sea – 08Dec2014

  1. oneowner says:

    On my D600 there is an auto ISO setting that works very well. You might have it on your camera, too. It allows you to set a maximum ISO and a minimum shutter speed. I usually keep it turned off but there are occasions when I’ve used it and it saved my bacon more than once.
    My god, these boats look HUGE!

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    • disperser says:

      I’m not sure why, but I’ve never used the auto ISO. I think I played around with it with my D100, and did not like it.

      I’m usually pretty good at resetting and/or taking a test photo (although the preview can fool you because it’s the processed JPG, not the RAW file). The advantage of getting burned once in a while is to reinforce the learning.

      And yes . . . the Allure and Oasis are, I think, currently the largest passenger ships.

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  2. I think we’ve all made that ISO mistake. Sometimes you’re just caught up in the moment and aren’t really thinking. Beautiful photos. I’m about ready for another cruise.

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    • disperser says:

      Yeah . . . I don’t repeat them often, but once in a while it’s nice to get a relatively painless and minor reminder. I would have been pissed if I messed up a photo of the Nautilus or The Kraken.

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  3. Emily Scott says:

    I can really feel the rays of the sun, which is surprisingly hard to achieve with sunset photos. They’re almost making me feel warm in the midst of a British winter.

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  4. Thank you for sharing these photos and the video! I really enjoyed the vid…I could sit and watch the ocean and the skies for hours! :-)
    I think your booby photos are great! I am not a photographer…I don’t see them with a excellent/trained/critical/photographer eye…so to me they are enjoyable! :-)
    And I understand why you did not put the word “booby” in the tags or title to this post! ;-)
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  5. AnnMarie says:

    Thanks for the video, it allowed me to “be there” for a bit. Not many subjects to photograph unless you go overboard with the ship. Of course, I mean “enthusiastic” and not “to fall off”.

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