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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
. . . 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 . . .
. . . 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.
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.
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.
The sun eventually peeked out from under the clouds, and continued on its path . . .
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.
Once the sun goes down, we go back to hoping to catch sight of other ships . . .
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 . . .
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.
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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