One-Year Ago (08-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 4: Crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Now for something completely different. I wanted to do a time-lapse video of the sunset. However, while on a ship — even a big ship there is lots of motion due to the motion of the ships travel, waves, and wind. My camera is not able to correct for all of that motion. The first time-lapse video below is bouncing all over the place. I then processed the video using the Warping Filter in Adobe After Effects for the second time-lapse video. Although not perfect, it does a pretty good job stabilizing the image.

Sun Setting from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while crossing the Pacific Ocean. Images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 35 mm, f/16, 1/260 sec) at 3 second intervals. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. The time-lapsed video was created using Photoshop CC. Stabilization of the time-lapsed sequence was performed with the Warp Filter in Adobe After Effects.

Sunset time-lapse video before warp-stabilization processing.

Sunset time-lapse video after warp-stabilization processing.

One-Year Ago (08-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 4: Crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Morning sun and clouds with Crepuscular rays (God’s rays) from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Semester at Sea, Spring 2016 Voyage — Day 4. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/14, 1/500 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro.

The colors look weird on the first image because I was having problems with the camera. It didn’t matter what I set the white balance to, the camera processed the image at ~3480 °K (with a tint of -17). ARRG!!!

Fortunately, I could fix the problem while processing the image by changing the white balance to “sunny” 5550 °K. The second image looks much closer to how I remember the scene.

This is also the reason I take more than one camera with me while traveling. I was burned in Patagonia when the Leica T camera locked-up, and I couldn’t take pictures with the camera for the rest of the trip. Then in Antarctica the Leica T had this bad habit of freezing (no pun intended) when the outside temperature was below freezing (32 °F / 0 °). Once the camera warmed up, it worked again. I can’t believe that a camera designed and manufactured in Germany can’t take temperatures colder than this???? I also had a Nikon Df camera fail in Antarctica when the shutter buckled. This was the only camera on that trip that had a telephoto lens (80-400 mm) to take bird pictures. I had to make do with the Leica T, and Fuji X-T1. Many of the countries and places I visit do not have camera repair shops or even camera shops where I could purchase a replacement.

Morning sun and clouds with Crepuscular rays (God's rays) from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/14, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Morning sun and clouds with Crepuscular rays (God’s rays) from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/14, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Morning sun and clouds with Crepuscular rays (God's rays) from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/14, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (including correction of white-balance). (David J Mathre)
Morning sun and clouds with Crepuscular rays (God’s rays) from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/14, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (including correction of white-balance). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (06-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Day 2 of 102. Semester at Sea, Spring 2016 Voyage. Crossing the Pacific Ocean from Mexico to Hawaii.

This was our first full day at sea. I woke at 05:30. Both the moon and Venus were visible before sunrise. The seas were calmer than during the night. I was not impacted, but I know some of the folks were sea-sick. Like my previous Semester at Sea voyages (six Enrichment, two Semester), I made it a goal to take pictures at dawn, sunrise, sunset, and dusk on as many days as possible. It did mean missing a lot of sleep, but there is something special about sunrise and sunset at sea. I hope you enjoy some of these images over the next 100+ days. The first day at sea was mainly orientation sessions, and time for those that have not been to sea before to get used to the motion on the ship. Classes started on the next day. Latter in the afternoon while walking around the ship, I found one of the students working on watercolor painting in the late afternoon sun.

Moon, Venus, and clouds over the Pacific Ocean at dawn from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Semester at Sea, 2016 Spring Semester Voyage. Day 2 of 102. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1250, 23 mm, f/2, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Moon, Venus, and clouds over the Pacific Ocean at dawn from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Semester at Sea, 2016 Spring Semester Voyage. Day 2 of 102. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1250, 23 mm, f/2, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Grace working on a watercolor painting in the late afternoon sun. Aft deck of the MV World Odyssey crossing the Pacific Ocean. Semester at Sea, 2016 Spring Semester Voyage. Day 2 of 102. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/2, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Grace working on a watercolor painting in the late afternoon sun. Aft deck of the MV World Odyssey crossing the Pacific Ocean. Semester at Sea, 2016 Spring Semester Voyage. Day 2 of 102. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/2, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)


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One-Year Ago (05-January-2016) — Mexico

Day 01 of 102. Semester at Sea, Spring 2016 Voyage. Ensenada, Mexico.

We rode a bus from San Diego, California to Ensenada, Mexico to board the M/V World Odyssey. Even though the ship had been docked in San Diego to disembark the Fall 2015 students, there is a federal law that prevents non-US registered ships from traveling between US ports. It was a grey and rainy day. We all had to get off the bus to go through immigration in Mexico. After arriving at the cruise terminal in Ensenada, went through the check-in where they made sure we had our passport and yellow-fever vaccination card. The luggage was all inspected for contraband, and finally we were allowed to board the ship. Once on the ship we got our room key, and then had several hours to investigate the public areas that would become home for the next 102 days. After everyone was onboard, we went through the first of several mandatory lifeboat/evacuation drills. Once that was completed, we departed for Hilo, Hawaii.

Troll family visiting the bronze statue on the forward deck of the MV World Odyssey at the cruise terminal in Ensenada, Mexico. (David J Mathre)
Troll family visiting the bronze statue on the forward deck of the MV World Odyssey at the cruise terminal in Ensenada, Mexico. (David J Mathre)
Mandatory lifeboat drill aboard the MV World Odyssey. The students, life long learners, faculty, and staff were required to repeat the drill once a month during the 102 day Spring 2016 voyage. Once the drill was completed, we were cleared to depart Encenada for Hilo, Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 10-30 mm lens (ISO 200, 10 mm, f/3.5, 1/25 sec). (David J Mathre)
Mandatory lifeboat drill aboard the MV World Odyssey. The students, life long learners, faculty, and staff were required to repeat the drill once a month during the 102 day Spring 2016 voyage. Once the drill was completed, we were cleared to depart Encenada for Hilo, Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 10-30 mm lens (ISO 200, 10 mm, f/3.5, 1/25 sec). (David J Mathre)

Signed prints and digital downloads of images in the slideshow are available for purchase at my image gallery David Mathre Photography