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)

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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