One-Year Ago (11-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 7: Crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Up early to see the dawn colors develop, then transition to sunrise. The Brown Booby continued to follow (or lead) the ship. There were low clouds on the horizon, so no green flash. You could see three sunspots on the solar disk before it disappeared before sunset. I normally wouldn’t point a camera with a big lens at the sun. It’s not as much a problem with the mirrorless cameras where you are not looking directly at the sun (rather a video image) and when the sky at the horizon becomes the multi-stop filter due to haze (humidity or pollution). The closer we got to Asia, this actually became an issue when the sun would disappear 15 minutes to half an hour before sunset.

Dawn from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Composite of six images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro, Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Dawn from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Composite of six images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro, Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. In camera panorama taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. In camera panorama taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Brown Booby flying beside the MV World Odyssey as we crossed the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Brown Booby flying beside the MV World Odyssey as we crossed the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunset through wet glass. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunset through wet glass. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Premature Sunset through low clouds on the horizon. Check out the sunspots. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Premature Sunset through low clouds on the horizon. Check out the sunspots. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (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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