Seven-Years Ago (09-September-2012) — English Channel

Gone to see Europe. Semester at Sea. Fall 2012 Semester Voyage on the MV Explorer. Day 17: At Sea, English Channel.

Dawn and Sunrise aboard the Semester at Sea MV Explorer off the Isle of Wight.

Chalk Cliffs on the Isle of Wrght at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 30 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chalk Cliffs on the Isle of Wrght at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 30 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Cargo Ships at Dawn on the English Channel. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Cargo Ships at Dawn on the English Channel. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn Colors from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 VR lens (ISO 100, 55 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Dawn Colors from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 VR lens (ISO 100, 55 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sun rising above the clouds from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sun rising above the clouds from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Shadow Photographer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Shadow Photographer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise on the English Channel from the aft deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise on the English Channel from the aft deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chalk Cliffs on the Isle of Wrght at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chalk Cliffs on the Isle of Wrght at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
MV Explorer and Morning Clouds. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
MV Explorer and Morning Clouds. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Seven-Years Ago (31-August-2012) — Ireland

Gone to see Europe. Semester at Sea. Fall 2012 Semester Voyage on the MV Explorer. Day 09: Arrive and Depart Ireland. Galway, Claire County, and Cliffs of Moher Field Trip.

After a long nine days crossing the North Atlantic ocean we arrived in Galway, Ireland just after sunrise. We were given our passports, and went through immigration on the ship. The ship anchored, and we were tendered into Galway via the ships lifeboats. The day was overcast with some drizzle and rain. We were only going to be there for the day and I had signed up for the Cliffs of Moher field trip. First stop was Dunguaire Castle. The quick rest stop in Ballyvaughn ended up being a long rest stop since there were only a couple of toilets. An interesting character with a pipe was waiting in front of the village store. We then visited the ancient Poulnabrone Portal Tomb. As we drove through to the Cliffs of Moher passed a road sign for Lisdoonvarna — Largest Matchmaking Festival in Europe. There were also old stone homes, and farms with cows and horses on very green fields. We were running late, and missed the tourist boat we were supposed to take to the Cliffs. The next tourist boat was the Tranquility. The seas were rough even more than our crossing the North Atlantic. By the end of the tour, some of the students looked pretty green. The final stop was to a pub for a traditional Irish meal. Unfortunately, the meal was rushed because we had a deadline to get back onto the MV Explorer.


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Lisdoonvarna -- Matchmaking Festival. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm lens. (David J Mathre)
Lisdoonvarna — Matchmaking Festival. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm lens. (David J Mathre)


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Lamb Stew and Guinness. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 10 mm lens. (David J Mathre)
Lamb Stew and Guinness. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 10 mm lens. (David J Mathre)

Ten-Years Ago (31-August-2009) — Alaska

Gone to See North America Road Trip. Day 10: Alaska Marine Highway on the MV Columbia. Haines, Alaska.

Eldred Rock Lighthouse from the deck of the MV Columbia. Alaska Marine Highway passing through the Lynn Canal on the way to Haines. Images taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 50 mm f/1.8 lens, Nikon D3x camera and 24 mm f/1.4 lens, or Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm VR lens. After a lot of fog,  it was great that things cleared up while we passed through the Lynn Canal.

Eldred Rock Lighthouse from the deck of the MV Columbia. Alaska Marine Highway passing through the Lynn Canal on the way to Haines. Images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and and 24 mm f/1.4 lens. (David J Mathre)
Eldred Rock Lighthouse from the deck of the MV Columbia. Alaska Marine Highway passing through the Lynn Canal on the way to Haines. Images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and and 24 mm f/1.4 lens. (David J Mathre)
Eldred Rock Lighthouse from the deck of the MV Columbia. Alaska Marine Highway passing through the Lynn Canal on the way to Haines. Images taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 50 mm f/1.8 lens. (David J Mathre)
Eldred Rock Lighthouse from the deck of the MV Columbia. Alaska Marine Highway passing through the Lynn Canal on the way to Haines. Images taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 50 mm f/1.8 lens. (David J Mathre)
Eldred Rock Lighthouse from the deck of the MV Columbia. Alaska Marine Highway passing through the Lynn Canal on the way to Haines. Images taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)
Eldred Rock Lighthouse from the deck of the MV Columbia. Alaska Marine Highway passing through the Lynn Canal on the way to Haines. Images taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)

Ten-Years Ago (31-August-2009) — Alaska

Gone to See North America Road Trip. Day 10: Alaska Marine Highway on the MV Columbia. Haines, Alaska.

After arriving at Haines, Alaska we disembarked from the MV Columbia. I could have slept in the RV, but decided to splurge and spend the night at the Halsingland Hotel (B&B). They even put benchmarks in the ground to mark the location of hotels in Haines — 118 feet above mean sea level. I set a camera up looking out my window to capture night sky star trails. I also managed to capture Northern Lights which I was not expecting.

Hotel Halsingland Bench Mark -- 118 Feet Above Mean Sea Level. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-300 mm lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)
Hotel Halsingland Bench Mark — 118 Feet Above Mean Sea Level. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-300 mm lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)


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Ten-Years Ago (31-August-2009) — Alaska

Gone to See North America Road Trip. Day 10: Alaska Marine Highway on the MV Columbia. Haines, Alaska.

Haines Beach and Harbor Panorama. Composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 34 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). Composite created using AutoPano Giga.

The MV Columbia (Alaska Marine Highway) ferry that I had been traveling on for the last few days is in the background. After spending the night in Haines, I traveled by road to Anchorage through Canada.

Haines Beach and Harbor Panorama. (David J Mathre)
Haines Beach and Harbor Panorama. Composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 34 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)


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