Twelve-Years Ago (31-January-2007) — Norway

Gone to See Norway 2007 Family Winter Vacation. Day 11: Hurtigruten MS Kong Harald Norwegian Coastal Voyage Southbound (Tromsø to Stamsund).

On the third day of the southbound Hurtigruten voyage, the ship departed Tromsø (01:30) and made seven stops: Finnsnes (04:15-04:45); Harstad (07:45-08:30); Risøyhamm (10:45-11:00); Sortland (12:30-13:00); Stokmarkenes (14:15-15:15); Svolvær (18:30-20:30); and Stamsund (22:00-22:30).

We got off the ship in Harstad and took a bus tour stopping at the Trondenes Church (northernmost medieval stone church in Norway) and the Trondenes Museum & Historical center. We then drove to Sortland where we rejoined the ship after passing over it while we crossed the Sortland bridge.

Painting at the Trondenes Museum & Historical center in Harstad. Composite of two images taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/1.4, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Painting at the Trondenes Museum & Historical center in Harstad. Composite of two images taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/1.4, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)



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Svolvær Church at night. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 35 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 35 mm, f/2, 1/15 sec) (David J Mathre)
Svolvær Church at night. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 35 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 35 mm, f/2, 1/15 sec) (David J Mathre)
Trollfjord docked in Svolvær. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/4, 1/45 sec) (David J Mathre)
Trollfjord docked in Svolvær. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/4, 1/45 sec) (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (28-January-2016) — Japan

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 23: Kobe.

Bridge and Lights at night while waiting to depart from Kobe. Next stop, Shanghai, China.

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Night Lights and Bridge from the deck of the MV World Odyssey docked at the Kobe Port Terminal. Composite of two images taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm lens. (David J Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (01-February-2013) — Norway

Gone to See Norway 2013 Chasing the Northern Lights. Day 4: Hurtigruten MS Nordkapp Norwegian Coastal Voyage Northbound (Florø to Kristandsund).

In addition to transporting passengers, the Hurtigruten ships carry freight, mail, automobiles, and fresh food between several ports along the Norwegian coast. Many of these stops occur during the night, and only last for short (15 minutes to 1 hour) periods of time. The schedule for the first full day of the northbound voyage stops at the following ports: Florø (04:30-04:45); Maløy (06:45-07:30); Torvik (10:20-10:45); Ålesund (12:00-15:00); Molde (17:30-18:30); Kristandsund (22:00-23:00).

We were able to spend a bit of time for a walkabout in Ålesund. It was snowing so I didn’t have a chance to climb Mount Aksla for a view of the harbor like I did in 2007. We did hear the drone in the sky that the German TV crew was using follow us as we walked through the city. I was surprised that they would fly it with limited visibility.





Cargo stop in Molde. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera. (David J Mathre)
Cargo stop in Molde. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera. (David J Mathre)

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Wednesday (27-December-2017) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2017/2018 Road Trip. Day 7: Sunrise at Fort De Soto Park.

I began the day early at Fort De Soto park with my brother to watch the sun rise under the Sunshine Skyway bridge. The sky was just starting to show some signs of light when we arrived. There was a line of clouds above the Skyway bridge, and it looked promising for the sun to come up under the clouds. I set up two cameras, one with a 16 mm wide-angle lens, and one with a 500 mm telephoto lens to do  time-lapsed sequences of sunrise.

Cameras set up to photograph the sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, Florida Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Cameras set up to photograph the sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, Florida Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (David J Mathre)


Four-Years Ago (11-February-2013) — Norway

Gone to See Norway 2013. Chasing the Northern Lights. Day 14: Tromsø.

Wintertime walkabout in Tromsø, Norway. Part 3: A wide Panorama, the Tromsø bridge, “Life is Beautiful”, and the winter sun close to the horizon at 1:20 PM (13:20). We were looking forward to it getting dark so we could go out to see if the Northern Lights would show up again.

Winter Panorama of Tromsø. Composite of thirteen images taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the composite panorama generated using Auto Pano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Winter Panorama of Tromsø. Composite of thirteen images taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the composite panorama generated using Auto Pano Giga Pro. I have printed this as a 65″ wide x 10″ high panorama. (David J Mathre)
"Life is Beautiful" painted in pink on a wall in Tromsø, Norway. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/50 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (David J Mathre)
“Life is Beautiful” painted in pink on a wall in Tromsø, Norway. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/50 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (David J Mathre)
Tromsø, Norway bridge and reflection. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W). (David J Mathre)
Tromsø, Norway bridge and reflection. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (including conversion to B&W). (David J Mathre)
The sun doesn't rise very high above the horizon in Tromsø, Norway during the winter. This picture was taken at 1:20 PM (13:20). Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Photoshop CC, and Google/NIK Colorefex Pro. (David J Mathre)
The sun doesn’t rise very high above the horizon in Tromsø, Norway during the winter. This picture was taken at 1:20 PM (13:20). Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Photoshop CC, and Google/NIK Color Efex Pro. (David J Mathre)