Gone to See Europe and North Africa. Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage on the MV Explorer. Ultimate Travel Photography Workshop IV with Michael Mariant. Day 0: Barcelona, Spain.
After a long day of travel – Overnight on British Air from Tampa to Gatwick, then Gatwick to Barcelona we made it to the Semester at Sea MV Explorer. The ship was not docked at the location that the SAS folks indicated, but we saw it in the taxi when we got near the port. Once on board we found our cabins and had dinner. We spent the morning visiting Barcelona. The weather was great with blue skies and fluffy white clouds. Our first stop was the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. There were many, many tourists visiting the unfinished Cathedral. My parents had online tickets to visit the inside of the Cathedral. If you plan to visit, get the online tickets – it will save you a line that was blocks long. I went to find Xavi, a friend and fellow student from 30 years ago when I went to Graduate School at Caltech. We had a great lunch of Tapas at Cerveceria Catalina. Xavi also recently retired and is spending his time traveling and doing photography: Xavi’s Blog. Then back to the ship for our mandatory safety drill before sailing off to Monte Carlo, Monaco.
When I got home tonight after being away from the house for a day, I found that the tomato plants on my deck wilting. It continues to be very hot here in New Jersey. I did water the tomato plants Sunday before I left, and from where I was in PA yesterday thought that they would have had some rain on Monday. Apparently not. I added 3 gallons of water to each of the planters. Hopefully they recover.
While doing the watering a Dragonfly and a very large white moth (?) flew by. The moth was about twice as big as a Monarch butterfly, and I have not seen a white moth this big before — but I didn’t get out in time with a camera (what did I say in my previous post — the best camera is the camera with you). I did get a couple of images of the Dragonfly and you can see one below.
Earlier this year I was on a Semester at Sea (SAS) Enrichment Voyage “Central America and Panama Canal” and last spring a SAS Enrichment Voyage “Caribbean Islands. ” These were both done as part of Nikonians “Ultimate Travel Workshops” run by Michael Mariant. Several images from these trips are on previous blogs from this site. While on the voyage this spring I heard that there was going to be an Enrichment Voyage starting this December, going into next year that would start in Nassau Bahamas, stop in several Caribbean Island then go to Brazil and up the Amazon river, and then back through some more Caribbean islands before ending in Fort Lauderdale Florida. This trip was not part of the Nikonians “Ultimate Travel Workshops” but I was still very interested. I didn’t sign up while on the last trip, mainly because of issues at work and amount of remaining vacation time this year. SAS extended the early sign-up time until 31-July-2011. I sent a reservation application in late Sunday (31-July-2011). Unfortunately, I got a call today that the voyage is well subscribed, and that my request for a single supplement would not be 150% (as advertised), but now 200% because of bookings. I’m not going to pay 2x because I am traveling single. I did a little bit of research and it looks like the Road Scholar group may have taken up the rooms since they are charging the same amout per room for the voyage for either single or double occupancy. ARRG.
I may be dissapointed, but now will have extra vacation time next year to do an extended road trip across America, and possibly an Alaska Marine Highway ferry trip to Alaska and Canada.
The Panama Canal Time-Lapsed Video is now also on You-Tube.
(The Vimeo version of the Panama Canal Time-Lapsed Video is still available on my 02-June-2011 post)
“Panama Canal: A Transit in Timelapse” is a multi-camera timelapse, created using sequential photography from 10 cameras at 8 different camera locations/angles onboard the passenger ship MV Explorer, for a total of over 5,500 photographs, pulled from 30,000 photographs during the 8-hour transit of the canal on May 8, 2011.
This timelapse was created as part of the Ultimate Travel Workshop II (UTW2) Central America & The Panama Canal: April 27 – May 17, 2011, a Nikonians Academy workshop operated by faculty member and workshop instructor Michael A. Mariant/M-Visuals in conjunction with the Institute for Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea & Enrichment Voyage programs.
The eight camera position angles were scouted in advance, as well as mapping out the transit of the canal down into six different zones. Four cameras were shooting continuously in all six shooting zones for the entire 8-hour transit, while the other four camera positions were scripted for certain zones based on the storyboard and schedule.
• All cameras (a mix between Canon and Nikon DSLRs) operated on either internal or external interverlameter control.
• The forward (bow) facing camera and the aft (fish-eye) facing camera were shooting at 10-second intervals. The remaining side-facing cameras were shooting at 5-second intervals. This was due to the perceived perception of speed of objects coming towards/away from the camera (timed with greater intervals) versus side-motion perception of movement (timed with shorter intervals) to allow for a similar perceived perception of speed in the final multi-camera edit.
• All cameras were synchronized together via the camera’s internal clocks, to provide a simulated ‘timecode’, via the metadata, in the final edit.
• Exposure changes at each camera location (weather was a mix of clouds, rain and sun) during the 8-hour transit were timed to scripted camera cuts in the storyboard.
• All the photographs were sequenced in QuickTime Pro 7. Final edit/grading in Final Cut Studio.