Five-Years Ago (04-August-2014) — Sweden

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 65: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. Stockholm Archipelago.

Departing Stockholm on the MV Explorer. Time-lapse Video with the Semester at Sea Alma Mater “Off to Sea — The World” by John M Rosenberg.

Eight-Years Ago (15-May-2011) — Caribbean Sea

Gone to See Central America and the Panama Canal. Semester at Sea Spring 2011 Enrichment Voyage on the MV Explorer. Ultimate Travel Photography Workshop II with Michael Mariant. Day 19: At Sea.

Sunrise Aboard the MV Explorer. Composite of three images taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 24 mm lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro.

One thing we learned the hard way during the voyage was the need to take the camera and lens out on deck at least 30 minutes before taking any images to prevent fogging due to moisture condensing on the lens. The best way to do this is have the camera and lens in a sealed plastic bag during the temperature equilibration. Otherwise, you need to wait until the condensation evaporates.

Sunrise over the Caribbean Sea. Composite of three images taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 24 mm lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro (David J Mathre)
Sunrise over the Caribbean Sea. (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (20-September-2012) — Portugal

Gone to see Europe. Semester at Sea. Fall 2012 Semester Voyage on the MV Explorer. Day 28: Sintra, Portugal.

I joined a field trip to see the Pena National Palace and Castle in Sintra. The Pena Palace is on the top of a hill overlooking Sintra. The following panorama shows the palace. Is was really intrigued by the sculpture above the entrance  “Allegoric Gate to the creation of the World” or “Arch of the Triton.” It appears to be King Neptune sitting in a giant clam shell looking down.

Panorama from the Pena National Palace in Sintra, Portugal. Composite of 19 images taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Panorama from the Pena National Palace in Sintra, Portugal. Composite of 19 images taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/11, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
“Allegoric Gate to the creation of the World” Arch of the Triton entryway to the Pena National Palace in Sintra, Portugal. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
“Allegoric Gate to the creation of the World” Arch of the Triton entryway to the Pena National Palace in Sintra, Portugal. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)


Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.

Six-Years Ago (13-September-2012) — Belgium

Gone to see Europe. Semester at Sea. Fall 2012 Semester Voyage on the MV Explorer. Day 21: Antwerp, Belgium.

Early Dawn Jupiter and Waning Crescent Moon Over the Antwerp Cathedral from the Deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 70 mm, f/5.6, 2 sec).

Early Dawn Jupiter and Waning Crescent Moon Over the Antwerp Cathedral from the Deck of the M/V Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 70 mm, f/5.6, 2 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early Dawn Jupiter and Waning Crescent Moon Over the Antwerp Cathedral from the Deck of the M/V Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 70 mm, f/5.6, 2 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (14-August-2014) — Poland

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 75: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. Gdansk, Poland.

Sunset through the barbed-wire fence at Westerplatte. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.

Sunset at Westerplatte in Gdansk, Poland. Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Voyage. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Sunset at Westerplatte in Gdansk, Poland. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)