Two-Years Ago (22-February-2016) — Burma (Myanmar)

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 48: Yangon, Burma (Myanmar).

Everyone had to be back on the ship by 22:00. We remained docked in Yangon and didn’t depart until the following day which was a class day. The moon was full (or nearly full) so I had the opportunity to take pictures of folks appearing to be looking at or holding the moon. I stood back some distance, and used a telephoto lens so the size of the moon would appear to be relatively large. What I wasn’t able to do was have both the person and the moon to be in focus, so the images are composites. The low light also required that I increase the ISO to 6400 for the images.



Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.

Two-Years Ago (24-January-2016) — Japan

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 19: Arrival in Yokohama, Japan.

After a long 10 days crossing the Pacific Ocean, the MV World Odyssey arrived in Yokohama, Japan. It was a cold morning, but many students were up on deck to watch the arrival. Dawn and sunrise images were taken from the deck of the ship. After breakfast, we disembarked and proceeded through customs & immigration. We were told that everyone had to go through the process before we could return to the ship. I took a camera,  travel tripod, warm jacket and gloves. It was cold, and there were some snow flurries. I felt safe walking around the Osanbashi Pier (and in Japan in general) with a camera since there were so many locals with cameras out taking pictures. I did several 360° degree image sequences using a Mindarin Astro rotating tripod head. These were then used to create Little Planet and Mirror Ball views of Yokohama and the ship from the Osanbashi Pier.

The MV World Odyssey about to pass under the Yokohama Bay Bridge as we arrived in Yokohama, Japan. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 23 mm, f/1.4, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
The MV World Odyssey about to pass under the Yokohama Bay Bridge as we arrived in Yokohama, Japan. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 23 mm, f/1.4, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Anticipating Japan after a Long 10 days Crossing the Pacific Ocean on the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 23 mm, f/1.4, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Anticipating Japan after a Long 10 days Crossing the Pacific Ocean on the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 23 mm, f/1.4, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)



Later in the afternoon I made two 360° time-lapse videos. The first of people enjoying the day at the Yamashita Park along the Yokohama harbor, and the second from a park with a view of view of the Osanbashi Pier and the MV World Odyssey. The images were taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera that was controlled by a Mindarin Astro 360° rotating head on a tripod. The time-lapse videos were then created using Photoshop CC and Premiere Pro CC.

Yamashita Park Time-Lapse Video

Osanbashi Pier Time-Lapse Video

Two-Years Ago (23-January-2016) — North Pacific Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 18: Crossing the Pacific Ocean.

I woke up to a dreary cloudy dawn sky. This was the final day crossing the North Pacific from Hawaii to Japan. You could tell we were getting closer to land as more seabirds were flying around the ship.

Dreary Dawn Panorama from the aft deck of the MV World Odyssey. Crossing the North Pacific Ocean from Hawaii to Japan. Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dreary Dawn Panorama from the aft deck of the MV World Odyssey. Crossing the North Pacific Ocean from Hawaii to Japan. Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)


Preparing for Japan. View from the deck of the MV World Odyssey crossing the North Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 156 mm, f/4.5, 1/600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Preparing for Japan. View from the deck of the MV World Odyssey crossing the North Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 156 mm, f/4.5, 1/600 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (24-January-2016) — Japan

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 19: Arrival in Yokohama, Japan.

Sunrise and early morning from the deck of the MV World Odyssey docked at the Osanbaski Pier in Yokohama. We had to wait for immigration officials before we could leave the ship. Click on the image to see a wider view.

Yokohama Skyline Panorama at Dawn from the Deck of the MV World Odyssey while Docked at the Osanbashi Pier. Composite of six images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the composite created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Yokohama Skyline Panorama at Dawn from the Deck of the MV World Odyssey while Docked at the Osanbashi Pier. Composite of six images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the composite created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Sun peaking out from behind the clouds. From the deck of the MV World Odyssey docked in Yokohama, Japan. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/22, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sun peaking out from behind the clouds. From the deck of the MV World Odyssey docked in Yokohama, Japan. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/22, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sun rising above the clouds. From the deck of the MV World Odyssey docked in Yokohama, Japan. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/22, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sun rising above the clouds. From the deck of the MV World Odyssey docked in Yokohama, Japan. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/22, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Statue catching the sun in a bowl on the aft deck of the MV World Odyssey while docked in Yokohama, Japan. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/22, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Statue catching the sun in a bowl on the aft deck of the MV World Odyssey while docked in Yokohama, Japan. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 100 mm, f/22, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)