Six-Years Ago (06-February-2013) — Norway

Gone to See Norway 2013 Chasing the Northern Lights. Day 9: Hurtigruten MS Nordkapp Norwegian Coastal Voyage Northbound (Båtsfjord to Kirkenes) then Southbound (Kirkenes to Berlevåg).

On the seventh and final day of the northbound Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal voyage, the MS Nordkapp stops in four ports: Båtsfjord (00:30-01:00); Vardø (04:00-04:15); Vadsø (07:30-08:00); and Kirkenes (09:45-12:45). After spending 3 hours in Kirkenes, the ship turns around and begins the southbound voyage stopping at three ports: Vardø (16:00-17:00); Båtsfjord (20:00-20:30); and Berlevåg (22:15-22:30).

During the stop in Kirkenes, I took the bus tour which includes a stop at the Russian border.

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Bus Tour of Kirkenes and the Russian Border. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)



Just before midnight there were some faint northern lights. I had to increase the ISO to 6400 to get this image. You can clearly see some red in addition to the green color.

Northern Lights While Sailing North on the Hurtigruten MV Nordkapp. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 6400, 24 mm, f/2.8, 4 sec). (David J Mathre)
Northern Lights While Sailing North on the Hurtigruten MS Nordkapp. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 6400, 24 mm, f/2.8, 4 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (28-July-2014) — Russia

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 58: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

On our last day in Saint Petersburg, I attended a Master Cooking Class. I actually took more pictures than doing any cooking. The Russian food (Stuffed Cabbage and Borscht) we prepared was great, and I used the pictures to create this Time-Lapse Video.

Three-Years Ago (28-July-2014) — Russia

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 58: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

While reviewing images I came upon this image I took when we were departing Saint Petersburg. It was a ship, Dimtry Varvarian docked along the long port. When I zoomed in during post processing found some interesting subjects.

Dimitry Varvarin. Gone to See Europe - Departing Saint Petersburg, Russia. Semester at Sea Summer 2014 Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/4 VRII lens (ISO 1100, 200 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Dimitry Varvarin. Gone to See Europe – Departing Saint Petersburg, Russia. Semester at Sea Summer 2014 Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/4 VRII lens (ISO 1100, 200 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)

Deck Hand Resting on he Dimitry Varvarin. Gone to See Europe - Departing Saint Petersburg, Russia. Semester at Sea Summer 2014 Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/4 VRII lens (ISO 1100, 200 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)

Shopping Carts on he Dimitry Varvarin. Gone to See Europe - Departing Saint Petersburg, Russia. Semester at Sea Summer 2014 Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/4 VRII lens (ISO 1100, 200 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (28-July-2014) — Russia

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 58: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Librarian Writing a Postcard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm lens (ISO 800, 23 mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014.

Librarian Writing a Postcard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm lens (ISO 800, 23 mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Librarian Writing a Postcard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm lens (ISO 800, 23 mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (28-July-2014) – Russia

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 58: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Wooden Lighthouse and Naval Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Nicholas on Kronstadt Island as Seen from the Deck of the MV Explorer.  Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CC.

Kronstadt Lighthouse and Naval Cathedral on Kotlin Island on the Gulf of Finland. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)
Kronstadt Lighthouse and Naval Cathedral on Kotlin Island on the Gulf of Finland. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)