One-Year Ago (11-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 7: Crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Up early to see the dawn colors develop, then transition to sunrise. The Brown Booby continued to follow (or lead) the ship. There were low clouds on the horizon, so no green flash. You could see three sunspots on the solar disk before it disappeared before sunset. I normally wouldn’t point a camera with a big lens at the sun. It’s not as much a problem with the mirrorless cameras where you are not looking directly at the sun (rather a video image) and when the sky at the horizon becomes the multi-stop filter due to haze (humidity or pollution). The closer we got to Asia, this actually became an issue when the sun would disappear 15 minutes to half an hour before sunset.

Dawn from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Composite of six images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro, Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Dawn from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Composite of six images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro, Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. In camera panorama taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. In camera panorama taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Brown Booby flying beside the MV World Odyssey as we crossed the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Brown Booby flying beside the MV World Odyssey as we crossed the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunset through wet glass. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunset through wet glass. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Premature Sunset through low clouds on the horizon. Check out the sunspots. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Premature Sunset through low clouds on the horizon. Check out the sunspots. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (09-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 5: Crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Brown Booby on the mast of the MV World Odyssey.  Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera with a 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec).

Brown Booby on the Mast of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Brown Booby on the Mast of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)

Monday (04-January-2016) — California

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 0: San Diego, California.

This morning I went for a walk along the San Diego Harbor to see the MV World Odyssey. This is the new ship that Semester at Sea is using for its voyages, and will be my home for the next 3 1/2 months. Even though the ship is docked in San Diego, we have to take a bus ride to Ensenada, Mexico before we can board the ship. The Spring Semester Voyage starts tomorrow night. The first port will be Honolulu, Hawaii.

Seagull with the MV World Odyssey in the background. San Diego Harbor, California. One day before the 2016 Spring Semester at Sea Voyage would begin. Nikon 1 V3 camera and 10-30 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/10, 1/125 sec). Image Processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Seagull with the MV World Odyssey in the background. San Diego Harbor, California. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 10-30 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/10, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (25-December-2014) — South Georgia

Gone to See Antarctica 2014/2015. Hurtigruten Christmas Voyage on the MS Fram. Day 10: Grytviken, South Georgia.

One year old King Penguin nearly completely molted to its adult feathers at a colony near Grytviken in South Georgia. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/6.2, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014.

One year old King Penguin Nearly Completely Molted to its Adult Feathers near Grytviken in South Georgia. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/6.2, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
One year old King Penguin Nearly Completely Molted to its Adult Feathers near Grytviken in South Georgia. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/6.2, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)