Four-Years Ago (31-March-2016) — Ghana

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 86: Depart Tema, Ghana.

This was our last day in Ghana. Prior to departing the ships chef and cooks created an artistic display of carved fruits and vegetables. Rooky mistake on the images, I had the ISO cranked up to 6400 from my early morning Sunrise Breakfast Club photoshoot. As a result, the aperture was nearly wide open with a shutter speed of 1/4000 second. Significant noise reduction via Nik Define, and tonal adjustments via Nik Color Efex.

The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/4.5, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/4.5, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/3.6, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/3.6, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (28-March-2016) — Ghana

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 83: Takoradi, Ghana

While docked at the port in Takoradi, Ghana I saw this large crow like bird with a white chest and neck. Later identified as a Pied Crow.

Pied Crow on the MV World Odyssey while docked in Takoradi, Ghana. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 212 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pied Crow on the MV World Odyssey while docked in Takoradi, Ghana. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 212 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pied Crow on the MV World Odyssey while docked in Takoradi, Ghana. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 212 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pied Crow on the MV World Odyssey while docked in Takoradi, Ghana. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 212 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four Years Ago (06-March-2016) — Indian Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 61: Neptune Day while crossing the Indian Ocean.

Neptune Day celebration. Time-lapse video of the shellback initiation for those crossing the equator their first time. Over 50 of the students and life-long learners had their heads shaved.

I feel for the Semester at Sea voyagers this year as they miss several ports to avoid the COVID-19 virus. I wish them well, and hope the program is able to continue in the future.

 

Four-Years Ago (30-January-2016) — At Sea

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 25: At Sea, Traveling from Kobe, Japan to Shanghai, China.

There were a lot of fishing boats out in the East China Sea as we proceeded to Shanghai. Along with the fishing boats many Seagulls followed our ship. I think that I was able to identify Black-tailed Gull and Black-legged Kittiwake. I previously miss identified some Black-Tailed Gulls as Slaty-backed Gull. I admit gulls are difficult to identify since they go through several morphs over four years before getting to their adult state. I look at images in several books and internet sources.

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Black-tailed Gull viewed from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 149 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Black-tailed Gull viewed from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Black-legged Kittiwake viewed from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Black-legged Kittiwake viewed from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Black-legged Kittiwake viewed from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Black-tailed Gull viewed from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Black-legged Kittiwake viewed from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Black-legged Kittiwake viewed from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Group of Black-tailed Gull viewed from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (27-January-2016) — Japan

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 22: Overland Field Trip. Miyajima.

We took the ferry from Hiroshima to Miyajima. We spent the morning and afternoon walking about. I noticed a large Crow or Raven in a pine tree. Later on a Rock Pigeon on the ground, and a Black Kite flying overhead.

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Raven or large Crow in Miyajima Island, Japan.Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 186 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Rock Pigeon in Miyajima Island, Japan.Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Black Kite flying over Miyajima Island, Japan.Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 215mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
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Black Kite flying over Miyajima Island, Japan.Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)