At Sea on Carnival Spirit
I have just returned from a wonderful cruise on the new to our shores, Carnival Spirit, and am preparing for another two day cruise tomorrow on the same ship after its Aussification. During the cruise from Honolulu to Sydney via Tahiti and Fiji I took over 1,500 photographs on board, here are some of them. Most of the time my trusty Olympus OMD was set on Automatic with some periods where it was set in P mode at around 4000 ASA. It will take me some time to go through these, but at first quick look they came out pretty well.
A point of interest was Carnival Spirit’s photo department. They had at least four photographers on duty each night taking portraits as well as informal photos around the ship. Also a full time videographer that was making a ship’s video for passengers to purchase. Americans love their family portraits, I wonder if Australians will purchase as many photos on board as their North American counterparts. I was very impressed at the multitude of backgrounds offered, as well as green screen backgrounds in which almost any background could be superimposed. These deluxe portraits sold for around $20 with other informal photos costing a lot less. Photos were offered in many sizes as well as on canvas and mounted in books.
Although I took an external flash, I did not use it once, opting to use a higher ASA rating to give a more natural look. With the enormous ASA ranges available on modern cameras, the use of flash is rarely necessary.
Photographing food is becoming more popular and I saw several fellow passengers photographing their dishes at meal times. I was once on a cruise where the American couple sitting opposite us said “Don’t you have this kind of food in Australia?” as I dutifully photographed each dish served to me.
I use my camera as a diary. As a travel writer it saves me taking copious notes and brings back memories of each meal. I even photograph tickets and bills on each trip, this serves as an ideal way to keep records, especially if you wish to justify tax deductions. When traveling keep your camera with you at all times, it must be Murphy’s Law, but every time I leave my camera behind, usually, a great photo opportunity is missed.