During our recent Disney Cruise, we did not have all that much down time, which in the past we have spent in the nice chairs on the Deck 4 Promenade. But we still did find some time for that, especially in the evening.
Spending a full day at Castaway Cay can take a lot out of a person. So you can see that in the deck chairs, Laura and Jaylin are catching a short nap. We had just finished our evening meal and were waiting around before we went on to other activities, so we sat in the deck chairs for a while to enjoy the evening.
Of course, I can’t stay sitting for very long when there are cool views to photograph. So I grabbed my camera and enjoyed the perfect light as the ship moved on through the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean as the sun was going down. The Disney Dream cut through the water, turning the dark blue water white as it made its path, while the lights on the Promenade glowed a yellow color. It all made for a very colorful scene, as you can see.
I love how the photo captures the motion of the ship with the blur of the water down below. It looks like the ship is zooming right on along at a very high rate of speed, but actually we probably were not. The top speed is around 22 knots, which is around 25 miles per hour. I know whenever I get behind someone driving that slowly on the road, I feel like I will never get where I am going. But things are a little different out on the water, I suppose, and we did get where we were going right on time each time, so I suppose they know what they are doing. And there is plenty of room in the ocean that the hot rod boats don’t get stuck behind us in the slow lane.
here is the view in the opposite direction, looking back toward the back of the ship, or aft for all of your sailing folks. Unlike the above photo, I do not know the people in the chairs here. They just happened to be sitting there as I was taking my photo. And I didn’t bother with walking on down to get a photo of the empty chairs, because the people add a little bit of life to the photo. Otherwise, this is similar to the other photo, with motion in the water, clouds in the sky, and yellow lights on the deck. Just in case you wanted right hand and left hand versions, I suppose.
Even with the clouds, this was a beautiful night to end our cruise with. I suppose all cruises have to end sometime, and they all seem to go by way too quickly. But don’t worry, there are still lots more photos and stories from the cruise to share here!
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. – Psalm 77:11
About the photos:
No, I was not sitting on the rail to take these photos. That would be unsafe and not very responsible. Not to mention that they ship’s security people would probably put me in some sort of custody for that. I was, however, using the rail to steady the camera. Because it was getting dark, and because I wanted to capture the motion of the water, I used a slow shutter speed. Knowing that I would probably not be able to hold the camera still for that amount of time on my own, I set the camera on the rail for support. Of course, I still had the camera strap around my neck, just in case my hand slipped. I would not want my camera to go overboard any more than I would want to go overboard.
Thankfully, in these modern technological days, most cameras have a live view feature, so that you can see what the camera sees by looking at the display on the back of the camera. I usually still use the viewfinder on the camera, but it is nice to be able to turn on the screen on the camera when looking through the viewfinder might not be practical. This way, I could hold the camera on the rail, or even slightly over the rail, without having to try to get my head down there as well, and I could still compose the photo properly. Don’t you just love technology?
Photo: Each photo is a single Raw exposure, processed in Photoshop. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lens: Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
Date: June 10, 2017
Location: At Sea on the Disney Dream