Ramblings

my photo gear

Recently I've spoken with a few photographers who've asked me what I shoot with and I thought this would be a great opportunity to share this information with you. So here it is:

I also carry around a few other bits and bobs with my camera gear: remote shutter release, variety of lens cloths, dust brush, circular polarizers for all my lenses, UV filters for all my lenses, and an arctic butterfly.

This all being said, I've always been a firm believer that the camera doesn't make the photographer. If I gave someone like Peter Hurley an iPhone, he would still take way better photographs than I could with my camera. So, if you're shooting with some older gear, don't worry about it, you can still make amazing photographs.

 

nature of the beast

Promotion; with it comes more responsibility, more leadership opportunity and more demands. I came out to the Eurodam to install the B.B. King Blues Club band, a process that takes a week under normal circumstances and these were normal circumstances. What was unforeseen, however, was that the Automation Technician for the ship would resign just prior to my arrival and his replacement would not be available to join the ship until weeks later.

Fortunately, the technician I am taking over for in my new role, is still available and will be present at the next installation which I will now be missing. Hopefully things will get sorted out for the incoming automation technician so that I can leave before the end of the month. 

It's the natural ups and downs; as we say in French "c'est la vie" and for many others, it's just the nature of the beast.

the layover

This weekend I took a trip to Las Vegas. It was a very short trip but a good one none the less. I arrived Saturday around 4:30PM and went straight to the Mirage to check in. I went to The Quad to see the Recycled Percussion show, went for dinner with a friend and called it a night. Sunday was a wake up and have a leisurely start kind of day - I checked out around 11:45AM and went to catch up with some friends I've not seen in quite a while. It was really good to see them again and I hope it won't be long before we can do it again. 

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This was the view from my hotel room in the 25th floor of the Mirage. Certainly a nice view and you could clearly see the volcano show in the evening; as touristy as it sounds it was kind of cool. 

hello housekeeping (nsfw)

A story broke today on the interwebs about a crew member on a ship who assaulted a passenger for something that, for most of us, would have been a hear it and forget it moment. In this case though, the crew member took exception to being called a "son of a bitch" and ended up assaulting and arguably trying to kill a guest.  

While I don't want to diminish the terrible nature of this woman's experience I have been in the business for quite some time I could count the number of times I've even heard of something of this magnitude happening on a ship. Every time something like this happens on a ship the media steps in and immediately blows the story out of proportion with statements that would lead the less educated reader to believe that these type of events happen often.

It would seem that the media are experts at spinning news to increase ratings and spawning side specials. I do understand that it's game of numbers and ratings so I really don't blame them but what happened to unbiasedly reporting the news of the day?