I was searching through some of my old photos earlier today and was surprised by how grainy and blurry so many of the photos look. By old photos, I don’t mean ancient old, I mean two to four years ago. Those pictures were taken with an Olympus point and shoot camera (Stylus 1030SW) that was new when I bought it in 2008. It was a fairly nice camera at the time, and was waterproof, a feature I used extensively. But so many of the pictures that seemed fine at the time just don’t look good now. Having a better understanding of photography no doubt has made my photos better but it is also amazing how much of a difference the jump from a point and shoot to a DSLR made in image quality.
Grandeur In San Juan
This photo of Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas was taken in San Juan, Puerto Rico back in 2009. I was returning to the ship one evening when I noticed how nice the scene was with the moon emerging from behind the clouds. The shots with a regular length exposure weren’t turning out very well so I tried with a longer exposure and this was the result. I did not have a tripod with me so I had to brace the camera against wall along the water to keep it still.