I moved into a new place today and it’s a bit strange having no internet access, no cable tv, no furniture, basically nothing. Kind of a strange feeling starting completely new, but strange in a good way. Anyway, I found just enough internet to post tonight.
This photo is from Portofino restaurant, found on many of Royal Caribbean’s ships. Portofino is a fine Italian restaurant (hence the name, after the small town in northern Italy) which serves delicious appetizers, main courses, and desserts. My favorite of the desserts was this sampler which included miniature versions of most of the options of the dessert menu. It was not only a visually appealing dessert, as you can see, but was delightful on the taste buds as well, providing a variety of decadent flavors, from the flour-less chocolate cake to the classic tiramisu.
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.