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A walk in Puerto Madryn

Today the ship stopped in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. The only reason it calls at this port is because the area is swarming with sea lions, penguins, whales, dolphins and walruses. I wanted to go on a day-long trip to see some of these animals, but I had to stay on board for a crew boat drill. Once it had finished I didn’t have a lot of time, and the only place close enough to see a large collection of wildlife is a place I’ve visited before. Oh well, I’ll be back in a few weeks time, and I plan to get off the ship as early as possible.

In the end I took a long walk along the beach, camera in hand all the way. Here are some photos from today…

A sea lion:

Looking back at the Norwegian Sun, my home for four weeks:

Others walking on the beach:

I took photos of non-ladies on the beach too, but meanwhile:

A bike and a ship:

Working with nets:

This dog followed me for many miles of my walk. Later the dog patrol tried to catch him:

A sea lion on the pier:

As I framed the sea lion for a closeup, it shed a single, tiny, milky tear. So cute!

I’ll post more photos tomorrow…

Photo: self portrait experiment

In Buenos Aires I walked past this (I think) university building. I became slightly obsessed with the red and white stones in the gravel. This photo was taken with the camera literally resting on the ground.

HDR Self Portrait

This is a three exposure HDR photo, something I’ve not used yet with a human in the frame. Normally the idea is to make sure nothing is moving, as you get a fading effect. You can, of course, use a long exposure to makes sure moving subjects disappear completely. Here I set the timer, got into position, and kept as still as possible. The focus is slightly off, but otherwise I’m happy with the picture.

Today I’m in Puerto Madryn, Argentina, a city that exists purely for the seals and whales and walruses and penguins. I have four hours to fill, so I hope to see at least two kinds of large sea mammal/bird.

Photos: Boba and Nora

Today I visited Montevideo. It’s a small city, in a small country, and there’s really not a whole lot to do. Especially if you’ve been there ten or eleven times before.

Bob and Nora.

Thankfully Bob and Nora, some friends from Germany, were in town. They are traveling around South America, and a cheap cabin on the Norwegian Sun cruise ships turned out to be a good value way to round Cape Horn. Norwegian Sun? That’s the cruise ship I’m working on right now! We missed each other by one cruise, but it was good to spend the day chatting with old friend, catching up on what they’ve been doing since June. Facebook is good, but long conversations are better.

Note, the following photo was taken under the red umbrellas, which really, really screwed up the colour balance. Rectifying it results in the green background… which I find a quite interesting effect.
Nora and Bob.