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Welcome Aboard. Would You Like Some Calories?

Welcome Aboard

After a long day of travel, we boarded the Coral Princess for an Alaskan cruise to celebrate my folk’s 40th wedding anniversary. It was a long day and I was a bit irritated. I had never been on a cruise before, and the minute we walked in I was trying to be ‘up-sold’ by a seemingly endless line of greeters. I’m normally a pretty positive guy and easy to get along with. However, I wasn’t interested in buying anything that was being sold. I was tired and awe struck my the 80’s Vegas style grandeur of the ship. All I wanted was to talk to the cruise director and find the lido deck. I do remember that one guy was trying to sell me a ‘bottomless’ mug I could use to get soda with at the buffet. Apparently soda wasn’t free on this cruise. You could stuff your face with every dish known to humanity, but if you wanted to wash it down with a Coke, that was going to cost you. The funny thing was, he told me the mug was like $70. WHAT! Yeah, apparently if you drink three 40oz Cokes day, it pays for itself. “Oh”, I said, “If I drink 1600 calories a day in soda, I make my money back?”. I left it at that and walked away. If for some reason, the guy selling me the bottomless mug of calories is reading this, I would like to pass along an apology for being a jerk. I’m normally not like that. I just don’t drink soda…….

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Processing Notes:

I processed this so long ago that I have forgotten. I do remember I was processing it on Photomatix 4 beta at the time.

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  1. Very nice shot –

  2. Really cool shot, but it sucks that it started out with so much crud. Hopefully the rest of the trip wasn’t as bad and you got to enjoy it.

  3. Reminds me of WALL·E and the ship they were on, the BnL Axiom…

  4. Wow! What a great image! Love the comp and processing!

  5. how did you get the room empty?

    • Good question! I was out and about exploring the ship around 2 in the morning. You could also use a neutral density filter to slow your shutter times down. This technique basically blurs (or ghosts) out any moving objects.

  6. Beautiful shot! Nice tip on blurring folks out of the image.

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