Photographer's Note

In July two months ago I was on the Crystal Serenity. The cruise ship was sailing directly into winds announced by the bridge as being 38 knots (70 km/hr). I stepped out onto the promenade deck to shoot some photos. The view was from roughly 20 meters above the sea; the waves, I would estimate, were up to 7-8 meters (over 20 feet) high. Accompanying the waves was the thick ocean spray, droplets whipped up by the howling winds. The late afternoon sun, I thought, was unusually effective in illuminating the spray.

The location of the Serenity was off the coast of Malta, where rough seas do sometimes occur. Close to two thousand years ago the Apostle St. Paul is known to have shipwrecked off Malta, and survived. But many sailors of the past were not quite so lucky. The conditions were truly miserable, and I was afraid that, if I got closer to the bannister, I could have ended up in the water. I took only 5-6 shots. Two other photos were comparable in drama and in exposure quality. Years ago I had painted the image of an angry sea that was astonishingly close in structure to this, and that is the only reason I chose to submit this one.

Nikon-D70, 18-70 mm Nikkor lens, circular polarizing filter. No post-process whatsoever.

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