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About twangster

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    Photography, Cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    San Juan

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  1. I tried doing a cruise with just a phone including some Moment lens. I vowed I'd never do it again. I kept hearing myself say "If I had my real camera that would be an awesome shot". The RX100M6 200mm telephoto capability is a clear difference and while low light performance is becoming better on smart phones, it's still not there yet. I particularly miss a real camera when I want better manual control. Some apps try to offer this but I've yet to find an app that makes this efficient so you can dial it in within mere seconds. Nothing like real bokeh either, when appropriate. My biggest gripe with phone photography is keeping the lens clean. It's a magnet for finger prints. The best camera is the one you have with you. I get that. However while phone cameras are making leap and bounds so are cameras with larger sensors and much better lenses.
  2. I made the jump as a long time Nikon full frame shooter to the A7III just over a year ago. Not an insignificant investment in native Nikon glass but was able to sell my Nikon gear for reasonable recovery offsetting the new investment in new Sony glass. The FE 24-105 is an awesome lens. I've grown fond of the FE 12-24 as well if you can live with the distortion below 18. The low light performance of the A7III is pretty great. Based on my success with the A7III I acquired an RX100M6 which goes in my pocket nearly every time I leave my cabin. Smaller sensor so not nearly the performance as the A7III but in outdoor situations with 24-200mm equivalent it's a great little pocket camera. Much higher low light noise profile compared to the A7III but the combo works well when I have a telephoto or ultra wide on my A7III and don't want to change lens outdoor in a moist or sandy environment on the go. Both shoot in RAW so I can be a lazy or bad photographer and fix it later in post.
  3. Stabilization has been a game changer for me. Both lens based stabilization but also in body image stabilization (IBIS) has allowed me to create motion blur while handheld without a tripod. For travel purposes this is wonderful. For example, before IBIS this 1/2 second exposure would have required a tripod or a lot of luck: IBIS is "drink package compatible" allowing me to be a poor shaky photographer after a few drinks and get away with it. No tripod in my suitcase is icing on the cake.
  4. Here is my balcony time lapse set up: I forgot my extended battery case so used some plastic wrap over my battery in case of drizzle which is common in Alaska.
  5. Hero 4, 5 second interval, 4k Ovation, May 2019.
  6. Lately I'm using one of these: https://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Tripod-UBeesize-Smartphone-Compatible/dp/B077PNS1L1/ref=sr_1_8?m=A3JPZCPPKKCO75&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&qid=1560984965&s=merchant-items&sr=1-8 On Ovation with the larger railing I was able to bend it to form the shape of the railing and wrap one leg outside and through the gap in the glass where I bent the leg back 90° then tensioned the tripod using the inside legs form fitted to the railing. The legs are rubber coated so they are non-slip by design. It's proven to be a versatile travel tripod that I can mold onto a chair or many different surfaces to operate at a better height. It comes with smartphone clip which I sometimes use for time lapse as well.
  7. It's follow each other in a line well separated. They try to put the fast folks near the front and slow pokes in the back where a follow up crew member keeps them going. There are some shallow reefs in the area so the idea is to follow in a line to steer clear of water hazards. I kept mine pegged full speed most of the time in between stops to re-group but that depends on sea conditions. I wouldn't suggest trying to ride double. I paid for my step daughter's own machine. On the open ocean there will likely be some waves or swell and riding double wouldn't be enjoyable for me.
  8. Shows are very costly to install on a ship. Back stage crew have joked it's cheaper to move a ship than it is to move a show. Oasis or Allure post AMP would be great in Galveston. It wouldn't hurt to move Liberty out and create some demand for her elsewhere. Her AMP is in 2021 so logical timing to move her to a shipyard for the AMP then plant her somewhere new for a bit. I wouldn't object to Royal playing musical chairs a bit more like Carnival does. Fresh ship shakes things up and creates a reason to book a cruise for any local hometown crowd.
  9. I've done it. Saw a sea turtle, rays, fish, etc. Was it my best dive ever? No. It was enjoyable for a shore dive and I'd do it again. For the price I sometimes use it to keep my certification current. Low cost, small amount of time consumed, great if others in your group aren't divers but you want to sneak in a quick dive before spending the day do group activities. They tend to run it first thing so by 10am you're done and have the rest of the day to enjoy CocoCay.
  10. It's available in the cruise planner for a couple fall stops I have. One of them has "no equipment" only though which is odd.
  11. RoyalUP is fairly new, less than a full cruise season. Across seasonal variations in peak versus off-peak demand there isn't enough data to prove it one way or another. It's easy to suggest (and believe) it has changed the game but scientifically we don't know... yet.
  12. I self-assisted off Mariner in Miami, Ubered downtown, rented a car downtown Miami and was on the Hertz shuttle on my way to Enchantment in PC by 11:40am. That was back when Mariner was in Miami. All in with gas was around $45 I think. That included a stop at Target to replenish sunscreen and other supplies.
  13. Anthem, different ship is $57 per person per night plus 18% service charge for a 7 night cruise in March.
  14. On board pricing varies mostly on cruise length but also by ship and itinerary. Most expensive are 3 night sailings where $70 on board is common. Ships like Grandeur often have a lower price on board given the demographic which leads to low DX sales. Holiday sailings will experience peak DX prices. Keep in mind with the on board D+/P discount you don't have to buy the package on day 1. If you are on a long cruise like a transatlantic 12 or 14 days of DX can grow old and is very expensive. Waiting several days and using the C&A discount on day 3 or 4 brings down the overall cost and lessens drink fatigue. "Surviving" on Diamond happy hour drinks for a few days and using a BOGO makes it easy to get a couple days into the cruise before splurging for the DX. If you are going this route ask what day DX sales will stop being offered, it seems to vary.
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