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Voyaging and The Privilege of Being There


Question: How do you make great travel photographs?

Answer: F8 and be there.

Ok, it’s an old one. And I guess it applies to just about any kind of travel. But somehow the voyaging life that I have lived for over twenty years seems, at least to me, to yield more, and more wonderful, photo moments than being on land.

And I’m truly grateful for the privilege of having been there.


Click on the photographs if you would like to see them bigger.

Top: Entering Shelburne Harbour just ahead of a storm, right here in Nova Scotia.

Bottom: West coast of Greenland.

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Scott Flanders

We’ve noticed over the years that even super budget cruisers will have a ‘big’ camera. We all cruise for the same reasons and because of our lifestyle we see beauty the dirt dwellers don’t have an opportunity to see. They are too busy to see all but the most obvious.

We keep two cameras going pretty regularly while ashore and at times at sea. Our photographs are one of our most valuable possessions. They are kept on 3 – 1TB hard drives in 3 different locations (2 ashore – 1 on board)

You are spot on. Congrats on seeing and sharing.



Climbing a mountain or sailing the sea, we put up with a lot of discomfort. I think beautiful scenes like these are mother nature’s reward for having earned it. Privileged for the opportunity and rewarded for the effort. Spectacular photos John. Cheers to natures beauty and those who seek it.


Photos absolument éblouissantes…….bon vent au photographe…de genie