Voyaging and The Privilege of Being There

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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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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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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