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Gallery Ninety-Six: From the Persian Gulf to the Andaman Sea

At the end of 2106, I embarked on what will most likely be my final overseas photographic expedition. As a passenger on the Regent Seven Seas cruise line’s SS Voyager, I photographed in and around nine ports, located within the United Arab Republic, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, and Thailand. As you will note, the photographic opportunities were plentiful. However, I am not getting any younger, and the logistical issues we encountered that now make overseas travel far more difficult than before, told me that it was time to call this trip my “last hurrah.”

I have photographed in India, Burma, and Thailand before, but nothing ever seems quite the same when I revisit exotic locations such as these. I am always evolving as a photographer, and while my subject matter might be similar to what I’ve photographed before, I am always expressing my ideas in new ways. This gallery covers a wide range of photographic genres — abstraction, portraiture, landscapes, street photography, architectural photography, photojournalism, and wildlife — all of which can be blended to make travel photography so rewarding

During this three-week cruise to what for me is “the other side of the world,” I was able to make more than 6,000 images during those 13 days of our cruise that we spent in ports. I edited them down to about 350 keepers and I offer 74 of those images to you in this gallery.

I used a mirrorless lightweight camera to make two-thirds of these photographs – a compact, weather resistant Fuji XT-1 body, offering a large sensor, as well as a huge internal viewfinder and a flip out LCD viewfinder screen. A pair of excellent Fuji lightweight lenses offered me a range of focal lengths from 24mm wideangle to 345mm telephoto. Introduced in 2014, the XT-1 remains among Fuji’s flagship cameras. It focuses extremely quickly and it also allows me to make photographs at high sensitivity (ISO) levels without losing much detail.

One-third of these images were made with a Lumix LX-10, the latest Panasonic large sensor compact camera. Introduced at the end of 2016, the LX-10 reduces the need to change lenses on my XT-1 body when switching from a telephoto to a wideangle lens. I carry the LX-10 in a small pouch on by belt. It weighs only 11 ounces and features a very fast Leica 24mm-72mm Leica Summilux lens, as well as a flip out LCD viewfinder screen.

I present this gallery, as usual, in “blog” style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. By clicking on that large thumbnail, you will see the photograph in its full size, as well as have an opportunity to leave comments, ask questions, and read the comments of others. I hope you will participate in this dialogue. I welcome your impressions, ideas and questions, and I will be delighted to respond.