Between 10-28 April I gave lectures on the Seabourn Odyssey. The Odyssey and its sister ships, the Quest and the Sojourn, each with passenger capacities of 450, represent the class of the small ship cruise market. On 10 April we had sailed out of Dubai, visiting the ports of Salalah, Oman; then up the Red Sea, making stops in Safaga, Sharm-el-Sheik, Sohkna (all in Egypt), Ashdod (Israel) and finally setting sail for Italy.
On April 27, we were docket in the immense Bay of Naples, a caldera left from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius several hundred thousand years ago. A far better known eruption took place in AD 79 that buried the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum near Naples. Pompeii, of course, became a veritable time capsule. Completely buried by lava and ash, it was rediscovered in the 18th century that, displaying wealthy houses and villas lining the paved streets. Shops belonging to artisans, factories belonging to the wealthy, as well as taverns, cafes, brothels and bathhouses were all there for archaeologists to uncover, and tourists to see how our distant ancestors lived. That evening the Odyssey sailed out for disembarkation in Civitavecchia, the port serving Rome.
In order to properly frame Mt. Vesuvius I used a life ring hanging on a hand rail of the Odyssey. Two thousand years ago, it was a ring of fire that framed the dreaded volcanic mountain. In a photo I posted from the actual slopes, one can see "Slopes of Vesuvius" with Naples lying far below. The photo "Slopes of Vesuvius" shows Naples lying far below. The view is resplendent, but the foul smell of sulfur emanating from the crater is a reminder that even a dormant volcano can spell trouble.
I have been an absentee member of Trekearth lately because of and inordinately busy schedule. I apologize to my friends, if I appeared to neglect visiting their photographic art. Actually, I have been touring their works, without writing critiques... an omission that I will soon rectify.
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photoray (7896) 2013-08-04 16:23
Interesting composition of the Mt. Vesuvius viewed through the life ring, dark but natural lighting.
And a good informative historical note.
PS: You are forgiven for not constantly posting to TE. And traveling is perhaps more important than anything, at least to me....
worldcitizen (6021) 2013-08-04 18:14
Nice to see you again. :-) The framing here is very clever. Mt. Vesuvius fits perfectly between the T-shaped part of the railing and the top of the life preserver. The crop is very effective, as well, having the frame tightly around the life preserver, but still allowing us to the see the name of the ship written on it.
chrisvek (6997) 2013-08-04 20:25
That's a very useful way for bad moments.Nice photo with great composition and nice focus.Great framework and lightning usage.Very nice job.
All the best
emka (67229) 2013-08-04 23:19
Hi Bulent, Such a long tome I haven't seen you here! I was wondering if you went for another cruise? Funny that we started our big adventure at the same day and place but then went in opposite directions. Interesting view of Vesuvius framed by a life ring. attractive composition.
I hope you will show more photos from this trip. have a nice Sunday
adidas5nb (3931) 2013-08-05 0:09
nice creative shot,beautifully seem.love the shapes and the colors and the pov.nicely thought.
jemaflor (76546) 2013-08-05 0:28
Original frame with this frame , interesting graphism with T and good focal point with the volcano, tfs.
Noel_Byrne (16143) 2013-08-05 1:09
Nice to see your post, I hope all is well!
This is a great idea for a shot, the combination of the lines and shapes with the natural outline of this mighty mountain work really nicely. A great way, and very appropriate way to frame this volcano of such fame, and such power,
All the best
carlo62 (22265) 2013-08-05 1:14
una bella idea e una bella realizzazione, peccato che la luce non sia stata delle migliori, ma purtroppo non si pu˛ scegliere quando si fa un viaggio.
Non preoccuparti per la tua mancanza su TE, del resto la vita ci impegna costantemente e non sempre si pu˛ avere il tempo o la disponibilitÓ psicologica per essere presenti.
limielski (2575) 2013-08-05 1:52
I'm very happy to see your photo after a short break.
It's a fantastic idea to frame the "Vesuvius" in such manner. It's an untypical composition but because of this your shot is really very interesting.
Have a nice week!
mirosu (10116) 2013-08-05 3:03
I'm glad to see your comment after long time. Nice to know that you are OK and photo active. I like your interesting view to Mt Vesuvius through life ring, an excellent idea for good photo. From your note I've seen that you have visited Sharm-el-Sheik. I was there first time in 1971 (yes in 1971). That time it was lonely remote place with clean beach and clear sea water full of marvellous small and large shells, a natural paradise. Except small wooden hut where you can buy tea, water and humus, nothing was there. No accommodation at all. I stayed overnight, sleeping on the beach with marvellous star sky above. A paradise on earth. Hardly to compare with Sharm-el-Sheik, full of hotels and tourists today. Greetings, Miro
jhm (130608) 2013-08-05 4:24
You note is again interesting.
All retired people almost never time, I know this perfect, but I have to happy no give lectures, alone makes I picture of the nature and city pictures.
You chose a very well angle with the mountain nice in the middle of the buoy
Excellent composition, lovely captured, pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Monday,
saxo042 (35146) 2013-08-05 11:58
You have aimed your camera very well here, with the famous mountain right in the cross-hair. A very good choice of POV!
Gigidusud (11587) 2013-08-05 14:23
Hello dear Bulent,
Great framing for the Vesuvius and good idea! I love Naples and the Amalfi Coast! Interesting note too and no problem for without writing critiques.
PS: I sent you an email about St Tropez, everything is back to normal for my dad but we are still awaiting the arrival of baby :)thank you for your attention.
delpeoples (50263) 2013-08-06 5:00
Welcome back, we have missed you. And what a photo you bring to us, one of my volcano, the most beautiful and dangerous in the world. I think I may have told you before, but this is where my Dad is from, in fact Stabia, which is the city next to Pompei that was also destroyed by the eruption along with Herculaneum. It is also the place from which Pliny the Younger wrote his account of the 79AD eruption. Your note evokes so much for me, and makes me very nostalgic for this violent, beautiful and dramatic land. An artistic and imaginative POV, thanks for this one, it's close to the heart.
PS: This is not Catania Sicily, this is Naples Campania :)
Hansaphotos (6255) 2013-08-06 11:27
Excellent way to frame the famous mountain. A simple, but very effective composition. I visited both mount Vesuvius and Pompeii in July. Considereing the weather conditions while you captured this scene, this was a clever choice. Very nice work! TFS.
Have a nice evening.
Best regards, Erling
Royaldevon (23372) 2013-08-06 15:32
Nice to see you back in the fold!
This is a very cleverly composed shot, using the life ring to frame your misty view of Vesuvious. You have given, what could have been a very grey shot, a vibrancy and an undeniable quirky interest.
My warm regards,
rychem (15396) 2013-08-09 10:28
It is a very nice idea to use this life ring to frame the view of Vesuvius, well captured and presented
Didi (52411) 2013-08-11 3:07
Salam my fram
Interesting rescue frame on the volcano, original composition in spite of the bad weather of april in Europe
branley (3681) 2013-08-15 2:15
Hello Bulent, It seems you are busier now than you were before you retired? Still afloat giving your wonderful lectures and rightly so. I emailed you a few times but I probably didn't have the right address. I just wanted to pop in and wish you and your family good health and happiness my friend. Glad to see you're still creating great images. By very best regards to you.
berek (32296) 2013-09-01 8:02
yine šok farklı bir kare. Koca dağ bir can simidine sığarmı ? sorusunun cevabıdır. ellerinize sağlık. kendinize iyi bakın.
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-06 4:23
A wonderful colorful frame to your picture, contrasting with the bad weather! It also has a very good depth for the soft colors of the background! Beautiful job!
Romano46 (14452) 2013-09-07 4:13
innanzitutto grazie per avere inserito la mia foto nella tua bella serie di scale.
Ma mi Ŕ anche gradita l'occasione per fare un particolare elogio a questa bella composizione nella quale hai inserito in maniera magistrale il Vesuvio creando una foto di grande effetto.
Si ripete in questa quello che Ŕ il motivo di molte tue foto: la presenza di cornici naturali che evidenziano in maniera particolare i soggetti.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
serp2000 (35056) 2013-09-08 8:51
Simple but very creative frame for this background. It reminds me a "Terra Incognito". Do you finish your European trip? And I am packing my suitcase for the next journey.
Best wishes from Russia!
ourania (21360) 2013-11-04 13:38
a very effective composition that gets its message across at first glance and then becomes intriguingly rich with time. I like very much how you've combined foreground and background interest, graphism and mysterious natural scenery. I also like that the name of the ship is clearly stated (wonderful name, that also affects the mood for me) and that place and distance are defined through contrasts in the warmth and intensity of colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
PaulVDV (18682) 2014-02-16 10:46
The Vesuvius is often shown from on the sea in the Bay of Naples but this is really an original view with your framing with the lifebuoy.
At the same time we can read the name of the ship on which you gave your lectures.
I hope that on your cruises you have enough time to visit the places where the ship docks.
Best regards, Paul