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This was my first visit to Kotor, Montenegro. The walled medieval city is evocative of several Croatian ports, including Dubrovnik, Split and Trogir. But, nestled among soaring mountains — remnants of of the last Ice Age when receding glaciers carved the steep walls and cliffs, and produced fjords evocative of the Norwegian Coast — Kotor features a topography even more dramatic than those of the Croatian ports in the Eastern Adriatic.

It was 11:30 pm, just half-an-hour before the Crystal Serenity sailed out of Kotor, Montenegro for Zadar, Croatia. The absence of any breeze created a mirror-like sea, and the opportunity for me to make a 30-second time exposure of the sailing ship anchored only a few hundred meters away. I set up a heavy tripod, and produced a series of photos with manual setting.

As for the title of the shot, "Grating Spectrometer." I am a theoretical physicist, and a self-confessed hazard in a laboratory. However, from my student days I remember seeing images through the eye-pieces of grating spectrometers, equipment that allows one to determine the characteristic wavelengths of a variety of gases in discharge tubes. The narrow vertical lines in a variety of colors resemble spectra one sees in grating spectrometers.

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