Photographer's Note


Monaco, the eight hundred year old principality ruled by the Grimaldi Family, is tucked in the underside of France along the extraordinarily beautiful Riviera. Among the more celebrated sites in Monte Carlo, the capitol of Monaco, are the Jacque-Yves Cousteau Aquarium; the castle of the Grimaldi Family; the Casino de Monte Carlo, home of its defining industry, gambling; and high on the hills the Grande Cornice, where Princess Grace Kelly met her death in an automobile accident in 1982. (While I was in boarding school in Delaware, St. Andrew's, I would frequently visit a compatriot Turkish family in Philadelphia; they lived across the street from the Kelly Family, and I met the beautiful actress just before she was married to Prince Rainier.) Close by is the French Riviera city of Nice, then beyond that, Cannes. To the east are the Italian ports, Genoa, Portofino, and Portovenere.

August 1, 2008 at 7:00 in the morning, I stood on the promenade deck of the Crystal Serenity, admiring Monte Carlo's impressive skyline, its curtain of mountains forming a horse shoe around the city, and its marina teeming with impressive yachts. As I leaned on the banister, contemplating the view, a yacht — neither the smallest nor largest in the marina — suddenly began to pull out. And simultaneously a small orange kayak appeared, paddling leisurely into the harbor, creating a dramatic contrast of the very large and the very small.

A small monopod helped me to steady the camera on the banister, allowing me to minimize the movement in shooting the scene, one of the playgrounds of the rich and famous. Nikon D200, ISO 200, Circular Polarizer.

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