Daily Image - Feb 2012 Archive - sonofjohan
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08 Feb 12.  If there was one thing that our cruise line didn't want us to experience, it was down time, so they had every minute of every day planned with something to do, which meant, if something else wasn't planned, eating and alcohol consumption was. Each evening started with dinner at 1730 followed by a visit to the Explorer's Lounge where 4 young ladies from Moldova, called the Adagio Strings, a classical string quartet, played for 45 minutes of each hour from 1700 - 2000 nightly. Then it was off to the Vista Lounge for roughly 90 minutes of  Broadway/Vegas class entertainment, then back once again to the Explorer's Lounge to listen to the Strings until they closed up for the night. After that we generally called it quits for the day, but not always, as there was still lots of food to consume or listening to music in any of the several bars or just watching folks toss away their $$$ in the casino (not that we would do anything of that nature.) Spending each evening listening to the Strings, we got to know them a bit as well as the steward (Jonathon) in the lounge who was there solely to attend to all our beverage requirements. Over the course of several days I watched as he prepared this rather interesting beverage in which he set the glass on fire. My curiosity got the best of me and I had to inquire as to what it was. Jonathon told me it was the Oosterdam Signature Coffee, so I ordered a couple for the ladies that evening which he prepared before us. Intrigued by what he was doing, I asked him if I could photograph him making one and he most willingly obliged. Doesn't really sound like much until you realize that trying to catch both the blue flame of a burning fluid in a clear glass that is about to violently erupt in sparks when cinnamon and nutmeg are tossed into it can require some precise - and lucky - timing. At many $$$ a shot, I didn't exactly want to be practicing, so it was to be a one time only opportunity. Fortunately luck held and I got a "couple" of usable images. ISO 800; 1/5 sec @ f/ 4 handheld in ambient light. My favorite image of all time.

08 Feb 12. If there was one thing that our cruise line didn't want us to experience, it was down time, so they had every minute of every day planned with something to do, which meant, if something else wasn't planned, eating and alcohol consumption was. Each evening started with dinner at 1730 followed by a visit to the Explorer's Lounge where 4 young ladies from Moldova, called the Adagio Strings, a classical string quartet, played for 45 minutes of each hour from 1700 - 2000 nightly. Then it was off to the Vista Lounge for roughly 90 minutes of Broadway/Vegas class entertainment, then back once again to the Explorer's Lounge to listen to the Strings until they closed up for the night. After that we generally called it quits for the day, but not always, as there was still lots of food to consume or listening to music in any of the several bars or just watching folks toss away their $$$ in the casino (not that we would do anything of that nature.) Spending each evening listening to the Strings, we got to know them a bit as well as the steward (Jonathon) in the lounge who was there solely to attend to all our beverage requirements. Over the course of several days I watched as he prepared this rather interesting beverage in which he set the glass on fire. My curiosity got the best of me and I had to inquire as to what it was. Jonathon told me it was the Oosterdam Signature Coffee, so I ordered a couple for the ladies that evening which he prepared before us. Intrigued by what he was doing, I asked him if I could photograph him making one and he most willingly obliged. Doesn't really sound like much until you realize that trying to catch both the blue flame of a burning fluid in a clear glass that is about to violently erupt in sparks when cinnamon and nutmeg are tossed into it can require some precise - and lucky - timing. At many $$$ a shot, I didn't exactly want to be practicing, so it was to be a one time only opportunity. Fortunately luck held and I got a "couple" of usable images. ISO 800; 1/5 sec @ f/ 4 handheld in ambient light. My favorite image of all time.

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