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    Who's behind the lens.....

    I was heading into Inverness today with my wife when I got a 'phone call (hands-free). It was our camera shop telling me the new camera I had ordered had arrived (fortunately the cost wasn't mentioned!).

    Off I went that afternoon to pick up said camera. After some chit-chat with the manager (whom I had known for over twenty years) he asked about Christmas arrangements and I mentioned our cruise in January. Oh, he said, have you cruised before - some like it some don't. As we chatted it turned out he was very familiar with cruises having previously been a ship's photographer working mainly the Alaska & Caribbean cruise itineraries (tbh he didn't look old enough!). I didn't have the presence of mind to ask which cruise line though.

    This was very much pre-digital photography though. He started everyday in the darkroom with his associates loading bulk film into cassettes (70 a day each!) and will never forget counting 7 rotations of the winder to fill a cassette then cut the film and load another and so on...

    His worst customers were Chinese who barely lifted their heads from their dinner plate for the camera (wonder what the Japanese would have been like) changed days I think.

    Asked if he would now consider cruising for pleasure the Caribbean was a definite no but wouldn't mind Alaska and he also enjoyed the Panama Canal.

    Anyone surprised by who is behind the uniform/job civvy street or on the seas?

    Bill


    https://www.dropbox.com/s/okwd9apbxzcvxmq/maid%20of%20the%20loch.jpg?dl=0

    Lawnmowerman

    #2
    I would find a photographer on board very intrusive. I'm surprised that your friend mentioned Chinese passengers since China was a closed country until comparatively recently. Perhaps those mentioned were American Chinese or similar? I suppose the advent of digital photography and smart phones makes a professional photographer's job much harder as people take their own pictures. Even passport photos can be taken at home.

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      #3
      Hi Bill

      I find the photographers who prowl the dinning venues very intrusive, on one trip we watched as the photographer approached each table and got the man to stand up and go and kneel next to his partner for a photograph, all the time both couples food was going cold. One look from me as he approached d ensured that he passed by.

      John
      Last edited by Haworth, Wokingham; 19th November 2019, 04:35 PM.

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        #4
        Cunard photographers aren't intrusive. When dining, all one needs to say is ''no thanks'' and they move on. In fact, ''no thanks'' is our default answer throughout a cruise and that is sufficient for them not to bother us.

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          #5
          We don't do Welcome Aboard, Dinner or Going Ashore photos.

          Very occasionally we have had a Formal Night stand up fiasco done, but very rarely purchase.

          I've got enough Pictures of Dorian Gray in the attic at my time of life thank you............Wilba
          Wilba

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            #6
            I fined the photographers less intrusive now. A polite no is usually all it takes.

            We we don’t have any professional photos taken now. We have in the past and bought a few nice ones but don’t need anymore.

            I've met several people who’ve worked in the cruise industry from musician to casino to customer services. They’ve all loved their jobs and the time they spent working onboard.
            don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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              #7
              Like many of you I am not a willing subject in front of the camera. However the difference between now and then was graphic (no pun intended). Having to load 70 film cassettes before being able to go out and capture your subjects is in marked contrast to today's digital offerings. He also said it was important to get back into the darkroom asap as the chemicals were diluted to a just manageable level.

              Anyone know how they mitigate the waste of all the unsold prints?

              Bill

              https://www.dropbox.com/s/okwd9apbxzcvxmq/maid%20of%20the%20loch.jpg?dl=0

              Lawnmowerman

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                #8
                Now I have discovered the link to include videos, I am very interested in who's behind the camera, but not the ships photogratger I just say no thanks and they seem to get the message.
                iIn regards to who's behind the camera I find thus guy's videos extremely interesting, maybe because my next cruise is back to Norway, although on a cruise you only scrape the surface of how fantastic Norway is, even the Excursions only guve you a glimpse of how beautiful this country is.
                Delboy


                Photo Albums

                https://www.flickriver.com/photos/delboyalbums/sets/

                or

                https://www.flickr.com/photos/delboyalbums/albums

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