Dec 03, 2017 - National Geographic Orion
After departing Port Stanley at 10pm yesterday we were quickly exposed to the swell built up from the strong winds during the day. Fortunately the ship is fitted with stabilizers which eases the motion of the ship through the waves, thus the ship remained relatively busy with lectures and photography sessions in the lounge, or the lectures viewed from guest rooms through TV screens.
The morning started with a presentation from the National Geographic photographer Nick Cobbing about working for the National Geographic magazine and his passion for photography. Then our onboard photo instructor Ian Strachan held a workshop on iPhone and Android photography. Many of us use smartphones more as a paperweight and alarm clock than actually utilizing the pretty powerful camera functions which are easily accessible. The session kept many of us busy for the next hour at least, trying out all the new found functionality at our fingertips!
The final full presentation was by whale biologist Andy Szabo on whaling history and impact. Whaling was a huge industry of the Southern Ocean especially on South Georgia, our next destination, so this was a great introduction to the scale of the industry before we get to South Georgia and hopefully see the remains of the sad industry.