We are just back from our northeast cruise in New England and Canada, Boston to Montreal to be exact. Cruising is always fun, but it doesn’t always lend itself to good photography.

Why you might ask? It all goes back to our mantra, “its all about the light”.

Jeff looking forlornly at the Boston skyline. We set sail just before the light started to get good

Most cruise ships are only in port during the day, arriving after sunrise and departing before sunset. This all but eliminates the opportunity to shoot the local scenery in port during the best light.  It also means that is usually dark when you might want to shoot the coastline scenery from on deck.

Bye, bye Boston – I finally, have the good light, but we’re a bit too far for a good skyline shot

This was the case during our most recent cruise. But as you know, we always try to get the shot.

Given the limitations, here’s the highlights from our cruise – Boston to Montreal.


Bar Harbor at low tide. After I slipped on the seaweed and landed on my butt, I decided that the view from this angle wasn’t bad

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Yes, we were there in Charlottetown, PEI!

Morning light on the fall color – as we cruised into Saguenay

Hiking in Saguenay Fjord National Park

“A little apple wine for breakfast?” –  An early morning visit to the local market with the Seabourn chef in Quebec City

Le Château Frontenac, Quebec

While eating breakfast, we noticed this scene. A sprint to our cabin to get my camera and then sprint back. Kinda worth it.[Montreal]

Remember, it’s all about the light.