Taking pictures on a moving cruise ship was not easy. It was moving fast (it'd slow down for a few seconds when a lighthouse or such was coming up, but not much!), the ship rocked and swayed and thus balance was hard to maintain, and there were a great deal of people on the ship that you had to angle your camera around. Also, on this voyage, I learned that my camera has an awful zoom, so I couldn't always get as close as I wished. What I ended up having to do was crop a great deal of the picture so the main focus appears closer. However, the down side to doing this is that it may appear blurry if you crop too much.
As for taking pictures at a fast moving speed, play with the settings on your camera. There should be one for action or a moving subject. I found this very helpful. And remember, take MORE THAN ONE picture! I must have taken fifteen or so of each lighthouse just to ensure that one would look decent. When you're on a cruise, or taking a picture of something that is moving away, you don't have much time to check and see if the picture you took was okay. You just have to keep snapping.
To the left is the Dutch Island Lighthouse.
My intention while editing this picture was to make it look very old and very eerie. Even before it was black and white, it reminded me of that lighthouse from The Ring. I'm not sure why, but I wanted to bring out that perspective through the editing.
To the right is the Plum Beach Lighthouse. A little interesting fact is that it is actually solar powered. The bridge in the background isn't merely just a background, but it also contributes to the whole photo; it provides line --one of the elements of art. Take advantage of these natural elements that present themselves! Also, it would appear in this photo that it was dusk, or at least not very sunny. That, in fact, is not true. It was so sunny that I got a horrible sun burn! With editing, you can alter the lightness and darkness and you can fool the viewers into thinking it is a false time of day. On a side note, isn't it beautiful how the sunlight makes the water sparkle? You could even enhance these highlights through editing.
To the right is Fort Adams. Though it is not a lighthouse, it was still highlighted on the cruise. It was an extraordinarily long building (the second largest masonry fortification in America), and hard to capture all in one frame. So I decided to take the part I could in an angle. The majority of the picture is sky and water, the main subject is still Fort Adams.
Back on solid ground, these are pictures I took before and after the cruise. This is a picture of a stone boardwalk for either walking across or fishing. It provides a nice line. Also, I wanted a bit of the grass in the picture to provide more layers.