Cruising with a camera on a never-to-be-forgotten voyage
WHEN Brisbane-based television director Jeffrey Hogan took first prize in our Oz in Focus photo competition in January last year and won a luxury cruise, we asked him to share images of the voyage with readers.
Hogan’s prize was a 10-night Forgotten Islands photography-themed sailing for two from Bali to Cairns with Orion Expedition Cruises, our competition sponsor.
‘‘The highlight [of the voyage],’’ says Hogan, ‘ ‘ was sailing through the narrow straits into Banda Neira in the Banda Islands imagining I was aboard a Portuguese ship in 1512 when the first Europeans discovered this beautiful, natural harbour, rimmed with volcanoes.
‘‘I learned that nutmeg was once worth more by weight than gold and, in the 16th century, London dockworkers were paid their bonuses in cloves.
‘‘Another stand-out inclusion on the itinerary was our visit to Orion Reef, a tennis court-sized sand reef on the outer fringe of the Great Barrier Reef that is only present at low tide.’’
Hogan says one of his favourite shots from the cruise is of an intenselooking fisherman he encountered in Banda Neira. ‘‘He was really camerashy and I had to pretend I was trying to photograph others around him. It was a cat-and-mouse game for about 10 minutes but I eventually grabbed this shot with my Canon 5D Mark III with a 70-300mm L lens at 300mm — patiently hand-held.’’
Since our 2012-13 contest, Orion Expedition Cruises has been sold to the US small ship company Lindblad Expeditions, which partners with the National Geographic Society for its adventure sailings.
A new program commences next month aboard the rebranded 102-passenger National Geographic Orion to the Kimberley, Borneo and Indonesia, South Pacific destinations and Antarctica.
A voyage similar to Hogan’s is a 17-day National Geographic Orion Spice Island Adventure, departing Bali for Cairns on October 20 and hosted by National Geographic Society photographer Mark Thiessen.
The itinerary includes visits to Komodo, Flores, the Banda Islands, West Papua, Thursday Island and the Great Barrier Reef, from $15,540 a person twin-share. More: 1300 361 012; orionexpeditions.com.
Television director Jeffrey Hogan, left, and his shot of a Banda Neira fisherman taken on his Orion cruise