1976 Senior Class Trip
(Double-click on the individual photos to see the full-size versions)
Our class trip took us on a cruise to Nassau and Freeport. The trip cost a whopping $320. I paid for it with money I had saved from delivering the Detroit Free Press when I was in the 8th grade. (I was just destined to be an accountant.) I took about 7 rolls of slides on this trip. I took the same camera to college and shot one roll of film in 4 years at Michigan State and another roll in 18 months at the University of Texas. (My current obsession with photography was a long time in the making.)
These first two photos were taken during a break on the long bus ride to
Miami. (Hey, we were way too poor to fly.)
The first night was spent in a Miami hotel. I recall that I took
several photos by the pool but was concerned that the camera was not working
properly so I opened it up exposing the film. I still make that same mistake
These photos clearly demonstrate that I really did not know what I was doing
as a photographer. I was using Kodachrome 32 speed slide film. (I use 800 speed
film today in virtually all of my photos.) Most of my indoor photos were
terribly underexposed. I had no idea what I was doing. I certainly did not know
what it meant to shoot pictures "with the lens wide open."
Here we are docked in Nassau.
When the boat docked in Freeport, several of my classmates decided to jump
off of the top of the boat.
The last day was spent at Sea World and then off to Disney World..
Time to hop back on the buses for the long trip home. (Actually, this may be
the departure from Sea World to head out to Disney World. It has been a long
Notice the old fashion gas station in the background. I guess times have changed.
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