Trick Photography on the MV Ushuaia


The Owner of the MV Ushuaia, Antarpply, represents the Premium Cabin 212 as having a window with an UNOBSRUCTED view. To achieve this representation Antarpply resorts to some devious trick photography.

Here we illustrate two impressions of the same reality. The pictures were taken on different days under quite different conditions. The pic on the left was taken at sea on a rolling ship. This is the actual view when one is roughly perpendicular to the window. In reality one is unable to approach the window much closer because of the bunk under the window, and as well there is a large wardrobe/cupboard on the left side which precludes a normal person from getting a view, if one was trying to move to the left to get a view. In fact if one moved to the left to get a view all one would see would be the cabinet. In this case the cabinet was found to be a useful place to hang a jacket and in practice a move to the left would have resulted in a good view of the jacket.

Anyway the result from the window is a view where the window is about 80% obstructed by a lifeboat and the mechanics restraining the lifeboat.

In this TRICK photo on the right, the photographer has essentially removed the lifeboat and the mechanics from the window view. Objects are clearly available. How is this possible? Well for starters the photographer has managed to take the shot at a very acute angle to the left of the window.

It appears that the photographer has had to move to the left, away from perpendicular to the window some 60 degrees to make the lifeboat disappear. ([1]. If the photographer had moved as little as 7 to 10 degrees to the right, the lifeboat, by way of comparison, would have completely filled the window.

It would not normally be possible to actually enable this extreme angle with the robe/cupboard in place. And it seems to enable the trick photo the photographer has had the robe removed so that they might stand well to the left, at about 60 degrees to the window. It is also seen that the square window has taken on a rather elongated appearance.

In fact the window has become 50% wider and 33% taller on the left side. (Original dimensions are 44 x 31, whilst in the trick pic it is 57 on the left, 46 top and bottom and 44 on the right.)

This issue of the “Trick Window” has arisen in connection to a downgrading of our booking on the MV Ushuaia on a cruise, Visions of Antarctica in March of 2016. The responsible travel agent has represented the particular cabin precisely … There was a refurbishment on the ship last year and 212 no longer has an obstructed view.

Subsequently, Chimu represent that this statement was made in good faith on the advice and according to the information provided by their partner Antarpply.

In actual fact Antarpply appear to say that the particular cabin was always obstructed, but then go on to provide a trick photograph to illustrate that the view from the cabin is … well … not obstructed.

This focuses on the claim by Chimu that the MV Ushuaia was refurbished last year (meaning 2015) when this is clearly not the case, as Chimu claimed.

The amazing circumstance then has arisen that a tour company owning the MV Ushuaia, Antarpply, would then go to such devious lengths to distort the reality of a cabin with an obscured view. Not only has Antarpply deviously aimed their camera lens at an acute angle to render the view unobstructed, but it seems that they have actually removed the large storage cabinet to the left of the window to achieve such a distortion.

All really quite amazing to see the great lengths some travel industry operatives will stoop toward, to make a buck.

[1]Neil Wayne Northey (September 1916). Frank V. Chambers, ed. “The Angle of View of your Lens”. The Camera (Columbia Photographic Society) 20 (9).Window trick pictures only


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