November 6, 2013 … cruising with a heavy lifter

My fondness for ships and the sea has been discussed before.

Though the weather was fine yesterday, I didn’t have any great plans when I set out. Heading towards the city I noticed the presence of a cruise liner, the Sun Princess (77, 441 GT, 1,950 passengers). Since the advent of global paranoia it is no longer possible for the ordinary citizens to get anywhere near ships. In my school days, the shipping lines would grant a visitor pass to anyone who asked. What better advertising could they have than letting people see what they were missing?

Sun Princess in Wellington

The cruising season is just getting under way (this is the fourth since winter). The Hikitia is the dark grey shape ahead of the Sun Princess.

So I went up the hill to Wilton, and from the twists and turns of Barnard Street, looked down on the port. The ship itself is handsome enough, of its type. I took a straight picture, and noticed the presence of the floating crane Hikitea moored just ahead of the liner. Hikitea is capable of lifting up to 80 Tonnes and in 1926 sailed under her own steam, with the jib up, from Glasgow to Wellington. Her delivery voyage lasted 82 days.

Zooming in on the Sun Princess

I quite like the effect

I decided to experiment with the images of the bigger ship, and began zooming during exposure. Using my very solid tripod for stability, and to stay focused on a specific point on the ship, I made some slow exposures.

Beam me up, Scotty

Perhaps this is how the Bermuda triangle works?

Seeking a more dramatic effect, I put the neutral density filter on the camera and with the shutter speed slowed down to almost half a second could get a more extreme range of zoom during the exposure.

And that’s really all I did yesterday


About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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