Royal Clipper Sailing ship under full sale on the Adriatic Sea. This was the ship I sailed on during my trip last fall.
D700 with 17-35 f/2.8 zoom @ 30mm. f/9, 1/500, ISO 200. Processed in Capture NX2.
This was a difficult shot to make as the lens had no VR capability to damp out the up and down and swaying motion of the tender I was on circling the ship. That was compounded by the other passengers who were crowding the tender sides to get off their shots as well.
Hi Rob thanks for the tourist joke. The crew on this ship was highly trained. The captain was Russian with over 30 years of experience on sailing ships. Yes they used the sails as much as they could, but of course have a powerful diesel engine to power the ship as necessary. The sails were up on most days and when they put them up they played very dramatic classical music - very moving. When we sailed through a few tough storms (we had port holes that looked like we were looking into a washing machine on the higher decks) they used the engines. They had a great stabilizer system so that during storms you didn't get tossed too much. When we pulled into ports, all eyes were on us rather than the monster cruise ships. This one held about 270 passengers, a bit too much for me, but I am glad I did this at least once.
Robert I have been thinking about your comment on tourists and have come to the conclusion that I am complaining too much about having to share. At least I was on a ship that the occupancy count was about 277, not 8000 and I should be thankful for that. I will no longer complain about the conditions I encounter from masses of tourists and will just accept it as part of what I have to consider the environment I operate in from my choices of travel. I have learned over the years to slim down my kit, linger back to let crowds thin and I am getting better at picking choice locations when I have to share with others. Even my little grandson knows you have to share. I just need to practice more patience.
Wow! That trip of yours must have been an investment you’ll not forget. The world’s only fully-rigged five-master in full sail. And glorious clouds too, excellent processing. Despite the crowds you managed to get the horizon where it belongs.
What about sail maneuvers? Did the crew climb on the yards, or was it all motorized from the deck? It may come as a surprise to you but in the 1930’s, when the rest of the world had got motorized, my tiny country had more tall ships in transport business than the rest of the world combined. It’s mind-blowing to read stories from those times, three-masted fully rigged frigates being sailed between Finland and Australia with only 16 men.
Antero it was a mixed trip including the sail boat. The trip I just finished to South America was the best trip I ever took. I was happy with many of my images from the clipper adventure.but some thingss on that trip were not up to standard . As far as sail maneuvers the sails were always up by the time I got topside. I did not see crew members climbing theyards and it looked like it was all done from the deck with ropes and pulleys that were motorized. I did not know that Finland had more tall ships in transport in the '30s. I never would have guessed that. My father when he was alive loved tall ships. I have a painting that he had, which was a gift from an illustrator, from Sweden I think, that my father had fed when he was down on his luck. It is a painting of a tall ship. The guy received a medal from the queen.
I am not so keen on ships, which is why I served in the Royal Air Force rather than the Royal Navy. However, I have to admit the thought of sailing on this one does intrigue me, especially with so many potential photo opportunities.
Do you not find that you feel the urge to photoshop out the life boat and those radomes and then give it a sepia treatment to make it into an old time classic sailing image?
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My tourist story. When I was on a tour boat in St Thomas, I found an uncrowded spot to take some shots. Before I could react, a couple came close to me and sprayed each other with sunscreen. I guess they didn't notice my D300 with my 24-70 F/2.8 lens.
Bob, this is absolutely beautiful! The over all lighting and back light on the sails is just awesome. Definitely a special image, hang it! But straighten the horizon before you do, it slopes to the right.
Charlie thank for your comments. I used the left hand horizon to straighten the image and that part is flat. perhaps if you use the right side it may give a different answer. As an old Air force man I can still appreciate a great tall ship. I have not had your interesting experience with ships though. It was the first time I sailed on one. As far as TSA only at the airport leaving and returning to San Francisco. The tour started in Verona and the ship left from Venice. It has been a long time since I went to Alaska and when I did it was part land part ship. I have never done it driving myself. I do like car trips though as I get to control the agenda.
Bob, Just to be clear... The Alaska Marine Highway is a system of ferries. I boarded mine at Bellingham, WA. Scheduling late, I was only able to spend time in Ketchikan, but with my car. Having my car there made all the difference. If I had been on a cruise ship, I would have had a couple hours to look at/for Black Bears & Bald Eagles. Of course the time available to cruise ships wasn't close to the optimum time to see the Black Bears.
Got to see a spectacular sunset from a location & time not available to cruise ships. All this in the company of locals. I could only get a 4 person "stateroom" for just myself. I would love to see the 4 people that could survive each other in that small space. These ferries are not luxurious. Some people just sleep in lounge chairs, some pitch tents on deck. It was a blast for me.
Charlie thanks you for the updated info. If I head back that way, I will investigate this option, as it sounds like a great way to go. I am NOT a big fan of large cruise ships. In fact even the Royal Clipper with 270 passengers was too many people for me.
I did a number of things to bring out the best in the image. My usual routine is to check my selection of Picture Control and white balance, set B&W points, check contrast, capture sharpen and then look at the image for selective enhancements. In this case I added a polarization filter, lightened up the left of the ship a bit, both with a color control point and reflector effects, straightened the horizon (I just rechecked that and it was right on), used a variable ND filter to darken the sky slightly, but not much and then did a final sharpening. I tend to work on my images one at a time. I do not batch my processing as I don't believe in formula type processing, as I feel each image needs a careful review of what is right and wrong with the image and only selective processing is going to bring out the best and suppress the worst in an image. I also sometimes will play with an image using a variety of tools if I am trying to achieve some special look to enhance the drama of an image, though that I not often. I usually spend about 5 to 10 minutes max per image, usually closer to the 5 rather than the 10. If I have to make a trip to Photoshop then I am on the 10+ side of things.