At Sea

By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 16 2010

Category: ocean travel

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Focal Length:18mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Cargo Stacked High

Oh the lines!  There are rigid repeating verticals, crossed diagonals, a long curving whip-like path, and on and on.  See the pattern created by the shadow cast on the deck by the railing. The structural steel pieces at the bottom in the darkness.  It’s really a mess of geometry on board, while the sky is clouded and vague and the sea filled with infinite waves upon waves.

There’s a fun bit of scale here too once you think about what you’re seeing.  The stacking of the containers count up from three to four to five as you look further back.  (the ship is capable of stacking 8 containers high, in addition to the up-to 13 containers stacked below deck) Imagine a human standing by the last containers there.  They’d make it about 2/3 the way up one of them.  Tiny. Those little waves breaking off of the boat there… well, they’re not little.

Finally, note how the railing of the ship flies off the left side of the frame.  This is mostly due to it getting closer and closer to the camera, not to it taking a dramatic leap into the unknown.  Just a strange quirk of scale I suppose.

No land in sight, and not anytime soon either.

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