Over the Edge

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jun 05 2010

Category: ocean travel

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

Looking Forward

I came across this the other day whilst combing through most of what I shot aboard the Cortesia. It was one of the many that I had no recollection shooting when I happened upon it. The memory has since come back – I had squeezed myself under a very tight railing for support and had most of my torso out over the big blue. Do you think the ocean just looks like that all the time? Well yes, but what I’m getting at is the strong wind that causes the waves. I don’t remember if I had the camera strap on my wrist, though I wouldn’t be surprised if I didn’t. Something about holding it just feels better without it. Not from a comfort standpoint really. Well, kind of. You don’t have a wrist strap on your iPod or your Blackberry though. Ramble ramble ramble…

The most redeeming feature of it is definitely the perspective. To get ever so slightly beneath the deck and see the hull of the ship in all its steely glory. To see it up close before it bends upwards into this great wing that must help deflect monster waves or the Kraken or something. Something tells me it wouldn’t be much use against one of these guys though (click here). For a second interpretation of this monster, check this guy out (click here).

ENOUGH OF THE KRAKEN! This post was about to spiral into a kraken-fueled poor-attempt-at-humor-bender.

Next, check out that thing in the bottom right. It’s a piece of the bow of the ship that’s normally submerged about 5 feet, but in some larger rolling waves starts to surface. Pretty cool if I do say so myself, partly because that’s a massive amount of water getting pushed into a weird shape. I guess what I like most about it photographically is the oddity of it. It’s by no means the focus of the image, yet you eventually stumble upon and wonder.

Yadda yadda yadda, ocean, sky, container ships…

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