Ramble Cloud

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jul 09 2010

Category: ocean travel

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Focal Length:135mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Containers and Dry Bulk

You can’t really see it at the resolution presented here, but the top ship has “RAMBLE CLOUD” painted on its front. One I had seen earlier in the day was named “HAPPY CLOUD.” They sound like playful cartoon characters in a kid’s show about a bunch of ships in a family named Cloud. Think Thomas the Train Engine, but on an even more industrial scale and with massive water vessels. bleak water conditions, thick smog, and… well this is a cartoon so they’d probably exclude all of that in exchange for happy and prosperous fishermen and squeaking dolphins.

Looking at this shot it appears very solid and unmoving. The ships are anchored after all. But it was shot within about a one second window as the ship I was on blew past these two. One second too soon and the front ship would be much further out. One too late and the upper ship would be forward. While these aren’t necessarily bow to bow even, they still look well balanced against each other.

Notice how the further ship is significantly grey-er. The light is the same on both, sunlit from behind, but the air was thick enough to render the further ship much more, how should we say, lighter in value due to aerial diffusion?

Finally, check out the barcode like horizontal lines in the water lining the right side of the frame. I bet that’s the leftover paths from previous ships. Could be some wind stuff to. I don’t remember, I was focused on the Ramble Cloud and the Zhen Yu 69.

Right outside of the port of Xiamen in China (go to maps.google.com and search “xiamen, china” – the port is just up to the left from the “A” pin)

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