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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Nippon Highway en route to the sea

Nippon Highway en route to the sea - Astoria, Oregon, by Sheryl Todd The Nippon Highway, an automobile carrier, makes its way past Astoria headed for the mouth of the Columbia River and the open sea on July 17, 2009. I at first hoped to capture the size and bulk of this ship by showing the full, grey body, but it quickly became a silhouette to my camera as it eased past my location. Instead, I got something I hadn't even looked for - the reflection of the light off the water on the slanted plane of the hull and the gray-on gray cloud bank, so typical of the weather on the river. The sky was gray even clouds in that direction at the end of the day, but you can clearly see the fog bank rolling in with its shaded patterns over Cape Disappointment in Washington.

If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see the railing in the open space at the bow of the ship, which will give some idea of scale. I'm using this photo as my submission for the "Weather" theme on ShutterDay. Link on over and see more photos of weather.


Jacob said...

This is stunning...the reflection is stunning...the size of the ship is stunning and we get a sense of that comparing it to the bridge or causeway in the background. All in all, a superb photo!

Don and Krise said...

You're right. We don't really need to see the rest of that giant to figure out how big it really is. Superb shot. I like everything about it.

Anonymous said...

It's not a container ship.

It's an automobile carrier

Small City Scenes said...

HUGE!!! I love taking pictures of these huge guys. I just am not as close as your are. I was on Whidbey thursday and watch a container ship come on over the horizon and the chug its way down Admiralty Inlet towards Seattle. great pastime. MB

AB said...

What a monster!

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