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Photo 101: Scale & Observation

I have been living on Tybee over three years now and I am still fascinated by the massive size of the container ships that go up the river.  This is a photo taken yesterday afternoon of a container ship as it rounded a point on the island.  The ship is fairly close to the shore.  To determine scale look at the people on the beach (aka the tiny dots).  You can also look at each of the containers on the ship and recognize that they are semi truck trailers.

DSC_0179 (2)Here is an older close up of a container ship with a tug boat in front of it.  Perhaps it is even better to determine scale.  You can see the tug’s captain if you look closely in the window.


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Photo 101: Water and Orientation

Landscape or Portrait?  That is the question.  I find myself taking about 95% of my photos in landscape orientation.  Occasionally, for something tall and picky, (single humans, lighthouse, spiky plants) I will go portrait, but not otherwise,   Here are two boat shots that I took this afternoon.  Large container ships coming out of the Port of Savannah.  Let me know which you like better.

P.S. I was leaning toward the landscape (like always), but I think the portrait shows better here, perhaps because it is enlarged a bit more.

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Posted in boats, Georgia, photo challenge, photography, port, river, Savannah, ships, Tybee

Photo Challenge: Scale

The huge cargo ships that travel the Savannah River impressed me when I first saw them and continue to impress me today.  These ships are gigantic.  Each of the rectangles on the deck of the ship is a trailer from a semi-truck, giving you some sense of the size of the ship.  Seeing them up close and personal gives the best perspective.  The second shot of the tug in front of the cargo ship may provide an even better sense of scale.  You can see the tug pilot in the cabin.


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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Textures

Crabs and Oysters, oh my.  Here’s my two-fer on Textures.

First photo is a shot of the mud burrows of the fiddler crabs.  If you look closely on the right side of the picture you can see the crabs at work.

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The second photo is a close up of an oyster bed along the river bank.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Angular

Four very different options on angular.

The first is a picture of an angular walkway with a blue heron perched on the rail.


The second is piece of bamboo laying at an angle next to a butterfly.

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The third is a fishing boat with all kinds of angles for the masts and lines.


The final is a barge being pulled by a tug on the Savannah River.  The dredge creates a nice 45 degree angle.


Please let me which one you think is the most representative of the word “angular” and this challenge.

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Beach Birds

Today is a beautiful day on Tybee. The breeze is cool, the sky is a vivid blue and the sun is shining for the first time in days. Best of all the herons, seagulls and miscellaneous other birds are about. I wandered with camera. Here are a couple of my favorites from this morning.

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Doesn’t this heron seems to be saying, “You dare to approach the Queen!!!” ?

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Not the most elegant bird on the ground, but actually pretty impressive in flight.  Say hi to the turkey vulture.


Although I took this one the other morning.  This gull was so gracious about posing, he made the cut.