J S de Elcano in Galveston Harbor

J S de Elcano in Galveston Harbor

To quote from a Lighthouse Depot description of a model of this ship: Four-Masted Schooner Model…An Impressive 44″ In Length The Juan Sebastian de Elcano is a training ship for the Royal Spanish Navy. At 370 feet long, it is the third largest Tall Ship in the world. Built in 1927 in Cadiz, it is named after a 16th century explorer and captain of Magellan’s global fleet. Steel hulled and steel masted, a marvel of gilt and teak, ropework and canvas, with a crew polished to within an inch of their lives, the J S de Elcano is an impressive sight to happen on in Galveston harbor, right next to the Off-Shore Oil Rig Museum.

This shot uses the full wide end of the zoom on the H50 and shows all the distortions of the lens, compounded by the upward tilt of the camera, which placed the ship across the axis of all most all of the distortions. Still. The distortions might even add to the impression of size and the majestic sweep of this elegant vessel.

The light was just about perfect for this detailed shot.

Sony DSC H50 at full wide (31mm equivalent). F5.6 @ 1/640 @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

In Lightroom, some Recovery for the white highlights and the sky. Added Clarity and Vibrance in the Presence panel, and the Landscape sharpen preset.

From Galveston 2009.


Masthead Detail, J S de Elcano

Masthead Detail, J S de Elcano

2 Responses to “4/4/2009”

  1. 1 Lisa Polidora
    04/04/2009 at 6:55 am

    Beautiful shot Stephen! Everything is pretty much near perfect. The angle it was shot from is great.

  2. 04/04/2009 at 8:06 am

    I want you to know that I look forward to your Pic of the Day. You never disappoint me. This picture is especially interesting because of the angle. The distortion, rather than detracting from the picture, enhances it.

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