Big Chains

© Dan W. Dooley

Big Chains

Uploaded: September 15, 2010 16:21:51


It takes strong anchor chains to hold a huge battleship in place. Battleship Missouri. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm. 1/400 sec. f/14. ISO 400. EC -2/3

Exif: F Number: 14, Exposure Bias Value: -0.67, ExposureTime: 1/400 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 11.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Christine Lobsinger level-classic September 15, 2010

SMILING #1308583

Dan W. Dooley September 16, 2010

Thanks Chris. There is not a "crew" as such since this ship has now been decommissioned and is serving as a memorial. The last time she saw active duty was in the first Gulf War. She is equipped with modern misile systems which were used at that time in the war. Battleship Missouri is best known for the site of the signing of the Japanese surrender which ended WWII. Yes, we did get a guided tour. I have several more photos but I don't want to fill up my BP gallery with just the one subject. I'll be creating my own gallery on line as soon as I get through all of the processing of the hundreds of shots I made on the trip. #8908324

Jane Tweedy September 21, 2010

Love the persepective, really emphasises your point of how big the chains are. Well done. #8922861

Dan W. Dooley September 21, 2010

Thanks Jane, #8922871

Arthur Bohlmann September 22, 2010

Nice image Dan, gotas love the wideangle lense for great DOF #8923957

Dan W. Dooley September 22, 2010

Thanks Art. Of course it presents some challenges in the way of perspective angles and lean. Oh well. :-) #8923960

Jeanie L DeNuzzio September 22, 2010

Very Nice :D #8924734

Dan W. Dooley September 22, 2010

Thanks Jeanie, #8924737

September 23, 2010

Yeah you never wanna be around if the anchor chain doesn't catch :) Or a line snaps...
Nice symmertry Dan! I love ships! #8926433

Janet Dietz September 24, 2010

Or, when those guns were firing! Very awesome display of power. Ditto all the above!! #8926584

Dan W. Dooley September 24, 2010

Thanks Samantha and Janet. You can sense the history and the power. These guns were last fired in the battle to free Kuait in the first Gulf War. #8927101

Larry M. Mercer September 24, 2010

Nice work Dan. The composition is excellent - a piece of our history captured well. #8927144

Dan W. Dooley September 24, 2010

Thanks Larry, #8927182

Greg Rhodes September 24, 2010

Dan: Of the two shots you entered, this is definitely the stronger. The other one (the Honolulu aerial) seems flat to me..I want to boost the contrast, saturation, etc. It looks like you have done that with this photo, the chains really pop...nice contrast. My only picky comment is the clutter to the right of the boat...a little distracting, but I don't know what you could have done there...except move right, but then you lose the symmetry of the chains and the guns. Also, the tower behind the guns, could you include all of that? Maybe it was too tall. It just feels a little cutoff. #8927840

Dan W. Dooley September 24, 2010

Greg, thanks for the comments. The shot out of the airplane window will not be as "contrasty" as some may desire due to the distance involved and the fact that I was shooting through the glass of the airplane window. We all have different taste in elements such as contrast, etc. I have a bias against stronger contrast and will rarely ever do anything to unnaturally add contrast.

I actually will work to lower contrast much of the time and thus the result on the chains picture. This shot is not cropped and I was as far back as I could go and remain on the deck and my lens was down to 11mm so it was not possible to capture the main area of the subject which was the captsans and chains and still have all of the superstructure. So what is seen here is what the lens saw. As to the objects to the right, they were in the scene and I am one of those who will rarely remove objects within a scene unless the end result photo is intended to be an "art object" or something of that sort. So I guess what I am trying to say is that the results on both shots are the result of intentional work. Realizing, of course that we all have our own technique preferences and taste. :-) #8927874

Greg Rhodes September 24, 2010

Thanks for the quick reply, Dan. I was not suggesting removing that clutter in post-processing. I try not to do that much either. You are absolutely right about all of us having different tastes regarding contrast, saturation, etc. I find I like many of my images better if I add a little boost. I struggle with all that. How much to add, how much to tweak. Part of the fun and the challenge. #8927943

Debra N. Miller September 25, 2010

Great shot Dan. I love the perspective and the size in the foreground certainly makes the entire photo for me. #8928701

Dan W. Dooley September 25, 2010

Thanks Debra. A wide angle lens can certainly enhance the perspective of a scene. Both a good and not so good thing. Tends to also lean things which are sometimes easy to correct and sometimes not. It certainly did enhance the affect of the size of the foreground. #8928714

Debra N. Miller September 25, 2010

You're welcome. I agree, although I absolutely love my wide angle lens it can make things lean and sometimes make you feel a bit dizzy while taking photos. Not necessarily a good think when hiking a mountain (LOL). My husband kept reminding me while climbing Cadillac Mountain not to get so close to the edge. Sometimes you just don't realize. #8928757

Dan W. Dooley September 25, 2010

Or as the little tag on the mirror says, "objects in view are closer than they appear" LOL #8928903

Sarah G September 25, 2010

Great image. The perspective is great. #8929636

Dan W. Dooley September 25, 2010

Thanks Sarah, #8929639

Sarah G October 15, 2010

Congrats!! #8972001

Dan W. Dooley October 15, 2010

Thanks Sarah :-) #8972042

Merna L. Nobile October 18, 2010

Every month, with our camera in hand, we go out and find what we hope will be the “winning photo.”
Those of us that don’t get recognized, just continue to search for that special image, until one day the Congratulations come pouring in from some of the best artist and friends anyone could image.
So to the Better Photo winners for the month of September, I congratulate you on a job so well done.
My very best to all of you, Merna Nobile

Dan W. Dooley October 18, 2010

Thanks Merna. That's what makes it interesting and challenging. #8981396

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