Ships, big and small

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Last time I was at the coast, I noticed three identical cargo ships, which I assumed were just waiting to get into the Port of Tyne. It’s quite common to see a few ships waiting out there. But I read a news story about them which was interesting – apparently their owner went out of business, leaving them in a floating state of limbo off the north east coast. Apparently they’re in the process of being sold, so they’ll probably be moving off at some point moderately soon.

So I though I’d go down with the big lens and see what I could do. First, here’s a general view at the wide end of my 16-55mm lens.

Ships

Ships

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/13
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 16mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 13 August, 2016
Location: 55° 1.0918′ 0″ N 1° 25.2063′ 0″ W

Now if you view the full size image (click on the one above) you might just be able to make out a vague speck to the right of the second ship from the right. Let’s take a closer look at the short end of the 100-400mm with the 2x teleconverter.

Size isn't everything

Size isn’t everything

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 200mm
ISO: 320
Taken: 13 August, 2016
Location: 55° 1.0948′ 0″ N 1° 25.23′ 0″ W

Oh, that speck looks like a boat some distance closer to the camera than the cargo ship which we can now appreciate is a wee bit on the large side. Shall we take a closer look at the boat? Some tiny one-man thing?

Who are you calling tiny?

Who are you calling tiny?

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/14
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 800mm
ISO: 1250
Taken: 13 August, 2016
Location: 55° 1.0947′ 0″ N 1° 25.2093′ 0″ W

Well, at the long end, that’s 800mm[1] we can see that while it’s not something I’d want to go to sea in, it’s not all that small – as you can judge from the standing figures at the rear.

All the above images are uncropped to offer a nice comparison of zoom ranges…