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Old Apr 3, 2007, 10:35 PM   #1
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Here are three (yep, I'm in trouble now!) unrelated nautical shots with some or a lot of red.

The first is the paddlewheel of the sternwheeler Queen of the West. The Queen does week-long cruises up and down the navigible part of the Columbia River.



The next shot is the "Grand Staircase" in the atrium on board NCL America's "Pride of America" cruise ship.



Here is probably one of the most famous smokestacks in the world however no smoke passes through it anymore. Can you guess what and where it is?



OK, I'm ready for my threshing!

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Old Apr 3, 2007, 10:41 PM   #2
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Nice set.

I love the symmetry of shot 2;it'sa niceexception tothe rule of thirds.

Wild guess on 3, Queen Mary?
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Old Apr 3, 2007, 11:08 PM   #3
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Cal, i quite like #1. #3 is nice too, but could do with a tighter crop, to get rid of that guy's head at the bottom.

#2 is quite interesting, but seems a bit underexposed at the top? It seems like maybe the flash was used (correct me if i'm wrong), i probably wouldn't have done so and opted for a longer shutter speed instead. Really like the composition, though!!
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Old Apr 3, 2007, 11:09 PM   #4
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Bingo! It is the Queen Mary, now a hotel in Long Beach harbor. Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" used to be on display in a white geodesic dome right next to the ship but has since moved to the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, OR.

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I like #1, Cal. One can still marvel at the ingenuity of the paddlewheel for locomotion.
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Old Apr 4, 2007, 9:49 AM   #6
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The paddlewheelers of today are slightly different from the ones in the past. The old style had large wood drive rods that connected from a crank on the side of the wheel directly to steam pistons. The modern wheels are drivin by hydraulic moders attached to the hub of the wheel. There are also some that use a rotating driveshaft connected to a gearbox on the hub. The paddlewheel in this photo has the hydraulic motor.

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Old Apr 5, 2007, 7:46 AM   #7
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I am also partial to shot #2. I love symentry and often have to fight the urge when I take photos. Kind of like stepping out of my comfort zone.
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