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Old May 29, 2010, 12:11 AM   #1
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The Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain came to visit the local State park this week. Some lucky people got to go out and ride around but by the time I got free from work they were starting to wrap it up.

I had some time to watch them sail around a bit and luckily take a few shots of them. There was quite a breeze which made it a little tough hold the E500 steady. Especially with that 70-300 sticking out in front, the monopod seemed to help a little.

The shy was pretty blah with a couple of small blue patches so I put on the polarizer to try and punch it up a bit. All that did though was cut down on light and my shutter speed.

Did get a few keepers, not gallery shots but of some interest to me.

1. Lady W
2. Hawaiian Chieftain
3. Both of them with an exchange of cannon fire (Which of course I missed..!)
4. Now which string was I supposed to pull..???
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Old May 29, 2010, 1:11 AM   #2
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Nice shots. The Tall Ships have been to Tacoma twice but never when I've had a camera/lens combo do them any justice. Hopefully next time I'll be able to capture some shots like these. I'm quite jealous.

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Thanks John.
Quiet in here this weekend, maybe it's raining all over the world...
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Hey Ken,

My apologies for missing your post the first time around! I love those tall ships. Here on the East Coast, they do come around in the summer but not nearly often enough.

Anyways, I like your shots. very nice.

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No need to apologize. I though everyone was into hotdogs burgers and beer this week end.
Mmmmm Food!

Had to try and remember how to set up the camera!!! Only just made it in time. before they left
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Those are great. I love the old ships and you did a great job in photographing them. What a time in life that era must have been, especially if you were a sailor.
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True Eric and thanks

Funny, I'd just watched "Master and Commander" The Russel Crow movie the other night, for the 3rd time.

I'm just in the throes of painting my old sailboat ready for the season but mine is only 26 feet but I don't need a crew to get out there. I'll get some pics of that when I'm done.
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Nice shots, Ken. Looking at those guys in the rigging make you realize what a tough job it was to be a sailor on those old ships.
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Nice shots, Ken. Looking at those guys in the rigging make you realize what a tough job it was to be a sailor on those old ships.
Especially when you realize that sailors weren't taught how to swim, until the US Navy started doing that well into the 20th century. In fact in the times of sail-powered warships the British Navy specifically didn't want their sailors to know how to swim, since they got the sailors by kidnapping them (using "press gangs") and they didn't want them to escape when the ship was at anchor in port.

Those really are great photos, Ken.

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...........and they didn't want them to escape when the ship was at anchor in port
I did not know that, thanks Ted........ everyday I learn something reading this forum.
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