One of several 'Disneyesque' pirate boats, that shuttle tourists back & forth between the small town of Moto Hakone & the Togendai wharf on Lake Ashi (noko).
"Lake Ashinoko (芦ノ湖, Ashinoko) was formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone, after the volcano's last eruption 3,000 years ago. Today, the lake with Mount Fuji in the background is the symbol of Hakone."
If you look carefully, you'll spot a Japanese flag, rather than a Jolly Roger flag with skull & crossbones!
I bought a package ticket in Odawara that included this, so thought I may as well use it, to get to & from Okakudani cablecar & lookout over Mt Fuji, even though such kitsch attractions don't normally interest me.
I've added a workshop, showing a wider angled view of the lake, taken from inside the bg building at right. There was no outdoor lookout, so I had to repair some reflections off the glass. I thought it was more important to get the fg pier uncropped in camera, than the upper flag on the boat, which would have meant cutting the fg pier in half. Taken from a moving boat too, with little time to compose & shoot.
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mirosu (16273) 2012-05-02 1:34
Wonderful image. Very nice with great sharpness, amazing colors, details and DOF. But you should not cut the top of the ship.
dkmurphys (62947) 2012-05-02 1:36
Wonderful ship in great colors and details. I like it, well captured!
Royaldevon (41909) 2012-05-02 1:38
I smile at the ingenuity of entrepreneurs to interest us and persuade us to part with our money. But, honestly, what a great way to travel across the water! With props like this, the mind's imagination can do the rest!
Yes, it is a pity that you lost the top of the masts but, as you explain, unavoidable. Apart from that, it is well composed, eye-catchingly colourful and a fine dof.
Have a great day,
jhm (158016) 2012-05-02 2:27
A lovely decoration of the ship, nice placed beside the pier.
Very high quality and sharpness picture.
Composition and presentation are pleasant. TFS.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-05-02 2:43
A nice ornate ship. The ship is very carefully crafted. I like the combination of red, white and golden colors. Very nicely presented with a beautiful view.
Miguel82 (27658) 2012-05-02 4:22
Beautiful boat, jetty and nice place around
fine colors and excellent sharpness
Budapestman (82620) 2012-05-02 5:18
a spectacular photo from this attractive boat, the composition is superb, beautiful colours and lovely details, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
timecapturer (49288) 2012-05-02 5:52
"a-ha me hearties" - this looks so un-Japanese but I suppose all countries succumb to the whims of the tourist in the end. Shame they do not fly the Skull and Crossbones flag just to give that extra touch of authenticity. Looks immaculate and you have captured it superbly. Interesting and evocative image.
Regards - Brian.
Sergiom (86177) 2012-05-02 6:55
Un peu bébelle comme bateau, mais pourquoi pas. A tout le moins, il attire le regard à cause de ses couleurs et de ses formes. Une belle construction d'image.
pierrefonds (69873) 2012-05-02 7:29
The distance between the boat and the mountain is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the pirate boat. The afternoon light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
jjcordier (79297) 2012-05-02 10:43
Je suis étonné de trouver ce bateau-pirates pour touriste ici, mais pourquoi pas? je crois que j'ai une petite préférence quand même pour la vue large de ton WS sur ce très beau lac.
rychem (40810) 2012-05-02 11:33
What a colorful boat, very attractive, great colors and sharp details
jusninasirun (17162) 2012-05-02 20:34
This is a well crafted ship looking like the one belonging to Captain Hook :-)
Nice details and fine day with beautiful sky.
Thanks and have a nice day.
emka (104334) 2012-05-02 23:58
These pirate ships on the lake Ashinoko! Very kitchi but funny. I also had such ticket with some attractions, and why not, made a trip with it. (and on my boat was also a pirat climbing!). You were more fortunate with the weather here. It rained whan I was and I haven't seen mount Fuji :((. Thanks for the memories
delpeoples (59482) 2012-05-03 3:47
Yeah it does look like the Disney ship. So lovely and colourful. I like how you've positioned it so close to the right hand side of the frame, although finf it a little too cropped at the top. Anyway, a photo with great colours, light and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
Cricri (123866) 2012-05-03 6:27
Un style attractif de ce bateau de pirates pour touriste
beaucoup de détails et de couleurs, belle complémentaire en WS