As we started on this cruise of the Grenadine Islands, the sun was setting. When we cleared the wind shadow of Barbados, the passengers were invited onto the deck to watch the sails being raised to inspiring music. We were sailing on the world’s largest sailing ship, the Royal Clipper. This 5-mast sail cruiser can accommodate 228 passengers and 106 crew. With 42 sails, totalling some 5,000 m2, the boat can move at an exciting 20 knots without the engines.
This is a completely relaxed affair, with no organized entertainment, no smart dressing and easy-going meal times with no fixed seating. A naturalist joins passengers in snorkeling and diving, the captain loves to talk to the passengers about sailing and Passengers can climb to the first crow's nest on each mast to enjoy the view, (shown up the foreground mast.)
Although at first glance the ship appears entirely traditional, she is equipped with the very latest in advanced technology and materials. As a result, operation is simple, and the vessel requires relatively little maintenance. The masts are made from tapering steel tubes, to which the entire rigging is attached. All sails are raised, lowered and positioned from the security of the deck by skilled sailors who use power winches and hand controlled horizontal and vertical power furling. The complete rigging is hydraulic remote controlled from several control stations on deck. The ship is fitted with a special ballast system to help the ship ride smoother and not list in high winds. For more specific information, this is the link.
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pauloog (11751) 2010-01-16 7:03
You created a wonderful play of lines and forms, doubled by a fabulous play of light, well done.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-01-16 7:03
An unusual blue hour subject and angle that catches interest, reasonable sharpness for a hand held shot, I like it
Urs (14082) 2010-01-16 7:58
An absolutely brilliant idea and perfect execution with very high saturation and sharpness. The color hues are excellent and the light management is superb. I really like it a lot
Best regards and have a nice weekend
denisn72 (8300) 2010-01-16 8:17
What a stunning point of view! The deep blue sky makes an incredible background for the masts and sails. Interesting colours and excellent sharpness. That's a different picture and oan original work! Cheers!
Modeste (638) 2010-01-16 8:49
An excellent technical work, with a smart use of deformations and perspectives.
bracasha75 (24589) 2010-01-16 9:22
Wow ,what a intresthing view on sky thry this full sails!!!!!!!!!Amaizng work and idea.Very sharp and realistic picture
Thanks for sharing
bartekp (4746) 2010-01-16 12:05
Good POV and supreb idea. The coloro of skye is beatiful.
Have a nice evening,
Ninello52 (7576) 2010-01-16 12:17
Ottima intuizione questo POV! L'effetto grafico è molto particolare ed interessante, fantastico il blu del cielo, belle le luci che disegnano le vele!
jwmunro (286) 2010-01-16 13:23
Hello Pat -
This is really different and the colors are just gorgeous! I had to study this a bit to figure what is going on and what's up. The odd composition and framing is not a drawback - I think it is rather unique and made me think a little more to appreciate the image. I normally do not read the notes until I have taken in the image that is why it took some time and brain power to figure this out. I think this is what we should strive for when composing after we have taken the classic shot. Well done!
A touch of spring here in the valley today, but there is a storm on the horizon according to the SF stations. I hope all is well with you and Larry.
Thank you for sharing.
macondo (19564) 2010-01-16 22:15
Wow, what a stunner this is. I don't know how you managed to get such sharpness from a relatively slow exposure and large aperture. The colours are superb. Beautifully done to make such a beguiling pattern of the sails and ropes. Great note too; sounds like a wonderful cruise. I'd love to see this vessel under full sail.
PS greenies have run out
danos (98487) 2010-01-17 0:57
Oh what a view of this sailing boat! Lucky the passengers of the world’s largest sailing ship,to cruise the Caribbean Grenadines.Impressive the POV with the masts and the sails to outlined against the blue sky.Informative your note too.
feather (51130) 2010-01-17 2:35
I saw this beauty last night but was spent up for the day. What a gorgeous image Pat; a most unusual blue hour shot with excellent exposure and a steady hand! Watching this with the music playing must have been a spine-tingling sight, which you re-live when you see this image. Very well done.
JCG (35129) 2010-01-17 6:06
I hope that you did not have stiff neck after this catch of sight !!! Superb management of the ambient lights and the colors of this splendid whole of aerofoils, I like much the graphic effect of the image and the good clearness. Original, well done Pat, cheer.
With all my friendships and very good Sunday,
Dyerco (10185) 2010-01-17 11:23
This truly an unusual and wonderful presentation of this sailing vessel. It is going to my favourites. I would have loved to have been there. The blue hour and the ship's lighting compliment each other so well and the angle adds a dynamic visual aspect to this image. TFS.
paura (47186) 2010-01-17 13:37
Uau! Very beautiful and interesting photo composition, Pat. A pure art photography. Well done!
xuaxo (6846) 2010-01-17 15:00
Your magical picture in a way agrees with your note about the high tech sailing ship.
In the whole, a very interesting post.
Angshu (56758) 2010-01-17 21:38
Indeed a fine view of the sails lit up with artificial light with the blue hour sky as the BG. Looking up, handheld,..considering this, I would say the sharpness is lovely! Must have been a great experience as I read your note!
delkoo (68) 2010-01-18 1:13
great POV, very original, I really like all the beautiful colours you've got here.
thrpy (46) 2010-01-18 4:54
Fantastic photo. I love that ship and the feeling you can get walking around the ship, especially early in the morning, I'd even forget where I left my coffee. Great job catching the intensity of the colours.
Waylim (25502) 2010-01-18 12:47
What a fantastic trip this must be, not on a typical cruise liner. The sail boat gives much more class and tradition, not only that. Sail boat make much prettier photos. This is a great example. What a great POV this is and the light is dramatic set against the rich dark indigo blue sky. I feel like standing right there with you. Beautiful composition, rich color with great contrast and well managed light. Thanks Pat.
bona (13737) 2010-01-18 14:14
Hi Pat. The colors and shadows turn this boat in a surreal painting. Lovely image. the details are nice and the blue background contrast very well with the sail.
gneufeld (15890) 2010-01-18 18:39
Wow, what a crative shot - stunning colors and crisp sharp details. Good on you for this one. TFS. GErald
gunbud (34066) 2010-01-18 20:16
Interesting angle that you have shot this gigantic mast from.
Love how the golden lines blend with the beautiful night sky.
Very interesting note about this high speed craft.
s_lush (16134) 2010-01-18 23:01
Thanks for the wonderful virtual cruise you made for us with this beautiful image and comprehensive textual accompaniment in the note. Excellent lines, colors and lights, which reproduce the atmosphere of the cruise perfectly well. Great job!
josepmarin (58359) 2010-01-19 4:42
What a clever setting you have used in this capture.
The exposure in the blue hour is managed skillfully, the tilt of the framing and the low-angle shot give a great strength to the image of the illuminated sails and a nice contrast with the sky.
You have created a very beautiful composition and with a great artistic component.
It is a magnificent work.
Dashab (2564) 2010-01-19 14:20
An excellent blue-hour shot with a very inventive POV and great composition. Excellent light management and very nice colours. Looks like a fun thing to do, this cruise!
BelCan75 (2201) 2010-01-20 21:26
What a wonderful shot! I love this POV with the light playing on the sails and the blue hour timing is perfect! Great composition with wonderful light and details. Great work!
jafadabret (56501) 2010-01-21 9:34
C'est une photo d'une très grande beauté. C'est rare une photo d'un voilier la nuit. J'aime la magie qui se dégage du graphisme et des couleurs.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-01-22 4:34
It is an astounding image! and fantastic. The light with the dissimulated sources and the night beue are magic around this curvilinear forms. Really a beautiful image, made up with much of creativity and perfectly carried out. congratulations.
Have a nice day
CLODO (34546) 2010-01-23 1:50
It took me some seconds to understand your lovly picture.
Great colours and hues contrast and surprising horizontal picture.
delpeoples (58288) 2010-01-23 2:51
HI Pat, what a killer shot! Blue Hour, but BH with a difference. The POV is original, the lighted up sails just brreath-taking and the way you've filled the frame and used that amazing indigo sky is magnificent. Congratulations, it's stunning, Lisa
pablominto (53746) 2010-01-23 23:36
The point of view creates fine dynamic lines in the composition!
I also notice the special light on sails and rigging, creating almost an abstract feeling...
Stunning colours and the atmosphere on board this ship is well recorded!
hardyuno (4650) 2010-01-24 12:27
wow that's a fascinating perspective. I love these ships, and i've seen many four-mast ships, but never a five-mast in original. It must be a dream to sail on.
A very original picture, well done
Have a fine week, best wishes from Bavaria
sadeik (3282) 2010-01-25 9:52
I really like the abstract look of this especially as it is on its side and the blue is beautiful Simon
batalay (38933) 2010-01-25 16:40
This is an unusual and very beautiful photograph. So you were passengers on this remarkable tall ship! I remember now critiquing your photograph of the barque early last December. It was one of the finest images of a tall ship on Trekearth.
On the day that you posted this particular image, I was in Barbados where the Royal Clipper was in port, just as mine was. And just as day before I saw it Barbados, I had photographed it off the coast of Saint Lucia. Phil (Dyerco) had pointed that out in his comment on my first post.
westcoastgirl1 (666) 2010-01-27 17:31
Sounds like a trip of a lifetime. Lovely blue hour shot with a unique perspective of this boat. Great lighting and clarity considering the movement of the boat. I am looking forward to more of your pictures in Barbados.
Wahclellaspirit (4093) 2010-01-28 23:47
I am Jealous! I remember you telling me before you left of your trip/cruise, and this is an inspiring image that makes one want to set foot on the seas in this beautiful masted vessel. The detail of the rigging and sails,along with the deep blue sky is a demanding scene that warms the soul of many a seafarer.
kiks (12611) 2010-01-30 7:52
Hi Pat, your choice of angel is fantastic creating very graffic result and almost abstract. The blues and yellows are fantastic. How do you get such a blue?
jaywalker (16101) 2010-01-31 14:00
Hi Pat, Amazing deep blue creating a beautiful backdrop, the composition is excellent & I love the upwards looking POV, there is wonderful light on the sails & there is superb detail, kind regards Wilson.
avene (12675) 2010-02-01 10:01
stunning photo, Pat, I find the ink blue Carribean sky, golden light and sails work perfectly to remind why sailing feels so romantic, I can literally feel the warm breeze in my face. also, your photo once again proves that a smartly presented detail can better illustrate the "whole" than a boring wide-angle shot, the lines and details look so elegant here. great work, my compliments.
Ricx (13495) 2010-02-03 9:56
Hi Pat, This is a superb photo with the angles, lights and colours.. The dark blue back drop frames the sails beautifully. great photo and good note.. thanks foor sharing Rich
jusninasirun (17162) 2010-02-28 17:34
Beautiful blue hour shot and the light catches oon the sail is just stunning.
Well seen and frame with perfect exposure.
Well done and thanks for sharing.
macjake (68476) 2010-02-28 17:51
this is truly a gorgeous blue hour display, highlighted by the illuminated white flags.
tremendous appeal :)
emjleclercq (15780) 2010-03-11 14:31
I think I am familiar enoguh with square sails to recognize them even in thumbnail, and I was not mistaken here, even if the horizontal positionning is unusual.
With the bright backlight, and the blue hour, this makes a very nice geometrical composition.
All the best,
- Copyright: Pat Lim (plimrn) (21344)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-11-15
- Categories: Transportation
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/3 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Birthday Present
- Theme(s): Blue Hour, My favorite photos II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-01-16 6:58
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