The Panama Canal is a 77-kilometre (48 mi) ship canal in Panama that joins the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. Built from 1904 to 1914, the canal has seen annual traffic rise from about 1,000 ships early on to 14,702 vessels in 2008. In total, over 815,000 vessels have passed through the canal. It has been named one of the seven modern wonders of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The concept of a canal in Panama dates to the early 16th century. The first attempt to construct a canal began in 1880 under French leadership, but was abandoned after 21,900 workers died, largely from disease (particularly malaria and yellow fever) and landslides. The United States launched a second effort, incurring a further 5,600 deaths but succeeding in opening the canal in 1914. The U.S. controlled the canal and the Canal Zone surrounding it until the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties provided for the transition of control to Panama. From 1979 to 1999 the canal was under joint U.S.–Panamanian administration, and from 31 December 1999 command of the waterway was assumed by the Panama Canal Authority, an agency of the Panamanian government.
As our ship traveled through the Canal, there was evidence that a second set of locks will be built to actually double the capacity of the Canal. The scene here is our ship approaching the first lock in conjunction with the another large cruise ship.
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yanastallerova (20) 2011-11-20 21:13
I have never been on a cruise ship nor seen one
this close up, let alone two! What a unique
opportunity you have afforded me with the intriguing
And to see those locks in action is a rare treat.
Those ships are quite extraordinary, like massive
pieces of floating architecture.
Thanks very much for this engaging view into locks and cruise ships.
With my compliments,
prasun984 (5590) 2011-11-20 21:34
lovely framing by the two ship rested at the harbor area with a great chosen POV...like the design of the ships...
good exposure controlled with nice color contrast & sharpness...
good informative Note also...
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-11-21 2:03
It is a very impressive spectacular photo. Excellent composition nettte and deep. Bravo.
Have a nice day
rodgerg (55767) 2011-11-21 3:47
An orginal presentation of this famous canal, original and very efficience POV and framinfg The large prospect open and the repetition of elements give an image very dynamic, full of rythm
ikeharel (67205) 2011-11-21 4:01
Those cruise-ships are so enormouse in size, that it is overwhelming sight, Roger.
A well premeditated shot, good depth and details collected.
snunney (94885) 2011-11-21 4:13
The point of view is well chosen to give a superb perspective down the length of the cruise ships. However, there is some evidence of over-exposure, particularly at the far end, and the image lacks sharpness in my eyes.
adramad (43115) 2011-11-21 8:23
A very original great scene with this great perspective given by the two liners, creating the effect of a corridor with the spring, this gives you a great DOF to the image, is a great POV as you show us this picture of the channel. Spectacular photo, I like it.
Have a good day.
PaulVDV (26682) 2011-11-21 14:39
You captured a very interesting scene at the famous Panama canal. It must be a huge task to make it possible that these enormous cruise ships can enter the canal.
The many blue terraces of the ship's cabins provide a nice graphical effect.
Best regards, Paul
baddori (20113) 2011-11-21 14:54
Una sfilata di balconcini delle suites delle cabine. Due giganti tagliano Panama.
Le navi affiancate danno una impressione inusuale e potente .
vasilpro (41215) 2011-11-22 10:45
Wonderful composition, excellent POV, interesting view with the two giant cruise ships in Panama canal, useful notes, beautiful colors, very nice framework, TfS!
jaycee (25) 2011-11-22 16:52
Really nice shot! When we went thru the Canal years ago it was one ship at a time. I'll never forget - we followed a Celebrity ship and it was fascinating. Thanks for the memories!
paololg (31448) 2011-11-25 16:14
Ciao dear Roger,
interesting perspective, you have had a really great idea to capture the two ships at anchorage, getting an infinite depth. The scene is curious and pleasantly animated by people that watch the docking of the ship. Excellent shot, congrats!
Ciao, have a nice weekend!
macjake (64704) 2011-12-02 20:03
I have yet to go on a cruise in my lifetime, but i will at some point.
what i like about this one are the repetitive patterns on the right side. All the cubicles!
it makes for a very interesting visual.
enjoy your weekend
COSTANTINO (62669) 2012-05-18 21:46
panoramic capture of this canal
excellent chosen point of view
it is an impressisve spectacular photo
have a nice week end
- Copyright: Roger Edgington (edge) (6769)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-03-11
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 7 D, Canon 17-55mm 2.8 USM IS, 77mm Hoya Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-11-20 18:05