Sailing through the narrow Kiel Canal I encountered the small petroleum tanker, Mozart, suitable for the canal but not very economical in the open seas where supertankers criss-cross the waterways. I had no reason to take the photo other than for its name. To hear background music as an accompaniment to the experience of sailing through the canal, click on the Andante Movement of the Piano Concerto No. 21.
The 100 km (62 miles) long Kiel Canal slices through the Jutland Peninsula, linking Brunsbüttel in the North Sea to Kiel-Holtenau in the Baltic. Transiting the canal saves an average of 460 kilometers (250 miles) over circumnavigating the Jutland Peninsula. Accordingly, there is a substantial reduction of time and fuel expenditure, as well as the avoidance of sailing through potentially dangerous storm-ridden open seas. The canal is said to be the most heavily used artificial seaway in the world, with over 43,000 vessels transiting it annually.
Excavation of the canal began near Kiel in June 1887 and took 9000 workers eight years to build. On June 21, 1895, Kaiser Wilhelm II officially opened the canal for transiting from Brunsbüttel to Holtenau. In order to meet the increasing traffic and the demands of the German Navy, between 1907 and 1914 the canal was widened. The Treaty of Versailles concluding WWI opened the canal to international shipping while leaving it under German administration. In 1936, however, Hitler, rejected the canal’s international status, closing it to international traffic. After the end of WWII, the canal was again opened to international traffic.
I’ve had the pleasure of sailing through the canal once in 1990 on the cruise ship the Royal Viking Sun, and twice during the summer of 2010 on the Seabourn Sojourn. This photograph was shot on July 2, 2010, from the stern of the Seabourn Sojourn as it traveled west, from Kiel, the last port of call in the Baltic, en route to Dover, England, in the North Sea.
To see a previous post showing the waters click on Kiel Canal.
PS. A final word: I was standing on a mid-level deck of the Seabourn Odyssey, an elegant cruise ship that holds 450 passengers. In shooting this photo I adjusted the 18-70 Nikkor lens to capture this frame without any post-cropping whatsoever. It was the tight fit that I had in mind.
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serp2000 (45828) 2017-01-14 8:54
Just a symphony! Or the concerto for the petroleum pipes. Excellent shot, Bulent! Fine diagonal composition, splendid colors and very informative note! Best wishes! Serghei
ikeharel (78161) 2017-01-14 8:57
Magnificent picture of the Mozart ship, Bulent, its red and white fabulous colors contrast well to green and grey.
The vessel looks as specially designed to canals cruising, narrow and long.
An oblique POV from above, show well the bank and houses, superbly taken and wonderfully composed.
My best regards,
jhm (159863) 2017-01-14 9:05
Kiel an old base for war ships during WW II.
You took this boat on a wondeful way.
Create depth and perspective but also a lovely panorama about the area.
Composition and presentation are superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Tue (43370) 2017-01-14 9:09
I crossed the Canal quite a few times on my way to Denmark. Excellent photo of this ship, which makes a very nice diagonal right across the photo. Its red colours are very appealing and also the green in the background is well-saturated.
holmertz (59006) 2017-01-14 9:43
There could be many reasons for a photo. "Mozart" is one, "No smoking" could be another ;-). A red and white boat passing closely on a dark canal lined with lush green vegetation could be a third reason, maybe the best. Not to mention the chance of making a composition based on diagonals.
Have a nice weekend.
COSTANTINO (69566) 2017-01-14 10:38
Hello dear Bulent and have a nice time
and a happy Sunday
I love the boats the fishing and the sea
looking at this small petroleum tanker
memories come into my mind from my
summer holidays with the greek ships
travelling all over the Aegean sea
this vessel looks as has been designed
for this canal
papagolf21 (109124) 2017-01-14 10:43
Bonsoir, cher Bulent,
Cela doit ętre impressionnant de voir passer un cargo de cette taille, il possčde un joli nom qui incite ŕ écouter de la musique.
Excellent rendu général.
cornejo (46680) 2017-01-14 10:59
Hello Bulent, very good photograph of this interesting boat sailing through the northern channels, very well captured in this interesting image, with good clarity, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Affectionate greetings from the south of Spain.
emka (106570) 2017-01-14 15:00
Hello Bulent, Nice picture of this small red tanker. Also the man are in red, very eye catching. like many white lines on it. All looks very neat. And of course it is nice to see the name - Mozart. Thanks for the link, I like this concert very much, one of my favorites,
Kind regrads from Paris MAlgo
bukitgolfb301 (45107) 2017-01-14 16:33
Hi dear Bulent
So stunning transportation image in the perfect framework. Outstndingly vivid and sharp presentation from rear to front is so astonishing. I like this vivid color touch too.
Will you come to Japan?
All the best and have a good day! Takero
lousat (97487) 2017-01-15 1:12
Hi Bulent,curious name for a petroleum boat,usually the classic musician name are dedicated to the luxury cruise boat..heheh...a perfect capture from above very sharp and bright with an excellent close up in the WS too,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,LUCIANO
kasianowak (10401) 2017-01-15 1:17
I really like your chosen pov. The ship looks great from this bird's eye view perspective. The houses in the background add a sense of place.
dta (82278) 2017-01-15 2:42
Hello Bulent ,
From this high POV , the view of this interesting red ship in diagonal is really attractive .
macjake (72427) 2017-01-15 2:48
i wish we could see more photos like this one on TE, they are wonderful subjects to capture and to view.
look how bold and beautiful this beast is! love the red and white color combination, and the green trees add a lot as well. smart cut and crop to make the ship stand out even more, and the angle of it is perfect too. so much to appreciate here. cheers
Silvio1953 (152779) 2017-01-15 5:58
Ciao Bulent, lovely composition with beautiful boat, excellent perspective, good clarity, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (106222) 2017-01-15 10:06
A very nice ship.
Excellent POV and composition.
I like colors and sharpness.
Nice sunday afrternoon.
GFSSD-1 (4298) 2017-01-15 14:11
Değerli hocam merhaba,
hem faydalı notunuzu hem de güzel fotografınızı gıpta ile izliyorum.
Maalesef TE de not yazma kusurluyum, hep admin den ikaz geliyor.
Ama siz hem yazınsal hem de görsel bir şölenle işi bitirmişsiniz, tebrikler
Royaldevon (43265) 2017-01-17 6:32
You created a fine composition in the camera, without any need for editing!
The ship is big, sharp and perfectly positioned on a diagonal across the frame.
You do get some glorious opportunities for photography.
How long do you manage to spend at home each year?
My warm regards,
PiotrF (22898) 2017-01-20 15:59
Interesting capture of this red tanker with good point of view.
Very well composed with perfect clarity and fine details.
pierrefonds (71037) 2017-01-31 15:19
You have captured well the movement of the ship. The point of view is showing the details of the cargo ship. The light has a good effect on the colours. Have a nice day.
kordinator (22485) 2017-02-17 1:15
I do not really distinguish the type of of ships, but I learned a lot from your text.
I can say that I liked a lot of visual pictures, this small petroleum tanker is wonderful.
The perfect composition of a write how it was made without cropping the pospročešu this gives even more importance.
Earlier I was not paying attention, that you photo equipment, Nikon D200 is an excellent camera.
Excellent sharp and clear image, lively and very contrasting colors, perfect lighting.
Great photo job.