Super Ferry 2 in 6 beaufort
Shot on the Super Ferry 2 during our Cycladic tour, while on our way from Naxos to Rafina, a 6,5 hour journey. Due to wind force 6 beaufort, the passengers had left the exposed top deck. The ferry was turning, getting ready to enter Mykonos harbour and listed nicely during this manoeuvre.
Some background information:
One of the nice things of touring the Cyclads (which we did for almost a month) is that you get to ride all kinds of interesting ferries. And when you choose Rafina as starting point, you can choose between the services of 5 ferry companies which together offer a versatile timetable. Another benefit is that Rafina is just a short bus trip away from Athens' main airport.
The Superferry II was our favourite ferry. It's s a beautiful classic style vessel with lots of open public deck space. It was build in Belgium in 1974 by Boelwerf as the 'Prince Laurent' for the state owned RTM company for their Oostende - Dover channel service. It was sold in 1992 to Greece and modernized & converted (new bows, design tweaks to the superstructure).
It's operated by a very young company (start: March 2011): Golden Star Ferries that was formed by people of Andros (Andros has a rich seafarers and ship owners tradition), wanting to enhance the ferry service to their island. They bought the ship from market leader 'Blue Star Lines' for 4,3 mil Euro. After the finalisation of their business plan and the purchase of the ship, the fuel prizes and taxes rose dramatically (43%) due to the financial crsis of Greece and the company has a tough time breaking even. The operating costs of the ship are 28.000 Euro per day and the first months the revenue was only 8.500 Euro. The owners expect to do better when the tourist season begins and have confidence in the economic viability of their venture (Source: Cyclade Magazine, June 211).
(I wrote the above text a year ago and upon preparing this pic for posting I saw that Golden Star Ferries is still in operation, so the owners must have been right. A fine exmaple of Greek entrepreneurship.)
This is the start of a Cycladic travelogue which will invoilve the islands of Andros, Tinos, Naxos and Santorini. I'll be posting pictures out of sequence.
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Highmountains (2255) 2012-08-04 21:18
A very interesting composition. The empty seats have a very shtong sharpness and bright colour. The movement of the ferry is apparent form the slight tilt in the photograph - which contrasts with the horizontal of the land in the background. The azure skies that are so common of the islands - have in this picture been interrupted by the black smoke from the ferry. Thanks for sharing.
Royaldevon (26629) 2012-08-04 23:38
Good Morning Bert,
I love how you have keppt the horizon perfectly level, which immediately gives us the feeling of movement on the boat from the tilt of the seats.
You have a great understanding of line and composition, drawing us towards the funnel, where the smoke creates more movement and depth.
So very Greek with the predominance of blue and white, all captured with excellent sharpness.
Have a lovely Sunday,
COSTANTINO (51403) 2012-08-04 23:43
simple shot with amazing blue of the sky,the sea
and blue seats,in the foreground everybody can
see the little white houses of the islands
have nice summer holidays
dkmurphys (46356) 2012-08-05 2:49
Very fine composition with the blue tones of colors. Nice idea, well taken.
jhm (135274) 2012-08-05 4:41
Misschien ben ik even mis maar de boot maakt een beetje helling, wat zou kunnen wijzen op wind, maar in de achtergrond zie ik geen grote golven, of maakt de boot net een draai beweging.
Mooie uitleg bij uw foto, maar de prijzen zijn wat hoog voor mij, mijn geldbeugel is wat minder van aard.
Goed foto werk, bedankt.
Prettige zondag uit een half bewolkt maar droog Vlaanderen met 22.3° Celsius, 3 bft wind.
danos (83093) 2012-08-05 7:59
in June the usual weather forcast is about five or six beaufort for the Aegean Sea.So you were very brave to was on the upper deck to see the 'world' from over their.
Informative your note for Rafina's port that depart ferries and ships to the closer of the Kyklades islands,like Andros Mykonos,Naxos,Paros and so on.
Have a good aftenoon,Danos
maria-v1981 (10792) 2012-08-06 3:17
I am thinking my shelf travel in this supper ferry and the wind blows my hair. I hope you enjoy the trip in Greece and especilally Kiklades. I will wait your new images from this trip.
lucasgalodoido (21051) 2012-08-06 17:32
a curious image here, with various tones of blue and interesting grafism with yellow lines. Great job, my friend.
Hanssie (10325) 2012-08-08 22:47
Ik ga er zelf ook scheef van zitten:-))
Dat is leuk dat je dat hebt gedaan, grappig,
het werkt !
UlfE (14639) 2012-08-08 23:16
You have a very fine sense of lines and shapes. It is tempting to state that it might have been better compositonwise to place the chimney to the left or right but after having looked at you photo carefully I think you made a perfect choice. TFS and have a nice day!
aliabazari (11769) 2012-09-12 1:50
The composition of this picture is very well done, with excellent exposure. Good depth.
Thank you for registering for this nice picture
- Copyright: Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) (13356)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-23
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Tamron SP 17-50 f/2,8 VC, Lexar Prem SDhc 16GB, Hoya HD Protector 72 mm
- Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Cyclads 2011
- Theme(s): Ferries, Greece - The most famous sites, Greek boats & ships [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-04 8:42