On Sunday the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth 2 left NYC, on their way back to England. For the QM@ it was the end of her maiden voyage to NYC and for the QE2 it was the end of the last visit to NYC. To celebrate the occasion, there was a great fireworks display, and the two ships passed near the Statue of Liberty at the same time, saluting one another with horn blows.
It was a most spectacular scene, but taking photos was a bit hard. As I don't have a high enough tripod I had to stabilize the camera on a Bannister (which was constantly pounded by the hundreds of people there...), and take the pictures with my frozen hands (it was unexpectedly extremely cold). Standing in Battery Park, I also had to use all my optical zoom... This is the result - not the most brilliant quality but I think it conveys the greatness of the moment.
I wish to thank all the people who gave me advices about night photography in the forum string I started a few days ago - they were very helpful - and I managed to avoid the hot pixels problem almost entirely.
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Cool-ice (5289) 2004-04-27 11:50
Great result, Liora !
And without a tripod, congratulations.
The position of the boat, just parallel with the top and the bottom of the frame, and the lights make a very graphic image of this one.
And the Statue of Liberty is the "cherry on the cake" ;-)
Really well done !
summer89 (5422) 2004-04-27 12:21
Great composition Liora,
i like the ligth and colors tones. The note it's great, too.
milloup (1829) 2004-04-27 17:50
For a shot taken just resting the camera on a bannister this is really good, indeed. I like the fact that you can also see the smoke from the chimney of the ship. What was your shutter speed for the shot?
mortijo (12828) 2004-04-28 5:55
Very good composition. Very good sharpness givzen the conditions.
smiley (613) 2004-06-22 0:21
Good catch here. I recogninzed the QM but was surprised to see the statue of liberty. Really nice job here.
danbachmann (1744) 2004-07-18 18:51
Great image showing the massive scale of a cruise liner like this. The steam/smoke from the chimney is a great touch
laxpix (686) 2004-07-20 3:39
very good shot. Thanks for giving us this special moment.
Japie (72) 2004-07-26 15:45
I love your lighting and you must have a really stable hand - Great shot.
LEA (4982) 2005-02-25 11:16
A realy wonderful picture. WHat is funny in this picture is the fact that the lady and the giant are two french buildings. The lady is a symbol. And the giant ?