Photographer's Note


I had been sailing on the cruise ship, Crystal Serenity. When the ship was anchored off the coast of St. Lucia, I saw the five-masted barque, the Royal Clipper, from my stateroom which was on the starboard side. The clipper was initially so far away that I could not even make out whether it was approaching or receding. I quickly picked up my camera and ran down to the promenade deck. There I set the camera on a tripod, and extended the 28-200 mm lens to its full focal length. During the span of approximately 20 minutes I patiently shot a series of eight photos, 2-3 minutes apart. This is the third and last photograph of the majestic sailing ship that I will be submitting to TE. The two earlier photos showed the barque as it is seen beginning to sail out of St. Lucia, and a day later as it was sitting in port in Barbados.

In the present image the sails are fully unfurled, and the ship is seen heading in the direction of the late afternoon sun. Its sails appear translucent. I could have posted any two of the three shots in workshops, but they are all so reminiscent of classic 19th century clipper ship paintings, I thought they all deserved being featured separately. 

Detailed notes about the Royal Clipper, as well as St. Lucia and Barbados appear in my earlier photos, Royal Clipper I and Royal Clipper II .

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