Photographer's Note

The majestic five-mast tall ship was anchored in the bay of Kotor, Montenegro. A few days ago I posted a daytime version of this photo, Star Clipper in Kotor I. The ship is a small cruise ship, one of three upscale sailing ships belonging to the Star Clipper Line founded in 1984. According the company's site, a fourth ship will be added to the fleet in 2017.

With exceptionally deep waters and a shoreline rising almost vertically from the sea, the bay has all the hallmarks of fjord carved out by receding ice sheets — following the last Ice Age). It is evocative of the fjords of Norway and Chile, but it is the southernmost fjord in the Northern Hemisphere, in this case, in the Mediterranean, as pointed out by Chris Jules.

To shoot this photo, I used an extremely sturdy Italian-made tripod borrowed from another passenger onboard the Crystal Serenity. With the waters of the bay exceptionally still that night, I was able to shoot a 15 second time exposure with a fairly small f/11 aperture. The red streak in the foreground is the light of a small passing boat, and the greenish white streaks in the background are from the headlights of cars on the opposite shore. An eye catching aspect of the photo is found in the far left, a building seemingly afloat. Also, in distinction to the daytime scene, the current in the bay has caused the Star Clipper ship to rotate 180°, the bow is now facing the left.

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