A Golden Bear Night [✥Explored✥]




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As a photographer, night photography and photographing sunsets have always been a passion of mine. Despite the many times that I have been on the California Maritime Academy's 500-foot Training Ship Golden Bear moored in Morrow Cove in Vallejo, California, I had not taken any sunset or night shots from it. So, as I was walking along the shoreline to take sunset pictures of the California Maritime Academy's campus and the Carquinez Strait, I decided to board the ship and take photographs from one of the upper decks near its stern. Looking off the stern, that afforded a great view of the San Pablo Bay and Mount Tam on the distant shore.


As the darkness descended, I turned my attention to the bridges in front of the bow of the ship that spans the Carquinez Strait between Vallejo and Crockett, California. The water was very smooth on this particular night and multicolored lights were reflecting off the surface so beautifully... but just when I was ready to take a shot, a tugboat pushing a barge passed beneath the bridge and went past the Golden Bear, albiet closer to the opposite shoreline. When the water finally calmed down and I was ready for another shot, another tugboat came along pushing another barge in the dark. I didn't realize that there was so much traffic on the water after dark and remember thinking that I wouldn't want to be out there in a small, unlit vessel.


I could spend days and days photographing the inside of the ship--it is a good sized vessel (500 feet and it normally carries a crew of 300 souls). The Engine Room is a fascinating labyrinth of densely packed machinery, all supporting the massive twin diesel engines and the various systems required by this city that we call a ship. I hope to tackle the engine room with a camera one of these days. (IMG_0458a)


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[✥Explored✥] 2012-01-11 #185


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Taken on January 11, 2012