(6 photos – click to enlarge) –
Another stop late on Saturday night was Otago Bay on the banks of the River Derwent, where I spent about an hour “light-painting” some old scuttled ships – or rather, what’s left of their iron frames.

The remains of a steel river steamer the Westralian (beached in 1937)

And below, the iron barque Otago (beached in 1931)

The technique I used was to take 20 second exposures at ISO 200 and 400, then move around with a (cheap) portable LED floodlight, being careful to shield the light from directly entering the camera by hiding it under my coat. I used the Laowa 7.5mm f2.4 lens at f8 up fairly close and focused so the background just became sharp. These are edited from RAW files.

Below are a few other abandoned boats I’ve found previously.

An old abandoned fishing boat in Newtown Bay (Photo 2011).
More abandoned wooden vessels in Strahan on Tasmania’s West Coast.
Old slipway remnants in Battery Point, a prominent past ship building area.

17 thoughts on “Abandoned ship!

    1. Thank you, I learnt a fair bit taking and editing these shots by experimenting on how to better reduce noise and still retain detail and sharpness in Photoshop. I haven’t done many night shots with the Olympus and noise can be a problem. Always trying to improve 🙂

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    1. No, lucky I didn’t tread on him in the dark! Fortunately the tide was right out so I could move around a lot with the light, though it was muddy.


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