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Little & Large in the Ionian Sea

Little & Large in the Ionian Sea
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Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-30
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM, Hoya 67mm HMC UV(0)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-07 13:30
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Points: 3
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A picture taken from a villa where we spent a very pleasant week last autumn in north-east Corfu. At this point, Corfu is only about 2 or 3 kilometres from Albania whose mountains you can see in the distance across the Ionian Sea. You can see from where I took the photograph if you look at Map:[view].

What you can also see in this picture is a small sailing boat but also the "Royal Clipper". Inspired by the legendary "Preussen" which, when launched in 1902, was the largest and fastest sailing ship the World had ever seen, the "Royal Clipper" is the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last Century. You can read more about her here. If you wish (and have plenty of money), you can also arrange to book yourself a cruise on her!

Incidentally, it was interesting to note that the original "Preussen", built in Bremerhaven, was fatally damaged by a British cross-channel steamer in the English Channel in 1910. Nonetheless, I thought the "Royal Clipper" looked a fine ship though I doubt if we could ever afford to sail on her!

In fact, it wasn't until we had come home and I was browsing through my photographs that I searched the internet and found out more about this fine ship. You can see another picture of her, this time with the lens at 200mm, here.

Shot in RAW and converted and edited in PSE6.

All comments/critiques/advice welcome!

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Hi John

Took a couple of shots of this same ship when I was in Corfu erlier in the year. This shot brings back great memories of our time in Corfu, looks like you were near Agni bay when you took this, a few nice restaurants there.
Back to this shot, have never seen Albania so clearly than in this shot but I think a different crop may have improved the shot.
The bushes in the foreground seem to split the composition of the shot and I think the shot would be better without these, maybe just cropping below the clipper.

Best Regards

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-03-08 9:28]

Hi John,
I like this image & composition, as it makes me feel I'm also
at your chosen POV,viewing these two different sized yachts from a high elevation,the smaller sailboat allows us to get a good feel for the size of the larger one as well as adding an interesting balance.I like how having land, both foreground & background, really keeps my eye focused on that deep blue sea & the two sailboats.Good clarity & details.I also like your larger image of the "Royal Clipper"

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