"All I Ask Is a Tall Ship and a Star to Steer Her By" Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial

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someGuyinmasset on November 11, 2008

Well now, this is an incredible shot. Well done. I don't think I've ever said the Y* to anyone, so I will now.

Steve Paxton on November 11, 2008

a very nice shot i think guy is right Y*

kamalyn on November 11, 2008

Thanks very much for the honors, Guy and Steve ! I know it's rather redundant, after the first version and the one without the statue that I posted last week, so I'm glad you think it's worth repeating. (The narrow contrail in this one is the vertical cloud that's all spread out in the one without the statue - I guess there was a pretty good wind up at that level!) But Guy - looks like your y* must have fallen, lol ;)

someGuyinmasset on November 11, 2008

Golly me! I'll just have to attach it a bit firmer then.

Graham Hobbs on November 12, 2008

It's a very nice picture, kamaly - and in my opinion, for what it's worth, it's ten times better with the staue than without - it gives a real focus and intent to it rather than just being a pretty scene. Graham

Hans Sterkendries on November 12, 2008

Excellent light! 2 seconds exposure and still very little noise... Is that HDR?

Best regards from Belgium - Hans

kamalyn on November 12, 2008

yup, Guy, looks like it stuck this time, lol. thanks! (and its ok - you can let it fall off again if you prefer :)

kamalyn on November 12, 2008

Thanks, Graham ! Good observation. The one without the statue was sort of a filler, because I was thrilled with teh planets and the moon, but I'd already posted one of the statue a week earlier that has too much good conversation on it to delete. So I was waiting for that to leave the front page, lol.

And thanks, Hans! No HDR - I don't know how to do that. It was just early enough at dusk that there was enough light for a low ISO and a short exposure to keep things a bit crisper. That's high thin clouds making the light area around the moon. I was grateful for those, because they're what caused the sun pillar when the sun was setting. cheers!

someGuyinmasset on November 13, 2008

Yep, still a great shot.

kamalyn on November 14, 2008

Thanks, Guy :)

Since the first version of this shot just might be disappearing, well worth adding the the poem by John Masefield that you quoted earlier here, too. Sure fits this shot!


I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

By John Masefield (1878-1967).(English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967.)

kamalyn on November 14, 2008

And this little note to just not fill the page with the repeat of the sailor's poem. Thanks again Guy - only 50 more views on this and I can delete the earlier version!

not1word on December 1, 2008

Here's another visit then, Kamaly. That's a beautiful shot, no doubt about it. I like that you posted the poem. I've never read the whole thing, so thanks!

kamalyn on December 5, 2008

Thanks, not1word ! It is funny - one of those poems one hears phrases from so often that we think we know it, but I also don't think I'd ever read the whole thing til Guy quoted a line from it on the earlier version of this shot. It sure explains the draw of the sea that must have been felt by the men the memorial is dedicated to.

Roberto Donna on December 6, 2008


kamalyn on December 6, 2008

Thanks for visiting, Roberto. Very glad you liked this shot - it's now one of my favorites.

someGuyinmasset on December 13, 2008

Hi, just thought I'd take another look at this gem before it turns the page.

kamalyn on December 13, 2008

well, he thanks you for seeing him off, Guy. Dang I hate pushing him off the page!

not1word on December 13, 2008

That's true, kamaly, but now he becomes one of those deeper page gems that folks will comment on in a few months time saying, "WOW! I never noticed this one of yours before!" And for this one, I'm sure you'll get a few of them.

kamalyn on December 20, 2008

Thanks, not1word :) I guess this one can just be our little secret!

kamalyn on January 4, 2009

sadly, there are now 2 more names to be added to this memorial, after a fishing boat out of Gloucester caught fire and sank at sea this past week-end.

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  • Uploaded on November 11, 2008
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    by kamalyn
    • Taken on 2008/11/02 18:16:01
    • Exposure: 2.000s
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash