June 26, 2009

The Wreck of the S. S. Efhie (Martin's Point, Newfoundland)

Digital original, 2 image stitch
SS Ethie was built at Glasgow, Scotland in 1900 and was 47 m long and 439 tonnes.  On December 11, 1919, she sunk at Martin's Point, about 32 km from Bonne Bay. The passengers and crew were rescued in a dramatic rescue by means of a boson’s chair and a rope.
Digital original, 2 frame focus blend
There is very little left of the shipwreck, but the old, weather worn machinery is just lovely to behold, and even nicer to photograph. For this image, I blended to images together - a photo with deep depth of field for the central element, and then a second image made with the lens's largest aperture, to provide a soft out of focus background.
Digital original
There is no doubt the most enjoyable image of the visit to the wreck focused on water motion - this photograph, made towards the end of the afternoon used a six-second exposure to blur the breaking waves, and shift the focus onto the weathered metal.

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