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Photography means “light writing,” or writing with light. George Eastman said, “Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”
Obviously I’m interested in the subject matter, but playing with light makes the subject matter more fun.
“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.” John Berger
To comment on the ships, anyone know what product is being discharged from Tatjana? I believe that’s Frances alongside.
What makes getting up early so easy is this: the glow. Of course, I need to get out there to get the shot. As Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “It’s an illusion that photos are made with the camera….they are made with the eye, heart and head.”
That’s NS Stella above and High Strength and Harbour First below.
The photo of Silver Sawsan below was taken about half an hour after the previous ones, and the light by then is less rich, no matter how bright the orange is. Ernst Haas says, ““You don’t take pictures, the good ones happen to you.” And they USUALLY happen during that first hour after dawn and the last one before dusk.
I used to fish a lot, and I thought the same thing about fishing.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I’ve done other East River series, but it’s time to start a new one. The next 12 photos were taken yesterday over a total elapsed 11 minutes! I happened to be near South Street Seaport in hopes of catching santacon craziness there, as I did many years ago here.
A longer shot reveals a clutch of kayakers, which I hadn’t seen while shooting.
Down by Red Hook, I see Frances approach with two barges of aggregate.
Dean Reinauer passes, pushing a deeply laden
Those are the stacked lanes of the BQE with the Brooklyn Heights esplanade atop.
Buchanan 1 heads in the same direction as the other two units, but at a slightly greater speed than
Again . . . all in 11 minutes.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
You may recall that back in 2014, I often juxtaposed canal&river/rail in photos like the one below.
This post was originally going to feature only photos of the river and canal from the rails, like the one below, but
then I decided to pair photos from the train toward the water with the opposite: photos from the water toward roughly the same land area where the rails lay and the trains speed.
Train shots are difficult because of speed, coatings on the windows, trees and poles along the tracks . . . but I’m quite sure a letter that begins “Dear Amtrak: could you slow down, open windows, and otherwise accommodate the photographers” would not yield a positive response.
I hope you enjoy this attempt on my part. And if you ever have a chance to ride Amtrak along the Hudson, Mohawk, and Lake Champlain . . . sit on the better side of the car; switch sides if necessary.
Here we’re on the Livingstone Avenue Bridge looking south and
here we are south of it, looking north. Yes, that’s Crow, Empire, W. O. Decker, and Grand Erie passing through the open swivel.
Here’s the pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam
as seen from both vantage points.
The 1766 Guy Park Manor from a speeding train and
Schoharie Aqueduct from Amtrak,
a slow boat, and
the east bank of Schoharie Creek.
Little Falls onramp to I-90 from rail and
The rail bridge at Lock 19 from the span and
from west of it at Lock 19.
And these all east of Utica I can’t pair, but decided to include here anyhow: a dairy pasture,
a construction yard, and
a truck depot.
Maybe if I write that “Dear Amtrak” letter, I could just ask if the window could be cleaned a bit. If you’re going to try this, take amtrak when the leaves are off the trees.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who embeds this post from “Good Morning Gloucester” to reveal a bit of my past . . . 1988. Scroll all the way through to see a piece of shipwreck “treasure.”
On the cusp of wintriness if not winter per se, the Hudson Valley is spectacular. Let’s start with Fred Johannsen pushing this crane barge northward. That’s the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge aka George Clinton Memorial Bridge (DeWitt Clinton’s uncle) in the distance.
Here Treasure Coast urges Cement Transporter 7700–one I’ve never seen before–the last mile to the cement dock.
This reflection was so magical, I needed to include this closer-up.
Emerald Coast pushes a fuel barge downstream.
Sarah D moves a motley pair of scows upstream.
Eastern Dawn moves a fuel barge downstream.
Mr Russell shifts a barge near the TZ Bridge. What is in those tanks?
Might that be Marion Moran pushing sugar barge Somerset up toward Yonkers?
I believe this is Doris Moran moving cement barge Adelaide downriver.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has a proposal below:
If you are working Thursday and therefore having lunch and/or dinner at work–whether on a vessel or in some other work setting–and you choose to take a photo of the dinner–any aspect of the meal–and send it to me, please do and I’ll try to devise a post with it on Friday this week. Thanks for the consideration.
Also, you may be “choosing” ed out by now, but here’s a set of thoughtful, well-reasoned and -articulated perspectives on the Hudson anchorages question that is open to public discussion until early December.
Also, if you’re planning to be at the WorkBoat show in New Orleans next week, I’ll be wandering around there, maybe looking for some extra work. I hope to see you.
If Margot were a fish, I guess you’d classify her as catadromous, sort of. And no tug that I’ve followed has switched between salt (where she was launched) and fresh (where she frequents as a working niche) water as often as Margot does. Last week she was sixth boro bound and exiting the low side of lock 9. Here’s a post I did almost two years ago about some very unusual bollards at the top side of lock 9. But I digress. Recognize the cargo on the barge?
It’s a different barge, but those are two more fancy Canadian shoes–size 110-tons– for the legs of the NY Wheel, that repeat of what George Ferris built for the big Chicago fair in 1893. And George Ferris . . . where did he get his inspiration to build such a wheel? Well, it’s a Troy and Hudson Valley concept from the start, from Henry Burden and his industry. Here’s a post I did in 2010 related to the dock Mr. Burden built upriver for his metal export.
The lower Mohawk has a stark beauty this time of year, so different from its beauty in other seasons.
I wonder why so many components of the NYWheel are sourced outside the US. I guess I know, and it’s NOT my intention to make this a political post, and there’s no Jones Act for shore shoe/leg structures.
Bravo to the crew of Margot.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Margot nears Troy with the Lockwood Bros barge from back in October. Watch the variety of backgrounds in this post, too.
Jay Michael a few days ago passes by Con Hook.
Amy C McAllister rounds the southern tip of Manhattan towing a capacious cargo barge Columbia Baltimore, capable of carrying 690 tees..
Betty D light crosses the Upper Bay. I didn’t say “Betty Delight,” but the possibility for misunderstanding is there.
Brendan Turecamo escorts Tammo inbound from the island of Jamaica.
Fort McHenry waits over by IMTT.
Sarah D pushes in some upstate rock.
Fells Point crosses the Upper Bay bound for the Kills.
And to finish with a photo from September, it’s Rae, standing by for the move of Wavertree.
All photos by will Van Dorp.
See the two big shoes on the Nadro Marine barge pushed by Margot? You might also call them “pedestals” for the New York Wheel. Those are size 110-ton shoes. A little over a month ago, NY Media Boat caught the legs arriving, the legs which will wear these shoes.
Here’s a close up with two crew getting prepared to offload these shoes.
Chesapeake 1000–which you’ve seen working here and here–did the lift. In the photo below taken just prior to the shoes’ arrival, Chesapeake 1000 is offloading the “multi-axle” furnished likely by Supor. Sarah Ann assists with the swiveling of the large crane.
Here’s a closeup of the multi-axle (there’s likely another name for that, but I don’t know it)
and the drone that someone is using to document the transfer of cargoes.
Here Margot finesses the Nadro/McKeil SV/M 86 with the shoes to the lift point.
Here’s another view of the same, looking east.
At this point, the barge is 110 tons lighter as the shoe is lifted and moved carefully onto the dock.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. More shoes to come, although my Canadian cousins call them “boots.”
Click here for some details from SIlive.com. And since it’s always good to see more Margot, click here.
Sawyer I, these photos I took in September along the Saint Lawrence.
I took the next photos in October. Evans McKeil was built in Panama in 1936! The cement barge she’s paired with–Metis— was built as a ship in 1956 and converted to a barge in 1991.
Wilf Seymour was built in 1961 in Port Arthur TX. I’ve always only seen her paired with Alouette Spirit. Here she’s heading upbound into the Beauharnois Lock. The digital readout (-0.5) indicates she’s using the Cavotec automated mooring system instead of lines and line handlers.
Moving forward to Troy NY, I don’t think the name of this tug is D. A. Collins,
but I know these are Benjamin Elliot, Lucy H, and 8th Sea.
Miss Gill waited alongside some scows at the booming port of Coeymans.
And the big sibling Vane 5000 hp Chesapeake heads upriver with Doubleskin 509A.
And one more autumnal shot with yellows, browns, grays, and various shades of red, and a busy Doris Moran and Adelaide.
Will Van Dorp took all these photos.
As we progress toward winter as well, the daylight hours shorten, making less to photograph, but I was happy we passed lock E8 in daylight to capture the crane GE uses to transship large cargos, like the rotor of a few weeks ago.
The changing leaves complement the colors of the vintage floating plant,
and even Thruway vessels.
Venerable Frances is a tug for all seasons as is
the Eriemax freighter built in Duluth,
both based near the city of the original Uncle Sam, which splashes its wall
with additional color and info.
Once this Eriemax passenger vessel raises its pilot house, we’ll continue our way to the sixth boro.
Will Van Dorp took all these photos in about a 12 hour period.