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27 May 2008 @ 04:23 pm
Another'n from Harriet Island  

I suppose I should say somehthing, eh? But I'm feeling paticularly inept and wordless at the moment, so I shan't. Or can't. Or something. Anyway, here's the photo.

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gomeza on May 27th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
What in the... is that a river boat that doesn't actually move, or what?

*confused*

I like the picture anyway.
David W. Schrothdavidschroth on May 27th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it's a river boat that's docked at the time the picture was taken. It's movement has been circumscribed, until recently, due to the fact that the remains of a bridge occupied the portions of the Mississippi it was wont to ply...
gomeza on May 28th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
I guess what confused me is that the end facing the camera doesn't look like the bow of a boat, but there's no paddle wheel either. I am not familiar with non-paddlewheel "river boats", but that means diddly.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on May 29th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)

Hm. Sorry davidschroth, but gomeza was less confused that he thought. The Minnesota Centennial Show Boat is permanently moored at Harriet Island Regional Park and no longer has a paddlewheel. In fact, you might even say that it's not the same boat it was when built in 1899—in the winter of 2000, half way through renovations, the Showboat was ignited by an errant welding spark and burned to its hull (see The Showboat Story). On the other hand, the front of the boat doesn't look appreciably different from the back:

So there you have it.

Larry Sandersonlsanderson on May 27th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Nice!
Love the light.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on May 29th, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)
Re: Nice!
Thank you. Yeah, it's pretty astonishing.
parsleighparsleigh on May 28th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Nice
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on May 29th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
Thanks much! Glad you like it.
kaffyr: Spirittogetherkaffyr on May 28th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
I don't know if you 've ever watched Spirited Away, the animated movie by Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, but this reminded me very much of a magic riverboat which plays a part in that movie. The glow you got in this shot makes the entire scene seem a little unreal, or not quite of this world. It's really arresting.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on May 29th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
Hmm. Yes, I have seen Spirited Away—a rather amazing movie, that. I'm delighted that this image reminded you of it and that you like it. I'm rather fond of it my own self.
kaffyrkaffyr on May 29th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
I can imagine some very ... odd passengers disembarking from your boat.
Peter Hentgesjbru on May 28th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
I like the focus of the light in this image. Not focus as in clarity, but focus as in it pretty much all stays to one side.

I wonder if it would be even more effective if the brightest area was off the center of the photo either up or down? Like the bottom left corner, maybe. Any cropping room around to play with that?
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on May 29th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
Interesting. I think the fact that it was at a third horizontally kept me from being the least bit annoyed that it's vertically centered [in fact, I hadn't even noticed it (consciously) until you mentioned it]. Now that you ask, hmmmm… No, I don't think I'd want to crop it—I rather like the similarities and differences in the top and bottom halves; the reflective qualities, if you will. A little taste of as above, so below…