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Shipping News and information / Ship operations.
« on: November 30, 2022, 12:22:00 PM »
Hi Forum,
I'm following this guy on FB who's a Chief Officer on board a Panamax bulk carrier, Seaman Vlog. It's brilliant. He posts videos of operations and gives sitreps about what happens during long voyages and discharge ops. Fascinating stuff.

Shipping News and information / Identity protection ?
« on: November 13, 2022, 09:16:46 AM »
Hi Forum,

I just wanted to tell you all about a unique experience while out on a ship-spotting expedition yesterday. The location was at the western most tip of Wales in a large field at St Anne's Head.
Now, I want to stress that in no way did I feel threatened but I felt a little uncomfortable after this event and got me to thinking.

I went back to the same location primarily to look for my lens cap, which thankfully I retrieved from the mud and in doing so was again drawn to a couple of vessels arriving/departing.

Now I was aware of a couple of 'hikers' who had come off path and come down to the fence line to observe the vessel inbound to the port. They were approx 20-30 feet away from me in the corner of the field.

I was happily snapping away when I was suddenly aware of someone coming towards me. This guy literally strided towards me and asked if I was one of 'those' people who took photo's of ships and "stuff" then posted them online for all the world to see. Now, nothing wrong with that you might think BUT it was the way he said it and how the conversation progressed which put me on my guard.

I played dumb and said I'd just changed my camera and was trying to get used to the settings, photographing anything that moves which as a point of fact, I have and still am trying to master the technique.

He said he had a small yacht on the south coast which people had taken pictures of over the years and most of those photo's hadn't been taken in the best possible way, didn't show the best aspects & whoever was behind the camera obviously had no intellect on how to use the technology ! He was extremely unhappy about it. Almost as if he'd had this bottled up over the years, saw me and decided to vent his frustrations. Very bizarre.

He then dialled up Vessel Finder on his phone and showed me the photo's. When he said "small" I thought he meant something in the region of 20-25 ft or so - but the picture showed a two-masted sailing boat of perhaps 60+ feet !!!

He asked me if I was aware of the Vessel Finder site and about photo's that are published on it. Then wanted to know if I was local and where exactly did I live for some inexplicable reason. I was speechless and didn't know how to respond. It was a comical situation.

His partner came over to join in who said that the photo's should have been better conveyed to the public, (like I was responsible for them !!!). He wasn't happy either. I almost felt like saying perhaps they should take up photography and they'd see how difficult it is to get the best photograph in conditions on the day. After all, it is a form of art.

But in light of this whole uncomfortable episode, it does make me wonder if it's ok to take photo's of ships with individuals aboard. I try to avoid it if I can. Depending on the quality of the camera, usually you can't identify people on board when a photo is published and enlarged. Perhaps this was his concern even though he didn't clearly express it like that.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my experience.

I may or may not be posting for a long while....ha,ha,ha

Hi Forum,

I stumbled across the new ships section a few weeks ago. Now I can't find it.

Site related news, functions and modules / Statistics
« on: October 31, 2022, 01:57:46 PM »
Ive just been superficially looking at the web page Statista, which gives figures for ships around the world by type amongst others.

What is a "Dirty" Panamax vessel? Also a "small dirty tanker"? Does this relate to emissions?

Help and Advice / Video
« on: October 30, 2022, 09:15:32 AM »
Hi Forum,

I've never done this before but wondered if I could upload video from a mobile phone?

Since the site has changed (for the better IMHO) and continues to develop, has the method of loading video also changed?

Regards and thanks in advance.

Site related news, functions and modules / Photo's on Facebook
« on: October 05, 2022, 07:20:12 PM »
I'm sure I've seen a photo on here that someone took of the fat Airbus plane passing over a container vessel but I've just been looking at someone who post's under the name of "Anchor's Sway" on Facebook which looks the same.


Site related news, functions and modules / Bad photographs
« on: June 26, 2022, 11:11:43 AM »
Hi Forum,

I wondered if a new category under crap photographs might be considered. Now I know what you're thinking. This is a site about quality photo's which is very true but my thinking behind this is simple.

Some photo's of vessels I've taken have been in places where they've never been seen before. An example is the YENISEY (8311168) photographed at an odd angle transiting the Panama Canal.

Some knowledgable folks on here no doubt are interested in routes that vessels take together with the year(s). Surely, having a crap photograph section could help to tie in with that crucial information which is very much sought after during a vessel investigation by members.

I've thrown out and continue to throw out many more 'crap' photo's of vessels taken over the years, half obscured/blurred etc, etc that will never see the light of day so to speak.

Just a thought,

Shipping News and information / MMSI numbers.
« on: June 19, 2022, 11:33:11 AM »
I thought the MMSI numbers for vessels was fixed like the ISO number. I've been inputting the MMSI number for every photo I upload but just noticed the comment under the edit box for said number.

Is this the case?


Shipping News and information / General Information box
« on: June 13, 2022, 10:30:32 PM »
Is there any way of inputting the callsign for vessels in the Information box?

Shipping News and information / BLUE STAR 1 ferry
« on: February 06, 2022, 04:24:13 PM »
Would it be right in saying that this is the final year of the 2 year charter of BLUE STAR 1 to the Pembroke- Rosslare service? If so, what plans for the replacement vessel and/or the return of the ISLE OF INISHMORE to these waters?

Shipping News and information / Pilot ladders
« on: January 30, 2022, 10:03:08 AM »
Hi Forum,

What's the function of spreaders on a pilot ladder?

Help and Advice / Lens aperture.
« on: January 10, 2022, 12:43:09 AM »
For ship photography, I'm looking at a lens with at least a 300mm focal length but unsure what size aperture I need or would be a minimal requirement.

Also, what sort of lenses are others using? I've seen a couple which may be compatible with the camera but there are a lot of different manufacturers. One that keeps coming to the fore is Sigma.

Help and Advice / Lens filter vs hood
« on: December 29, 2021, 09:26:12 PM »
Hi Forum,

I'm looking into buying a lens for the camera and noticed on some photography sites they're pushing to sell a lens filter too. If the lens hood reduces flare across the lens due to stray light, why would I need a filter? Seems like overkill to me.

Regards and thanks in advance.

Help and Advice / Bino's
« on: December 15, 2021, 09:03:31 AM »
I was wondering about getting a pair of binoculars that I could ship spot with but also search the heavenly bodies. I was looking at a video about Pupil exit size re:bino's but that's a difficult concept to grasp. Does anyone else take a pair of bino's with them on their jaunts?

Site related news, functions and modules / First shipspotting photo.
« on: December 15, 2021, 01:01:23 AM »
Hi Forum/Admins,

How could I view the very first Shipspotting photograph posted on here?


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