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Cruisin' - part 3

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 24 April 2012 in Transportation and Portfolio.

A view from one of the Zodiac inflatable craft as it heads back to Orion.

Above the top deck, you can see the crane arms used to raise and lower the Zodiacs. (They stack on the top platform when not in use.) The low platform at the stern of the Orion is where we step in and out of these landing craft.

In this shot, the Orion is at anchor on the river off the town of Agats in the Asmat region of the Indonesian province of Papua. This is a very remote place. The maps simply identify the area as "swamp" or "jungle". The river is very tidal and only navigable at high tide. In fact, the depth was only 6 metres at high tide. The Orion has a draft of 3.8 metres. It is a long way up river from the Arafura Sea; and the Captain sent out a Zodiac to lead the way and check the depth with a lead line. Better to be sure - getting stuck on a sandbank would create a lot of paperwork!

NIKON D5000 1/320 second F/8.0 ISO 100 11 mm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great colors, sky, location and pov

24 Apr 2012 5:45am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

guter Blickwinkel. Sehr schöne Farben.

24 Apr 2012 6:40am

Z from Shanghai, China

Beautiful weather is a must condition for a pleasant journey! Great shot!

24 Apr 2012 6:43am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That kind of journey will be a lot of memories. They like to read and view images while at the same time see new places in the world

24 Apr 2012 6:56am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Wow a stunning view, this sounds like a really different sort of cruise

24 Apr 2012 7:07am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nice frame

24 Apr 2012 7:11am

yo from Ile de France, France

Tout est superbe : le bateau, la mer, le ciel...

24 Apr 2012 7:28am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Beautiful blue sky...

24 Apr 2012 7:32am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Stunning view Stephen... you make me want to go

24 Apr 2012 7:42am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Quelle différence ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

24 Apr 2012 7:49am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

lots of sky and water, a nice place to be and informative narrative...

24 Apr 2012 7:56am

Bruce from Australia

lead line : ))>

24 Apr 2012 8:09am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent shot.. like the point of view..

24 Apr 2012 8:22am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

All looks well-organized . . the super-wide really gathers in the excitement of it all, too !

24 Apr 2012 8:33am

Victoria from Sweden

Very nice picture and lovely colors.

24 Apr 2012 8:53am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

J'adore++++ Quel ciel et j'aime beaucoup ton cadrage

24 Apr 2012 9:25am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb composition ,very beautiful !

24 Apr 2012 9:37am

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Grand angle, point de vue, cadrage...ça donne envie de prendre le large!
Bonne journée lumineuse et chal-heureuse!

24 Apr 2012 9:37am

Sterre from Utrecht, Netherlands

Great composition with a wonderful depth in the photo and fantastic colors.
Thanks for the interesting information.

24 Apr 2012 9:57am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

The colors are wonderful, that blue is gorgeous. Splendid framing. Good day.

24 Apr 2012 10:01am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Dynamic point of view here. Developing in to an excellent sseries

24 Apr 2012 10:09am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Cool shot, and yes, getting stuck would not do your reputation much good at the Captain's Club!

24 Apr 2012 10:26am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

That's a great shot, Stephen! How in the world did you get a chance to get in the zodiac?

24 Apr 2012 10:40am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

WOW! you choose the best angle, as always :))

24 Apr 2012 11:21am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique cadrage et compo sueprbe vue avec le petit et le grand bâteaue t cette fuyance, grandisoe.
Belle journée

24 Apr 2012 11:32am

Khalil from Beyrouth, Lebanon

Très bel angle de prise.

24 Apr 2012 11:36am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fantastic view with that shotr lens.

24 Apr 2012 11:42am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

wonderful pov and detail

24 Apr 2012 11:50am

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Great shot.

24 Apr 2012 1:10pm

tataray from france, France

Il y a le ciel, le soleil et la mer !....
Plus le bateau, superbement capturé et coloré.)

24 Apr 2012 2:55pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Great compo..wonderful how the clouds seem to move in the picture!

24 Apr 2012 2:57pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I like being at sea with the boat sailing rubber ... The cruiser impresses me. I prefer small boats ... easy to handle! Regards, Adela

24 Apr 2012 3:13pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Paperwork, to say the least ! Wonderful expansive shot and the always appreciated text.

24 Apr 2012 3:55pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Looked like a beautiful day to ride the Zodiacs. Amazing sky!

24 Apr 2012 4:29pm

amir from mashhad, Iran

nice shot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

24 Apr 2012 4:31pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image. Lovely composition. Fantastic view. Amazing sky. :)

24 Apr 2012 5:44pm

mary from zanjan, Iran

very nice

24 Apr 2012 6:23pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What an incredibly animated sky! Love the textures on the surface of the water as well. An interesting capture of you in an inflatable craft. How many other passengers were in this Zodiac craft? Seems a bit risky if there are many people on board....particularly with a Nikon D5000.

24 Apr 2012 7:52pm

@Steven: Thanks. Steven. The Zodiacs take up to 8 people - seated along the sides and facing in. On this trip back to the Orion, I was lucky to be sitting at the front of the Zodiac in order to get a clear view for the shot. The river was very calm for the couple of days we were there. However for other landings - from ocean to shore - it was a bumpy ride over the water and I kept my Nikon in my camera bag - with a spray cover for added protection.

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic POV! What a beautiful place. This looks like it would be a lot of fun!

24 Apr 2012 8:33pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great view and a beautiful day ~ fantastic shot!

24 Apr 2012 8:51pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

That's a smashing angle and an excellent shot.

24 Apr 2012 9:18pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A superb shot of the river, sky, and ship. The Zodiac in the frame give a good sense of being on the water.

24 Apr 2012 9:56pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

nicely processed. wonderful clouds

24 Apr 2012 10:08pm

franz from Baden, Austria

wow, brilliant perspective and incredible colours, esp in the sky! i see your cruise was quite the thing ...

25 Apr 2012 3:39pm

JMS* from Chonburi, Thailand

Excellent ton cadrage qui donne beaucoup d'envergure à ce batiment.

26 Apr 2012 3:59am

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1/320 second
ISO 100
11 mm