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The Old Catamaran

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The Old Catamaran

Image by Boogies with Fish
www.messersmith.name/wordpress/2010/07/05/the-old-catamaran/
You have read of many dives here on Madang – Ples Bilong Mi of dives near Pig Island at a spot we call The Eel Garden near Pig Island. It is probably our most popular dive for several reasons. It is close, only a few minutes from Madang. It is also usually sheltered from waves, so that it is comfortable for those staying on the boat. It is an easy dive and has a variety of habitats from sandy bottom to outer reef. Last, but not least, it has a wreck . . . of sorts.

We’ll get to the underwater shots after I show you our orange lilies, from a slightly different angle, glowing in the morning sun:

After you cross over a huge wall of coral from the sandy bottom of The Eel Garden, you come upon a curious wreck which appears to be an old barge made of two slender hulls, making it, boatwise, a catamaran:

This is how they appear as you approach them from the bow end.

In between the hulls is a tangle of strange structures which may once have held the hulls together:

In this area is a wild menagerie of life. It would be easy to spend an hour between the hulls cataloguing the crazy tangle of coexisting critters.

During this dive there was a Bluefin Trevally (Carnanx melampygus) bustling around us. They are extremely difficult to photograph, because they never stop darting around:

As you can see, the shot above was “spoiled”. As the fish darted past me, I spun around and grabbed a snap shot. I expected it to be motion-blurred. What I did not expect is that, after minimal massaging with Photoshop, it turned out to be an interesting bit of art. It certainly conveys the sense of motion.

Here is another shot of the tangled mess between the hulls:

You can see a diver’s bubbles behind the lattice.

This shot is from farther toward the stern. You can see that I was moving toward the back end of the hulls. As the sunlight angle changes and the distance decreases, the coral at the left of the shot above changes to a deeper, warmer tone, since there is less sea water between it and the camera:

If click to enlarge and look at the extreme left of the image, you can barely make out the image of a diver’s fins as he moves off to the left. You can also make out his bubbles trailing above and behind him.

Most of these shots were taken with the iris stopped down to ƒ/8 to increase the depth of field. Yes, some more “Deep Focus” shots. I’ve found a whole new way to bore you.

My next project is a gigantic model train layout with tiny towns and miniscule pine trees. I will explain every detail of this to you when it’s finished.

Learning More About Layouts

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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Fixing Problems with The Train

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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Model Train

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Model Train

Image by celesteh
3 May 2005

I went in search of cute camping gear at a very confusing mall in Den Haag. I didn’t find any, but they did have a really detailed model train layout of a German rail line.

Gulf Pacific Rice terminal, Jersey Village TX

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Gulf Pacific Rice terminal, Jersey Village TX

Image by roy.luck
Exporting railcar loads of rice , packaged in various sizes. Large amounts of rice are cultivated in SE Texas. Some day this will be modeled as part of a model train layout, just give it a few years…

How to Get Started with Hobby Trains

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

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Collecting Antique Toy Trains

Friday, September 16th, 2011

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Building Inclines for Your Train Set

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

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Technology Changes Hobby Trains

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

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Graffitid Hopper

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Graffitid Hopper

Image by mikeatqazam
Prairie Malt Limited covered hopper with graffiti. An interesting photo, may want to replicate it some day on my model train layout.

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