Moments of terror

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  1. DeadEye

    DeadEye TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    The daily pearls of a Merchant Marine, Many hours of boredom offset by moments of sheer terror.
    This is one of the most dangerous jobs anyone can imagine!
    Here we have a huge barge being towed by tug approaching its port of call, now the tow must be released from its bridal pennant and moved into push gear.
    1. Barge in Tow
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    2. Tow cable to pennant ( thousands of tons weight could be exerted
    here if not properly executed)
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    3. First remove the nut from shackle pin
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    4.Pull Pin
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    5. Pull pin2
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    6. Pull pin3
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    7.Pin Pulled ( now pennant only held by stopper line )
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    8. Pennant Released ( Once the stopper line is released the extreme weight of the tow gear will whip it violently over the side so I used burst mode to get the frames) People have lost life and limb when caught by this line.
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    9. Release2
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    10. Release3
    11. Now of the swing to retrieve the Tow ( broadside to the swell gets wet)
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    12. Brace for your drenching
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    13. Embrace the cold sea with a smile.
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    14.Ready the gear
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    15 .Ready the gear2
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    16 Ready the gear3
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    17 Ready the gear4
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    18 The Bow

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  2. ksven

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    These are all great. :] I deffinitly like the b&w
     
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    DeadEye TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Thank you. Maybe I should have put in the B&W gallery. It is everyday life for me that few get to see.
     
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    very interesting....i like the pictures
     
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    I like all of these pictures. It makes them even better that you explain whats going on in each of them. #1's my favorite... if you didnt know that it was from a tug it would give it that Holy $H1t impression. Love it-
     
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    very impressive. Thanks for sharing. :thumbup:






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    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Verry impressive shots #3 really puts the size of those cables into perspective.


    Personally I would have liked to see them smaller on the forum with full size available in a gallery to reduce scrolling but that is just my oppinion. Great shots.
     
  8. DeadEye

    DeadEye TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Thanks again for all the comments. Though I have been into photography over 20 years , Its only been an avocation for the past year and most of what I have learned is from right here on this forum from all of you. A special thanks to the moderators that keep this forum running so smooth.

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    the photos sure tell a story!
    Nice!
     
  10. Lyncca

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    These are wonderful photos! The black and white is perfect for them.

    I have met quite a few merchant marines while traveling for work :)
     
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    I will be completely honest, I joined the forums here just to comment your work & also because I love the content on this website.

    I must say Deadeye, these pictures are amazing. What type of lens were you using?
     
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    Wow I am very flattered anyone would join to comment on these. Thank You and Welcome to TPF. I used a canon 50 / 1.8 and had to wipe the salt spray from it several times with my T shirt as I shot.
     

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