Weekend Exposure Exposing The Trouble With Old Boats
I am currently engineering a fishing vessel named the Osprey. It was built in 1984 by Sanchez Marine for fishing in the scallop fishery out of New Bedford. Converted to mid-water trawl in the mid to late 90's she is a part of the herring and mackeral fisheries. The Osprey is not a new boat and some trips she really shows her age.
The images you see here are about holes appearing in the pipes and plates of steel that make up the material that keeps the ocean where it belongs (out of the boat). The pipe leaks were discovered under way while trying to pump out a side hold that had shipped water (probably from the holes in the deck). The flooding caused by these leaks was caught very quickly and due to the slow rate of water coming in offered a moment to do some exposure work with the camera.
I take a lot of pictures of fast moving subjects quick capture of the best possible image under difficult circumstances. Taking a little time with the camera to work on artsy exposure type pictures (while sinking) seemed like a good idea and funny so here is the result of my efforts. I am going to leave the caption copies below so that anyone who has trouble reading the tiny, dim words under the pictures can refer to the bottom of the article.
Weekend exposure is a feature of the NV photographers and I am assuming it is about trying different exposures to expand the skill of setting up the camera for the perfect exposure of any shot. I missed any instuction there may have been.
1 This image is just a starting point. Water pours from a break in the 8 inch pipe behind the main engine in Osprey's engine room. Notice the black diagonal pipe in the background. It was installed last month due to the same issue.
2 Shutter speed 1/200 of a second, aperture 3.5, ISO 200.
The fast shutter speed freezes the water in mid air and makes the stream look really thin.
3 Shutter speed .3 second, aperture 3.5, ISO 200. The water is thicker at this slower shutter speed.
4 Shutter speed .6 second, aperture 3.5, ISO 200. The water stream is very misty and streamy looking now and the image has some blur from hand holding for over a half a second.
5 Shutter speed 1.3 second, aperture 3.5, ISO 200. The water stream is now very streamy but you can see where I am startin to lose it. Things in the background are very blurry from what is a really long hand hold on a boat that is in motion.
6 This is a new pipe that I made and installed as a replacement. This is the best possible repair for a pipe that is springing holes.
7 This evil little hole sprang up while the pipes were all apart (You would have to ask the crew how that is possible because I still don't understand their explanation). Notice the bunch of small dots surrounding it, That is where a sharp hammer was used to ensure the rest of thepipe was ok.
8 This is a patch type repair made by cutting a piece of pipe and fitting it over the bad spot and welding it on. It is not the best repair but can be expected to hold right up until the stupid pipe starts leaking again.
9 The back deck of Osprey in New Bedford Harbor. Nice little scene but what are those little dots on the deck?
10 Of course... more holes.
11 Notice the texture of this shot. That is caused by pitting, rust and holes generally experienced when the deck of the boat is painted by persons that are somewhat less than qualified to run a paint brush. That and it is just an old boat.
12 The solution an additional plate of steel (called a doubler plate) welded over the top of the holy place. Notice the 6 holes in the new plate that have some weld. Those are put there on purpose to add points of bonding to the steel above and below so that you don't get flexing in the middle of the two plates.
*This is the Osprey on the job with partner boat Western Venture. copyright jjthefisherman