Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Arthur M. Anderson in the Evening on Lake Huron

 I saw the Arthur M. Anderson on AIS but I didn't think I would have a chance to catch her before it got dark.  My mom and I thought up driving somewhere on the thumb to catch the Perseid showers.  As I was north of Lexington, I saw a ship off in the distance.  As I looked closer, I realized that she had to be the Arthur M. Anderson.   So I stopped at the next roadside park where I could (there are many nice roadside parts on M-25 along the lake and you can get a view of the lake from most of them).

 As it was getting dark, I had to bump up the film speed and even then I was shooting at a low shutter speed, so I apologize for both the blurriness and graininess if this picture.  But I wanted to post an picture of the Anderson, so here it is.

As I see the running lights of this ship, I can't help but think of the night that Edmund Fitzgerald went down.  Granted, the Lake is much calmer in this picture, the Anderson didn't have the gray stripe on her front nor did she have the self unloader but  I have to imagine this is close to how she looked on that night.

Catching the Herbert C. Jackson

 The next ship is the main ship that I wanted to catch.  She is a classic laker and I wanted to get a classic laker with my drone.

The Herbert C. Jackson is a fairly busy boat.  She usually takes several short (short being relative) trips on the Great Lakes.  In this picture, she was coming up from Cleveland after delivering a load of iron.
Accoring to her AIS, she was heading up to Rogers City.  According to the map, it is about 170 nautical miles to Rogers City from Port Huron.  That is about 195 statute miles.  A nautical mile is one minute of latitude along any line of longitude.  It was first used in the late 1500's.  Usually ships do around 12 knots on Lake Huron, so that is about 15 hours of travel time.
She starts to make the turn for the channel leaving Port Huron.
A shallower angle.
This is probably my favorite angle for a ship.  It gives you an idea of the length while also giving you an idea of the width.
She start to finish her turn.
The bow shot that makes taking pictures at Port Huron special.
The makes the turn for leaving the channel.
the sun was beautiful by the time I caught her.  I have to say it was almost the golden hour.
And then I took the air.  I will have to admit, this is the shot I wanted when I got  my drone.  I should have skewed a little more to the left so that I could get a straight on shot.
The Jackson approaches my drone.
She is framed
The almost beam shot.  As I said, I will have to learn how to shift the camera so that I don't have to back it away as much.
The beam shot.
She continues out into Lake Huron.

One of the buildings to the side.

And one more shot with my normal camera.

A Drone Shot of the Blue Water Bridge

 My mom took the trip up to Port Huron with me.  I just wanted to show her what the drone looked like while it was up in the air.  while I was doing that, I figured I might as well get a shot of the Blue Water Bridge.

 It's amazing how different things look from the air.  I don't know how many times I have see this view from the ground.  I never realized just how blue the river was.  I'll have to say that it looks pretty cool.

Catching the Huron Spirit

 Port Huron is one of the pilot transfer points on the Great Lakes.  I think it covers the section from Port Huron to Detroit in the south and up to the Soo in the North.  And it only applies to the Non-US or Canadian ships on the Great Lakes.  The captains of Great Lakes ships already have pilotage licenses.

As I was waiting for the next ship, the Huron Spirit came out.  I assumed that she was going to transfer pilots on the Azoresborg.  It seemed like she was running late as they usually do the transfers near the Blue Water Bridge.
I will have to say that she pushes alot of water and creates alot of wake. 
In fact when I went to my other spot, she got me wet when I was waiting for the next ship and she returned.  I was not a happy camper although part of that has to do with the lake levels.  I'd swear that lake levels are higher than the last time I was up here.
the lighting was pretty nice for me.
I kind of like this shot.
She passes in front of the casino.
 And continues out to Lake Huron.

Now Presenting the Azoresborg

 Yesterday was my birthday, so  I decided to head up to Port Huron.  I saw that there was a pair of ships that I wanted to catch.  It as a pretty nice day, so I took the afternoon off.

The first ship that I saw was the Azoresborg.  She is owned by Wagenborg of the Netherlands.
She was built in 2010 at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in China.  She has been strengthened to carry heavy cargoes.  She can carry container cargo if necessary.
She is 469 feet long by 70 feet wide and can carry 17,323 tons of cargo.
She was carrying windmill blades to Bay City.  There is a terminal in Bay City where they are in turn delivered to sites near Bay City (and possibly the rest of the state).
This load will make for quite a collection of windmills.
And I will have to say it looks pretty cool.
She makes the turn to leave the channel.
And then I decided to pull the drown out.  I realize that I still need quite a bit of practice with the drone.  I also realized that it was not as easy shooting from the drone is Port Huron as it was in Detroit.
I didn't get the almost beam shot I was looking for as I didn't pull the drone back far enough.  Although I might be able to adjust the camera to get different angles.
the ship starts to pull away.
She approaches the Blue Water Bridge.  I'll have to say that I really like this view.
A stern shot as she goes under.
 And one more shot from my normal camera.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The Return of Devil 505

 One of my favorite flights to catch is Fed Ex Flight 505 out of Memphis.  It is either a DC-10 or MD-11 and those are neat to watch.  I haven't caught it in a while because it's been coming in at odd times.  It used to come in around 6:00P.M. but it has been coming later lately.  I decided to catch it last night.

First up is an Embrear 175 out of Louisville.
It was followed by a Spirit Airlines A319 out of Dallas.  These used to be in the Spirit Digital livery but they painted them over.
A Delta 737 from Las Vegas.
If I can catch the American planes, I like to catch those too because they represent a different livery from all the Delta liveries.  This one arrived from Dallas.
A 737 from San Francisco.
A 757 coming in from Atlanta but it was coming in on the other runway, so this picture is cropped a bit.  One thing I like about my new camera is I can do that and I don't lose too much clarity.
A Fed Ex 767 coming in from Memphis.  This is not Devil 505.
Another angle.
This 757 was arriving from Fort Lauderdale.
Another angle.
And Devil 505 arrives.
You may ask why I call it Devil 505?  Well, mainly because that was the callsign of the character in Flight of the Intruder.
I realized it's not an Intruder but the callsign works.
It was coming from Memphis and was looking nice in the setting sun.
 One more.