Derelict Fishing Boat

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Derelict Fishing Boat

Beagle Channel – Southern Patagonia, Argentina

1/1600s @ f/4 ISO 100 @ 32mm

I photographed this abandoned and derelict fishing boat in the Beagle Channel of Southern Patagonia this morning. It’s aground in shallow water and is loosely tethered to the shore. I wish I could offer the back story on this image but unfortunately I have no information. The hull is rusting through in some places and there’s obvious damage and ruin to the rest of the boat too. It almost looks like a ghost ship sailing the seas without a captain or crew. Spooky coms to mind. I thought that a black and white presentation did the image justice.

The Beagle Channel (named after the boat that carried Charles Darwin on his epic adventure) separates Argentinian Patagonia and Chilean Patagonia. This past week I’ve photographed in this small city (about 70,000 residents) of Ushuaia on the island of Tierra de Fuego aptly named: The End of the World. Ushuaia is the last city before you reach Antarctica some 4649km= 2888mi distant. On Saturday I spent the day photographing wild Penguins (both Gentoo and Magellanic) on Martillo Island and will now be departing this amazing place early Thursday morning to catch the whales in Puerto Madryn.

Photographer’s Field Notes: I was shooting this at a modest 32mm wide-angle focal length with my Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens. I set my aperture to f/4 (wide-open) to soften the background a bit but at wide-angle I didn’t stand a chance, the depth of field was just too great (I knew that but thought what the hell). The boat was actually very close to shore and 32mm pretty much filled the camera frame—so any flattening effect with a modest telephoto was completely off the board. Anyway, I kind of like this shot. SFD

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