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USS Theodore Roosevelt @ Stokes Bay

Weather dry, blue sky and some sun (oft hidden by cloud). Could I resist the "pull" to visit Stokes Bay for the second time in 12 months ?

Last visit was to view the Hoegh Osaka

Today, again the area is full of people, on a work day




Security is high, with many armed service people




and this flotilla is armed too




She is HUGE ! Images not great as it became a grey day trying to photograph a grey massive ship !




I tried for comparative images - the yacht sailing by is a 35 ft and the Police launch longer and that is a small Ferry backed up to the Drop down dock at the back of her





I believe the Tall Ship, with many sails "furled" is Tenacious a sail trainer





The Tall Ship looks beautiful to me, and I have saved this image for me to paint, sometime




Along the beach, I met this fab canine friend, he reminds me of my Charlie




and we were low flown over by the Coast Guard




Lucky ! This Staffie was near me, safe for sure. Just look at his collar





Nice Dragons Teeth




USS Theodore Roosevelt is due to sail on Friday ... most likely on the morning tide, past Southsea and Old Portsmouth (Southsea Common is a great vantage point for photographers


Info on Shipping, Anchorage ; Movements ; Scheduled to arrive and depart

http://www.southamptonvts.co.uk/live...ship_schedule/


Stokes Bay, is between Gosport and Lee on Solent

If I (or Nick can help anyone re locations and vantage points for those popping down ... please message me Nick knows the Solent and coasts exceedingly well and is willing to help others

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Re: USS Theodore Roosevelt @ Stokes Bay

Very interesting, and you aren't going to get better shots of it than these, methinks!

Must say, the tall ship is so much more appealing aesthetically.......

And...typical! The aircraft carrier is armed to the teeth...yet they 'need' all this extra security. Anybody spotted Clint Eastwood yet?
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Very interesting, and you aren't going to get better shots of it than these, methinks!

Must say, the tall ship is so much more appealing aesthetically.......

And...typical! The aircraft carrier is armed to the teeth...yet they 'need' all this extra security. Anybody spotted Clint Eastwood yet?
The Tall Ship is also much easier to capture a good image of
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Re: USS Theodore Roosevelt @ Stokes Bay

It's always tough getting good pics of warships, they tend not to anchor in places where you can. Nevertheless, your pics takes us there Chevvy.

I have in my archives quite a number of USS warships USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Carl Vinson, and one or two of their subs taken when they visited Hobart, Tasmania.

Just dug a couple up: Hope you don't mind, Chevvy - I'll pull them down tomorrow.




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Mark, I enjoy these, please leave them great inspiration !

USS Abe Lincoln is AWESOME and the Sub too
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Re: USS Theodore Roosevelt @ Stokes Bay

That shot of the sub reminds me of Loch Fyne! Opposite Inveraray there was a refuelling station, and a (presumably) revictualling boat plied back and forth from Inveraray quay to it. If you didn't know it was there, you'd be very lucky indeed to see it - even on the side of the loch where it was. It was "deserted" when we found it, and we managed to grab a couple of quick shots of the sub waiting for whatever; but I bet stopping, getting out of the car, and pulling out a camera would have resulted in it suddenly not being "deserted" after all!

I imagine the Theo R is a good way offshore, and not easy to get near enough for any really good shots of it. When they park up these warships, they never give a hoot about us photographers, do they?

I do like all these shots, both!
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That shot of the sub reminds me of Loch Fyne! Opposite Inveraray there was a refuelling station, and a (presumably) revictualling boat plied back and forth from Inveraray quay to it. If you didn't know it was there, you'd be very lucky indeed to see it - even on the side of the loch where it was. It was "deserted" when we found it, and we managed to grab a couple of quick shots of the sub waiting for whatever; but I bet stopping, getting out of the car, and pulling out a camera would have resulted in it suddenly not being "deserted" after all!

I imagine the Theo R is a good way offshore, and not easy to get near enough for any really good shots of it. When they park up these warships, they never give a hoot about us photographers, do they?

I do like all these shots, both!

Keith the only Loch Fyne I know is the fish restaurant in Winchester

Stokes Bay is about a mile or two from the USS Theodore Roosevelt it was not so much the distance but the "light/subject" really I found some crackin images on Flickr from SupaSmokey (he is airborne )

but do enjoy his images here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/supasm...7651133540700/
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Keith the only Loch Fyne I know is the fish restaurant in Winchester

Stokes Bay is about a mile or two from the USS Theodore Roosevelt it was not so much the distance but the "light/subject" really I found some crackin images on Flickr from SupaSmokey (he is airborne )

but do enjoy his images here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/supasm...7651133540700/
Loch Fyne is on the W coast of Scotland. Beautiful area - you'd never expect to see a submarine around there! (Trust the MoD to spoil a nice view if it can!)

I hope SupaSmokey wasn't using a camera drone! With all that artillery on the Theo R, it won't last long, I think! As you say, v good shots. A few million dollars' worth of hardware on that deck without the ship itself!! Just like our aircraft carriers, eh?
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Re: USS Theodore Roosevelt @ Stokes Bay

A very interesting set Chevvy.

You are right, grey ships on grey day are difficult. Part of the problem is the haze in the air.

I hope you don't mind but I thought I'd try and see if the new "ClearView" facility in Dxo Optics Pro which is designed to deal with haze would help. These are quick attempts on low res JPEGs but seem to bring some improvement. Applying this to the original raw files would be more effective.





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A very interesting set Chevvy.

You are right, grey ships on grey day are difficult. Part of the problem is the haze in the air.

I hope you don't mind but I thought I'd try and see if the new "ClearView" facility in Dxo Optics Pro which is designed to deal with haze would help. These are quick attempts on low res JPEGs but seem to bring some improvement. Applying this to the original raw files would be more effective.





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Peter "Thank You" I like these much more ... and shall have to have a go with that ... off to Google that software please leave them here as others may find the images cleaned up and ref. to the software you used, very interesting
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Re: USS Theodore Roosevelt @ Stokes Bay

Forgive me for butting in Chevvy and Peter but I copied (without permission ) and opened one of the pictures and spent 5 secs using "Fastone Image Viewer". It improved it a great deal using the levels control I may have done better had I spent more time on it. The program is free and is worth a trial.
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Forgive me for butting in Chevvy and Peter but I copied (without permission ) and opened one of the pictures and spent 5 secs using "Fastone Image Viewer". It improved it a great deal using the levels control I may have done better had I spent more time on it. The program is free and is worth a trial.
Forgot to mention, the program also works with RAW files.
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Peter "Thank You" I like these much more ... and shall have to have a go with that ... off to Google that software please leave them here as others may find the images cleaned up and ref. to the software you used, very interesting
Thanks Chevvy.

Here's a couple of links to save you time.

http://www.dxo.com/us/photography/ph.../dxo-opticspro

http://www.dxo.com/us/photography/tutorials

http://www.dxo.com/us/photography/ph...ures/clearview

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Bob "Thank You" helping improve images ; offering support to others is part of what makes this a great forum

I shall have a lookie at this Fastone Image Viewer
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