Lens-Artists Challenge #62 – Silhouettes

[Categories: Photography, Photography 101 Forever
[Photos this week are hosted right here on WordPress.  Somewhere…  serene.]

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The Lens Artists Challenge is hosted this week by Patti.

When I think silhouettes, I also think contrasts.  Outlines stark, or at least distinct, from the surrounds.  Sometimes they are simple shapes, sometimes complex lines.

My photos are just a few days old.

Rigging on the USS Constitution, Boston, Massachusetts.

Per Wikipedia, the Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat. HMS Victory is the oldest commissioned vessel by three decades, but she has been in dry dock since 1922.[9]

The John Hancock Tower in Boston is really, really tall.  Really.  62 stories.  Silhouetted by whatever sky is left it is not blocking.

The statue of ice hockey legend Bobby Orr begged to be photographed, despite its position in front of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in the background.  It’s a busy photo, but thar’ be silhouettes, matey.

Water cannons on a firefighter boat at Mystic Seaport Museum, itself a 19 acre reproduction/restoration of a thriving mid-nineteenth century shipbuilding and whaling port.  Fascinating place.  I recommend it.

The Charles W. Morgan whaling vessel at the Mystic Seaport Museum.  “Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat – only the USS Constitution is older.”  Mystic Seaport is loaded with information on the old whaling industry.  Though we now have legitimate concerns for our whale populations, back then, before petroleum and electricity, whale oil was used for lamp lighting.

Per petroleumhistory.org, “The first principal use of whale oil was as an illuminant in lamps and as candle wax.  Other uses came in time.  In the 1700’s it was noted that the burning oil from sperm whales glowed brightly and clearly and did not have a disagreeable odor like the oil from right whales did (Bonner, 1989).  The sperm whale was the main whale being sought for its oil when the petroleum industry opened in 1859.”

Cheers.

Weekly Challenge info from Tina:
“Each Saturday at noon EST we will publish a photo challenge similar in form to the now-defunct WPC. If you choose to participate, please make sure to tag your post with the name of our group LENS-ARTISTS so that all of the responses can be found together in the WP Reader. Please also include a link to the challenge moderator’s post. One of our 4 moderators will host the challenge each week.”
Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/
Check them out.  Also search for Lens-Artists to find posts.
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About JohnRH

Retired, avid winter skier, avid reader, traveler (avidly). :)
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35 Responses to Lens-Artists Challenge #62 – Silhouettes

  1. Prior... says:

    Really enjoyed all of here but especially the opening flag flying like that…

  2. Tina Schell says:

    Good choices all John. My fav was Bobby Orr. He’s literally flying out of your image!!

  3. cindy knoke says:

    All wonderful, but the John Hancock Tower photo is stunning.

  4. The John Hancock Tower is impressive. The statue of ice hockey legend Bobby Orr looks like flying. Great silhouetted photos, John.

  5. Amy says:

    Great selections, John!

  6. pattimoed says:

    I was hoping you’d join us this week! I love your historical “bent” and share your love of history. Bobby Orr’s statue made me smile. A great capture. But my favorite was the John Hancock. I love the perspective of your shot. and the drama of the silhouette.

  7. Leya says:

    Love the grand building and the hockey legend falling out of the picture – his hockey stick looks just like the lamppost behind him!

  8. Olga says:

    The way you captured the perspective of the tower is stunning, John. The silhouetted reflections of other buildings really added to the feeling of height. ❤

  9. Excellent photos John. Amazing capture of US flag on the USS Constitution.

  10. Shelley says:

    I agree with all the comments shared above – I like each photo for the unique angle you took them from. That tower is really TALL! I especially enjoyed the history you shared too, it was fun to read!

  11. Wonderful photos, John. You did well to get that tall building in the frame. I got a kink in my neck looking at it. I was also immediately excited when I saw the silhouette of the clipper. Wow. I’ve been looking for a good photo of an old sailing boat that I can adapt for a mosaic I want to create. Would you have any objections to me using your photo as a template? Also if you have a photo of a kraken that would be handy too. 🙂 I won’t be offended if you say no. Regards. Tracy.

  12. Love the ships (I’m an ex-mariner so a bit biased), John 😁 and thanks for the facts you’ve built into your post as well.

  13. JohnRH says:

    It’s amazing the craft men have braved the seas in over the centuries.

  14. Love those old sailing ships. When I was in Baltimore recently, I toured the USS Constellation.

    • JohnRH says:

      If memory serves me, (it’s been six whole days since I was there) the Morgan museum had a model of the Constellation and noted how much bigger it was than the Morgan. Wikipedia notes: Constellation is 181 feet (55 m) long at the waterline and 199 feet (61 m) long overall. She has a beam of 41 feet (12 m) at the waterline, and is 43 feet (13 m) across at her widest point. Her maximum draft is 21 feet (6.4 m) at a full load displacement of 1,400 long tons (1,400 t). AND: Morgan was registered as 106 1⁄2 feet (32.5 m) in length, 27 feet 2 1⁄2 inches (8.293 m) inches in breadth, and 13 feet 7 1⁄4 inches (4.147 m) in depth.[7]:33 Her displacement was 314 gross tons.

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