Photo of the week
A hum, the boats I mean. Yesterday the maiden voyage of the Cunard Lines’ Queen Elisabeth met with the Queen Mary 2 (which is Cunard’s largest ship) off Sydney Harbour Heads, with the latter leading the way through the harbour. Here is a photograph of the QM 2 followed by the QE in the early hours before the sun rose.
This was the first time that two of the Cunard ships reached Sydney at the same time and followed each other into the Harbour. The QM2 was berthed at Garden Island/Woolloomooloo, while the QE was berthed at Circular Quay. There was quite a good sized crowd even though the ships came in at 5:30 on a Tuesday.
The bigger QM2 came in first and made a loop around Fort Denison before heading to her berth. It was amazing to see the sheer size of the ship and how easily it maneuvered around the island.
Below is a broadside photograph of the QM2.
Interestingly, in 2007 the QM2 was in Sydney when it met up with the Queen Elisabeth 2 which has now been retired. Below is the passing of the two ships around Fort Denison which created a great photo opportunity.
As QM2 pulled into her berth I couldn’t resist taking this photograph of a photographer who was distracted by the QE. I think it’s a comical photo since he appears to be missing the “big picture”, but is in fact capturing the other ship.
Here is one more image of the Queen Mary pulling into her berth at Garden Island, because she is too big for Circular Quay.
The last photograph shows the Queen Elisabeth as she goes around the Opera House to pull into her berth at Circular Quay. It was very interesting to see the big ship pulling into Circular Quay.
It seems that anytime one of the Cunard Line ships pulls into Sydney Harbour it becomes an event, but when two ships are there it is quite a phenomenon. There were street closures and a number of other effects that the two ships had on the city. At the Mrs Macquarie’s Chair where I was taking photographs there were a number of television crews, reporters, press photographers and even a concession stand selling food.
I would like to wrap up this post with a bit of an apology for not posting since Christmas. It has been a very busy period dealing with personal issues, and combined with internet problems has led to a rather absence from not only blogging but also photography. However, I should hopefully have more time to devote to both in the near future.
Finally, good luck and best wishes to all the people affected by the earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand. Hopefully more survivors are found and the rebuilding process goes smoothly.