Anchored, Halifax Harbour

Anchored, Halifax Harbour

As part of the Canadian Naval Centennial celebrations and the visit by Her Majesty, Halifax harbour was packed full of some pretty impressive ships. There were two aircraft carriers — one each from America and Great Britain — as well as some cruisers, destroyers, suppliers and even a submarine or two. On top of the usual sailboats, tug boats and other working craft, the harbour was a hub of activity.

I kept my distance from the crowds on the weekend, there’s literally ten thousand people wandering the boardwalk, all taking the same photos. Luckily for me, I can take the boardwalk home from work, and on a foggy weekday I decided to finish a roll of film shooting the ships as they rested silently. This way I could get the shots I wanted without fighting and use the fog to my advantage to blur the background even more.

I liked the anchor chain hanging from the ship — if I remember correctly it was the HMCS Toronto — and the reflections. It sort of looks like a face with a looooong tongue sticking out of its mouth.

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Technical Details

  • Camera: Mamiya 6 medium-format rangefinder
  • Lens: Mamiya 75mm
  • Filter: #15 deep yellow
  • Film: Fuji Neopan 400
  • Developer: Rodinal 1+50
  • Development: Small tank for 11 minutes at 20 degrees Celsius. Agitation was for the first thirty seconds, then five inversions per minute.
  • Date: June, 2010
  • Location: 44.642586, -63.566947
  • what3words: magic.lollipop.rainbows
  • Copyright: © 2010 Chris Jones. All rights reserved. More information.

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