Night photography: SS Solon Turman in dry dock for dismantling at Mare Island

Night photo of the SS Solon Turman in dry dock for dismantling at Mare Island -- by Joe Reifer

The SS Solon Turman in dry dock for dismantling at Mare Island — by Joe Reifer

Seven consecutive photos of 3 minutes at f/8 ISO 200 were combined for a 21 minute cumulative exposure. My portfolio site has a larger version of this image, and more Mare Island night photography. Mare Island is always changing, and has an interesting mix of lighting that makes for a fun shooting challenge. Last Saturday night’s shoot was a Nocturnes alumni event — great to see some old friends and meet some new ones. Shooting at an official event makes interactions with security guards and the police much more pleasant, too. There will be a number of notable events in 2011 celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Nocturnes, including the big night photography festival at Mono Lake in June.

Here’s a little bit more information about the ship in the image above:

The Solon Turman was a breakbulk cargo vessel and steam freighter built in 1961 by Bethlehem Steel in San Francisco. The ship was constructed for the Lykes Brothers Steamship Co. of New Orleans. It served in commercial trade for 27 years until it was traded by the company to MARAD for a new ship in 1988. Initially the ship was listed as a Ready Reserve Fleet vessel until 2003, when it was downgraded to inactive reserve status and ultimately declared a nonretention vessel. — Benicia Herald

6 thoughts on “Night photography: SS Solon Turman in dry dock for dismantling at Mare Island

  1. Looks really good Joe. I looked at the larger version and the trails are crips and clean. I was wondering what process you were utilizing to prevent any small “breaks” in the stars when stacking the shots. All attempts ever made by me at lightening, blending, etc. have always had some small break in the light. Any tips would be appreciated.

    • Thanks, Shawn. Great to see you the other night. Just using the Canon remote set to 1 second and Lighten blending mode. Sometimes I see very slight gaps in Photoshop at different percent views, but it’s never been an issue when printing.

  2. ok Great…tht’s exactly what I do as well but at times have the dreaded gaps show. this particular shot of yours has no noticeable gaps whatsoever…I wonder if the features in CS5 used for lighten blend have improved over CS3 (what I had) and the problem is solved…I’ll have to do some experimenting when I get a copy in the future. Thanks for the quick response! Good seeing you too and looking forward to the next time.

  3. The gaps will be addressed by Russell Brown in his presentation at Mono Lake… Scott is pretty jazzed about what is coming down the pike for us…

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