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Endeavour on Sydney Harbour with 7dii and 24-105mm in rain

On Australia Day this year we were fortunate to get a berth on the Endeavour, a direct replica of the original Endeavour that travelled from London to Sydney over 200 years ago. This trip around Sydney harbour made me realise how incredible the trip was in cramped conditions in rough and merciless seas.

The 7d ii and 24-105mm held up incredibly well in very trying conditions, and the weather sealing had a thorough testing and survived incredibly well. Unfortunately the rain and overcast conditions were not ideal, but I’m reasonably happy with the results. I shot most picture in Manual mode with auto ISO so I could easily set me shutter speed and aperture as required.

 

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The Endeavour replica at Darling Harbour

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30 kilometres of rigging and 750 wooden blocks or pulleys

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Carving of an unknown person

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The masts and spars carry 28 sails that spread approximately 10,000 sq feet (930 m2) of canvas

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Sydney Ferry

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Proud Australians

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New warship

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USS Missouri

Located in Pearl Harbor, the USS Missouri is the battleship where the war in the Pacific ended with the Japanese surrender. Very fitting that it’s located right next to the Arizona memorial. Missouri was commissioned in June 1944. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum located in Pearl Harbor. The USS Missouri fought in 4 wars – WWII, Korean, Desert Storm and the Gulf War. For more info see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Missouri_(BB-63). All taken with x100s, processed in PSE and Perfectly Clear.

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Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial

There’s nothing like visiting a place to understand the complete context of what happened there. My family and I recently visited Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and were very humbled by the experience. This was the place that thrust the US into WWII against the Japanese on December 7 1941 when the Japanese surprise attack unleashed hell on this most beautiful and peaceful islands. You learn this in history at school, may have seen a movie or two about the attack, but being there makes it real in way that’s hard to describe. When you visit, take off your hats, listen, speak quietly and pay your respects to many young men & women who never had a chance. All taken with x100s and processed in PSE with Perfectly Clear.

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Arizona memorial with Missouri to the left at back

 

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In memory of those who lost their lives

This is a gun turret from the Arizona that remains above the waters edge

This is a gun turret from the Arizona that remains above the waters edge

Oil still leaks from the Arizona. Our guide told us these are supposedly the black tears of those who perished.

Oil still leaks from the Arizona. Our guide told us these are supposedly the black tears of those who perished.

Flag stands tall and proud

Flag stands tall and proud

Panorama from the memorial

Panorama from the memorial

Japanese model aircraft carrier that launched the attack on Dec 7 1941. We were told many of these carriers were destroyed in the battle of Midway

Japanese model aircraft carrier that launched the attack on Dec 7 1941. We were told many of these carriers were destroyed in the battle of Midway

Close up of the model Japanese carrier

Close up of the model Japanese carrier

 

Canon 7d mark ii – Splash

Using the 7d mark II with Canon 70-200mm F4 capturing the kids in the pool, well actually diving into the pool. Most of these shot at ISO1000 F8 at around 70mm, and heavily cropped in post from the original. Despite the heavy cropping, the images are great. Shutter speed did vary depending on the light, usually around 1/1250 to 1/2000 of a second. Everything shot jpeg, processed in PSE 10 with Perfectly Clear.

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