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A Fireboat at Chelsea Pier

I was in New York last weekend for a family function and while it wasn’t a photography themed getaway I did manage to sneak away one morning and head down to Chelsea Pier for some long exposures.

I had finished shooting and had packed up my gear when I saw this boat in the harbour that was spraying water. I quickly took out my camera (again) and set it up to capture what was happening. I had never seen this before but when I got back to the hotel I started googling to see what I could find on the subject. It seems that fireboats are outfitted with pumps and nozzles to fight fires on shore and on other ships. In New York Harbour fireboats will sometimes spray water when a military ship comes back to port. I didn’t see a fire nor did I see a military ship (which doesn’t mean there wasn’t one there) but it was awesome to see none the less. Maybe they were just practising for Memorial Day. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

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Chelsea Pier, New York, NYC, long exposure, black and white, travel photography

37 responses

  1. Reblogged this on rennydiokno.com.

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    May 25, 2015 at 8:05 am

  2. Sue

    Excellent long exposure!


    May 25, 2015 at 8:06 am

  3. LB

    The spray almost hides the boat! As my friend Gary says “Right Time, Right Place”.
    Love the image, Edith

    Liked by 1 person

    May 25, 2015 at 9:27 am

  4. A fabulous photograph Edith! I’m glad you were able to sneak away! I’ve seen fireboats like this one on the Thames in London and similarly, on special occasions, they spray their hoses. I guess these guys were just testing their equipment, fortuitously for you as it turned out. A really super picture! 🙂

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    May 25, 2015 at 10:11 am

    • Thanks Adrian. Yes it was a bit of a dull morning until the fireboat showed up. Didn’t Ansel Adams say “sometimes I get to places just when god’s ready for someone to click the shutter.”


      May 25, 2015 at 11:03 am

  5. Fantastic shot, Edith!!!! I love how you captured this scene. Pure magic!!!! Love, Amy ❤

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    May 25, 2015 at 10:24 am

  6. Edith, great opportunity you captured there, I didn’t about those type of ship, very interesting!

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    May 25, 2015 at 11:08 am

    • Thanks Anne. I didn’t either. I couldn’t figure out what why that boat was spraying water or why until I googled it when I got back.

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      May 25, 2015 at 11:27 am

  7. Excellent result – what always sticks in my mind about Chelsea Piers is the golf club – a very imaginative setting 🙂

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    May 25, 2015 at 3:23 pm

  8. Excellent!

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    May 25, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  9. Really enjoyed your perspective and the conversion gave the image another reason to enjoy it.

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    May 25, 2015 at 5:45 pm

  10. Brilliant capture Edith!

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    May 25, 2015 at 7:53 pm

  11. Little Snitch congratulations


    May 26, 2015 at 2:18 pm

  12. Gorgeous shot. The sprays appear to be frozen in mid air.


    May 27, 2015 at 2:57 am

    • Thank you. Yes that’s what I was after. I used a 10 stop ND filter to create the long exposure.


      May 27, 2015 at 9:53 am

  13. Awesome Edith, love this in B&W

    Liked by 1 person

    May 29, 2015 at 11:18 am

  14. Wow this is incredible! I love all the detail. My eyes are darting all over investigating the image. 🙂


    May 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  15. A great opportunity – isn’t it frustrating when you’ve just put everything away only to see something else crying out to be photographed?!
    I’m a fan of long exposures anyway but in addition I like the perspective and aspect ratio you’ve chosen for this.


    June 3, 2015 at 4:57 am

  16. This is AWESOME Edith, wow, what a cool boat and a terrific shot!

    Liked by 1 person

    June 5, 2015 at 6:06 pm

  17. Stunning!

    Liked by 1 person

    June 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm

  18. Gorgeous image, which works well in mono 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    June 7, 2015 at 6:46 am

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