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Galveston sunset

November 10, 2022

GalvestonSunsetFramedA small boat that exits the Houston ship channel and rounds Galveston during a fall sunset may see those onboard pull out their cellphones to snap a photo. Those photos often have parts of the boat showing, as in this first one. I’m never quite sure when that works, and am not sure it does here. I lengthened the aspect ratio and hope the dodger, main, and sheet serve to frame the seascape. If I had had the time and space to plan it better, I would have done it a bit different.

GalvestonSunsetThe second was snapped not long after, almost the same view. I had moved outboard, to get a “clear” shot. Without losing my cellphone or falling overboard.

Needless to say, most every shot I take from a sailboat is rotated to get the horizon level. If you saw the originals, it would be canted at every which angle, partly due to the boat’s constant motion, and partly from the fact that when crew act as photographer, they often are in an odd position themself.

GalvestonSunsetCroppedThis last sunset view is more tightly cropped, all the boat bits in the original photo removed. Even so, it obviously is taken from someplace low in the water a few miles offshore. Click on any of the embedded photos for their larger version.

These were taken while delivering Kinderspel 2, a J/105, back home to Corpus Christi from her temporary berth at Clear Lake. We shoved off at 1430 Saturday, and arrived at 1730 Sunday, making a 28 hour trip. You won’t be alone if that math confuses you. We made good time after leaving Galveston behind, under spinnaker. Then the wind slacked, and we motorsailed. On the last leg, we had to sneak around a few dredges, working to expand the Corpus Christi ship channel.

PortAransasEntranceJust before sunset, two large dolphins rode beside the cockpit eyeballing us, and frustrating one crew member who wanted to snap them mid-breach. As we passed Port Aransas at the other end of the trip, I took a photo of its entrance. If you look sharply, you barely can see a dolphin breaching, just to the right of the sailboat mast.

It’s not a good photo. I’m not crazy about the sunset photos either. I sometimes ponder the role photos play, from various trips. They always seem to me very partial and sterile compared to what one sees while there. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from thinking about a newer phone with a better camera.

Last night was the first Wednesday race after the time change. The sun set while the boats were in sequence. The gibbous moon poked up from a low cloud bank as we neared the mark, joining the stars to encourage the competitors.

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