Pic Of The Week (04/2012)

A seasoned deckhand is throwing a line from the bow of the ferry ‘Isle of Mull’ on arrival in the port of Oban from Tobermory on Mull.

Seaman throwing a line from the ferry 'Isle of Mull'
Seaman throwing a line from the ferry 'Isle of Mull' (www.jb-photography.org)

The old seaman throws a thin line which is caught on the pier and then enables the thick mooring cable to be pulled over and made fast to the bollards. I watched this ritual several times while living in the beautiful town of Oban on the west coast of Scotland for two years. On this occation the light was just about right, bringing out the contrast between the blue sky (not an everyday sight in this part of the world…) and the black-and-white hull of the ferry.

I had set the camera on continuous shooting mode and as soon as I watched the deckhand swinging the line, I squeezed the shutter button. Out of a series of five, this shot nicely caught the moment when the little ball (a knot called ‘monkey fist’) started flying toward the pier and the line was still in loops, suspended in mid-air.

Canon EOS 50D & Canon EF 4/24-105 mm L IS USM; f/8.0; 1/640; ISO 250

You can view more maritime images on our website at JB Photography – Transport.

(Image Copyright Johann Brandstätter/JB Photography)