Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day! - Photographing Fleet Week

Happy Memorial Day!
Fleet Week New York Photography

Happy Memorial Day everybody! It's a beautiful day today, here, in New York City area, but a few days ago, during Fleet Week, the weather wasn't that great. But, that did not stop me from trying to snap a few shots of the ships coming up the Hudson River. And so I did.

At first, I couldn't notice anything. Nothing and nobody was coming up the Hudson. But helicopters were hovering above me, and police boats were flashing their blue lights everywhere, it seemed. So, the ships were to make their presence, soon. And so they did. At least a few of them.

First came the U.S. Coast Guard. All in white, it made its way from New York Harbor, as ferries were taking commuters across the river.
U.S. Coast Guard meets ferry full of commuters. Fleet Week photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
U.S. Coast Guard meets ferry full of commuters. Fleet Week photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
There is something about the fog. It gives a feeling of mystery to the events happening in or around it. And although I would have preferred a clear sunny day to photograph Fleet Week, I didn't mind the grayness of the day, limited visibility and all.

In the picture below, a ship just passing under Verrazano Bridge, as a sailing boat seems 'parked' on the side, as if in waiting.

Ships cross Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during Fleet Week, days before Memorial Day 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Ships cross Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during Fleet Week, days before Memorial Day 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. 

 First one that I noticed was USS Oak Hill LSD 51, the giant gray ship that, in the picture below, crosses paths with the orange Staten Island ferry.

USS Oak Hill LSD 51 crosses paths with Staten Island Ferry, during Fleet Week NY 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
USS Oak Hill LSD 51 crosses paths with Staten Island Ferry, during Fleet Week NY 2014, a police boat by its side. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 There was quite an activity on the Hudson, that morning, during Fleet Week New York, 2014. Everybody from commuter ferries, NYC Waterways, U.S. Coast Guard ships, bright red fire boats, police boats and the actual military ships were there.


Fire boat on the Hudson, during Fleet Week NY, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fire boat on the Hudson, during Fleet Week NY, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


 Another boat passes by the Holocaust Memorial in Lower Manhattan.

Yellow ship with the American flag passes the Holocaust Memorial in Lower Manhattan, during Fleet Week 2014, days before Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Yellow ship with the American flag passes the Holocaust Memorial in Lower Manhattan, during Fleet Week 2014, days before Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 While waiting for USS Oak Hill LSD 51 to reach Manhattan, I shot a few pictures of what else was happening around me, like the two images above. And then I saw it, the huge gray ship approaching, reaching the tip of Lower Manhattan.

USS Oak Hill LSD 51 reaches the tip of Lower Manhattan. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
USS Oak Hill LSD 51 reaches the tip of Lower Manhattan. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 Up close (ok, through a telephoto lens), the ship looks even more imposing. Take a closer look at the helicopter and everything else on its deck....

A closer look of USS Oak Hill LSD 51, its deck shaped by men in white and black uniforms. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
A closer look of USS Oak Hill LSD 51, its deck shaped by men in white and black uniforms. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


Another closer look at USS Oak Hill LSD 51. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Another closer look at USS Oak Hill LSD 51. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


And now looking at the bigger picture of USS Oak Hill LSD 51 as it passing by the new Freedom Tower and Word Financial Center.

USS Oak Hill LSD 51 at World Trade Center, during Fleet Week 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
USS Oak Hill LSD 51 at World Trade Center, during Fleet Week 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Imposing, majestic, solemn...a lot of words come to mind when looking at these ships, these giants. Let us all remember the true meaning of Memorial Day, and have a safe one.

USS Oak Hill LSD 51 reaches Empire State Building and Midtown. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
USS Oak Hill LSD 51 reaches Empire State Building and Midtown. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Summer is here.

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author

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