Four images from Thursday night and a fifth to put them into perspective

Thursday night’s expedition to Bay Shipbuilding for some Industry-After-Dark shots. The weather was more than cooperative with great lights, little cloud cover, and a bright comma of a moon in the indigo-blue post-sunset sky.

I’ve been trying to decide how best to present the series. The shots I am posting here were actually minimally processed and I have spent some long minutes just drinking in the richness of the colors.

Does anyone else do this? Sometimes I just stare at an image and think “I could not possibly have taken that picture. It does not belong to me but instead climbed into my camera looking for a warm place to take a nap.”

The structure you can see on the left of each photo is the pilothouse of the freighter American Century. The following are simply different versions of the same scene and I am perfectly delighted with them as they stand. However, I thought it would be helpful to include a fifth picture to show you the sheer enormity of both the ship and the crane.





The American Century, of which you could only glimpse portions of the pilothouse in those earlier images, is a thousand-foot-long Great Lakes freighter that generally hauls coal on the Lakes.


  1. Really beautiful images!! Mastery of the evening shot. Perfect!

  2. Marjorie says:

    In the still of the night…..beautiful

  3. sedge808 says:

    night photoing is very addictive.

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