Donation of Battleship TEXAS Image
I spend a lot of time on the water in the Houston Ship Channel, and I see sunrises at the battleship TEXAS, and San Jacinto Monument, regularly. One morning, everything was right; the clouds, the sunrise, and my shot angle. The 95 foot wide by 573 foot ship is a great anchoring element in the image beside the towering 600 foot tall, San Jacinto monument. The color version (donated), is special to me, but I didn’t want to keep it only to myself.
What a wonderful piece of history. The battleship TEXAS was commissioned in 1914, and served in both World Wars. She saw action in battles of Iwo Jima, Normandy and Okinawa. Decommissioned in 1948, the ship was the first U.S. battleship to become a permanent museum, and also the first battleship to be a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
I had opportunity the morning I shot this image. Everything “worked” in my favor for the shot. But I also had the opportunity to give back a special image to those who served , and those who love the ship.
Having printed the image 20″ x 30″, and also making a high-resolution digital file suitable for print, I made arrangements to meet with the ship’s managing officer.
My oldest son and I met with the manager and presented the image and the file. They do use images for use in brochures, and other media. They sometimes make souvenir pieces that when sold, help pay expenses for the maintenance of the ship.
We were taken on a tour of the ship with access to a few places that were still under restoration. It was amazing the amount of detailed work that is being done by state employees, and volunteers.
I do suggest that you visit the TEXAS if you’re around the Houston, Texas area. It is rich with history, and it makes you feel pretty good walking decks that had been walked by many brave men long before.
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See the Battleship TEXAS Facebook page, to get more information.
- Camera – Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
- Date – 10/04/2010
- Time – 6:08 AM
- Shutter Speed – 1/25th sec
- ISO – 100
- f/Stop – 5.6
- Focal Length – 100 mm
- Lens -EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Flash – None
- Metering Mode – Evaluative
- File Output – Raw