Rusty Wreck

On my vacation this summer we came to Morzovaya Bay at Kamtchatka peninsula, Russia. Main attraction in this bay is a rusty wreck of an old Japanese ship. The vessel's name is HAMATO MARU No35. I was searching the Internet to get any information about it, what kind of vessel it was, when and why it stranded here and so on. But I had no luck. There is absolutely no information availabe for a ship with this name. It looks like a trawler, but I'm not sure. For those of you, who are interested, the location of that wreck is 53.21N 159.95E.

The wreck looks sad, but awesome. The completely rusty, empty shell of a once proud vessel. If you carefully look at the area where the vessel's name usually is located, you can spot rusty letter outlines on a rusty background. And since it is stranded you can get really close to it and experience it's size, touch it's surface. It's huge. There is also a ladder at one side, so if you are curious enough, you can climb into it. I was too afraid of any possible accident, so I did not.

From the photographic aspect this scene is great. The strong brown of that rust is a nice and harsh contrast to the intense green in the back, the bright gray stone beach and the turquoise sea water. The sky was nearly overcast which gave the scene a soft light with not that much hard shadows and contrasts. This nicely brings out the beautiful texture of that rusty ship's skin.

The first two photos where taken with my EOS 600D camera and my EF-S 18-55mm standard zoom kit lens. The first one with 36mm focal length, the second one with a wider angle of 18mm, which makes the wreck look even bigger. ISO was at a value of 100. The camera was set to P mode and calculated aperture and shutter speed automatically. First photo with 1/100 sec and f/6.3; second one with 1/200 sec and f/9.

For the last photo I went a bit more far away to the opposite side of the bay and used my EOS 500D with my EF 100-400mm zoom lens at 365mm focal length. This high focal lengths flattens the scene. You get not that much depth in it. Camera was again in P mode with a fixed ISO value of 200. 200 this time, because of the large focal length the risk of camera shakes increases when not using a tripod and higher ISO value gives you shorter shutter speed which prevents motion blur caused by camera shakes. For this shot the camera has calculated a shutter speed of 1/320 sec and an aperture value of f/6.3


ash said…
You are the number one Google search result for "hamato maru russia", so there really doesn't seem to be any more information ;)
fredamans said…
That would be fun to explore!