Friday, October 30, 2009

Unmistakable Shape

I shot this from the top deck of an enormous cruise ship as we headed out towards the Adriatic.
Can you spot the gondola?
Here, let me help you.
Now can you see her?
She was far, far away, and I was swinging around a 70-300mm lens, with the sun reflecting into my eyes half the time. And yet my gondola-obsessed mind caught a familiar shape, and there she was.
Most likely a regata boat, she was moored out in the middle of the lagoon, waiting for someone to take her out for a row.
There are few shapes as unmitakable as the hull of a gondola.


Tamas Feher from Hungary said...

Considering how easily a low freeboard gondolino can turtle (e.g. in the recent Regata Storica) it seems to be a strange idea to moor one on open water, exposed to wind and waves?

Gondola Greg said...

I'm not sure she is a gondolino.
Anyone want to weigh-in on that?
As for taking waves, the big problem is taking one broadside, but if she is only moored at the bow then the wind should keep her pointing in the right direction and free from most over-the-rail concerns.
Looks like I'm "buttercowing" here.
Quick, someone call me out on it!

Nereo said...

Yes, she should be a gondola or at least a "batela a coa de gambaro"
IMHO the right question is: where's the rower? [sorry for "buttercowing"]