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13 June 2013 @ 06:00 am
Kitsnaps: Big Ship  

Big Ship
Big Ship
You’d think I could have SEEN a ship this size, wouldn’t you? I like how the effect here is that it and the buildings are of an exact height. Not that they were far off in actual fact, because that was in fact a big ship.

First time I saw a cruise ship–a whole line of them, in fact–was with my friends Sarah and Christie (we were going on a Highlander cruise) and my impression was that we were drawing up to a row of big white buildings. My brain kind of went “splah!” when I realized it was ships. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on June 13th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)
Oh, I think you're allowed not to have. Big ships are, as you remark, much the same size as buildings, and most of the time your primate brain just ignores things that big as being scenery. If they moved a bit quicker, it'd be another matter, but a ship that's just slowly gliding along and not turning is close enough to being a building that's out in the water.

The general squareness is another building thing. Big square-riggers are much more obvious.

Steam ships, too, with all that smoke.

But modern gas-turbine or diesel ships don't really have much movement about them.
kitmizkit on June 13th, 2013 11:49 am (UTC)
Ages back when I was living in San Francisco, I took a walk down around the Embarcadero, and was idly going along and glanced over to my right and thought, "Jesus, that place looks like it's got battlements," only a few seconds after which I realized that "that place" was in fact a US Navy battleship and did, of course, *literally* have battlements. Christ, it was big. Stupidly, "cannot recognize as moveable," big, yeah. Just wow.
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 13th, 2013 06:44 am (UTC)
They are quite unreasonably huge, aren't they? There were some taller than the local buildings in harbour when I was in Oslo. It was... disturbing.
kitmizkit on June 13th, 2013 11:50 am (UTC)
I *know*, right?! The brain just kind of fails when presented with something that big.