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Is this a portal looking back in time?

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I had the opportunity not too long ago to photograph the San Francisco Maritime Museum's Beer Fest.  I'll have a separate blog posting in a few weeks highlighting that actual event, but for this blog posting, I wanted to talk about the two ships below.

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When I thought about how best to capture the ships in one shot, it made sense to have the smaller ship in front with the much larger ship in the distance.  Perspective-wise you can definitely tell which one is the larger ship.

Both ships served during World War Two and now call San Francisco's Pier 45 their home.  The Jeremiah O'Brien is the most famous of the two.

Here's a shot across the stern of the Pampanito, looking towards Alcatraz Island.

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And here we have the Jeremiah O'Brien herself.

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For these photos, I used the "aged photo" preset in Lightroom as it seemed appropriate for the subjects.  I wanted to create a feeling of truly looking at an old photograph from the World War Two era.

I highly recommend visiting these majestic ships and taking a tour if you can schedule it.  Such objects of history are worth appreciating in person.