The Carrier

Get on Deck?

I just wanted to put this out there… that I’d love to be invited to land on a carrier… take photos… see awesome things… okay, I have put that out there πŸ™‚ You can always contact wildcard at πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Carrier

I’ve been wanting to process this photo forever — I love carriers.

This one is open to the public, but I arrived too late to get up on the deck… So I was stuck on the ground level — but then a sweet fog rolled in to cover part of the carrier.

The CarrierI've been wanting to process this photo forever -- I love carriers.This one is open to the public, but I arrived too late to get up on the deck...  So I was stuck on the ground level -- but then a sweet fog rolled in to cover part of the carrier.  - Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

  • Cool shot Trey. I got a pretty cool one of the brass anchor.[email protected]/4002332197/sizes/o/in/photostream/

    Guess how much it weighs

  • Susan

    Beautiful shot Trey – yes, the fog is nice too!

  • Hey Trey…I used to be a Navy Pilot…wish you knew me back in the day, I would have tried to get you a ride. Carriers are awesome, and taking off and landing on one is an experience you will NEVER forget! Good luck with your invite…it might happen…sure doesn’t hurt to ask. Great photo, by the way!!

  • A very reminder of my youth when i was in the Orphanage home in Cape Town. We ,that is all the young boys in this home called Saint Michael’s Orphanage were invited to the Midway Aircraft carrier,the time as to the correct year I would not know but it would be on record when it went into Cape Town and that was after the second world war I still remember one sailor gave me his white cap and then he put me in a plane that looked like a sharks mouth up front He then took a photo of me and then took us down for breakfast. I have never in my life growing up enjoyed such a “breakie” also never had seen so much food. There was eggs which ever way you wanted it,bacon, sasage,toast,little boxs of all the flakes you could think of plus pancakes, now that to me was my biggest WOW in my life growing up.Not sure of my age then could be 7-9 years ,would like if he was still alive and he had that photo to meet him.Nice shot Trey, sorry you missed the boat at least I can share my memories with you. Thanks for sharing

  • Patrick Ahles

    This is awesome! Very well done!

  • And while I’m on your blog if any canon uses out there can help me in choice as what to get in a lens.First I have a 7D with 10-20efs
    lens, but would like to buy a 50mm 1.4usm,my second choice is between the 24-105 F4 L is usm and the 16-35 F2.8 L usm I just love sharpness and if any of you kind gentlemen could help in sugestions I would love your help.Thanks all.

  • Matt


    If you intend to stay on crom frame get the EF-S 17-55 2.8 IS

  • Oh man, I could have gotten you on a Destroyer had I known you a couple years ago!!! Those things are sick. I wish I had been in to photography at that time as well… Oh well. Now, all I have access to is an LCC (command ship) for the US 6th Fleet. Awesome shot!!

  • Eden Brackstone

    Great shot mate… I’ve been flying on and off for half my life, and would give my right arm to land on a carrier. Although I’d have to gain a little proficiency in something a bit faster and heaver than a Cessna! Hehe…

    Louis β€” I highly recommend the Canon 17-40m f/4L USM, its a brilliant lens all round, and is incredibly sharp! On the 7D, it equates to 27.2mm, still very wide and with little distortion. It has become my primary landscape lens.

    My most recent HDR photo, with a 40 minute video on post processing techniques:

  • Thanks! πŸ™‚ And thanks for the link Eden πŸ™‚

  • I’d invite you if it were up to me:) This is the “prettiest” picture of a military ship I’ve ever seen!!

  • This is a beautiful image (as they all are, Trey). Personally, I would love to see a version with a daylight balance to see if the warmth might add a different feeling to the image. With foggy light, both cool and warm images can be great at the same time.

  • Trey, in your comments you stated that you’ve been looking forward to processing this image. What causes you to wait to process it? I know that I have pictures that have been waiting, but if something new comes along that I want to play with, then I’m all over it. Just curious as to why you waited?

    Also, I’m sure you may already know this but your Stuck on Earth just hit the App Store. Going to check it our right now.

  • One thing I’ve noticed (and learned) about what makes Trey’s images so fascinating is how many of his are NOT crystal clear clean images! I feel he (yes you Trey) makes people focus on the clean my obscuring parts that are NOT clean. Take the above for one example.

    and Alex – I have some shots I can not WAIT to get too. My problem is that if I don’t do things in order shots get skipped and lost. I needs structure in order to keep things moving forward.

    Scotty “landing on one is an experience you will NEVER forget” – YEA – like soiled underwear LOL

  • Cool shot Trey! I love carriers. Got to go on the Lexington once and it was awesome (open to the public)!

  • Big Matty

    It’s mind boggling how enormous those vessels are. Thank you Trey for the picture, I love San Diego Harbor, there is always something to photograph there. Over on the downtown side of the harbor there are always lots of great opportunities to get good people shots.

  • Thanks πŸ™‚

    +Alex – I don’t know — I just yank stuff randomly out of my library to work on — and this one looked interesting to me! πŸ™‚

  • Jake

    Ooh, the Midway I presume? Very nice picture of a very cool ship.

  • The carrier looks really great with this fog, it makes quite mysterious like an enchanted ship. It’s a pity than you can go on board it should be amazing and a great opportunity to take great photograph!

  • doug stead

    Trey, great stuff! are you going to do anything, like workshops in Austin soon? i live in Celina- just of Dallas. would really like to do one. thanks,,, doug

  • Vicki Wilson

    Awesome photo! I love the way the fog has set in, very cool!

  • Thanks to Matt and Eden for the advice on lenses for canon I feel eden that lens is very sharp and will go that way.

  • Funny you brought this up. I was just on the Midway last month for a Scouting sleepover. As you can guess, there’s a plethora of stuff to shoot and with the overnighter, you don’t have the crowds. This made for some great opportunities. I especially loved being on the flight deck at night. Great views of the San Diego skyline and meandering around the planes…awesome. Example:

    Spending the night on the Midway – easily one of the best things to do!

  • Great style to this shot. I love how the light fog plays against the tones

  • Great photo. It could easily work as a Ghost Carrier

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