Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


Ahoy NYK Line!

I really love my Sony but even more I love the 16-35mm 2.8 lens I used for this image.  It takes such sharp pictures!  It’s the perfect combination for travel in my opinion.  It’s great for landscapes and architecture.  Sometimes I catch it in an “in between” distance and I struggle then, but I like to only carry one lens with me unless I’m in a car traveling around.  Mirrorless cameras are so light and convenient for travel.  I loved that I didn’t have to carry my Nikon on this Port of Oakland tour….although don’t get me wrong, I do love my Nikon.

I’ve been reading about other camera technologies and there is an interesting one coming out called Light.  Have you heard about it?  It’s compact much like a smartphone although more powerful.  The idea is that it has multiple lenses built in and takes multiple pictures with all the lenses at the same time and then puts the picture together a 52 mp resolution image.  I thought it was interesting technology and makes me wonder where technology is heading with regard to attaching lenses to cameras.   Check it out!

Ahoy NYK Line! - Port of Oakland

Ahoy NYK Line! – Port of Oakland



Lt. Cortesia

Here’s another one from the Port of Oakland tour we took the other day.  If you haven’t seen the other images, please check the post before this one.  Please forgive me but I’m lazy with my words today, so I’ll just leave you with the image.  Hope you are all having a great day!

Lt. Cortesia - Port of Oakland

Lt. Cortesia – Port of Oakland




Port of Oakland (3 images)

Last night we went on a 90 minute Port of Oakland tour and it was fantastic!  At first I was wondering if it was going to happen because it had literally rained all day long; but one hour before our tour, the rain magically stopped and the clouds parted!  (Click on the pictures to see high resolution).

The Port of Oakland was the first major port on the Pacific Coast of the United States to build terminals for container ships, and it’s now the fifth busiest container port in the United States.

The tour departed from Jack London Square in Oakland and traveled down the estuary which is between the Cities of Alameda and Oakland toward the Bay Bridge.  I was really excited that we got as close as we did to the bridge.  You can see San Francisco there just beyond this portion of the bridge which is the western portion.

The cranes that lift the cargo containers from the ships were quite big.   I’ve always thought they looked like something out of a sci-fi adventure and half expect them to start wading down the estuary.  “Attack of the Cranes” sounds like an upcoming movie doesn’t it?

See the bow of the boat?  I was on the right hand side most of the tour.  I started off inside but knew I didn’t want to take pictures through a window, so I’m glad I headed out there shortly after the boated departed for the tour because it became completely crowded up there.  I took a lot of pictures but thought I’d share these two (besides the boat) for now since they’re the only ones I’ve worked on.

The tour is FREE….yes FREE!  Amazing!  I’m glad I discovered this because our tour was the second to the last tour of the year.  I’m not sure when they start up again but I’m assuming sometime in late spring or early summer.   You can check out more about the port and find out about the tour here.

Hope you enjoy!

Western Span Bay Bridge - Port of Oakland Tour

Western Span Bay Bridge – Port of Oakland Tour


The Cranes