Photo Of The Day – Massive Ships Dropping Down The Panama Canal

Title: Massive Ships Dropping Down The Panama Canal

Location: Gatun Locks, Colón, Colón Province, Panama, Central America (9°17’39” N 79°55’14” W)

Description: I’ve been on the 8 or so locks on the Columbia and Snake Rivers through Washington and Oregon, but it still amazes and baffles me that such large ships can, fairly simply, transit the Panama Canal.

This shot is looking up the ‘old’ locks at Gatun Lake with one ship exiting into the Caribbean Sea (on right) and the second getting ready to enter the second of three chambers. The total drop of all three locks is 85′, as tall as some of these ships.

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CameraCanon 7D Mark II
LensCanon 28-300mm L
ISO500
Focal Length250mm
Aperturef/7.1
Shutter Speed1/1600
AltitudeSea Level

Photograph Copyright 2017 Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email).

Prints of this image are available here if you want professional quality shipped to your home.


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