meaning with this page is to give some
tips of good "Ship spotting" places
around the world.
If you know any places where it´s good to photo ship or just to sit down and have a look at them, send a mail (e-mail adress here) and I will put it on to this page.
At the moment is Istanbul is the only "input".
Good places to photograph ships in Istanbul
At SARAYBURNU in Istanbul is a good photoplace,
with a view out over Bosporus and the Marmara
Sea. Many of the ferries is passing very near and you only need a
normal to a 200 mm tele lens to get good photos.
During our last visit in this place we photographed 39 ships under 5 hours, mostly Turkish and Ukrainian, but also a lot of Maltese, Panamanian and Greek ship.
Other recommended places is USKUDAR and KADIKÖY (take the ferry from Eminönu Iskelesi) or why not take a ferry trip in Bosporus from Eminönu Iskelesi up to Anadolu Kavagi the last harbour before the Black Sea and take photos during the trip (this trip take 6 hours).
Another good place is the old fortress Rumeli Hisari, her is the Bosporus most narrow place, it's only 700 meter between Europe and Asia.
When you are in Istanbul, why not visit some of the
We will also recommend the Naval Museum in Besiktas.
Here is a interactive map of Gibraltar. Please note that North on the map is to the left. You can clearly see the port of Gibraltar to the west (down).
Daniel Ferro, Gibraltar give us some information about "Shipspotting" on Gibraltar.
Gibraltar is a peninsular situated at the most southernmost tip of Iberia with a land frontier with Spain. It is at the very entrance of the Mediterranean Sea which exits to the Atlantic Ocean in an area known as the Strait of Gibraltar. Over 70,000 ships pass through the strait every year and this has made Gibraltar a very important stop for ships entering and exiting the Mediterranean. Gibraltar has a land area of just over 2.6 sq miles and has terrific views over the Bay of Gibraltar and the anchorage on the east side of the Rock which is fantastic for shipspotters. On the western side of the Rock you have the Port of Gibraltar which is divided between the Commercial Moles on the north side and the Naval dockyard and the Cammell Lairds shipyard on the south. A small number of ships use the commercial port. These are mainly small cargo ships, tugs, small container ships and a few cruise ships. If they do come into port there are excellent public areas where photgraphing ships might mean ships being just a couple of hundred metres away. Also all the Gibraltar harbour supply vessels, tugs and port authority vessels are based in this area and are very busy during the day making them very available for photgraphy. Larger ships which might be coming into port for repairs (on the southern part of the port) mainly use the northern entrance of the port, again being on the northern area makes these entrances excellent for photography. Going on a southerly direction there are many public areas to photograph ships from, this is until you get to opposite the southern entrance. Everything south of that is closed off at the waterfront. Ships in this southern area can be photgraphed from the Upper Rock. The Upper Rock makes spectacular photgraphy as you can shoot ships from a height of more than 400mtrs. Coming away from the port of Gibraltar the Bay of Gibraltar is usually the busiest place for ships. Gibraltar has a very competitive bunkering price which makes it very lucrative for ship owners. Ships in the bay usually anchor very near to Gibraltar so a lens up to 300mm is more than needed. At the tip of Gibraltar, or Europa Point as its known the shipspotter as a view of the Straits of Gibraltar. You can usually photogrpah ships coming into the Bay or going to Algeciras from here as they generally go by quite close. Again a lens of 300mm to 500mm is more than enough. Ships going through the strait are further away and you might need the help of AIS to identify them. To the east fo the Rock is an anchorage area where you can usually photograph ships with a 300m to 500mm lens with ease. Again, all the east side of the Rock is very accessible with good photography points. The best photography for the western side of the Rock is in the morning with the sun behind you and vice versa for the eastside. We generaly have good weather in Gibraltar. The only downside is the famous levanter or easterly winds which hit the Rock. A huge grey cloud hangs ontop of the Rock so the light can become poor.
Please note that the Commercial Mole is out of bounds for anyone not connected with the port as is the Naval base and the shipyard.
Laslty if you want more ships, the Spanish port of Algeciras is about 15mins in car. Algeciras is the main Maersk container port in the Med and you usually get the large E class in there. It is also the main port for ferries crossing the strait with a good mixture of spanish and moroccan ferries using the port. There is also the small port of La Linea which is 5mins walking from Gib. There is usually no ships in this port but every now and then you might get a ferry there being prepared for a refit. Between La Linea and Algeciras there is a small shipyard and a refinery. The refinery usually hosts a number of different tankers and there are good places to photograph them.
Further along is the small port of Tarifa (about 30 mins from the Rock by car). Again not much to photograph here except the Tarifa - Tangiers ferry. If you have enough time in your schedule you can take a trip to the spanish port of Ceuta on the other side of the Strait as well as the moroccan port of Tangiers.
If anyone is thinking of making a trip to Gib to do some shipspotting I would be very happy to show them around. Just contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org