Dawn greets the Queen ! by Roy  Massicks

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At first light on Wednesday 16th Feb. 2011 the new Cunard line Queen Elizabeth slipped quietly into the Bay of Islands, New Zealand and anchored just off Paihia.
This is the QE’s first visit to NZ making Bay of Islands it’s first port of call. The 90,900 tonne ship was carrying 2000 passengers, mainly British as the world cruise began in Britian. So, the retailers of Paihia would have been doing a brisk trade.
She sailed at 6pm on the same day for Auckland
to be followed by more southerly ports of NZ.

Please view large.

Fuji HS10 at 112mm. 1/160, f/5.0, ISO 200, Tripod.
2 shot HDR in Painterly.


  • gingermegs
    gingermegsabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Roy!

  • Thank you for your kind comments – wasn’t the best of sunrises but still worth getting up at 5.30am for.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Kathy.

    – Roy Massicks

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Excellent, Roy. We saw the Queen Victoria in Honolulu last year – bloody enormous!

  • Yes David, I’ve seen the Victoria also but you should see this one from sea level. It always worries me that if there’s a disaster it would make the ’ Titanic ’ look like a rowing boat !

    Thanks for your comment too.

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Roy and fantastic that you got her first stop in NZ

  • She did look good Andrea but oh dear, that ugly,

    square stern – not to be looked at from 3/4 rear.
    Thank you for your comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawabout 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Roy – bet you would like to sail this monster!

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • No thanks Bob – in my days at sea I steered clear of passenger ships – too much bull ! Did go on a Greek cruise though in 1997 and loved it

    but she was one of the small ex Cunarders. Thanks for your comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    I could go for a wee cruise right about now. Lovely catch of a lovely lady, Roy.

  • Cheers Sheila – I think if I could afford the prices on this one I’d prefer to buy a top-end camera with all the whistles and bells and book my next cruise on one of the cargo ships, quite a few now carry passengers.

    – Roy Massicks

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 4 years ago

  • Thank you Sarnia.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture mate!

  • Thank you Colin – I saw a TV news clip of this in Auckland yesterday, the deck crew were painting over the side from a cherry picker. In my day it was all stages and Bosun’s chairs. Ask some deckhand today where you would find a Bosun’s chair and he’d say in a Bosun’s cabin. Ye

    Gods, how things have changed.

    – Roy Massicks

  • myraj
    myrajabout 4 years ago

    Great early morning capture Roy. Love the title.

  • It’s taken me 69 yrs to appreciate sunrises Myra. In the old days I had to get up, now I enjoiy it !.Thanks for comments.

    – Roy Massicks

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