The Queen Mary was called the Grey Ghost in WWII. Not because it was haunted but because of its color and the way it smoothly sailed across the water.
Doesn't it just look haunted? Apparently some 150 ghosts haunt the Queen Mary and a lot of people, I've read up to 49, have died aboard the ship. Personally I don't believe in ghosts but I have experience a lot of very weird phenomena in my life. Like dishes spontaneously exploding in my house, light bulbs exploding randomly, and speakers talking even when not plugged, to name a few.
But, I still refuse to believe in ghosts until I'm with a group of several people and we all face to face with one in a well ventilated area. I don't like to believe in things until I witness them with affirmation. The earth is a conductor of acoustical residence, so a lot of strange and unexplained things can come from it. As well as our minds tripping out from various gas leaks that are natural and unnatural.
This is a three shot HDR image processed in Lighroom 4 and Photomatix.
A place to check out if you come to Los Angeles would be the Long Beach harbor. They've done a great job in keeping it clean and entertaining. This is a shot from the part of the harbor. In this area are a lot of restaurants, the Queen Mary and the Long Beach Aquarium. I shot this photo on the 4th of July before the firework show at the Queen Mary. One thing I love about photos like this one, is that behind me are probably about 400-500 people all sitting waiting for the fireworks. You'd never know from looking at this though.
I shot this on the amazing Canon 70-200mm f2.8L USM IS II and used a 3 shot bracketed HDR post processing. What is HDR? check it out here.
This 4th of July I went to Long Beach CA to shoot the firework show at the Queen Mary.
Shooting fireworks can be tricky but really isn't that hard. It's important to shoot with a fairly stopped down aperture and a slow shutter speed. Most of these photos were shot at around an f/16 with a shutter between 10-30 seconds. For these photos I also shot with a bracketing of 3 photos at two stops. Camera was set to aperture priority. This gave me three shot all with slightly different shutter speeds for more variety.