"Built to Protect Us" - Best in Class - Commercial - 2014 PPOC-BC Northern Branch Image Salon.
This image was captured in April 2012 on a sunny afternoon while aboard a Halifax Harbour Police craft. Cruising at a pretty fast clip made it difficult for many shots, but as we came into the water near the Naval yard, we slowed down. I was astounded by the size of this vessel. With camera ready and legs as firmly planted on the deck as I could get them, I fired away at the scene along the shoreline, not knowing what I was capturing as it was so bright it was hard to review the shots outside.
The HMS Toronto was docked in the Naval yard in Halifax. Although it looked small in the distance, up close it was massive with a displacement of 4.770 tonnes when fully loaded. It's dimensions are 134.1 metres (441.4 feet) length x 16.4 metres (54 feet) width x 4.9 metres (16.1 feet) draft. The tower to the right was the closest structure that neared the height of the vessel, but it was not quite as tall and I have no idea how high it is. If you can see the yellow clothing of the man standing on deck, it will give you an idea of the height of the vessel.
As I sorted through my images of my trip to Halifax, I often returned to look at this image, so I knew I was going to enter it into competition. I was intrigued by the buildings along the harbourfront, as well as the skyscrapers in the background. I enhanced the image by bringing out the detail using Nik Software. I wanted to express the strength I saw in the metal ship as well as the industrial look of the dock and buildings beside it. These vessels were built to protect us and since the early 90's the Halifax-class frigates have been in service.