Russian Battle Cruiser pano E-520 / 18-180

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CollBaxter
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Russian Battle Cruiser pano E-520 / 18-180

The Russian navy is still alive and afloat.

This is the nuclear power Russian Kirov class battle cruiser Peter Great on a visit to Cape Town. This was about the closest I could get to it as there where no visitors allowed. Its the largest operational surface warship excluding aircraft carriers.

This is a 5 shoot panno with the 18-180. This is one of the reasons I like this lens. At times like these you don't know what lens to use. I was able to poke it through the fence frame take the shoots and run away before security came around. I was also nearly literaly blown away so there was no draging camera bag along.

Peter The Great

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Re: Russian Battle Cruiser pano E-520 / 18-180

Impressive picture. Pity that the weapons' systems are a bit in a shadow. Can I invite you to Moscow where we can discuss the matter more comfortably?

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graveur Regular Member • Posts: 253
Re: Russian Battle Cruiser pano E-520 / 18-180

Impressive photo and ship!

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Re: Russian Battle Cruiser pano E-520 / 18-180

Thanks.

The shoots where taken at about 6pm so there was a lot of shadow. It does give it IMHO a bit of a more sinister look.

As to discussing it in Moscow only if I can get some of that genuine clear stuff made from potatoes and not the stuff that they make at the petrol refinery around here.

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stefanbe Regular Member • Posts: 228
Re: Russian Battle Cruiser pano E-520 / 18-180

Its really an impressive photo of an impressive ship. Are the guards in SA so dangerous that you had to run?
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P.S. : I think Russian vodka should be made from rye, the thing made from potatoes was (at least in Germany) used as rocked fuel (V2)
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wblynch Regular Member • Posts: 194
Re: Russian Battle Cruiser pano E-520 / 18-180

I imagine a very unique radar signature from that boat. I'm sure they don't expect to hide easily.

xopher Senior Member • Posts: 1,635
Re: Russian Battle Cruiser pano E-520 / 18-180

Nice pano.

The ship is obviously a "listener". 1000 antennas? Or more? Saw a similar one in Corfu. But it's amazing what those guys can do with ancient, rusty, heavy equipment. Funny, they don't like folks taking pictures! Notice the innocuous little "fishing", "life" -boats. Xopher

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The Russian (Soviet) Navy has a history of heavily armed, immensely capable warships, staffed by poorly paid, badly led seamen. Ships like this require a support task force including subs, frigates (anti-sub/anti-aircraft) and support vessels. The Russian Navy doesn't have the infrastructure to pull it off. Kind of like the German Navy in World War II. Awesome individual ships: Tirpitz, Bismarck, Prinz Eugen that fell victim to combined fleet/air assault.

Somewhere in a 50 mile radius of that picture is a US/Brit nuclear attack sub that knows EXACTLY where she is. And the Russians know it, too.

Great picture. And I liked the shadows, too. Makes her look all the more menacing.

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Nice ship and a symbol of safer and happier times when Russia was arguably less of a threat than it is today.

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Great Shot Collin....nt
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tbower
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Beautiful shot, Collin...

I didn't know it was a pano till I read your description. Impressive-looking warship, but the U. S. Navy just this week commissioned the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77), the last of the Nimitz Class carriers. Wish I could have been there to shoot that!

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