Posted on Jan.04, 2012, under Travel

(Nikon D700, 28-300mm at 48mm, ISO 400, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6)

One of the things my family did when we visited Hawaii recently was to visit Pearl Harbor. One of the exhibits that is now located at Pearl Harbor is the USS Missouri. The image above was taken during a tour of the USS Missouri. Most of the lower decks of the ship are still off limits, but you can go through most of the upper levels. This picture shows a phone from the bridge area of the ship. I have a thing for old technology and I just liked the look of the thing.

For those who may not know the history of the Missouri, it has a couple of historical distinctions. One of the things I didn’t know about this ship was that it was the last battleship ever launched. The attack on Pearl Harbor ushered in the age of the aircraft carrier and the usefulness of the battleship was greatly diminished. The other notable fact about the Missouri is that it was the ship on which the Instrument of Surrender was signed which ended the war between the US and Japan. After some work during the Korean war the ship was decommissioned in 1955. In 1984 the ship was modernized and recommissioned to serve in the Persian Gulf. The ship was decommissioned one last time in 1992. The ship found it’s final home in Pearl Harbor in 1998.

When I decided to work on this image I wanted to punch things up a bit. I used a few different filters from Photo Tools to give it the more grungy, off color look that it has.

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