Marine Traffic on the San Joaquin River, California

I took these seven pictures of large marine vessels and motorboats on the San Joaquin River near the Port of Stockton, California. It was a warm beautiful day sitting in my VW Eurovan waiting for boats to pass by.

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Tule Fog

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During this morning dense tule fog, I took these pictures along the San Joaquin River. I drove from home in Stockton, California, west on March Lane Drive until I reached the levee road. The fog was dense on the river. I could not see the opposite bank. When I heard a fog horn, I waited for the ship to appear. I used a Nikon D600 FX camera with two Nikkor lenses, a 20 mm lens and a 50 mm lens. I applied a sepia tone to the images in Photoshop. The fog creates a different perspective and ambiance of the river and boats.

Cargo Ship Passing by March Lane Levee

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Here are four pictures of a cargo ship passing by me on a Saturday morning while sitting on March Lane Levee Road. Large ships on the San Joaquin river always intrigue me as they pass me by. This ship had just left The Port of Stockton on it’s way out to the Pacific Ocean navigating through the The Delta, San Francisco Bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge. I tend to day dream of faraway ports it may travel to. I used a Nikon D600 FX with a Nikkor 20 mm wide angle lens and a Nikkor 70 to 300 mm telephoto lens. For me, the ship is a fascinating sight on the river.

Steamship to Port of Stockton

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Last Sunday afternoon I took some pictures of a steamship navigating the San Joaquin River to the Port of Stockton. I found a viewing spot on W. Neugerbauer Road, a levee road. I took the pictures with a Nikon D300s and a Nikon DX 18 to 200 mm lens. For me, the suspense was would the fishing boat yield to the large freighter. It did just in time.