Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Surprise.

Kayaking around New York Harbor, we see many surprising things. And one of the most surprising, hidden in a narrow Brooklyn creek, is the wreck of an entire, respectably-sized submarine. The Yellow Submarine of Brooklyn has a fascinating history—involving a crazy but surprisingly well-developed scheme to salvage valuables from a famous sunken ocean liner—that I’ve already written up here and here. So I’ll just post a few photos—

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44 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

  1. A few years back there was a russian submarine staying in the harbour in Victoria, BC – always amazed at how many people could fit in that tight space! This one looks like it is slowly sinking…


  2. Oh, it’s a NICE one!


  3. Vlad, I love the surprise of your red kayak pointing to the submarine in the first photo – neat!


  4. Great shots… :-)

    As “ideflex” said above “amazed at how many people could fit in that tight space” – there’s no room for the crew to argue… ;-)


  5. What a great relic! I’d be surprised if I paddled upon one of those too!


  6. Wow. What a surprise – great photos too.


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  8. it’s gorgeous in a rusty kind of way


  9. Whoa! Who would have ever thought? Love the contrast of the kayak and the rusty old submarine. Now I can’t get the song out of my head, “We all live in a yellow submarine…” lol


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  11. Wow, how interesting, and I loved your previous post about the ship graveyard too, and the background info on the submarine.


  12. I think I want to get a kayak. I am surrounded by canals here in south florida. I think I’d be afraid of getting my camera wet, though…


    • Go for it! Many things can only be seen by kayak—like this submarine, and birds hiding in the vegetation that faces the water

      As far as getting the camera wet goes, yes, it’s an issue. The camera will get wet somehow, sooner or later. I only take my big, non-waterproof camera if I need it for a specific purpose—e.g., to photograph birds—and keep it in a dry bag most of the time. But the rest of the time I use a waterproof camera. The quality is not as good, but it’s still pretty good for general photography. Most of the kayaking photos on this blog were taken with a waterproof camera. See more here, for example.


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    I have gotten close but not as close as you!! Great lighting!


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  15. OH my! I love that story. Grew up in NY and my father was born and raised in Brooklyn and believe it or not I’ve never hear that story, Yellow paint, my word!!


  16. Yes, very surprising, and i though new york was all tall buildings, thanks MJ


  17. Now that’s a surprise! :-)
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  20. What an interesting place to paddle.


  21. That looks like straight from a movie scene.


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  24. How cool! You didn’t find any Blue Meanies in it, did you? Happy Christmas! Solstice, Festivus, Happy New Year and Happy Tuesday!


  25. I didn’t know about this, but, having lived on Staten Island, it’s no surprise – what might be a surprise is the consistently high quality of your photographs when you go out on the water (or around the city). It’s my loss for not getting over here to see them often enough. Your blog is a delight, it really is! Happy Holidays to you & yours!


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