There are closeups and then, there are even closer-ups. I take a lot of super closeups using a macro lens– typically flowers. These photographs are all closeups of the rigging of the tall ship “Beaver” at the Tea Party wharf in Boston Harbor. These closeups are intended to give you a detailed look.
I’ve always found the rigging on tall ships fascinating. I used to know what each piece of the rigging was called — there are traditional names for almost every part of a ship and its rigging — but time has eroded those memories. Still, the rigging is elegant and these pictures give you a pretty good look at the way it’s put together.
This final picture of the Beaver will give you have a broader view of the rigging and its complexity. This is a relatively small ship. A merchant schooner. A big war ship would have at least three (or more) masts, easily twice as much rigging and carry far more canvas. And of course, there would be guns.