Every winter the Star Flyer clipper ship sails the clear waters of Andaman Sea on one week trips out of Phuket, Thailand. The seldom visited Surin and Similan Islands, the Malaysian coastal towns and Singapore are all enthralling port calls. But it is the ship itself, 360 feet long, four-masted, built in the classical style of the clipper ships which plied the Pacific in the nineteenth century, which is the main attraction. The European captains love to move under full sail whenever possible.
Seeking a distinctive vantage point to show the ship set in the sea, I was hoisted in the bosun’s chair to the top of the mainmast, where carefully I could compose a shot looking straight down, with the crisp sea offset transversly by the open deck, liferafts and other masts. A vertical alternative gives a bit of a different feel.
You can read more in the story By the Waters of Andaman.