"Blossom Effect" just before collision

Arun Vajpey

Apr 21, 2009
I had thought that the "blossom effect" while the Titanic was approaching the iceberg after it was sighted from the Crow's Nest would be minimal considering the ship's modest speed (compared with a plane, for which the phrase is usually used). But looking at serial pictures on Sam Halpern's Titanicology website staring from 75 seconds before to the moment of impact (See Encounter in the Night article in his "Chartroom"), the effect is alarmingly obvious. Among other things, it demonstrates the limitations of human vision and perception.

That is one of the things rather poorly shown in Cameron's film. The iceberg seems too close and already looming large when fleet first sees it, considering the time it takes for the subsequent impact.

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