Pictured here is the remains of the cargo vessel known as the MV Irish Trader, which ran aground here at Baltray Beach, County Louth in 1974.
The vessel was a 344 ton cargo ship and when it ran aground was carrying 440 tons of fertilizer destined for the nearby large port town of Drogheda.
After it crashed, it was left here on Baltray Beach, and the past 40 years have reduced its considerable bulk to a shadow of its former self. What is visible in this shot is the entire thing, as the tide is almost completely out at this point, and only about a foot of water is lapping at the ruin.
Baltray Beach itself is a rather out of the way beach, not close to any major population areas, so quite desolate except for some dog walkers from the nearby small village of Baltray. The shipwreck here does bring a number of budding photographers, as low tide allows you to get close to the wreck for some shots, and with there not being many accessible wrecks around Ireland, its a somewhat unique subject.
For anyone who visits this place, my advice would be to time your visit in conjunction with low tide. I did not, and spent 3 hours waiting for the sea to recede so I could take this shot. Just as the tide was almost far enough out, clouds began to gather in front of the setting sun resulting in me wading out into the sea to get some other shots anyway. After waiting that length of time, wet legs seemed a small price to pay before that evenings major storm blew in!!
Thanks for looking.
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ikeharel (51455) 2014-01-03 9:54
Good evening Noel,
Time spent was worth waiting, the well taken silhouette of the sunken vessel in great contrast to the golden light at sunset.
Rippled water surface added a marvelous texture to the whole.
willperrett (5642) 2014-01-03 10:00
You're my next-door neighbour today! I love this moody photograph. The setting sun balances the wreck perfectly. Isn't it surprising how metal can rot so quickly? (40 years doesn't seem long to me!) For my taste, the sky at top left has had a tad too much "encouragement" from Photoshop. Apart from that little nit-pick, this is a super shot. Happy New Year.
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-01-03 10:41
a picturesque view with beautiful lights, the composition is very spectacular. Great atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice weekend!
tyro (18248) 2014-01-03 12:19
From your note I can tell that you were not so pleased with this picture as with your last one from here: but your last picture was stunning and you had good weather and good light on your side with that one. Here the weather and the tide have not been so kind to you. It would have been nice, I suspect, if you could have waited longer for the tide to recede farther but obviously impending darkness and an approching storm put paid to that.
But you have done a remarkably good job considering the conditions and once again you have managed to shoot into the setting sun with your usual total lack of lens flare! The silvery reflections on the sand and shallow water are delightful and contrast well with the almost spooky silhouette of the skeletal remains of the MV Irish Trader.
pajaran (47796) 2014-01-03 12:26
Interesantan tekst o mestu i nasukanom brodu ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepe boje.
Ostaju olupine broda i uspomene.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the place and the stranded ship ...
Good composition and perspective, nice place and moment shown.
Good footage and contrast, beautiful colors.
Remain wreckage and memories.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
lousat (71397) 2014-01-03 13:02
Hi Noel,a spectacular sunset very well exposed,i like how you play with the silhouttes of the dead boat,magnificent atmosphere of peace and quiet too!!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
carlo62 (26816) 2014-01-03 15:00
i cavalli sono passati e hanno lasciato spazio a un bellissimo tramonto.
Bello il leggero movimento del mare, sembra il protendersi dei raggi del sole.
bukitgolfb301 (34234) 2014-01-03 16:34
Hi dear Noel
Wow so artstic, poetic and also very dramatic iamge full of fantagy. You did catch great back sunlight and small waves are so well presneted, greateset work!
All the best and have a good day! TAKERO
rigoletto (34109) 2014-01-03 17:04
hi noel. no pain no gain :)
i like how detailed you tell your whole story, one by one and clearly. it is good to see the fruits of your patience and later, getting wet legs. meanwhile, i have a smile on my face, seeing that you couldn't resist the conterlight again, which has already become your signature. all in all, it is good to see this complementary shot of yesterday's bomb.
Subhogen (4063) 2014-01-04 1:06
Read from your note about the great effort you had to put in to take this shot. That's the spirit of a true photo enthusiast and lovely scene you have shared with us. I like your against the light shot, which does not show the details of the remains, I do not think there is much to notice over there. But the condition of the wreck amidst the magnificent surroundings is evident in this shot. I like the reflections of the setting sun on the rippling water.
Thanks for sharing.
snunney (78751) 2014-01-04 2:27
Here we see the wreck from a slightly different angle giving us more of a feel for the overall size. Light and colours are quite sublime contributing much to the calm and serene atmosphere. I very much like the part played by the water ripples in the foreground. Superb photography, one of my all-time favourites of yours. Have a great weekend.
Romano46 (16578) 2014-01-04 2:56
questa serie sul mare è stupenda e si fa notare soprattutto per colori e nitidezza.
Un ottimo controluce gestito in maniera straordinaria.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-04 8:01
The ship-wreck, eating up of such a huge mass to convert it into some small pieces within just 40 years...Nature-destructive. And the soothing sunset with pleasing colors... is nature-beautiful.
You have presented both the facets of nature in one frame so artistically.
The light treatment is wonderful as usual.
Indrasish (2719) 2014-01-04 8:29
Excellent shot by you.. And I love this composition.. Setting sun, calm water and abandoned- broken vessel wonderful.. I love this filmy look.. Really this photograph has an own mood.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. Very well done..
Good night and all the best for 2014..
krzychu30 (15260) 2014-01-04 8:39
another rusty beauty protruding from the water.Isn´t it amazing how such wrecks are picturesque for photographers?
Excellent composition and really well mastered light to create the whole unique mood of the composition.
Have a nice weekend
Miguel82 (19336) 2014-01-04 9:45
The remains of a cargo vessel Noel, it may be used by the marine life : sea urchins, algae and alevins, good sunset hues, excellent resolution, greetings
mesutilgim (79348) 2014-01-06 2:32
You are also a real hard worker in case of TE, like me !
I post a critic to one of your entries and if I'm back you've loaded again a couple new entries.
This one is my favorite within your last entries. With good pov and great symbolism: end of the day and end of this ship !
TFS and have a nice week
nikkitta (12742) 2014-01-06 10:36
Remember quite well the precedent capture (horses), so not wasted time, two captures, this ( wet legs included) is taken with creativity and patience obtaining besides reflection, a good contrast with the black silhouette of the ship
ourania (25508) 2014-01-06 10:41
a captivating, atmospheric image with intriguing sense of depth and a fine sense of subtle, rhythmical motion that contrasts with the curious still silhouette of the shipwreck. The point of view is wide and rewarding, the light and the warm tones mingling with the cold ones are fascinating. The vivid blue at the top of the frame provides a very attractive contrasting area. A beautiful image that feels timeless. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
jcpix (11038) 2014-01-06 19:47
I guess I got a little ahead of myself...this is just what I was hoping to see, apparently I'm more than just a bit behind the times!? :/ Better late than never though. As Lisa put it best with one of her titles/notes a while back, "The things we do" for our photos...but it's oh so worth it when you get this kind of result!
You know I love me some silhouettes, but it's actually the ripples leading in from the shipwreck that highlight this shot for me...almost as if pushing me away to preserve the ship in the oceans grasp. Ahh, I suppose it belongs to her forever more. It has a cool Pirates of the Caribbean vibe to it...if it raises a mast, run!!!
Thanks for sticking it out in the elements to bring us this look, your determination is now our shared enjoyment. Have a great day, the weekend is already in sight. ha
Cheers from the inland,
Patty O' Furniture
abmdsudi (38812) 2014-01-06 20:24
Great shot to end the day with excellent subject of interest; together with the sky, gentle ripply water and warm colours are superbly blended, inevitably the sunlight is still pretty bright there that you have controlled it quite well, However there appears to be slight burn out area in the sky - that's the only drawback imho- distracts attention. Excellent overall capture and approach, Congrats
jemaflor (79958) 2014-01-08 23:06
Un bon effet avec cette silhouette sombre et la belle luminosité bien gérée, jolis reflets dur l'eau, les rides à la surface complètent bien la présentation.
Royaldevon (25884) 2014-01-09 2:54
This shows quite a different mood to the wreck.
It does prove so clearly how angle, light, photographer's treatment can greatly influence the outcome of the shot. This is so much more tranquil with a mood of pathos as the wreck slowly disintegrates to be submerged by the sea.
Have a lovely day,
maloutim (9623) 2014-01-12 0:21
An interesting, different POV showing the rest of the ship behind the prow, which we don't realize on your previous or next picture.
Lovely subdued light of the early setting sun with the well-captured silhouette of the shipwreck.
Thanks for sharing and have a good Sunday.
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (20073)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-02
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-03 9:44
- Favorites: 1 [view]