Pictured here is the remains of a ship which ran aground on Baltray Beach in Co Louth in 1974.
The day I visited, I waited around 3 hours for the tide to go our far enough to get close, and as it was my third attempt at photographing it, I was determined to wait. Luckily the tide went out far enough in time, as within an hour of taking this, the light began to fade. I have rotated the picture 90 degrees as I thought it looks quite like a species of butterfly we have in Ireland known as the Tortoise shell.
Weighing 344 tons, the ship was carrying an additional 440 tons of fertilizer to the port town of Drogheda when she ran aground here on Baltray Beach in Co Louth.
40 years of harsh sea air and constant tidal movements have reduced the once mighty ship to a shadow of its former self, and it now sits on this rather lonely beach with not a friend in the world, bar the photographers who comes to capture her image.
Baltray beach itself is a fairly desolate location. Although only 8km from the large town of Drogheda, the village of Baltray is nothing more than a handful of houses, a single pub and a single shop. The lack of population in the area means that on a cold winters day like this day, people on the beach are few and far between. Although a desolate location, the shipwreck is popular with photographers and a google image search will show you many amazing pictures of this place.
To give an idea of tide, when the tide is fully in, the water laps at the vegetation and grass you can see on the far side of the beach. The blackish looking line on the beach is seaweed deposited there at full tide.
thanks for looking!
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ikeharel (58967) 2014-07-11 12:21
Good evening Noel,
A fabulous result on this artistic approach, the rusty orange color shining under bright daylight, and made a great reflection.
Beautiful, impressive and well done photojob.
Fis2 (86861) 2014-07-11 12:47
Good idea, excellent effect!
I like reflection.
Rotate 90 degrees adds to the flavor of this work.
Super colors and sharpness.
jester5 (2018) 2014-07-11 13:07
Great idea to rotate this image and create an artistic impression Noel. I remember dropping paint onto half a page of sugar paper, folding it and looking to see what turned out. Nothing as good as this, (more like Rorschach blobs),with its lovely colours and sharpness well done.
dta (68190) 2014-07-11 13:09
hello noel ;
funny idea to to rotate the picture to obtain this splendid butterfly . The subject its self is great . I like a lot the effect of the good saturation on the rust , contrasting with the blue sea and sky .
carlo62 (34604) 2014-07-11 14:12
con molta fantasia sei riuscito a trasformare un bello scatto in una foto molto originale.
Io però ho un'altra impressione, nella mia mente vedo la coda rotta di un grande squalo meccanico, in questo modo, si può guardare anche nella posizione originale.
Basta un po' di fantasia e ognuno può vedere ciò che vuole, ma una cosa la vediamo tutti nella stessa maniera, si tratta di una bella foto e di ottima qualità.
williewhistler (14697) 2014-07-11 14:16
I`m sitting here with my head on one side trying to get the height of the tide....
A fine subject taken in a lovely light that shows it at it`s best,all those gorgeous textures and colours complete with a perfect reflection that fills the frame.
An original presentation of a very photogenic scene.
All the best Les.
ourania (32909) 2014-07-11 14:21
what an original idea, the simile is striking and fascinating. So there are reflections in Ireland, you found a very attractive sample and made the most of it. I like very much the strong colour definition that exalts the symmetry and the graphism of the scene. The wreck is like a sculpture, its details and textures are described wonderfully. I like very much the light and the ambient colours and textures too. Amazing how this image acquires different significance and appeal with each rotation. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
photoray (12709) 2014-07-11 14:40
Rotated, the shipwreck does look resemble a butterfly, the lower green encrusted hull, red orange upper deck and surrounded in varying blue hues.
And I am surprised it has only been beached since 1974, I would have guessed much longer in time.
Nature does return our human objects back to the Earth.
Thanks for sharing,
nikkitta (14992) 2014-07-11 16:53
A quite eye catching capture that yessss, I believe it was a butterfly, well seen
I remember well this rusty boat and you waiting the tide
now you obtained impressive reflection and turning the photo is quite original, like the idea of turning it and the fabulous color contrast and reflection
A top , one of the best post in your gallery
Regards and enjoy WE
tyro (20794) 2014-07-11 17:01
You have shown us this shipwreck before but this is a new and very appealing "take" on it, making the image of the ship and its reflection look so similar to a native irish butterfly by the simple act of rotating the image through 90°!
Once again you have given us a most interesting and informative note. The picture itself is delightful with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
P.S. I know that you've mentioned in your note the location of this wreck, but why not add co-ordinates to your upload so that we can see the location exactly if we then click on Map: view?
I also note that you refer us to Google Earth to see this wreck. I've done that and I've looked at the lovely photographs which some people have added there. But, of all the photographers who have uploaded pictures, only one has a name which sounds Irish - why don't you upload this (and other) pictures yourself to Panoramio so that they will appear on Google Earth too? I've done it a couple of times and it's great to be able to see your own photos displayed on Google Earth for all to see!
adidas5nb (5413) 2014-07-11 18:44
wow... beautifully seen and executed.love the idea.lovely colors and light
danos (87939) 2014-07-11 22:25
well chosen the POV with the reflections of the shipwreck to looks like a butterfly. Excellent the light and the colour management as the clarity of the image.
jjcordier (77040) 2014-07-11 22:37
Ton idée est originale et ce papillon est vraiment unique!dans le bon sens, la photo est très belle également.
COSTANTINO (56859) 2014-07-11 22:51
Hello dear friend
dreamy artistic work
without the title is difficult
to understand what this composition
presents you did your best with
a first shot quality
great idea to rolate this picture
and create an artistic impression
have a nice weekend
jemaflor (86128) 2014-07-11 23:40
Very interesting idea and original photo for the result, very creative version, lovely light and colors, good use with these reflections and forms.
emka (81006) 2014-07-11 23:51
What a fantastic creative idea to show this wreck in this way. Craig will be green from jealousy :). fantastic composition. Looks like Rorschach test. marvelous idea, I am impressed.
Have a great weekend
CLODO (30730) 2014-07-12 0:21
A very creative way to transform a rusty boat into a magnificient orange butterfly against a blue backgrond!
H A T S O F F!
snunney (85781) 2014-07-12 2:56
A very clever idea this resulting in a sophisticated image full of artistry. I like very much the saturated colours and the textural detail. Have a great weekend.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-12 3:03
your patience paid dividends here, because this is magical. What a creative way to present it and a lesson in how to turn an old rusting wreck into something that is both graceful and beautiful. Never seen an old boat presented like this and I have to say it is inspiring and a really innovative piece of imagery. I love it! If they had one here this would be my "photo of the week". Applause!!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
PaulVDV (23025) 2014-07-12 4:04
Beautiful red butterfly on a blue background.
How a wreck can still be so photogenic.
Best regards, Paul
marabu61 (8757) 2014-07-12 5:49
This is an intriguing scene, at first glance one thinks What the heck ... but then, as one sees the butterfly indeed, one realizes the cleverness of what you did here. The resemblance to a tortoise shell is quite palatable indeed.
Even so this old and rusty wreck of a ship is strangely attractive, lying in the calm blue sea and the gently rolling hills on the shore behind.
have a great weekend
berek (40015) 2014-07-12 6:43
interesting abondoned ship. creative photography. in particular, water reflections, and the color is very beautiful
rbassin (18812) 2014-07-12 7:59
cette photo est extraordinaire, l'idée de retourner l'image est originale, bravo pour le résultat.
Le "papillon " est superbe, les couleurs sont magnifiques.
delpeoples (53421) 2014-07-12 9:10
Hehehehe Silvio and Luciano the Butterfly Boys will go mental over this. Even if it is a rusty wreck. In fact, that's what I like best about it. Beautiful rich colours and warm golden light. I love the idea of inverting the composition and turning it into something almost abstract. Al that patience in waiting around has paid off for sure.
Have a great, wheat-juice day
Sonata11 (33298) 2014-07-12 9:13
Hello Noel, I like POV of this composition with your creativity wonderfully executed. This shipwreck really looks like butterfly in vertical position.Fantastic management of colors, sharpness, clarity,lighting. Beautiful work. I like it.
Best regards and have a great WE, Barbara
lgir (6891) 2014-07-12 10:49
nice composition which rehabilitates well this wreck with your eye of poet.
The contrasting colors are strong pleasant for an excellent result.
omid266 (5662) 2014-07-12 21:05
Dear my friend,
what marvellous shot, wonderful artistic picture from historic ship that i see in life,
very interesting butterfly made with camera,
all the BEST and Thanks!
SnapRJW (31613) 2014-07-13 1:12
Hi Noel - I'm going to go against the grain here and say that I prefer your shot the right way up. It works as a butterfly but to me it is so much more than that.
Seen the right way up I can enjoy the reflections of the rippled, wet sand and understand the context as I enjoy the shore line setting (which gives narrative to the shot). The big draw here are the colours; blue and orange make a superb contrast and catch the eye.
For my money I wouldn't mess with a very good image but I'm a bit of a purist I guess ;)
cornejo (32808) 2014-07-13 10:17
Hi Noel, very good picture of this interesting composition and framing, well captured with good image, clearly, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
abmdsudi (44384) 2014-07-14 12:05
Great ideas! Have to say this is probably the grottiest grot I have seen but I do like the composition I think this old ship is a wonder photographic material. Although sad to see this decaying here but the textures, contrast and subtle colours in this are just delightful and i think it's worthwhile exploration of these shipwrecks, always interesting Noel, Great lens work, Congrats
mesutilgim (86146) 2014-07-14 12:30
Hello dear Noel,
On thumbnmail I was thinking it's a butterfly !
Good trial with great graphical effect. Nice framed.
TFS and best regards
jcpix (13708) 2014-07-14 19:40
Would it be too cliche to say this is the Butterfly effect? lol One simple change of direction and the entire ship has been completely transformed from when we first saw it presented. Look at that, you've changed the course of history with one minor detail! :) Don't ever travel back in time and kill a mosquito either, humans may never exist after that!
This is brilliant Noel, a novel concept that quite literally turns this subject on its head. I can't get enough of the rich, rustic colors and vivid textures...a photographers delight....well, if you enjoy crusty old boats like this, and I think there's more than a few of us out there that do. It's obviously seen better days, but this breathes new life into the ghost ship. I just have to assume there are some spirits still roaming around here. :) A beauty idea, well executed with detail and clarity. Enjoy the new day . All the best.
Cheers from Az.,
elenimavrandoni (14207) 2014-07-15 11:27
Noel, a great and very creative idea to take this picture...this is what it takes...a perfect photographic eye and the out most of imagination...I love shipwrecks and I love your picture!!
rogerl (1544) 2014-07-16 6:36
Noel, nice image and great idea to rotate it. It's pretty jarring at first glance (I was turning my laptop and saying "wait, why did he do this?"), but it really works as an abstraction. Everything had to come together here - not only did you have to wait for the tide and hope the light didn't vanish, but you also had a calm enough day that the reflection retains most of its substance. Nicely done. Thanks.
macjake (57502) 2014-07-16 16:09
Oh you know i'm going to like this one Noel!
this is a subject that you and I love, a subject you and i often seek out.
and yeah, i do remember this shipwreck from one of your previous posts, and your story that went along with it as you waited and waited.
i like this style and compo, works well to produce something unique.
awesome colors, quite vivid and 'alive' despite being clearly dead.
claudeD (33682) 2014-07-19 12:41
wow! what an amazing fotojob you are sharing here with us. Excellent colors and clarity. I like this picture very much.Perfect choice for a title.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
rigoletto (34269) 2014-07-20 4:21
here, i witness how TE members like original photos. see, you only had to rotate it :)
i still remember your boomer photo with shipwreck vs. riders, and this one as well shows how inspired you were with this particular subject. keep on shocking us with these marvels.
Royaldevon (30819) 2014-07-21 8:06
I found your most recent photograph a little dark and without your usual sharpness so, rather than give a negative critic, I decided to critique this one, which I just love. It is the sort of scene a photographer drools over! That wreck is alive with textures and rich, rusty colours - and, it had a reflection!
I like your artistry, seeing something beyond what was visible.
A great shot!
Waylim (25362) 2014-07-23 11:34
Very cool presentation with rotating the photo. I had to tilt my head to look at it till my neck hurt, that look really good too. Love the color and beautiful reflection on the low tide with nice sand pattern.
adores (38266) 2014-07-27 14:43
An original idea, it really looks like a butterfly! Somehow, it's a sad but a very photogenic theme. The colour of the rust is fabulous. A great shot with great light and colours!
Indrasish (2875) 2014-07-28 7:16
Excellent shot and very creative idea.. I like your point of view.. Really I never thought before that one rusty ship and its reflection will be a Butterfly.. Also I like the vibrant colors and superb image quality.. Thanks for your informative photo note.. Very well done my friend..
Good evening and best wishes from Kolkata, India..
aliabazari (15949) 2014-08-19 21:22
Beauty shot of the shipwreck. The water is pretty symmetrical. Your patience to capture this picture is adorable. Good sharpness and colors. Well performed. Thanks for sharing
jean113 (1320) 2014-09-06 10:48
Hello Noel, I love the way that you have presented the shipwreck, very imaginative!
The colours immediately grab the eye.
Your patience certainly paid off.
kasianowak (7073) 2014-10-27 2:49
I've had a look at your portfolio to see if I can find bluebell forests and photos of the Children of Lir statues but had to stop at this image. I really like your artistic interpretation of this view - hats off to your creativity!
Lovely light and colours too.
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (25318)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-02
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Photo's to remember IV, Kasia's Favourites 7 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-11 11:57
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