Out and about in Birkenhead I came across this 30000t ship docking in the West Float in Birkenhead.
Pacific Huron, as the name suggests, is often to be found on the Great Lakes, but on this occasion was in front of my nose in the UK. I thought I had died and gone to schoolboy heaven !
It was manoeuvring through two sets of locks, over which rolling bascule bridges take the roads, and was aided by three tugs, front back and a third...
All those big boy toys - in one place !! Pinch me, someone !
I must admit it gave me some challenges. Quite dark, and a fair degree of movement from the boats involved, getting the right combination of settings meant lots of photos - oh, joy !
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RhodieIke (9247) 2012-02-02 6:48
Indeed Martin, Boys and our toys hey, super photo of this scene,great light, giving splendid mood, Trust their are some oak trees in these ship and tugs, Cheers Iain.
krzychu30 (12875) 2012-02-02 8:47
amazing how you managed to bring out by so short exposition time so many details in best quality.Itīs really beautiful blue hour shot.I like the way all these blue tones contrasts with orange tones of the lights.
Have a nice evening
tyro (15831) 2012-02-02 12:39
Wow! What a note! I really loved the link with all the pictures of the "guts" of that bascule bridge, even down to a picture of a dirty old speed-reduction gearbox made by David Brown & Sons, the people who owned Aston Martin and Lagonda.
This picture should, I suppose, bring back feelings of nostalgia for me because I was born only a couple of miles a way in Wallasey: but I left there only a few years later.
As Krzysztof says, it is remarkable that you have managed to capture such a wonderful "blue hour" picture with such a short exposure. But, ah, ha, I see you have "wound up" the ISO to 6400 on your camera and that explains it all. But, even for the amazing 5D MkII, there's not a hint of grain or "noise" here - did you use some form of noise reduction during processing?
Excellent composition, lovely lighting and colours and excellent detail and sharpness.
P.S. Thank for the map too. As well as seeing where you were when you took your picture, I took the opportunity of clicking on the multicoloured "Google" logo on the map and went onto the full-size Google map and managed to see where I used to live. :o)
ourania (19002) 2012-02-02 13:10
this is a lovely photo that really captures the atmosphere of the port at this time of day, when it's getting deep blue and the first lights are on. Sharpness is stunning and light management great, so the boats are very well lit and all their details outlined perfectly. I like very much the composition leading diagonally to the left, the colours and textures and the reflections on the side of the great ship. Congratulations!
All the best,
timecapturer (37414) 2012-02-03 3:47
a stunning shot and composition. I know as a young boy I would have loved watching this. You have captured this so imaginatively and the light management is perfect. Wonderfully sharp and it has an elegant serenity about it. Love it!
Warm regards and have a pleasant weekend - Brian.
Kielia (21603) 2012-02-03 7:30
I agree to you, this image is a delight for everybody who loves boats! The composition is excellent. Very beautiful light and colors. My compliments also for the nice note including some interesting links!
jajko (775) 2012-02-03 7:46
interesting photo, of course teachnicaly - excellend, good colours and lights, great.
Ricx (13489) 2012-02-04 3:33
Hey- good to see you active on this site.. I guess you maybe all snowed intoday and thus time for a bit of liesure.. Great angle and POV on the tug.. sort of a action shot with little movement ( if you know what I mean- ) am off to Edgbaston for a Cricket exhibition/ conference.. Chat soon Rich
Silvio1953 (106008) 2012-02-07 10:48
Ciao Martin, fascinating blue hour with wonderful boats, beautiful reflections, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good week, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: Martin Richter (MJR) (3340)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-29
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Canon 5D Mk 2, Canon 24-105mm L f4 IS USM
- Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Tugboats [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-02 5:47