Taken from the same point as my last picture but about ten minutes later and looking east instead of north, this is the stone beacon which marks St. Baldred's Boat.
St. Baldred's Boat is certainly not a boat, but the name given to a dangerous rocky outcrop which juts into the sea south of Seacliff habour and Tantallon Castle. St. Baldred lived in this area from about 700 to 6 March 757 A.D. St Baldred seems to have become a monk at the monastery on the tidal island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland, though by some accounts he was born in Ireland. At some point in the first half of the 700s he established a monastery at Tyninghame which owned large estates covering much of the coastal plain of East Lothian. St Baldred himself undertook frequent retreats to a hermitage and chapel he had built for himself on Bass Rock. It is said that St Baldred died on Bass Rock and there was subsequently a dispute between the parishes of Auldhame, Tyninghame and Prestonkirk, about where he should be buried. The story goes that after a night of prayer, three identical bodies were found, each wrapped in its winding sheet ready for burial. The story was probably a later invention intended to explain why all three churches established shrines to Saint Baldred.
Whatever the story, this was a beautiful late afternoon, and as the sun dipped down below the cliffs behind me, the late sun lit up this monument against a wonderfully dark and moody sky.
This time, if you look at Map:view, the pointer lies on the site of this monument - I was on the beach to the west of there with my 200mm lens.
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dta (68152) 2012-02-07 8:22
Hello John ,
A fantastic capture ! It looks like it was an artificial light on the cross monument . The contrast with the darl sky is terrific . This is also a great composition , with the waves in the FG .
CLODO (30708) 2012-02-07 8:31
A really attractive sunray on the landmark! the roaring waves add a lot to this stunning post.
jester5 (2018) 2012-02-07 9:38
What more can one say John-A cracking shot and a lovely note too.
gildasjan (41702) 2012-02-07 10:32
Un premier plan parfaitement photographié et quelle belle lumière sur ce monument bien cadré.Très agréable ce contraste fort avec le ciel et ces déferlantes.
annjackman (20137) 2012-02-07 10:38
This stands out from the page! Had to comment through my jet-lag (arrived back this morning). Fabulous light and surf captured here. Interesting note as well.
Just downloading all my holiday pics - taking hours!
ourania (32867) 2012-02-07 11:14
this is a fantastic picture, very dynamic and sharp! It renders the action and almost the noise of the spectacular waves in a fascinating way. I like the contrast of the golden massive monument standing against the dark sky, over the agitated sea, as if the golden light was generated inside it. Light management is very good, we can see some golden sunshine on the foam of the waves too.
All the best,
emka (80972) 2012-02-07 14:30
What the waves, not inviting for swimming... fantastic shot, Dramatic sea and this shining tower with a cross. So, there are three places where St. Baldred is buried? It reminds me that I saw two places where Virgin Mary died - in Jerusalem and in Turkey and both are recognized.
bayno (18342) 2012-02-07 15:06
congratulations for your creativity, I love the strong contrasts of light, the wave near The Boat at full brightness, the last golden light, the FG with these three waves in perfect contrast with the rest, all perfectly framed, perfect exposure too,
My best regards, Valter
ps sorry for my bad english...i try always my best!!!
agjika (3616) 2012-02-07 15:35
You have got that shutter speed just right and the exposure is beautifull. The light on the monument is the cream on the top.
Absolutely love those waves and the froth.
This is going to my favourites list.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-02-07 20:37
I really liked the lighting, a well handled image. The orange tones on the lighthouse-like structure is really attractive. Love the play with FG and BG, a nice contrasting feel from the strong and violent waves to a seemingly calm see from behind. Well written note! Great post!
have a nice day,
SnapRJW (31613) 2012-02-07 20:56
The moment visualised, captured perfectly John. I am sure you waited for this shot and what a beauty. The light, the mood with crashing sea, the contrast adding drama. I would have liked to see a sharper focus in the FG but your SS is good freezing the droplets of water. Was your tripod in the boot? Warm regards Rosemary
saxo042 (37588) 2012-02-07 23:30
This composition could really be used as example for the subject of thirds! The waves are masterly captured, the whole picture is indeed a real work of art.
Ricx (13495) 2012-02-07 23:41
Hi John, superb night shot.. These 5Ds do work if used by the right operator,, lovely detail and wonderful light.. . waves making a great FG.. superb image well done Rich
RhodieIke (11742) 2012-02-07 23:44
Hi John, What a super photo of this fantastic scene, captured and managed well, love the sun catching the monument and the waves crashing away, Love it, Cheers Iain.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-02-08 6:04
this is a stunner! Love the drama and the amazing light. Your control and composition are awesome, so full of atmosphere and wild beauty. I love the way you have captured the spray on the tops of the waves. Magnificent!
Regards - Brian.
romanaa (7966) 2012-02-08 8:42
this is absolutely incredible shot. I can see in the exif data that it was in taken in the afternoon while my first impression was that it was taken nearly at blue hour time. Fantastic contrast and the milky foam on dark water is wonderful.
Great moment, taken with a pro quality :-)
avene (12675) 2012-02-08 11:23
your timing was perfect, the intense golden light on the monument creates fascinating contrast with the foaming waves in the foreground, love the dramatic result.
Silvio1953 (124729) 2012-02-08 12:08
Ciao John, fascinating composition with fantastic sea, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
adores (38240) 2012-02-12 17:52
This is a really good shot! The waves give an incredible sense of movement and the light on the cross makes it stand so well. A very good composition and the exposure is also good!
delpeoples (53421) 2012-02-17 0:20
Wow, this is almost like a religious scene The tower looks almost supernatural. And look at that moody sky, it looks like the heavens are about to open. So the only filter you used was a UV? Even in post production> Interesting because it certainly looks like you used a grey grad filter, because the foreground is so illuminated and the BG so dark. But guess Mother Nature did all that for you.
Thanks for sharing, it's vino oçlock here!
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20782)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-30
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, HOYA 67mm HMC SUPER UV(0)
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2012-02-07 7:54
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