ENGLISH: This is a scuttled Hopper barge in Berry's Bay, Waverton on Sydney's North Shore. It was scuttled in 1948. The park you see to the left is Sawmiller's Reserve, a beautiful place to have a picnic on a sunny afternoon. Berry's Bay was where two launches and a barge were moored, these seacraft being responsible for quarantine inspections in the early part of the 20th Century. I found it quite unusual that something like this would be scuttled in a prime part of Sydney Harbour.
A Hopper Barge is a type of non-motorised barge with an iron hull, usually designed to carry soil, rubbish and other materials out to sea or to reclaim land.
You can see a previous photo here: Hopper Barge I taken at high tide.
In my Workshops you can see other POVs taken in different light and a B&W.
ITALIANO: Questo è un barcone Hopper affondato in Berry's Bay del soborgho Waverton, nord di Sydney Harbour. Era affondata nel anno 1948. Il parco si vede a sinistra si chiama Sawmiller's Reserve, un bel posto per prendere un caffè tranquilla al mattino o da bere una birra fredda.
Potete vedere un'altra foto che ho postato qui: Hopper Barge I
Nel mio Workshop, potete vederlo con luce diverse.
Canon 5D MkII
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tyro (18574) 2012-10-08 1:10
Ciao cara Lisa,
Yes, it is quite curious that this barge was scuttled in such a prime area - why not scuttle it somewhere out to sea where it itself used to dump waste? However, some might think this an eyesore but you have made the very most of its old skeleton to produce a very fine photograph.
The old wreck is placed perfectly in the frame and the sweeping coastline leads the eye nicely through the picture to the tall modern buildings in the distance with a much more relaxed vista of beautifully soft water and sailing boats off to the right.
The colours and textures are beautiful, the exposure perfect and the details and sharpness exquisite. Curiously, I first had the impression that this picture could take about 1° of clockwise rotation but, when I look at it more closely, that must be an illusion because the horizon is dead straight!
SnapRJW (29248) 2012-10-08 2:10
Hello Lisa - What a pleasure to have 3 versions of this to look at, I am at a bit of a loss to say which I prefer. The one taken at blue hour is really lovely. The colours have a wonderful depth to them and the shadows cast by the old boat across the smooth water are sublime.
In this one we see the barnacles very cleanly and they make a brilliant textural detail. I also like the composition with the boat placed close to the edges of the frame. It is the main FP and the eyes take in the wider view with a comfortable transition.
The B&W is really excellent for showing textures and a carefully thought out compositi
So.... Each one is different and each one successful!
And about the boat being scuppered where she is, she's part of the history and quite beautiful in her dilapidated way. I like the contrast too between the old and new.
Warmest regards Rosemary
ifege (10093) 2012-10-08 2:22
Love it Lisa
I'm back from Canad. I must go down to that spot sometime. Great use of the slow shutter speed. Is that oysters on the hulk.
snunney (79521) 2012-10-08 4:06
I wonder why it was left there so long to now become part of the scenery, very strange as you see. I like the composition with the shoreline sweeping the viewer round the frame from the old barge to the high rise in the background. The subdued light contributes much to the mood of the composition and suits the subject well. I like the glassy like surface of the water with the boats dotted about. Fine photography. Have a good week and try not to work too hard!
dkmurphys (46140) 2012-10-08 4:17
A beautiful composition with the rusty shipwreck in the foreground. Nice atmocphere, great colors.
Enjoy a fine week.
Sonata11 (33155) 2012-10-08 4:31
I like you POV which let us see so many things. Beautiful execution, colors, sharpness, clarity, I like the light. Wonderful composition and framework as well. Perfectly well done.
All the best,
ktanska (24102) 2012-10-08 4:33
Big vehicles are even more interesting when they are old and wrecked...
It's interesting to compare the three versions. Light looks better on the later version and shape of the boat is more visible, but motion blur of the sailboat is somewhat irritating. I guess there's no special reason to choose B&W on this case. Anyway I choose the blue hour version.
Strange how that looks so much bigger in Hopper Barge I.
Sergiom (54421) 2012-10-08 5:07
I like the old boat in the foreground a lot. The filter does his job and gives a nice texture to the water. The blue hour at its best.
Have a nice day
timecapturer (45143) 2012-10-08 5:32
this is an intriguing study. Full of modern elements and this old wreck looks so out of place. It is however a beautifully composed and executed image that does make it so irresistible and eye-catching. Fascinating!
Have a great week - regards Brian.
fabbs99 (15681) 2012-10-08 5:35
Very special shot of the barge in the bay.The blue waters and presence of the boats in the BG make it look great.Well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done.TFS.
Keep sharing and exchanging views.
Best wishes and warm regards
ACL1978 (7467) 2012-10-08 6:13
I like how you've used the barge to augment the curve of the seawall here, Lisa. The effect is almost to give this old boat a bit of movement again! Nice dim light giving illumination to the whole scene delicately.
ikeharel (52205) 2012-10-08 6:35
Good evening Lisa,
That's the kind of "busy" sceneries I like, a place that looks differently in variable light conditions during the day.
City skyline, marine activity, a long promenade to stroll along the seafront - beautifully composed.
batalay (34723) 2012-10-08 6:44
I like the composition of the rusty hulk in the foreground, and the city shoreline in the background as you've managed. Your essay complements the photo perfectly. (Incidentally, we spent a day with Paulo and Paulo Germano in Venice on Sept. 29, citing your name.)
sabermonajati (8895) 2012-10-08 6:50
this frame is picturesque .composition choose skilful.
bayno (18342) 2012-10-08 6:53
Ciao cara Lisa,
tre foto una più bella dell'altra e ognuna con il suo fascino particolare, non saprei dire davvero quale preferisco questa volta....quella di centro per la luce...anche se è evidente il movimento della barca...queta è stupente per l'inquadratura per la sua fedelta nei colori e nella luce...e quella in bianco e nero ha ancch'essa il suo facino che con la barca quasi consumata dal tempo la fà sembrare una foto d'epoca......insomma brava tre volte....
un grande abbraccio...
kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-10-08 9:21
Another beautiful shot. The light is wonderful and soft infusion of colour along the horizon as the sun sets is subtle and very appealing. I like the way you have incorporated the wreck into the gentle sweep of the shore line and you have captured great detail and depth of field. Thank you for posting the edition all shots in the workshop, having looked at them I am completely undecided which I prefer most. I do like the slightly later shot with its richer colour but I like the way this exposure has captured the sharpness of the sailboats. Both beautiful great shots. Thanks for sharing, have a great week
Noel_Byrne (20698) 2012-10-08 9:38
There is something sad about boats left to rot like this in plain view. Perhaps it is because we dont see useful objects decay like this, they normally get recycled, or hidden from view. When i see them lying there unloved, I kind of feel sorry for them. (yes, I am weird). Its a beautiful image, and the boat is placed perfectly in the shot with the new attractive boats for contrast and the nice new tower.
As you say surprising its left like this in a prime location too! Kind of looks now like if you tried to move it it would just fall apart.
All the best
ciakgiak (30405) 2012-10-08 14:27
Che magnifica compo! Mi piace il modo in cui hai collocato il relitto della nave, sulla sinistra, lasciando lo spazio necessario alla magnifica vista del panorama.
Un caro saluto
SteveH (6191) 2012-10-08 15:29
Hi Lisa, this one is a cracker. great light, great composition, great subject. Just great. Only suggestion I can make is perhaps a bit of dodge and burn to increase the light on the wreck. Cheers, Steve
Silvio1953 (115837) 2012-10-09 0:57
Ciao Lisa, bella e piena di fascino con la vecchia barca corrosa dal tempo, sei sempre una romanticona, magnifica esposizione, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
ourania (26316) 2012-10-09 10:14
Ciao cara Lisa,
una composizione molto effettiva che attira subito l' attenzione con l' eccellente prospettiva, la profondita' e l' atmosfera che hai creato. La barca distrutta sembra un monumento di tempi e lavori passati, per sempre stabile in contrasto con le accurate barche moderne vibranti sull' acqua in sottile movimento. Mi piace tanto anche la vista distante della citta', la luce morbida e la resa di tutti i colori, chiari e scuri. C' e' un' armonia ed una malinconia accattivante. Le foto del workshop sono molto belle, tecnicamente efficaci ed interessanti. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona giornata,
williewhistler (12391) 2012-10-09 11:16
this is a lovely subject and you`ve done it full justice,the skeleton covered in barnacles has so much interest.
The bank curves ever so nicely into the Sydney skyline,(that looks like Centre Point to me)whilst the little boats are perfectly placed in a great composition.
A really nice shot.
PS Adore the BW
Best regards Les.
Matthew-Watt (6043) 2012-10-09 18:29
I didn't know that this old ship was located here, but now I've checked on google maps and its outline is quite obvious from above. I am sure it adds a lot of character to the area, a local landmark. I know also that behind those trees looms a very large and famous iron arch :). The Blues Point tower makes a cameo in this photo also (it tends to get in the way of SHB photos when taken from the Opera House as you know). But here it looks as if it were a part of the Sydney CBD. The water looks soft and icy under the clear spring skies. Looks great.
macjake (52040) 2012-10-09 18:32
gotta get back to posting, come on! we need you back!
a very interesting subject with this one.
reading John's note, i agree, it seems pretty close to the city or perhaps i'm way off.
the 4 sec exposure created a nice ghostly effect in the lower fg to the left.
but I have to say, I don't recognize any of the buildings in the bg...should I?
the shot came out well, and the boats didn't move around too much either.
see you around
Highmountains (2255) 2012-10-09 23:31
Great Idea and a beautiful depth and texture to go with the theme. The sharpness of colour and details of the shades of rotting metal is superb. As a composition, the decaying barge completes the curve of the waverton shoreline. The landscape shows another gradual curve from the top left hand corner down to the horizon on about the middle of the right side. This curve of the dark landscape balances the opposite curve of the silky blue shoreline. The main subject - the decaying barge is at the forefront at an angle, merging with the curve of the shoreline. The tall skyscraper on the opposite side plays the part of a contrasting interlude - new, modern and in full usage as compared to the scuttled barge.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful photograph.
kordinator (14831) 2012-10-09 23:55
The old wreck is placed perfectly.
Beautiful execution, colors, sharpness, clarity and the light.
Wonderful composition and framework as well.
Very well done.
lousat (72197) 2012-10-10 1:32
Ciao Lisa,un gran bel lavoro con due differenti livelli di luce,ottima scelta del pov per dare importanza al relitto storico in primo piano,perfetta qualita' come sempre! Buona giornata e complmenti,Luciano
photoray (10125) 2012-10-10 6:19
Interesting composure, curving ancient barnacle encrusted decaying hulk, leading the eye to the distant modern Sydney skyscrapers with a calm deep blue water contrast.
abmdsudi (39522) 2012-10-11 2:46
I like the slow shutter effect you have created the fact that this does look like a quite rather gloomy scene and the sad beached wreckage barge with an haunted feel to it full of barnacles! Well captured and thoughtful piece of photo journalism of current situation. I particularly like your composition providing a much more visually interesting focus straight onto the main interest with lovely surroundings. Good tonal range and presentation with good detail. Fabulous reportage.
mjw364 (6998) 2012-10-11 10:04
I'm back after a few laptop issues so apologies for not commenting earlier.
Love the composition and how that great sweeping curve from the wreck along the edge of the bay leads your eye right into the shot all the way around to the right edge.
jemaflor (80650) 2012-10-11 13:56
Nice composition with an interesting fg, superb result with the soft blue and light on the water, well managed.
npecanhuk (60836) 2012-10-12 15:29
Very eye-catching and certainly very beautiful picture specially due to the superb chosen pov and composition!
Soft light and colors also pleased me a lot!
TFS - congrats,
kiks (11749) 2012-10-28 8:38
Hi Lisa, there is something spooky or surreal about this composition beacuse of the blu/grey color at teh fg and the wrack at the fg. I like the contrast of times in this image.