Pictured here is the wreck of the MV Trader, a Hartlepool registered trading ship which ran aground in 1974.
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.
This is the third post I've made in recent weeks of this ship, as its a subject that I have wanted to photograph for a long time. When I set out to shoot here on this particular day, this was the kind of image I had in mind that I wanted to get that day, so when the tide eventually receded enough I was happy to have gotten what I set out for.
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, people on the beach are few and far between. Although you can see two people walking their dogs on the beach in the far distance.
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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lousat (75063) 2014-01-07 10:31
Hi Noel,beautiful black and white showing us what remains of this big ship after 40 years,great pic with a perfect choice of point of view and great quality too,very interesting history about this ship,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
rigoletto (34255) 2014-01-07 10:36
well, believe it or not, i was waiting for this!
i am soo glad that you sacrificed the colors in return of an absolutely dramatic effect. here, i start to hear the songs of sirens, they are calling the ship to the shores, oh rocky shores of ireland...
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-07 10:42
It is indeed a good subject, but you made it a 'character' with a stunning presentation. The sky, the tone, the light-shade treatment and above all the composition, show us how to tell a story in one single still shot.
photoray (11465) 2014-01-07 10:44
Fine monochromatic view of the rusting hulk at low tide with the dramatic cloud backdrop.
The remote landscape devoid of civilization supports the photographic 'feel'.
Giustiniani (3304) 2014-01-07 10:50
une belle utilisation du N&B pour cette épave solitaire abandonnée dans cette grande étendue et sous un ciel menaçant. Bien vu.
Gigidusud (14713) 2014-01-07 10:55
Great capture with amazing dramatic effect and nice B&W version. Well done!
jemaflor (83046) 2014-01-07 11:18
Good choice for the b&w to give strong contrast, perfect for the subject, good place on your composition with the view on the beach.
Schnappilic (9690) 2014-01-07 11:33
Congratulations for this B/W picture with a piece of an old wreck. The whole picture has a strange atmosphere. the cloudy sky looks great.
marina7 (8053) 2014-01-07 11:41
wow..that's a great photo, so movie-like with a special aura all over it! Jeez...you shouldn't have mentioned the fertilizer, it sort of puts her down, lol:) Let people believe it's some Flying Dutchman or a ghost pirate ship with a dark mystery behind it, it does look that way!:)) Excellent stylish take in black and white!
Thanks for another interesting story and best wishes!
Romano46 (16720) 2014-01-07 13:10
il soggetto è lo stesso di una foto precedente, ma l'occasione era troppo ghiotta per rinunciare ad un eccellente bianco e nero nel quale mare, relitto e cielo concorrono ad una composizione di granm livello.
Ciao e buona serata
macjake (54940) 2014-01-07 14:13
now thats awesome.
glad to hear you were able to capture your ship after all! you picked the best day in my opinion, the white wispy clouds are fantastic, its my favorite type of skyline.
cool subject! Its easy to see why you wanted to get it in your gallery, and i like the composition you chose too.
I love these shipwrecks so much. I'll be traveling to Greece in May/June, and I know of a shipwreck thats on my to-photograph-list.
carlo62 (30625) 2014-01-07 15:12
bella versione in b&w, ben composta e sudduvisa in du parti uguali, tra quella più chiara a sinistra e quella di tonalità scura a destra, un modo per sottolineare la drammaticità di questo rottame.
Periko (2575) 2014-01-07 15:33
B&W is a good choice for this well framed scene, Noel. The remains of this abandoned ship on such a lonely beach has a very strong symbolism.
Regards and TFS
jcpix (13404) 2014-01-07 19:58
O.K., now you're just showing off! :) Alright, this is really cool, the black & white does wonders for this particular shot, the sky sets a great tone. It could have come off too dark and dreary perhaps, but the fade to light with the heavy contrast from the ships remains, play hand in hand to create an incredibly sweet combo.
Super positioning here, I like where you've placed the curveture of the water line to wrap around the boat, separating the slight difference in water level and texture. Speaking of which, the decaying exterior is detailed well from this angle. You've come away with some fantastic pictures from here, I'd love to see this for myself some day. No pirates lurking around though, right?? :)
Enjoy your Hump Day. Cheers from the dusty desert,
delpeoples (52931) 2014-01-07 20:11
Yay go Noel!
What a cracker! As Deiz says, so glad you went B&W, despite the fact we know that the light and colours were good to you in previous photos. All these textures are what make it for me (apart from the beautifully composed subject. I feel like a kid who's had too much red cordial to drink, cos my eyes can't focus on one thing: the sea, the wet sand, the sky the clouds and the rusty old boat. But your note also made me think, that whilst this is a photographers dream, the poor environment has paid the price, knowing what was spilled into the ocean when the ship was wrecked. Playing the Polyanna Game, I'm delighted you've tried to redeem us and make the most of what was a very sad situation. Full marks for the photo series, particularly this one, and for braving the Brass Monkey-like weather conditions.
Cheers (hope the return to work hasn't been too stressful)
jjcordier (75190) 2014-01-07 22:46
Le noir et blanc convient très bien à cette photo de reste de bateau abandonné.
snunney (81885) 2014-01-08 2:18
A very moody composition that absolutely cries out for the black and white treatment. I like the framing and point of view and, most especially, the fascinating patterns to be discerned in the wet sand and recorded here in such beautiful detail. Excellent technical presentation.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-08 2:21
B&W goes well with anything old, defunct, rotting, desolate etc. so when I saw the same wreck the other day I was thinking how this will look in monochrome. It looks great indeed, the mood of the photo is so well emphasised. The ripples on the water and the cloud formations too have come out very nicely in monochrome. Thanks for sharing.
jhm (137668) 2014-01-08 4:59
I have this same ship or part of this ship seen on an another picture in your gallery but in colour.
These black and white picture fits perfect with the wreck .
Sharpness and clarity are perfect
Very well done, TFS.
cornejo (30115) 2014-01-08 5:02
Hi Noel, excellent photography in black and white this beautiful and interesting composition, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness and light. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
SnapRJW (30687) 2014-01-08 5:57
There is something so poignant in these rusty old hulks Noel and I think you choice of B&W emphasises the mood. For a ship that has been exposed to the elements for 40 years, I find it remarkable that she still stands upright.... almost as is she is determined to remain proud despite her sad demise. Nicelt done, a great subject and a super shot. Warm regards Rosemary
timecapturer (47518) 2014-01-08 6:36
I bet the captain of this ship shouted "Oh Sh*t!" when he ran aground. Sorry but I am surprised I am the only one to think that. Seriously this is magic and all the more so in B&W. Your composition is perfectly balanced and the sadness of this old wreck palpable in this beautifully presented shot. Well done, it is a stunner!
abmdsudi (42012) 2014-01-08 7:22
Quite a dramatic picture but a sad story, a subject that has seen better days and now sadly forgotten. I love the pp treatment and the rustic feel yet it has an haunted feel to it. You can make out how the tide has battered the ship causing it beached off the coast. The toning suits it perfectly with good feel of scale. Excellent photojournalism documenting its demise but enjoyable informative image to view. Imho, a bit more contrast enhances the drama to higher level, Congrats.
ourania (29445) 2014-01-08 8:42
the long time you stayed at this location was not wasted, you studied your subject and found wonderful approaches to it. I like very much this minimal and dramatic composition, you made several effective decisions as to the treatment of your subject and produced a consistent and enchanting image. I like very much the textures all over the frame as well as the sense of space and dynamism you created through the angle of your capture and through the placement of the horizon. There's an attractive 3D effect and the monochromatic tones are rich, moody and very appealing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
PS I enjoyed very much your explanation of the difference between the greek and the irish seas:)
Miguel82 (22443) 2014-01-08 10:37
A mystic wreck rusted by the sea, good capture at low tide Noel, excellent b&w version adding more effects, high resolution, thanks, good evening
pajaran (50532) 2014-01-08 11:15
Interesantan tekst o mestu i nasukanom brodu, sa opisom ...
Donar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazan nasukani brod i oblaci koji donose nevreme.
Dobar rad i perspektiva, lep trenutak ali opasan.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the place and the stranded ship, with a description ...
Donar footage and contrast nicely shown beached the boat and the clouds that bring the storm.
Good work and perspective, beautiful moment but dangerous.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
EstudioChispa (1898) 2014-01-08 12:53
This is a stunning capture of a subject with lots of depth of meaning. It is, per usual for you, very close to perfect!
May I digress slightly? I have a project going and want your input, as this is the best way I have (so far, anyway) of reaching you. I should also add that your work was an ever-present inspiration to me in this endeavor!
As you have seen in some of my earlier posts, there is an ever-growing collection of statues along the bayside walk in La Paz, BCS, Mexico. I have not been able to find -- in English or Spanish -- any comprehensive guide that identifies the artists or provides any other basic info, so I want to create one.
We visited La Paz in December and I shot >1,000 frames of these artworks. Since our return, I have been reviewing them and processing my favorites. Today, I have posted the first cull on a website and I humbly ask you for any insight, opinions, or critiques you might offer.
I acknowledge that we live in a very busy world and I thank you in advance for any time you kindly lend to this project. Do not feel like you need to comment on or even look at every image. Likewise, please remember that I know we are friends and I have a thick skin, so there is no reason to be diplomatic -- let me know what you honestly think of these images and, as always, if you see a way they could be improved, I want to hear your ideas!
With only two exceptions, nothing has been added or removed from these images. Specifically, the stars in the sky in the images of the Mantarraya are the same light that was captured in the original exposure, although I admit they have been accentuated in post-processing. The exceptions? In one shot of the Ballena, and one shot of the Vaquitas, I have freed the sculpture from its post to allow the art to swim or fly away!
So check them out when you have the time, please? http://fotos.estudiochispa.com/?page_id=77 Also, feel free to forward this note and the URL to any of our other friends.
Peace, love, and creative exposures to you!
COSTANTINO (53757) 2014-01-08 22:53
excellent artistic shot in sepia
shot with mystery and art
your useful notes are very
interesting and helped us
to understand the history
of this great shot
emka (76483) 2014-01-08 23:31
Amazing how little is left from once big ship. I saw some wrecks but not so almost totally eaten by rust. I wonder hat could be the reason of it. And what a joy and fun for photographers. I would be delighted there too. Spectacular shot in b&w. But you were not the only one in this remote place, we some people (and dog) on the beach.
Warm regrads Malgo
berek (36554) 2014-01-09 0:13
a good use of B & W for this lonely wreck abandoned in this great extent and under a threatening sky. Well seen.
mesutilgim (82344) 2014-01-09 2:19
Nice and great graphical effect.
Of course many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
PS.You've given as medium color but I think it's b&w, or ?
krzychu30 (15442) 2014-01-09 2:25
perfect subject for B&W!
I enjoy also the way you composed and framed the scene.Just the lonely wreck against the beauty of Irish coastline.
I agree also with others-monochrome color scheme creates here much more dramatic effect than colors would ever do.
Beautiful and evocative composition!
Have a good day
Royaldevon (28455) 2014-01-09 2:50
Good Morning Noel,
Wow! This is an eye-catcher!
Symbolically, the photo suggests that the ship is just being grounded as it edges from the water towards the sand! Then ... it has a ghostly quality, especially with those clouds swirling overhead!
I'm pretty sure that your b&w format has added much to the mood.
Have a lovely day,
bona (12457) 2014-01-09 10:41
recently I saw a site showing the most incredable abandoned places. I think this old ship could be included in that list. Nice option for black and white.
serp2000 (39250) 2014-01-10 9:25
Wow! Some apocalyptic scene... it reminds me a scene from the movie with so popular catastrophic or philosophic topics. Well done, Noel, impressive b&w shot! Perfect sharpness!
Best wishes from hometown!
Herquin (7301) 2014-01-11 8:56
j'aime bien le coté dramatique sur la triste fin de ce bateau .Le N/B sied bien à ce type de sujet .
adidas5nb (4973) 2014-01-15 3:29
this is a nice shot, and has great emotions.love the b n w presentation with great contrast.nice pov and nicely thought out.
adores (35721) 2014-01-20 14:56
This ship is wonderful for photos! I also like this one a lot. I like the b&w and the composition with the low tide and those people walking with the dogs in background. Light is very good also!
RhodieIke (11584) 2014-01-22 9:35
This is fantastic, especially in B@W, what also makes it for me is the inclusion of people as it adds scale and life to this otherwise decaying wreck.
kiks (11749) 2014-01-27 8:36
I don't know why but this photo catch me. Lovely light.
ikeharel (55368) 2014-02-09 0:34
A good choice of a B&W format, Noel, and the remnants of what was once a whole ship, well placed on pic. space.
On a brighter day it wouuld make sense to show this on colors version, yet managed a good clear shot with DOF onto the low tide shore scenery.
Have a nice Sunday,
kim_gwan (418) 2014-02-09 8:55
Yes, i should be able to post a few more shots.
I always trust you on your conjecture to figure out the best way to take a shot.
As this fantastic B&W of partly wrecked ship depicts it's deserted feel!!
Excellent object and landscape caption and narration of it's little history.
icesurfer (550) 2014-02-22 6:49
I am sure lots of photographers try their skills with what remains of this ship, but I am also sure that very few of them manage to get such an evocative shot!
The B&W adds to the loneliness of the subject, and you chose the best possible moment with the cloudy sky and the shadows adding contrast to the ship itself.
Perfect composition and execution.
elenimavrandoni (14241) 2014-07-16 12:24
Noel, such an amazing story and such a great remain of the wreck to remind of its important and exciting journeys...I took a picture of a wreck in Greece and the water was so blue and clean....now by looking at your dramatic picture maybe the monochrome is not a bad idea at all..this is a very special theme after all and it needs a special attention!!
nice and fine photographic work...as always..
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (22793)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-01-02
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Shipwrecks II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-07 10:27
- Favorites: 1 [view]