After the mediocre light yesterday I was determined to find better conditions today. I was up and out by 0500 and even that was too late as I drove East into the grey gloom of dawn.
Luckily for me my vantage point faces North West so I managed to salvage something of the early start.
This image was made at 05:54. Impossibly harsh shadows cast on the water from the construction cranes. These are more evident in the later images when the ambient light got brighter.
A stiffer than forecast 8 knot Nor westerly meant I had to use the 161 for stability. This image was made at ISO800 1.3s F13.
Not so long back I photographed the Globe on her maiden voyage berthed at Felixstowe. By the time she left 2 and a half days later she was no longer the largest container ship in the world. She had been superceded by the Oscar. Oscar made her maiden voyage to Felixstowe today arriving at 1100. Tugs danced and fussed around her and gave her a traditional fire jet welcome.
It was a grim day for lighting and I decided to try my luck from Shotley. There was no one there. I could see many people on the beach at Landguard through my lens. I was a tad disappointed in that she was quite light in the water and not carrying anything like her capacity. I will try again overnight but these vessels have had a huge impact on how the docks of Ipswich, Harwich and Felixstowe operate.
A maiden entry to the port brings out the fire jets
The light was better the closer I was to Walton terminal. Landguard is several cables away.
Arriving at Felixstowe from Rotterdam
Another set from my Shotley Book – this time the ins and outs of the Navy school, now either locked or fenced off…
Parts of the school perimeter are now overgrown and short sections of recent fencing hide who knows what – there is evidence of steps that were used by Boy Sailors to make their way to the waterside…
The old jetty still remains, the site of embarkation for some who were not to return.
A while ago I started putting together the beginnings of a book about the Shotley peninsula centred on the old Royal Naval training school ‘HMS Ganges’. The project has grown like topsy and I have decided at the moment to group the images into separate categories.
This first one in our blog relates to the boundaries of the old school – designed to keep 15 year old boys along the straight and narrow. There are two streams of thought – those who enjoyed being there and those who did not, there is a lot on-line about this contentious subject so I’m not going there just think that the images speak for themselves.
It’s very overgrown now and awaiting re-development, although the site has just changed hands again, the spectre (in developers eyes) of affordable housing has raised it’s head once again…
In places there is the natural boundary of the river Orwell
An old Martello tower, the remains of a long past war has been pressed into use as a water tower; now rusting away
The current owners of the site, not wanting to spend unnecessarily use whatever they can to keep people out these days, not young boy sailors in…
In some places the old wrought iron fence can still be clearly seen
In others an old garage door has been used
or an old pallet
I wonder how many ghosts wander the corridors of the old building at night…
Most of you know that I’ve been busy lately, and apologies for no posts. I was sat having a sandwich at lunchtime yesterday the 3rd when I was surprised by an unusual visitor outside – sorry for the quality, it’s from my phone, against the light and through double-glazing….