The Easter 2017 weekend is upon us. Yesterday I went out to Felixstowe to get a bag of chips for my birthday lunch. Normally we go to Aldeburgh but the the alignment of feast days, mine and that movable feast based on the moon, clashed. There would have been a queue a mile long waiting for chips in Aldeburgh and did not have the heart for waiting in line and throngs of people to contend with so it was Felixstowe, a very hot and sunny Felixstowe when out of the Easter Northerly wind.
I never tire of seeing ships in a harbour. Maybe it is down to to my early days in Liverpool and the magic of seeing ship’s bows seemingly protruding almost to the edge of the Dock Road and the Maritime Museum that got it into my blood. Anyway as with all my Docklands photographs, no two images from the same spot are ever the same. Yesterday, seemingly there were nothing but MSC vessels alongside. Steely eyed people see this image will not the green of a another behemoth on the deep water terminal though.
I have never witnessed the presence of so many MSC vessels in port at the same time.
Has anyone else seen this phenomenon?
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 She had been superceded by the Oscar.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