It was impossibly bright this morning …..

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.

MSC Oscar before sunrise

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.

A behemoth visits the Haven Ports

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 She had been superceded by the Oscar.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

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.

The light was better the closer I was to Walton terminal. Landguard is several cables away.

Arriving at Felixstowe from Rotterdam

Arriving at Felixstowe from Rotterdam