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Keeping with the theme Dungeness again, this image depicts one of the giant range markers that signify the arcs of fire from when the beach and the open sea were used for firing practice. Huge pontoons were located out to sea, and Sea Defence Battery's would you use the pontoons for target practice. Anything from .303 to 2inch shell would rain down over the choppy waters to find their target which were located up to 1600 yards away in the salty brine. Obviously Merchant and Fishing Fleets had to be outside of the killing area before firing could begin, hence the range markers.

Thank you so very much for all the wonderful comments and words of encouragement following yesterdays upload. Whilst not forgetting Chrissie and Gypsyman (Eric) for presenting me with their most appreciated User Awards.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day ahead, for me it is the start of my New Year Appointments, I shall be off to Tonbridge Wells and Sevenoaks to see a whole host of Consultants.

Highest regards as always

Nathan

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:24 Jan 2012 - 4:17 PM
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Sea Defences
Username:NDODS NDODS
Uploaded:4 Jan 2013 - 9:28 AM
Tags:Firing, Military, Photo journalism, Ranges, Sea defences
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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 2164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 9:34 AM

I love the minimalist approach adopted here and the interesting narrative. I would maybe try lift the shadows a bit to get a bit more detail in the darker areas, but it still works as it is. Well taken and the birds are an excellent addition. That shutter speed helped freeze them in the right spot.

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 9:34 AM

Another magnificent shot, Nathan. Simple but very impressive photograph, so well done!

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104015 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 9:35 AM

well that's one way of fishing for crabs!!!! WinkGrinGrin

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 9:36 AM

More fascinating information about one of my favourite (but distant) locations. Plus a most original and interesting viewpoint.
Regards
Bill

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom999 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 9:37 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I love the simplicity and the mystery, it hints at a story. I'd like to see the verticals 'corrected' on the left, simply because I think this sort of image works best with simple geometry, true verticals, horizontals and right angles.
Moira

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 9:46 AM

I once used a Charlie G here firing at ships armour plating ( was a experience to say the least Nathan ) A reminder from my past !!
Ron.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 9:50 AM

Very interesting bit of instructional narrative about these structures: the subdued tones and threatening atmosphere seem to suit so well.
Ronnie.

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
4 Jan 2013 - 9:53 AM

With my imagination it hints of a stand off! But the sun peeping through says all will be well. Says a lot for what goes on in my mind!! But as a picture I think it's great - dark & moody. I think the emptiness of it works really well, Nathan.

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alistairfarrugia
alistairfarrugia Critique Team 2164 forum posts Malta88 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 9:59 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

@mrswoolybill, at first I was going to suggest the CCW correction of the verticals, but I think that the slight angle shows that the structure can be lowered down like a bridge, and making it fully vertical would seem a bit unnatural, even though the composition would probably improve on artistic merits.

I guess this is a typical dilemma in terms of either presenting things as they really are (I think the bridge is probably not fully vertical in fact), or trying to correct them to best fit the "rules" of photography. Maybe some others can comment on this valid point presented by Moira? It would be interesting to get more viewpoints on this.

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
4 Jan 2013 - 10:14 AM

The clouds could be cordite from the shells and rounds fired, and the guided missile over on the right! ready to go, and the boarding ramp on the left ready to drop for loading, I always preferred the L.M.G. Brenn, nice unusual photo Nathan, has atmosphere which Dungeness has plenty of in close weather, the birds are a bonus, plus the sun trying it's utmost to push through, well done like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin have a good day.Wink

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achieverswales
4 Jan 2013 - 10:15 AM

These photos are bringing back lots of memories Nathan, dark and brooding as this place is, great capture my friend.

Regards

Trev.

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 10:20 AM

Dark and moody. I love the way the two birds have decided it's a fine perch! A far better use than that we humans make of such things.

Ann

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CarolG
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4 Jan 2013 - 10:22 AM

An interesting write-up, Nathan, and I love the birds. Carol

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WhiteRose1
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4 Jan 2013 - 10:31 AM

Mysterious and moody, Nathan.

Dave

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leontari
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4 Jan 2013 - 10:46 AM

The light and the birds add something special to your photo Nathan.
Effrossini

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 10:52 AM

The birds add a lot to this picture full of mystery

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 11:09 AM

Interesting narritive about a subject I know nothing of.
Well observed - good inclusion of the birds.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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basith
basith  2 Sri Lanka
4 Jan 2013 - 11:14 AM

[quote]The light and the birds add something special to your photo Nathan.
Two birds are discussing whether fly or not....
well done.

Basith

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williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 11:16 AM

a beauty nice and simple yet well taken.



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barbarahirst
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4 Jan 2013 - 11:17 AM

what an incredible image...
as is for me ....

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franken
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4 Jan 2013 - 12:02 PM

Impressive image and an interesting story to go with it Nathan.

Ken

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 12:23 PM

Simply stunning image...

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 - 12:25 PM

A lovely atmospheric image Nathan
Jim

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 12:55 PM

simply beautiful nathan love the moody sky very very nice one Wink
andy

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digital_boi
4 Jan 2013 - 12:59 PM

another good one from an area i know nothing about. the subject has been raised that the vertical on the left is not in fact vertival yet they are on the the right that suggest to me the tether wire/rope on the range marker is pulling it off being vertical and nothing to do with the capture

Graham

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GillyB
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4 Jan 2013 - 1:17 PM

Very atmospheric!

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luckybry
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4 Jan 2013 - 1:43 PM

a very well composed image with grt details where needed

bryan

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 2:03 PM

Ignoring what this really is, and thinking of the compsoition, it is alive and moody-- the birds add mjuch--'tis a bit creepy all around!

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 3:13 PM

Great shot Nathan,
Ali

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RuthyJ
RuthyJ  8 England
4 Jan 2013 - 4:05 PM

Fascinating! love the little patch of sunlight struggling to break through the clouds and the flock of birds. Lovely.

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 4:33 PM

A super image Nathan but how fortunate to catch those birds right in that top third. They just make the composition complete.

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 4:34 PM

A very nice capture and the birds make it.Smile

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2173 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 4:35 PM

Great shot NathenSmile
NettaSmile

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 4:56 PM

A very moody and mysterious feel to it - a fine capture, Nathan, and interesting write-up too Wink
Trev Smile

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thedon1941
4 Jan 2013 - 5:12 PM

Another great moody shot Nathan. Love the light through the slats. Don

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1881  2 India
4 Jan 2013 - 5:17 PM

Vary wonderful work. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013
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Cliff1944
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4 Jan 2013 - 5:18 PM

Great composition. Another moody shot and you did very well with the birds.
Cliff

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 - 5:24 PM

Grate shot Nathan, love the position of the birds, very moody, nice one.
Elena

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
4 Jan 2013 - 5:35 PM

What an interesting photo accompanied by great narrative Nathan !! great stuff Smile

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4 Jan 2013 - 5:58 PM

Great shapes in that doom laden sky. Love the birds!

David

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UrbaneMagick
4 Jan 2013 - 6:05 PM

The thumbnail does this no justice at all.

Wonderfully moody light Nathan.

Gareth Smile

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4 Jan 2013 - 6:40 PM

Excellent shot the sky looks amazing
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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 6:58 PM

Love the composition and the moodiness of this image Nathan. Hope all went well for you today (I too was in T.Wells today).
Ann

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2832 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 7:32 PM

Blank, empty space used well.

Rotation wont solve the verticals on the left as the lighthouse(?) is straight; you would need to select the structure and rotate it alone. Its worth a try just to compare.



Regards


Willie

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JOKEN  5 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 8:36 PM

Wonderful mood picture- and the flock of birds add so much to the shot.
Ken

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Lillian
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4 Jan 2013 - 8:39 PM

Like Willie cannot see a way to straighten , as lighthouse is?
a very different and unusual image Nathan
well shot with mystery
Lillian

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Chinga
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4 Jan 2013 - 10:22 PM

Everything in this composition is wonderful! Grin Bravo!
IB

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2013 - 11:05 PM

Strange choice of composition this one Nathan it's weird and eerie but i think it works.

Gary

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aniamoore
aniamoore  2 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 - 11:07 PM

Minimalistic! Love it, Nathan!Smile
AniaWink

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Jellyfire
Jellyfire  241 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 12:16 AM

Strangely haunting. I like it a lot

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 12:39 AM

A great example of CAT (composition/appeal & technique) are seen in this great pic.

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 8:27 AM

A strong moody composition ~ well seen and produced.

All the very best for 2013 Nathan.

Albert

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pdcche
pdcche  3 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 - 8:31 AM

Nicely composed Nathan, a really moody sky, well timed to get the flock of birds captured, Peter..
Very welcome for your new screensaver..

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Glostopcat
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5 Jan 2013 - 4:11 PM

A very simple yet so effective composition Nathan, The brooding sky makes this one really atmospheric

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
5 Jan 2013 - 7:40 PM

Stunning light, Nathan!Smile
Regards valery

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2013 - 11:21 PM

I love this one. Bleak, atmospheric and I'm sure there is a poem in there.

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2013 - 7:37 PM

'Excellent atmospheric scenic capture & composition,' Nathan~

Ciao~ Peter

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