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Sea Defences

By NDODS    
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


Tags: Photo journalism Military Sea defences Firing Ranges

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alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
4 Jan 2013 9:34AM
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 Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
4 Jan 2013 9:34AM
Another magnificent shot, Nathan. Simple but very impressive photograph, so well done!
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
4 Jan 2013 9:35AM
well that's one way of fishing for crabs!!!! WinkGrinGrin
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 9:36AM
More fascinating information about one of my favourite (but distant) locations. Plus a most original and interesting viewpoint.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 9:37AM
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.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
4 Jan 2013 9:46AM
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 !!
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
4 Jan 2013 9:50AM
Very interesting bit of instructional narrative about these structures: the subdued tones and threatening atmosphere seem to suit so well.
4 Jan 2013 9:53AM
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.
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
4 Jan 2013 9:59AM
@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.
Tibetan 5 3 England
4 Jan 2013 10:14AM
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
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
4 Jan 2013 10:15AM
These photos are bringing back lots of memories Nathan, dark and brooding as this place is, great capture my friend.


EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
4 Jan 2013 10:20AM
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.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
4 Jan 2013 10:22AM
An interesting write-up, Nathan, and I love the birds. Carol
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
4 Jan 2013 10:31AM
Mysterious and moody, Nathan.

4 Jan 2013 10:46AM
The light and the birds add something special to your photo Nathan.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
4 Jan 2013 10:52AM
The birds add a lot to this picture full of mystery
Irishkate Plus
7 41 113 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 11:09AM
Interesting narritive about a subject I know nothing of.
Well observed - good inclusion of the birds.
basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
4 Jan 2013 11:14AM

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


a beauty nice and simple yet well taken.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 11:17AM
what an incredible image...
as is for me ....
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 12:02PM
Impressive image and an interesting story to go with it Nathan.

Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 12:23PM
Simply stunning image...
4 Jan 2013 12:25PM
A lovely atmospheric image Nathan
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 12:55PM
simply beautiful nathan love the moody sky very very nice one Wink
4 Jan 2013 12:59PM
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

GillyB Plus
12 317 8 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 1:17PM
Very atmospheric!

luckybry 8 3 Scotland
4 Jan 2013 1:43PM
a very well composed image with grt details where needed

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
4 Jan 2013 2:03PM
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!
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 3:13PM
Great shot Nathan,
RuthyJ 11 England
4 Jan 2013 4:05PM
Fascinating! love the little patch of sunlight struggling to break through the clouds and the flock of birds. Lovely.
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
4 Jan 2013 4:33PM
A super image Nathan but how fortunate to catch those birds right in that top third. They just make the composition complete.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 4:34PM
A very nice capture and the birds make it.Smile
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
4 Jan 2013 4:35PM
Great shot NathenSmile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
4 Jan 2013 4:56PM
A very moody and mysterious feel to it - a fine capture, Nathan, and interesting write-up too Wink
Trev Smile
4 Jan 2013 5:12PM
Another great moody shot Nathan. Love the light through the slats. Don
1881 6 India
4 Jan 2013 5:17PM
Vary wonderful work. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013
4 Jan 2013 5:18PM
Great composition. Another moody shot and you did very well with the birds.
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 5:24PM
Grate shot Nathan, love the position of the birds, very moody, nice one.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
4 Jan 2013 5:35PM
What an interesting photo accompanied by great narrative Nathan !! great stuff Smile
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 5:58PM
Great shapes in that doom laden sky. Love the birds!

UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 6:05PM
The thumbnail does this no justice at all.

Wonderfully moody light Nathan.

Gareth Smile
Excellent shot the sky looks amazing
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 6:58PM
Love the composition and the moodiness of this image Nathan. Hope all went well for you today (I too was in T.Wells today).
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3851 Canada
4 Jan 2013 7:32PM
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.


JOKEN 8 3 10 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 8:36PM
Wonderful mood picture- and the flock of birds add so much to the shot.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 8:39PM
Like Willie cannot see a way to straighten , as lighthouse is?
a very different and unusual image Nathan
well shot with mystery
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 10:22PM
Everything in this composition is wonderful! Grin Bravo!
4 Jan 2013 11:05PM
Strange choice of composition this one Nathan it's weird and eerie but i think it works.

4 Jan 2013 11:07PM
Minimalistic! Love it, Nathan!Smile
Jellyfire 6 41 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 12:16AM
Strangely haunting. I like it a lot
5 Jan 2013 12:39AM
A great example of CAT (composition/appeal & technique) are seen in this great pic.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
5 Jan 2013 8:27AM
A strong moody composition ~ well seen and produced.

All the very best for 2013 Nathan.

pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 8:31AM
Nicely composed Nathan, a really moody sky, well timed to get the flock of birds captured, Peter..
Very welcome for your new screensaver..
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
5 Jan 2013 4:11PM
A very simple yet so effective composition Nathan, The brooding sky makes this one really atmospheric
5 Jan 2013 7:40PM
Stunning light, Nathan!Smile
Regards valery
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
5 Jan 2013 11:21PM
I love this one. Bleak, atmospheric and I'm sure there is a poem in there.
LexEquine 11 19 United States
8 Jan 2013 7:37PM
'Excellent atmospheric scenic capture & composition,' Nathan~

Ciao~ Peter

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