Back Modifications (0)
Views: 213 (84 Unique) 
Vote 71
Award Shortlist   


By geoffrey baker
This is the wreck of the Helvetia, caught in a storm on 1st November 1887 and washed ashore on Rhossili beach on the Gower coast, West Wales.

She was heavily laden with 500 tons of timber and managed to reach the safety of Rhossili Bay and dropped anchor in the shelter of Worm's Head but the storm changed direction during the night, she dragged anchor and became shipwrecked.

Taken yesterday, it wasn't the best of sunsets, I would've prefered it without that big dark cloud obscuring the colours but I had to make do with the cards I was dealt as they say.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: proberts, MarkT, highlander and 68 more

Highly Commended Photos are given by the team to photos that were good but not quite an editors' choice award. Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes

Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here

Exclusive 25% off Affinity Photo: Professional photo editing with no subscription!


6 Mar 2006 10:51AM
lovely capture

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

Beardy 13 79 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2006 10:51AM

auchenhar 14 1
6 Mar 2006 11:02AM
Brilliant moody picture with smashing colours.
Psin 12 66 England
6 Mar 2006 11:17AM
Awesome colours and stunning lighting with superb composition .

stevenr 14 9
6 Mar 2006 11:20AM
Love the colour.
gordon.m 14 31 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2006 11:21AM
it is a lovely shot i agree about the clouds to the left but doesnt stop it being a good shot

old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
6 Mar 2006 11:24AM
Nicely taken, Geoff. I don't mind the clouds at all.
John_Horner 12 12 2 England
6 Mar 2006 11:32AM
Great tones.
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
6 Mar 2006 11:34AM
Lovely low light capture Geoff. Fabulous colours and a great skyy.

UserRemoved 14 53
6 Mar 2006 11:46AM
you sure there wasnt gold on that boat? get digging Geoff...
fascinating story..and all l lost was my chimney in that storm!
and a superb the colours...

JCowlan 12 England
6 Mar 2006 11:47AM
Stunning work

well done

arnieg Plus
14 704 England
6 Mar 2006 11:47AM
good capture great colour
andytvcams 15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2006 12:08PM
Needs no comment

I will just sit back and enjoy

liparig 13 233 United States
6 Mar 2006 12:20PM
wow excellent shot
gwyn h 14 432
6 Mar 2006 12:34PM
Good to see you weren't lured away to the hills by the covering of snow they had Geoff. A much photographed scene which you have captured extremely well indeed, a truly cracking low light capture, and an excellent addition to your portfolio.

6 Mar 2006 12:41PM
Very atmospheric, great colour!
6 Mar 2006 12:59PM
Thanks everyone for your lovely comments.
den2il 14 203 England
6 Mar 2006 1:17PM
An awesome image once opened in the larger version.

My kind of shot.

chris-p Plus
12 67 England
6 Mar 2006 1:34PM
Very well done..
6 Mar 2006 3:03PM
I'm stunned, been sitting here for 20 minutes just staring at the screen, cant believe I've actually had that elusive HC, thankyou very much Pete, this means so much to me, it really does.

I'd fallen asleep infront of my PC earlier, it's been a long day, so I hope this is not just a dream, although I dont see any naked ladies or sheep so I guess it isnt ;o)

There are quite a few people on here that have given me inspiration and encouragement and I thank you all, I've learned a little off each of you.

Last but not least I'd like to thank the person without whose help I wouldnt have been awarded this HC, Andrew Roberts (Proberts), my photography was going nowhere when he gave me a masterclass in his Photoshop techniques and, well, I havent looked back since, thankyou Andrew :o)

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
6 Mar 2006 5:20PM
Well, I think that the cloud really made this one better. It adds extra drama without taking anything away from the other fine parts of this photo. LOL - And don't forget to thank the 'little people' who made this possible!
6 Mar 2006 7:58PM
this is very nice. I love how the light shimmers in the pools around the shipwreck itself. I like that you included a wee bit of history in the description too. congrats on the HC!
UserRemoved 14 53
6 Mar 2006 9:58PM
thankyou for your email Geoff. I read it wrong..thought you meant 1987 when we had the hurricane. Well if it meant getting an email from you it was worth it! at least you only ridiculed me in the email and not on here!

jules41 14 197 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2006 10:51PM
A beautiful capture here Geoff,love the composition and colours and certainly one of your best.Cracking shot and so well deserving of a HC,Congrats :o)
Love it.
ps.still no time to email yet,hopefully will see you at the meet on Sun,weather permitting that is.
sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2006 10:52PM
well done an excellent capture, superb tones and colours
gwyn h 14 432
7 Mar 2006 12:27AM
Nice one Geoffrey, many congratulations on the HC from the Cynon Valley mate!!!

Hawkgenes 13 10 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2006 7:13AM
Beautiful light and a fine composition

Pricey Plus
12 169 2 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2006 10:00AM
Beautiful capture...
AdrianTurner 14 350 Wales
7 Mar 2006 12:21PM
Best shot with the Helvetia I have seen Geoff. Nailed it Sir.

7 Mar 2006 1:06PM
Thankyou everyone for your lovely supportive comments, you're all so kind.
glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
7 Mar 2006 4:55PM
Excellent shot, congrats on the HC, well deserved. Spot on! Click!!!

highlander 14 32 Scotland
7 Mar 2006 7:49PM
Nice balance of light Geoff which expresses a beauty in the reflected foreground...your exposure details good crisp clarity and colour harmony.
ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2006 9:17PM
Beautiful light and colour, well done on the HC,
Mari 14 1.8k United Kingdom
8 Mar 2006 11:06AM
Another stunner, Geoff. Love the light and angle you have taken it from

Mari Smile
8 Mar 2006 11:51AM
Thankyou Greg, Doug, Chris & Mari for your lovely comments.
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2006 11:23AM
Ohh that's a goody.
9 Mar 2006 12:25PM
Thankyou Chris, glad you like it too.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Mar 2006 10:20PM
Congrats, Geoff. At last...;-p

well, i am sure there will be more to come..Wink
10 Mar 2006 8:33AM
Thankyou Cole, I'd like to think so too mate :o)
highlander 14 32 Scotland
29 Mar 2006 8:27AM
The combination of the bold silhouettes and the reflected sky colous balances your scene so perfect Geoff. Excellent shot.
4 Apr 2006 12:17PM
Thankyou Doug :o)
proberts 14 218 4 Wales
21 Apr 2006 11:27AM
Excellent Geoff,congrats on the HC :0)
24 Apr 2006 9:49AM
Thankyou Andrew.
VintageRed 12 15 1 United Kingdom
17 May 2006 1:57PM
Fabulous light particularly in the pool around the wreck. Nick.
17 May 2006 2:12PM
Thankyou Nick.

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.