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The Pier

By dp    
The weatherman says it could be a good sunrise so I drive the hour orso up to Southwold to find he was wrong. Actually, not so much wrong as about 2 hours out! Anyway I had just about given up with the pierand was moving off to the beach huts as the sky looked promising in the distance, when Terry, who is the manager of the pier, arrived for work and turned the lights on the near building. I decided to fit a ND filter to slow the exposure and take a shot of the pier rather than a sunrise with the pier in it, if you see what I am saying. The slow exposure and the grey conditions have worked rather well as a background to the main subject I feel.
Then again.... Wink

Tags: Pier Architecture Southwold Landscape and travel

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Graysters 12 15
7 Jan 2007 9:02PM
Great Picture Lots Of atmosphere

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martin.w 16 522 22 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2007 9:02PM
Shows that working in dull conditions can result in crackers like this.
7 Jan 2007 9:05PM
What a great shot. well taken, Riich
dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2007 9:05PM
Thanks Smile

wamp 12 276 8 England
7 Jan 2007 9:13PM
Like the foreground in this the pebbles look very effective through the velvety water

The pier also looks very good the way it seems to go on and on, well composed

dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2007 9:18PM
Thanks Sean. Its certainly not an original subject, its been photographed much better by others on here, Chriscj for one. I have never shot this viewpoint before though and was pleased with this considering the conditions.

7 Jan 2007 9:21PM
I love this shot, especially the look of the sea, it's really quite spooky. Click. Jayne
GregorP 13 4 Slovenia
7 Jan 2007 9:29PM
Paradise on Earth... Smile

IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2007 9:55PM
6 comments and 26 clicks? If anything goes to show that a fine image can be made despite the lack of good light, then it's this. This rates up there with the best of this subject, Dave, not least because you've turned the poor light to your advantage by creating a soft, understated image that still has great levels of depth and interest. The interior lights are a great touch.
dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2007 10:04PM
Thanks Jayne and Gregor.

Appreciate your comments Ian, maybe people dont feel like typing this evening, work tomorrow for most! Appreciate everyones clicks and for looking.

Chriscj 12 96 1 England
7 Jan 2007 10:05PM
It's the composition and the exposure make this a winner Dave. I reckon B&W would look good too.


Weather has been rubbish all weekend, so I decided on night photography just to get out for a bit.
dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2007 10:12PM
Thanks Chris, I've done a b&w conversion as well, will probably post at some point.
No what you mean about the weather, its got to break soon!

clive burrow 14 71 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2007 10:15PM
Pleased to be no.30 Dave.

martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2007 10:41PM
Done well here Dave, to get a good shot out of what you could have considered a bad day.

cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
7 Jan 2007 10:52PM
Well Worth the drive, despite the weather.
Chriscj 12 96 1 England
7 Jan 2007 10:56PM

Quote:No what you mean about the weather, its got to break soon
Tomorrow I reckon because I can't go out.
dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2007 6:51AM
Alison_S Plus
12 339 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2007 7:36AM
Lovely soft, delicate feel to this.....

rhiw_com 11 24
8 Jan 2007 8:06AM
It's worked very well Dave, the light on the pier really makes this shot. Great photography.

Rg Tony
John_Duckett 14 386 2 Norfolk Island
8 Jan 2007 9:44AM
Dave, total agree with your description. This is a great image of the pier made by the lights being on and the great timing to get the wave to brighten the foreground. 1st class,

Gaz_H 11 150 1 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2007 11:46PM
Great photo dave, capture of the water is top notch and I like the diffused sun through the cloud.
9 Jan 2007 2:13PM
Looks good to me . Made the best of the weather...
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
10 Jan 2007 5:28AM
I've been shooting lots of piers so I really like this one. They are enjoyable to shoot and you achieved great results with this one.

13 Jan 2007 8:17PM
Like this one, very subtle got lot of catching up to do with your PF, great work here.
katieb Plus
14 255 4 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2007 10:16PM
Excellent composition.
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2007 1:01PM
Beautifully done - it takes real craft to produce an image like this when the light is against you.

dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2007 9:40PM
Thanks all, pleased with this. Its a stayer I think.


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