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Thames Patrol

By derekhansen
Let me say straight off that I am not particularly interested in boats. In fact this was a shot borne out of frustration at not being able to get what I wanted. Those of you who have seen my PF (subtle plug) will know that I have a certain fascination with a jetty that looks across the Thames at Gravesend. I was standing on said jetty this particular evening waiting to get an image looking down its length towards Tilbury Power Station. The problem was that most of Gravesends rowing club were also on the jetty which was preventing me from taking advantage of some of the most glorious evening light I had witnessed with camera in hand (or on tripod in this case) for some time. So what to do? The answer was swing the camera 180 degrees to the left and look for a focal point to accompany the sunset. Bingo! One sunset with boat. Not a sailing ship or Thames barge unfortunately but the HM customs patrol boat. Still any port (or mooring) in a storm..
Derek

Tags: Thames Gravesend General Transport Landscape and travel Hm customs Patrol boat

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Comments


Hermanus 3 4 South Africa
4 Sep 2013 6:46AM
A stunning photo born out of your frustration Smile

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NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 6:57AM
An image of two halves Derek, one of beauty and one of security...

Regards Nathan
Richsr Plus
9 90 220 England
4 Sep 2013 8:05AM
had to get shot with that light Derek.
Nice.
Regards Richard.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
4 Sep 2013 8:43AM
Like the write up, Derek, but you don't need a plug, the image itself should encourage further investigation. Lovely light and glossy reflection. The image has shades of a modern day Turner Smile

Dave
SlowSong Plus
7 6.1k 29 England
4 Sep 2013 9:10AM
SUper light on this. You've made the Thames look quite romantic.
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mlseawell 6 1 United States
4 Sep 2013 9:21AM
Still a great image! Nicely done.

Mark
4 Sep 2013 9:24AM
Beautiful Light. Well captured
jenni
Greyheron Plus
14 282 7 England
4 Sep 2013 9:47AM
Very nicely done Derek...superb light and subject. Good to see you didn't waste the evening Wink

Mike
LesF 9 182 9
4 Sep 2013 9:57AM
So frustrating when the planned shoot is out of your control Derek, but hey not all lost on a beautiful evening Wink


LesF
derekhansen Plus
7 210 24 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 10:57AM

Quote:So frustrating when the planned shoot is out of your control Derek, but hey not all lost on a beautiful evening Wink


LesF



You are right Les. I think I took around 5 shots in total that evening but got chatting to a fellow togger and spent over an hour just enjoying the light.
almiles 6 38 102 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 2:07PM
That rippled reflected sky is superb and I think probably stronger than the sky itself, the patch of blue leads across the water very effectively.
charlotte 11 34 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 2:09PM
That's the name of the game that we're in Derek and even though we know it, the frustration is none the less. On a positive though...you came away with a decent image Wink

Charlotte
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
4 Sep 2013 2:38PM
Excellent Image!! I like it a lot!!
4 Sep 2013 2:46PM
Stunning colour and a well composed image. ........Sandy
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 10:12PM
It is frustrating when you made all the effort and not able to get the shot you had planned, but this is lovely shot with superb evening light.
Thanks for the UA.
regards
Yung
4 Sep 2013 11:30PM
The light last Sunday evening was simply stunning - where was I? Behind the wheel on the M4 with no chance of stopping - doh!
Glad you made great use of the stunning conditions, Derek
Alun
marktc Plus
5 85 14 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 10:01PM
Perfection!
martinl 12 264 2 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2013 9:16AM
Well, if this was a fall back, I'd loved to have seen what you planned to shoot! Wonderful light and colour Derek.
Smile

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