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Morning Call

By rhiw_com  
Porthdinllaen, 52° 56’N, 4° 34’W

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat, Llyn peninsula.

Some weeks ago I was asked to take a photo of our local lifeboat. But I wanted it to be just a little different. Fortunately for me I know the coxswain very well, and as the forecast for this morning looked promising, we decided to go for it.

No doubt, it's going to cost me a few pints!!!

F14, 6 sec, Lens @17 mm, ISO 100, ND grad filter. 7:50 am.

Please view...LARGE...if you can.

Hope you like it, and many thanks for the clicks and comments on my last upload.

Added 18-12-06

Sunday the 3rd of December, was a very stormy day on Llyn, and by 4Tonguem the winds had reached 80 mph, most of the peninsulas electricity had been cut off along with telephones. An hour later at 5, Robert Jones the coxswain of the Porthdinllaen Lifeboat, had a call on his mobile, a yacht that was making it’s way from Caernarfon to Pwllheli, had lost it’s mast in Bardsey sound, one of the most treacherous seas around the British coast.

The Seaking, Search and Rescue helicopters based at R.A.F. Valley on Anglesey, were all grounded because of the high winds. And when Robert arrived at the Lifeboat station, only four crewmembers had turned up due to the telephones being out.
Without hesitation he launched the shorthanded 47 foot “Hetty Rampton”, and for the next 3 hours battled mountainous seas to reach the stricken yacht. Most of his small crew were violently seasick, but none wavered in their determination to save these lives.
They finally arrived back at Porthdinllaen, many hours later, and landed the survivors safely ashore.

They are all volunteers

Regards to you all Tony

Tags: General Transport Sea Dawn Lifeboat Landscape and travel

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17 Dec 2006 6:23PM
wow..striking color and beauty..wonderful image..

Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 15 Wales
17 Dec 2006 6:24PM
Wonderful image Tony.The viewpoint is fantastic.As you say this will go big and deservedly so.
elkiebrooks 17 83 5 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 6:25PM
No doubt he should be providing the bevies for this image. Striking colours, excellent composition. Magic. If only the sea remained that flat and calm then the girls and boys who bravely man these lifeboats would have an easier time.
pmorgan 14 217 13 England
17 Dec 2006 6:27PM
Tony, how do you do it? right place, right time, every time. What a stunner!

redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 6:29PM
Amazing, superb shot, hope they were blown away by your shot!
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
17 Dec 2006 6:29PM
This is great

Jou©o 16 56 Finland
17 Dec 2006 6:31PM
stunning camera work!

Paintman Plus
14 1.5k 180 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 6:31PM
Lovely shot. I'm sure the RNLI would love to use this as part of their promotional literature. Damn fine work.
stevenb Plus
17 281 7 England
17 Dec 2006 6:32PM
Cracking shot Tony love it.

kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
17 Dec 2006 6:34PM
It's a very pleasing scene and shot
BertC Plus
14 29 Malta
17 Dec 2006 6:37PM
Tony this is another stunning piece of work. I really admire your photography.
Hv a splendid xmas !
Bert (your #1 fan lol)
blackett 17 18
17 Dec 2006 6:43PM
Wonderful image, well thought out and executed. IanSmile
cadman359 14 3
17 Dec 2006 6:45PM
great stuff
jeanie Plus
17 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 6:48PM
Amazing work! They owe you the pints not the other way around....

NeilM 14 England
17 Dec 2006 6:53PM

ESP 14 26 England
17 Dec 2006 6:55PM
Not surprised that you were asked..all your pictures are absolutly amazing..and this lives up to all your other excellent uploads.

Another superb class shot

17 Dec 2006 6:56PM
Just stunning Tony, the colour and light are sublime, impressive exposure, Adrian
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
17 Dec 2006 6:56PM
Just on word for this...Fantastic!....
Rgds., Jim
User_Removed 17 16 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 6:58PM
excellent shot, love the bright reds and blues against the natural colours of the landscape.

juldon 17 78 England
17 Dec 2006 7:08PM
A fabulous image and lovely rich colours.

Hanners 15 875 10 Ireland
17 Dec 2006 7:10PM
absolutely stunning, the LARGE is a MUST SEE

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 7:12PM
A stunning image. The lighting and the colours are wonderful.

piccy 14 8 Wales
17 Dec 2006 7:26PM
Pride of place in the lifeboat station I shouldn't wonder. Excellent shot.
clive burrow 16 71 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 7:27PM
They should be pleased with this Tony, excellent shot.

hotchef23 14 134 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 7:39PM
another stunner the colour and effect in this picture are fantastic really like htis one
ArtRat 14 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 7:45PM
A shot and a half (thats not a reference to the alcohol!) - excellent. click
conrad 16 10.9k 116
17 Dec 2006 7:46PM
Excellent, I really like this kind of view of the boat and its surroundings. Well done!

Lostmonkey Junior Member 14 1 Denmark
17 Dec 2006 7:49PM
Great use of the ND grad filter.
SimPick 15 545 2 Azerbaijan
17 Dec 2006 7:51PM

Quote:No doubt, it's going to cost me a few pints!!!

Whoa. If that shot will only cost you a few pints, then I for one think it is money very well spent. This is a lovely lovely shot. Excellent work indeed.

viscostatic 14 49 9 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 7:54PM
The primary colours of the boat stand out well against the more muted colours in the sea and sky. The silhouetted land in the distance and the dark sky add a sense of drama. Great stuff.

Phil_Morgan 14 182 1 Wales
17 Dec 2006 7:57PM
WOW!! EC material if there's any justice. Superb Tony.

chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 7:59PM
totally stunning, just cracking shot
GaryR 14 1.3k England
17 Dec 2006 8:07PM
Not a lot I can say, except stunning.
rhiw_com 14 24
17 Dec 2006 8:08PM
Many thanks for all your brilliant comments, as always very much appreciated.

Regards Tony
anthhope 15 1 England
17 Dec 2006 8:10PM
Superb photo. Excellent!!
terry_cavner 16 332 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 8:14PM
A Winner if Ive ever seen One...Give yourself a pat on the back Tony


digitall 14 238 6 Wales
17 Dec 2006 8:17PM
Very dramatic, great colors, great shot.

pekster 14 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 8:20PM
An amazing shot, I think he should be providing the bevvies too .

javam 16 1.1k 19 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 8:41PM
Excellent shot, the light on the life boat is just great.
phillips 14 69 2 Scotland
17 Dec 2006 9:03PM
Best shot of the day on here as far as I,m concerned.

14 13 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 9:03PM
Very nice Tony!
AnthonyR 14 5 Wales
17 Dec 2006 9:10PM
Fantastic colours, a real winner.

alyismad 15 9 Wales
17 Dec 2006 9:16PM
Great stuff.Tom was telling me about this shot this morning testing new life boat

MalcolmS Plus
15 1.2k 13 England
17 Dec 2006 9:21PM
Superb rich colours Tony, great detail, terrific composition

Dotrob 15 Wales
17 Dec 2006 9:44PM
Just Fabulous.
Possum 14 148 England
17 Dec 2006 9:50PM
An outstanding shot. The lifeboat looks magnificent, and there's huge depth to the image. Superb camera work.
Chriscj 15 96 1 England
17 Dec 2006 9:53PM
Stunning work Tony, wonderful detail and composition.

mipettin 16 884 2 Scotland
17 Dec 2006 9:54PM
Great landscapes often have great foreground interest - stunning landscape - lifeboat adds a great sense of scale
VintageRed 15 15 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 9:56PM
Very good.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
17 Dec 2006 10:35PM
Great view of the lifeboat, stunning light and colours as usual! Excellent work Tony.

Sez Smile
sneazy 16 74 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 10:49PM
Fantastic work - they started the day by doing you a favour (nice of them...) but you have repayed them well with this lovely image. They should have this hanging in each and every home of the crew before Christmas Wink

Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 10:49PM
Absolute Stunner Tony, takes your breath away. They must be really proud of this.
DYankee 14 6 United States
17 Dec 2006 10:57PM
Love the colors, Tony! Great shot!!
Dawn Smile
phototime 14 8 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 11:14PM
Another wonderful image,stunning light and great colours,fantastic shot.

msnapz 14 74
17 Dec 2006 11:15PM
Wow love it. Lovely strong colours, excellent
GillyB Plus
15 317 8 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 11:17PM
Stunning composition, light and .....everything!

sut68 17 2.0k 77 England
17 Dec 2006 11:25PM
Lovely Tony, great lighting and top angle too.

cheesey 14 2 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2006 11:28PM
Another absolute stunner Tony Well done, Merry Xmas, Click.
rhiw_com 14 24
17 Dec 2006 11:29PM
Many thanks for all your brilliant comments.

Regards Tony
jamil 15 4 Scotland
17 Dec 2006 11:31PM
What can i say Tony your images are just amazing.And your P/F is awsome.
17 Dec 2006 11:31PM
Brilliant shooting Tony, this has got everything going for it.
u47sb2 14 36 Scotland
17 Dec 2006 11:39PM
Beautiful morning light throughout - I especially like the oranges/yellows from the sky reflected in the water.
shortski 14 3 1 England
17 Dec 2006 11:48PM
jonny250 14 60 Guernsey
17 Dec 2006 11:58PM
there's always so much interest in your pictures, this one included. The striking colours of the lifeboat are great.
KingArthur 14 8 Malta
18 Dec 2006 12:05AM
Wow ... what a sizzler Tony! Quality work.

ericfaragh 17 149 5 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2006 12:17AM
Marvellous exposure, great colours.
Alfoto 14 Wales
18 Dec 2006 1:08AM
WOW....Fantastic tony. Another stunner.

Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
18 Dec 2006 2:13AM
Well done Tony.
LisaRose 14 172 4 United States
18 Dec 2006 3:42AM
Simply beautiful.

glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
18 Dec 2006 5:37AM
Good contrast and strong colors, nice work! Spot on! Click!!!

18 Dec 2006 6:00AM
This is fabulous, the colours are vibrant and the scene is fabulous. helen
Gecko 14 25 Australia
18 Dec 2006 6:02AM
Wow, the contrast of the boat with the silhouettes and sky, fabulous. Pam
18 Dec 2006 6:36AM
Amazing and fantastic Tony - love those deep saturated colours! Excellent work,

rhiw_com 14 24
18 Dec 2006 6:46AM
Thank you all for your clicks and comments. Very much appreciated.

Regards Tony
Bridie 14 6
18 Dec 2006 6:58AM
Wonderful composistion and colours.Fantastic shot
arnieg 16 704 England
18 Dec 2006 7:01AM
beautiful capture
ColouredImages 16 47 35 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2006 7:27AM
Oh good, I get to be number 100. What a cracking shot
biggus 16 6 England
18 Dec 2006 7:39AM
Its all been said. All I can do is add a vote.
rontear Plus
17 23 9 England
18 Dec 2006 8:35AM
Coupled with the description of the rescue this image has emotion. Composition spot on as with the seascape the craft is within. Beautiful light, calm before the storm Tony. Ron.
Mavis 18 143 2 England
18 Dec 2006 8:45AM
Looks so calm and unasuming . Hardly seems to match the story of those treacherous seas and brave battling capture . Wonderful work they do .

A pristine image at daybreak . xx
daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2006 8:56AM
This is stunning work as ever Tony. I can only echo the above comments as it has all been said.

Tandberg 17 1.2k 2 England
18 Dec 2006 9:28AM
Astoundng Tony!!
Honestly its a lovely image
WEll done
chris-p Plus
15 73 England
18 Dec 2006 9:51AM
Now thats a bit special..
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2006 10:23AM
wonderful light and colour,
BeckaP 14
18 Dec 2006 11:01AM
tony this is a fantastic shot, perfect!
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2006 11:13AM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! stunning colours in this excellent shot tony, well taken indeed.

Robsterios 14 20 Australia
18 Dec 2006 11:15AM
Great shot there Tony, so much interest and great colours..Nicely captured. rgs, Rob.
lobsterboy Plus
17 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2006 1:25PM
Bet they were happy with this. Triffic lighting & composition.
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2006 1:34PM
Eyecatching image... love the red/blue on the boat in the f/g and a wonderful b/g.. superb photography
MarkT 16 119 2 England
18 Dec 2006 3:16PM
This is another stunner, you are added to my favourites.

Fascinating story - they are very brave men!

NevP 15 853 13 Canada
18 Dec 2006 3:37PM
1st class work Tony, as always, Stunning.
Malc_V 15 England
18 Dec 2006 4:56PM
Magnificent image.

Great work, and well done to the brave crew of the lifeboat, my family support the RNLI.

Nice one.

18 Dec 2006 7:02PM
As an ex yellow welly sailor I would never walk past a collection for the lifeboats. These guys are the Heroes of the seas without a doubt. They go to sea in weather most of us cant even imagine, to save some poor "almost" lost soul.
You have I'm sure provided them with a fine image for the local guys who turn out to save whoever runs foul of the weather on their bit of coast.

All the very best, and a hearty thanks to the RNLI,
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
18 Dec 2006 8:47PM
Simply stunning.
highlander 17 32 Scotland
18 Dec 2006 9:35PM
Great bit of journalism Tony and the scene with all those reds and blacks exert brilliant contrasting properties...beautiful twilight magic.
clivebo 14 16
18 Dec 2006 9:52PM
Stunning shot.
AndyM 16 99
18 Dec 2006 10:16PM
Absolutely magnificent!
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
19 Dec 2006 12:07AM
An outstanding image, love the colours and composition
rhiw_com 14 24
19 Dec 2006 4:27AM
Many thanks for all your brilliant comments, as always very much appreciated.

Regards Tony
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
19 Dec 2006 5:39AM
Awesome story and a very dramatic image too. It is shown in the best possible light.

19 Dec 2006 10:44AM
Stunning capture!
Love it.

paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
19 Dec 2006 11:17AM
Light and colour are absolutely beautiful. Paul
wamp 14 276 8 England
19 Dec 2006 12:03PM
The colours in this are excellent, the sky also looks fanatastic, as does the motion of the water

trissie 14 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2006 11:30PM
A brilliant capture,beautifully presented.

Trish x
TyChee Plus
16 275 1 United States
20 Dec 2006 2:54AM
I love your low light technique. This is a beautiful shot. Great composition!
User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
20 Dec 2006 9:24AM
A wonderful image that is also a superb tribute to the courageous people of the RNLI Tony. This is the only charity I contribute to on a regular basis. Need to visit your PF more...

chesh 17 45 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2006 10:09AM
Yet another beauty.
Falconer 16 16
20 Dec 2006 4:14PM
amazingly handled!
rhiw_com 14 24
21 Dec 2006 3:26PM
Many thanks for all your brilliant comments and clicks, very much appreciated.

Regards Tony
Elwin 14 2
21 Dec 2006 10:24PM
Wonderfull tribute to true Hero's.
Well done Tony.
davidbailie 17 457 7 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2006 5:00PM

thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
24 Dec 2006 2:08PM
Hi Tony,
these guys that man those stations really have my respect,what a picture you have taken for them,magnificent.Take care.AnnSmile
silverwolf 19 7 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2006 2:13PM
Superb image. Beautiful colours, stunning light and compostion.
Cristian 16 950 1
24 Dec 2006 8:01PM
Superb image.

KevinGoodchild 19 1.2k 9 England
28 Dec 2006 3:34PM
cracking image and heart warming story....
Scott_Scot 16 4 4 Scotland
30 Dec 2006 8:36AM
Stunning Tony, ... just stunning!!!

30 Dec 2006 7:37PM
An absolutely wonderful image and what a tribute to the men of the RLNI.
Andy1979 14 755 2 England
1 Jan 2007 12:35PM
this is photography at its best i can only look up to this and hope one day i can come up with work in the legue great tony love it!
Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2007 11:18AM
I can only echo bigandy's comment Tony, fabulous photography and a super narrative. Superb.
GregorP 16 4 Slovenia
5 Jan 2007 5:52PM
Awesome shot and superb colours! I love it.

Leightonhs 14 155 1
28 Feb 2007 11:01PM
Really is stunning large even more so.

CathyI 16 344 3 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2007 5:40PM
A great tribute to those heroes!

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