Great Yarmouth 3

By mrswoolybill
Continuing a little series... (I realise that I'm quite good at starting a series and then getting side-tracked and forgetting all about it... )
We were there on a warm, sunny September day. The town was heaving, the amusement arcades and chip shops were doing a roaring trade.
The beach was empty except for a party of twitchers.
Strange place...
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Photo journalism Beach Coast Black and white Humour and fun

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CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
27 Nov 2012 8:09AM
I love the simplicity of this, Moira. Carol

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AnnChown Plus
6 198 1 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 8:15AM
You're portraying the atmosphere very well Moira. Great composition and has to be mono I think!
Ann
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
27 Nov 2012 8:30AM
I think the sky tells the story here because had it been blue and the weather warm this almost deserted beach would have been full of those deckchairs, it would not have been such a good photo though.

gary
fentiger Plus
14 916 23 England
27 Nov 2012 8:39AM
Keep debating with myself whether there is too much foreground, but no, I think you have got it right. A good balance to the composition and I would guess works best in mono. But twitchers in that part of Great Yarmouth beach?

Albert

PS Had to call it Great so as not to confuse it with Yarmouth on the IOW which is a charming place Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
9 901 1445 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 8:48AM

Quote:Keep debating with myself whether there is too much foreground, but no, I think you have got it right.

Albert, I spotted the kiosk and the empty beach - this was prime location, just beside the pier. I was only vaguely aware of the twitchers and was rather annoyed with them for spoiling the emptiness - I was intending to clone them out. But looking at the image afterwards I rather liked them. They had a telescope on a tripod, directed at the sandbanks opposite the beach.

Quote:has to be mono I think!

I didn't even keep a processed colour version as far as I can remember. I took several pictures in the town over the course of an hour or so, they are among my favourites of the year as a whole and they were all taken with b&w in mind.
Cheers everyone,
Moira
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
27 Nov 2012 9:01AM
I love the feeling of isolation in this Moira.

Ken
nonur Plus
7 15 9 Turkey
27 Nov 2012 9:05AM
Clever use of a great space, you achieved to get a very nice compo out of infinite alternatives, Moira. I like it a lot!
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
27 Nov 2012 9:18AM
Why would you want to hire a deck chair here then have to put your trekking gear on to get to the sea!! I'm glad you kept those twitchers in - very Monty Python Grin

Dave
cats_123 Plus
12 4.5k 26 Northern Ireland
27 Nov 2012 9:58AM
the wastelands of Norfolk Smile
rontear Plus
13 8 7 England
27 Nov 2012 10:07AM
You have got it right Moira, excellent use of negative space !! Such narrative too !!!!
Ron.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 901 1445 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 10:09AM
Thanks so much for the UA Ron, I was about to log out and go out, glad I stayed on for a few minutes!
Moira
SlowSong Plus
7 6.1k 29 England
27 Nov 2012 10:09AM
This is so funny. And the foreground space is key to the success of this image IMHO. Wonderfully seen. Made me chuckle. Smile
x
mrswoolybill Plus
9 901 1445 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 10:12AM

Quote:This is so funny.

Thanks Chris, that's reassuring. I thought maybe I just had a weird sense of humour... Wink
danbrann Plus
11 582 16
27 Nov 2012 10:36AM

Quote:
Thanks Chris, that's reassuring. I thought maybe I just had a weird sense of humour... Wink



mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

A good conversion Moira. Cannot make my mind up about the twitchers, Do they add to the scene or do they Distract. Why Iam I going on about this... it's not even my picture.
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
27 Nov 2012 10:39AM
A very good capture showing isolation
27 Nov 2012 10:40AM
A great seemingly out of season scene on a beach! The isolation, the humour the intonation are all superb.
Maggie
27 Nov 2012 11:42AM
Where is everybody, Moira?? Love the spacious beach, more sun for me!!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue
AniaWink
Joline Plus
9 27 53 United States
27 Nov 2012 12:52PM
Moody, deserted, quiet.
( I had to look up twitchers, I thought it was a new drug cult!)
AnneWorner 8 620 43 United States
27 Nov 2012 1:24PM
I love your comment about getting side-tracked - oh how I can relate to that! I've told myself that I will finish processing my images from Bastrop and that they will be upload this week! But of course, in the mean time, I've taken more photos Tongue

This does seem a strange place - were it not for the people in the distance, and all the footprints in the sand I would think it abandoned.

(I too had to look up twitchers.............)

Anne
27 Nov 2012 1:50PM
Reminds me of being lost in the desert and seeing a mirage miles away. Only in this image it's a chair and not water. Excellent choices made here.......Sandy
mrswoolybill Plus
9 901 1445 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 2:25PM
I do like Sandy's mirage...
Thanks again everyone, and particularly Chris for the UA, that's a really nice surprise to come back to.
We use 'twitchers' to refer to bird-watchers, the obsessive sort who go out looking specifically for rare birds; but I suspect that this party may have been watching seals on the sandbanks rather than birds. Not sure if there's a term for obsessive seal-watchers...
Moira
27 Nov 2012 2:35PM
Did you manage to find a spot on the beach then, Moira?! Wink A fine mono capture, and think the figures on the right add to the shot Smile
Trev Smile
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
27 Nov 2012 2:57PM
Open all hours I see here Moira !!
I disagree with Dan The Man.
Reckon you do need the twitchers here !!
Mick.
27 Nov 2012 3:46PM
I'm afraid he didn't earn a lot of money this summer. Summer? Even I believe GB had a very, very bad year.
This image is amazing. What a lot of space and depth. Love it.
Johanna
marktc Plus
5 85 14 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 4:05PM
Love it!
SUE118 Plus
7 8 1 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 4:35PM
Strange beach with no deck chairs and hardley any to hire. Lovely image in B&W SmileSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
9 901 1445 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 5:43PM
My thanks to Mark for his UA, a surprise, and to everyone else who's called in here - I'm amazed at how well this has been received.
Moira
joolsb 11 27.1k 38 Switzerland
27 Nov 2012 5:57PM
Surreal and quietly excellent.
27 Nov 2012 6:29PM
reminds me of a Fellini movie....
isolation captured to perfection, I like the twitchers in the shot.

John
27 Nov 2012 6:31PM
Lovely sense of space and distance.

P.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 901 1445 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 7:00PM

Quote:Surreal


Quote:reminds me of a Fellini movie....

So it's not just me...
Smile
27 Nov 2012 7:10PM
A great shot Moira, very well taken indeed. Well done that Girl.

John Smile
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 7:23PM
I like this and considered in my mind, would it make the perfect picture if the timber building was placed over on the right, inviting us in! But then I thought its different to what one might expect and why conform to doing as others might - great shot
gajewski Plus
11 10 9 United States
27 Nov 2012 7:24PM
Moira, this is spectacular.
-=\Walter
mrswoolybill Plus
9 901 1445 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 7:26PM
Four UAs in a day - that's special. Thanks so much Walter.
Moira
My favorite so far Moira, iconic.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 901 1445 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 7:35PM

Quote:would it make the perfect picture if the timber building was placed over on the right, inviting us in! But then I thought its different to what one might expect and why conform to doing as others might

Exactly, Ann. I'm more interested in the shadow tugging out to the side - I composed very carefully to include that.
frz67 6 10 32 Italy
27 Nov 2012 9:22PM
perfectly composed Moira. there's a natural movement from left to right, from the building to the twitchers (every day I learn a new word...., the fact is that I forget them so quickly Smile).
the void space in the bottom part helps in reading the image. and that roof that hits the horizon is simply perfect.
very well seen

francesco
pdcche 5 4 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 9:57PM
A great simple shot Moira, nice comp and looks good in mono, even the wind farm is in view, Peter..
BlueRoom 10 73 20 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 10:33PM
Splendidly surreal. The fact that it is clearly open for business and even the bloke is not visible makes it for me.

Eric
Hop-A-Long 9 52 England
27 Nov 2012 10:38PM
Absolute genius. The twitchers look like they are looking for the illusive deck chairs.
Brilliant.

Andy
27 Nov 2012 11:51PM
A well balanced portrayal of isolation, doesn't work without the twitchers.

Richard
BarryC123 7 43 25 Ireland
28 Nov 2012 12:12AM
An amazing sense of wide open space here, with the twitchers counterbalancing the hut nicely.
Simply a great composition.
You only seem to have six UA's for this, and I personally feel seven is a much nicer number...
mrswoolybill Plus
9 901 1445 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2012 8:10AM
Many thanks to Andy and Barry for their awards, a very nice surprise to come down to this morning!
Moira
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2012 8:23AM
Superb capture and very well deserved awards Moira
Helen
Richsr Plus
9 90 220 England
28 Nov 2012 8:37AM
Sorry I missed this, congrats on all the UA
Regards Richard
Doing a brisk business...

Tremendous image and wonderful composition Moira.

Dougie
Tibetan 3 3 England
28 Nov 2012 5:33PM
Reminds me of the advert where a boy throws stones at the clouds and the sun comes out, great shot like it well done Moira, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
1 Dec 2012 2:01PM
awesome
JaHa 4 48 1 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 2:56PM
Quite late to the party but I'll add my user award to the pile! Incredible photo, so well composed.
Jarod
Jellyfire 4 41 4 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 4:41PM
Oh wow, I absolutely love this. Great composition, would be a great shot without them but the crowd of twitchers make it something special!
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
23 Dec 2012 9:17PM
I assume the twitchers are those people in the distance stood in a huddle!Wink
backbeat Plus
10 134 1 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 10:55PM
Excellent Moira!

Phil

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