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Dry Dock

By WeeGeordieLass    
This boat repair yard was full of casualties being made ready for sea again (hopefully).

We passed by it regularly and these three boats always caught my eye. I thought that if I isolated them from the rest it would make a nice image. I waited, and watched each time we passed by as I hoped to see some workers mending the boats, climbing up the ladders etc...........but it wasn't to be.

On the last day of our holiday I realised that I wasn't going to be "in the right place, at the right time", but I took the shot anyway.

I couldn't get a better angle to shoot the three boats. They were behind a fence and this was the best I could get.

I think it's quite a sad scene, but feel also that there's an element of hope that the boats will be restored to their former glory and made seaworthy again!

Please let me know what you think



Tags: General Landscape and travel

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
21 Oct 2012 7:14PM
A shame that you couldn't quite get the third one in the frame.

That aside (and the horizon's wonky), I don't think that there's much wrong with it.


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21 Oct 2012 7:25PM
Hi Bren,

Hadn't noticed the horizon.......thanks for pointing that out.


iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2012 8:09PM
I like this picture, but then I am interested in boats. I think it good as regards composition, exposure and focus. I don't see a real problem at all with sloping horizon in a picture of this type with the sea playing a minor part. It can look silly when boats are going down hill.
There are actually four 'boats'. On the left looking as is its a spider thats just landed is a Russian built Hydrofoil, behind the fishing boat.
You brought some good photos home from Kos (I think?)
21 Oct 2012 8:36PM
Hi Ian,

Well I never..............................

It just shows how much I know about boats - I thought "Maria" was just a strange looking boat! Lol GrinGrinGrinGrin

Also, I'm very impressed that you know what kind of vessel the strange looking "spider" is.

I'm glad you like the shot. Thanks for the support and taking the time to comment - it's very encouraging for me.

I've been admiring your shots too, and I like V2 of your Greek Boat shots.

Thanks very much Ian.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2012 9:48PM
I love your description, Elaine, and I think a lot of others can associate with the waiting game. Anyway, so glad you got the chance to take the picture in the end.
Three is a good number for photography (I now know there are 4 boatsSad), as are any odd numbers. There is a bit of an angle on the two on the right, which adds interest, even though you say you couldn't get a better angle.
They all stand proud and show their detail against that lovely blue sky.
On both sides you have bits of other boats, and these could easily be cloned out if you feel inclined.
I have done a modification where I firstly straightened the horizon, mainly because I was going to add some sea and horizon to the right side, and the tilt would have therefore become more obvious.
I cloned out the two part boats and added canvas to either side so that your boats don't look too confined.
The image was now quite long, and I felt it needed some more sand at the bottom, so added that, making sure I had one third sea and sand, and two thirds sky on the vertical.
paulbroad 10 123 1242 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2012 9:57PM
A perfectly good and interesting record. May be my tablet screen, but possibly needs a little sharpening.

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 9:02AM
Certainly the horizon needs levelling, that is a must, it would also level out the boats. It is a pity the end boat on the right overlaps the RH bat but I guess it could be cloned!

Compositionally perhaps a little more to the base and a little less to the top. Pleasing image as a record of your holiday.

I have just noticed Pamela's mod, in line with my thoughts.(Saves me doing one thanks)

24 Oct 2012 9:25PM
Hi Pamela,

Thanks for the mod - it's brill.

I'm not great at cloning, but now that I've seen your mod I'm going to have a go with this shot.

The extra space looks better too - the boats don't look as squashed together.

All your help and support is much appreciated Pamela.

Om Shanti

24 Oct 2012 9:28PM
Hi Paul,

Thanks for your comment - yes, I think the shot could be sharpened a little bit.


24 Oct 2012 9:29PM
Hi Frank,

Thanks for looking and taking the time to leave a comment.



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