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Wreck of the SS Nornen



Shipwreck at Berrow in Somerset, England. The ship ran aground on 3 March 1897

Shipwreck at Berrow in Somerset, England. The ship ran aground on 3 March 1897
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sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 October 19, 2014
Stunning...Congrats! ")
paulaston
paulaston October 19, 2014
Thank you :)
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p_eileenbaltz December 15, 2014
I agree with all those who have commented before me! Congratulations.:)
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paulaston December 16, 2014
Thank you!!
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rmr731 December 16, 2014
Stunning image! Wow! Congrats!
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paulaston December 16, 2014
Thank you!!
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Arzhtatiana December 31, 2014
A great shot!
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paulaston December 31, 2014
thank you
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Lovely HDR
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Very cool! Thanks

Behind The Lens

Location
This Photo was taken at Berrow, Nr Brean Down in Somerset, uk. A six mile length of beach with sand dunes and firm sand, which is the second longest stretch of sand in Europe. Features include secluded sand dunes and the famous Ship Wreck. The ship ran aground on 3 March 1897 At low tide a wide exposure of soft sand and mud is exposed leading to the water's edge, but note that it is very dangerous to approach the water at low tide.
Time
This photo was taken around 1300hrs
Lighting
the lighting was fair on the day, when i left my home it was sunny and very warm, i remember i was waring quite a few layers, and as i stepped out of my house the warmth hit me, so i stripped off and i put my coat back in the house. When I got to the church car park, the weather was a little more cloudy, and the temp had changed, I didn't factor in the coastal winds, and boy they can be strong at Berrow beach. So I travelled up the sandy footpath and crossed a golf course which has a public footpath running through it! Once I had passed across the golf course,without having my head knocked of its shoulders by a stray golf ball, I had to walk briefly through Berrow sand dunes which led on to the beach. I was faced with a rather angry looking horizon, the sun was trying its hardest to shine, which gave off some interesting lighting.
Equipment
For this particular shot I used my Canon 5D mkiii, and canon lens 24-70 f4 IS
Inspiration
I had previously tried to get a photo of this ship wreck before, but at the time I had my wife with me who is rather sensible unlike me, and wouldn't let me get too close as Berrow is renowned for people getting stuck in the sand/mud. As you can see in the photo, the wreck is surrounded by it. When I came away the first time, it just chipped away at me, that I hadn't been able to get the shot I wanted. On the day this image was captured the tide was out, and the sand was pretty soft. I had borrowed a friends telephoto lens 70-200 F2.8 IS, so I could get the shot I wanted, without getting stuck in the sand. Even with the long lens it didn't really make up the coverage that I wanted, so I had to get close, stepping very carefully, testing each step, making sure that I wasn't about to walk into a mud hole. (I know pretty silly) I was on my own as well, but I was just driven by this emotion to get the photo that I had in my minds eye, So at the time nothing else mattered. Is this just me, or is this a common thing? Luckily I didn't get stuck, I had a few moments though when I almost lost my trainers, but I got the shot I wanted and it was with my previous lens on the first shoot, my canon 24-70 F4 IS.
Editing
Yes I did do some post-processing. I had done some bracket shots, and ran them through Photmatix, and then finished off in light room with a few adjustments for this scene. I think it was a seven shot composure, which at the time was very hard to do hand held. I had taken my tripod, but the area and the impending storm coming in didn't really allow the time to set up!
In my camera bag
As I am only just starting out, all I have is my Canon 5D mkiii and my walk around lens (Canon 24 - 70mm F4 is)
Feedback
I am driven by passion but my advice is to always be safe when trying to get good shots because you want to be around to get the next one!

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