Flying the flag

Flying the flag

As I surveyed the harbour at Seahouses, I was struck by the boats flying the Northumbrian flag. Then I noticed the prevalence of red and yellow in this scene. So, I took this shot with a view to doing a ‘pop out’ of these colours.

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Blue harbour #1

Blue harbour #1

This is (probably) my favourite view in Seahouses. The harbour sits at the bottom of a fairly steep road. So, at the top of the road, you get a great view of the comings and goings.

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As this vessel approached the harbour, I realised how blue the scene was – the sea, the sky and the boat. So I tracked its progress, waiting for the moment that it entered the harbour mouth.

I did this for a few others, but the colour of this boat made this picture stand out for me.

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Harbour stumps #2

Harbour stumps #2

This version of yesterday’s shot is based on the original coloured image. I’ve applied a heavy sepia filter, to create an almost monochrome effect.

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I like the way that the filter retains some of the colours of the sea, while creating a darker atmosphere. On balance, I think I prefer this version, but there’s not much in it.

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Harbour stumps #1

Harbour stumps #1

These stumps in Irvine fascinate me. What was there original purpose?

They sit outside the mouth of the harbour, so I wonder if they originally served larger vessels that were unable to berth in the inner port. Or were they simply used as an overflow when the harbour was busy?

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This is a simple conversion to black and white. Maybe it’s a bit nostalgic, but what’s wrong with that?

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Making waves

Making waves

While I was enjoying the calm, reflective mood of a grey Saturday morning at Irvine harbour, this guy had other ideas. Actually, I heard him before I saw him, which gave me time to line up this shot. I wanted to capture him heading through the marker posts – indicating the channel into the harbour.

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If you click on the image for the larger version, you’ll see the Arran ferry in the background. As often happens, I was unaware of this until I started processing the file. A happy accident!

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Calm harbour 2

Calm harbour 2

This shot gives a better impression of the number of boats in the harbour. I never tire this view – looking across the harbour towards Arran.

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I was surprised that converting his image to black and white seemed to work. I thought that the reflections might be diminished. But I think they look fine this way.

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Calm harbour 1

Calm harbour 1

On a recent visit to Irvine, I wandered down to the harbour. I wasn’t very optimistic about getting any decent photos – it was a grey, drizzly, chilly morning. However, when I arrived, the harbour was really calm, offering lots of opportunities.(Click on image for larger version.)

This shot illustrates the conditions – grey and calm. There were more boats in the harbour, but I liked the way that this one was sitting in splendid isolation.

I haven’t done much to this one. Straightened the horizon and adjusted the lighting a wee bit.

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