Wednesday, September 10, 2008

RAMSEY HARBOUR


ABC WEDNESDAY - H IS FOR RAMSEY HARBOUR.

Last minute post. This is Ramsey Harbour, the working end as I call it. Not often you see it like this empty. Always boats moored obscuring the the view of the quayside. The solitary boat, serendipity and the buoy just bobbed into shot. A very dreary day so it went straight to monochrome. One thing about a grey day is you already have plenty of greyscale tones so they convert to B&W painlessly. Don't overdo the contrast. You end up with no shadow details and a harsh flat white. The colours tones should blend not fight each other.

What I like about this area and why I've tried to capture it boat free is it refers back to what I was saying the other day about dating a place by it's skyline not ground level. From the modern (well not that modern) flats to the mix of houses, pub and business premises in front you can see a timeline developing.

I've covered this in two posts before but Radio Caroline, Pirate radio station, was moored here and The Euterpe, or Star of India, tall ship was actually built here. A blog search will lead you to those posts.

It' a bit mad here at the moment. Gary has to do five drawing this week, instead of one. Can't go into details, but if you're in the UK, Sunday BBC1 Politics show. Watch or record. All I can say for now and no Gary will not be on it's the pics, but I can't say anymore.

Sad news today. Another British Pier has burnt down. What's really sad about this one is it's Fleetwood Pier, Gary's old hometown and where friends and relatives still live. Who said insurance job. The thought has occurred. Seems to be happening to a lot of properties in the UK
at the moment.

Want to join ABC got the lovely hostess with the mostest, MRS NESBITT'S PLACE

51 comments:

Boise Diva said...

Glad you found the positive "light" about the gray day. And I got stuck behind a tractor today, and channeled your feelings at it!

leslie said...

Lovely shot, very peaceful looking. And I do see a bit of "light" there. Have a heavenly day.

Barbara Rahal said...

this looks pretty pacific now, I guess as you say is always so busy..great in B&W!

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" suspects this image wouldn't be half as interesting in color. Good choice for H!

mannanan said...

Great choice for H. Haven't seen the harbour as empty as this for a long time. Thanks for the photo tips as well....

magiceye said...

perfect b&w scene! love it!

Knoxville Girl said...

I see what you mean about the architectural timeline. I'm going to have photographer's vision before too long, thanks to you. I like the b&w here.
I'll bet Gary has some wicked good caricatures to show; too bad I can't get BBC1 in KnoxVegas.

brad boston said...

LB,

There is Euterpe is in San Diego. Is it the same one? The BBC has a channel here.I see the news on it, real news. Does that tide get any higher? I like lone boat really draws the eye.

Webradio said...

Hello !

Vraiment grise cette journée !
Comme Ta photo, pleine de mystères...
Le port est bien vide, comme Tu le décris si bien...

Lynette said...

Yes, I see the timeline developing. Yes, I see the ready-and-waiting greyscale tones. Your blog is like going to photography school, a really good photography school with illustrations that make the text relevant. It just sings. I love this photo just as much as I love so many of your others. Thanks, Babooshka.

Brian said...

Love black and white photos and this one has great light, depth and shadows the crane jibs take you to the gray sky.

Thank you for you comments on my "H"

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

i do love the old-worldly look of harbours, you've captured it well with the b/w shot

Columbo said...

Lovely B&W photo, I really enjoyed your posting. Great photography.

Deslilas said...

Nostalgia is not always dull.
Thanks

naturglede said...

Greate for the H!

Bear Naked said...

A very nice black and white photo for ABC Wednesday.

Happy letter H day.

Bear((( )))

Gordon said...

A nice B/W shot. I appreciate your mini-photo lessons, and recent comments on my blog.

Gail's Man said...

Not a bad looking harbour with different sorts of buildings dotted about.

Will try to watch this Sunday, to see these 'special' pictures.

Blue said...

TY for the tip re B&W photo's.
Yours is a fine shot.

I too am concerned about the loss of piers, two fire so close together smells fishy to me.
And it was arsonists that finished off the West Pier in Brighton, so skuttling plans to restore it.

Ackworth Born said...

First thing that struck me with this photo was the big block of high-rise flats - they look typically local-authority built ones.

Saw a brief film of the fire on the TV in the waiting room of the hospital yesterday - We may be visiting Fleetwood next month - so sad.

Olivier said...

sur les quais, il ne manque que Brando. j'aime te ton de tes photos b&w, tu as un traitement spécial ?

on the docks, only Brando. I love you tone of your b&w photos, you have a special treatment ?

Lawstude said...

Beautiful photo.

Greyscale Territory said...

Love the black and white perspective. Somehow it lends a timelessness, a museum treasure type atmospher.

Aileni said...

Good crisp B&W, B.
I actulally was able to buy Koday B&W over the counter on Monday and my SLR is loaded.Iam so pleased.

tr3nta said...

Nice B&W photo...

Dragonstar said...

Excellent B&W photo, and great that you found the harbour (almost) empty and so peaceful. Lovely!

stan said...

Very nicely composed

angela said...

Thanks for the tips.
Pity about Fleetwood Pier...

marina said...

You managed to make the new look like old!!!Pretty...

Miss_Yves said...

Beautiful shot!
Miss Yves

kouji said...

lovely image. that black and white gives it a strange timeless quality for me.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Babooshka
Interesting 'H' post... and I agree about the pier at Fleetwood.. it was sad to see it burning... It will be interesting to hear just how it started.

Tom

Reader Wil said...

The Isle of Man is becoming more and more interesting, thanks to your stories about the Vikings and the Celts. And now this post which is very informative! Thanks also for your visit!

Liz said...

Great photo. I'm sad to hear about the pier burning down too. I certainly hope that little 'accident' doens't happen at Mumbles!

I'm glad that i wasn't the only one have Blogger photo problems yetserday!

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

I can't believe we're already at H again! But shouldn't this techincally go under R for RAMSEY harbour?

Only kidding - enjoy your quaint little port mwah x
Ciao

Scarlet xx

Ivar Ivrig said...

Great B&W. :-)

Tanya said...

You've proved that even grey days can be beautiful Babooshka. So sorry about the pier. Sad...

kjpweb said...

A good shot! And proof that some city planners and architects should be thrown in jail. The building in the back destroys the cityscape entirely.
Cheers, Klaus

Neva said...

A great H post.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

Sad to hear about the fires on the piers. Does sound sort of fishy.

photowannabe said...

We all need a bit of light in our grey days now and then. I like that you did this shot in black and white. Very crisp details.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Babooshka, I have got an award for you. You deserve it! Could you come and get it from my blog?

Bibi said...

Hi, Babooshka. Am slowly getting back to checking blogs. I like this photo of the harbor, in black and white. I'll be a more faithful visitor in the upcoming days.

Jackie said...

It looks very 70s in that picture! What's the hill in the background?

I'm away for a few days from tomorrow but pics will still appear, and I'll catch up with all of your wonderful pictures on my return next week.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Wow. I am impressed with the photo.

My post for H (hair) is over at Canon Pixels

Katney said...

A harbor without boats--bare bones!!

Kim said...

This is a beautiful picture. I love the black and white. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's hometown. I had no idea that a lot of pier's were burning in the UK.

CrazyCath said...

Hi Babooshka - I'm late! It looks eerily empty that harbour.

Sad day for Fleetwood - my hubby's home town too. To be honest, I saw the pier acouple of weeks ago and it was a mess - vandalised and boarded up. I thought of you at the time and how you photograph the good and the bad - I took some photos, not knowing it would be the last time I saw the pier. *sigh* It is burnt to a crisp. Nothing left.

And not an insurance job apparently. He wasn't insured. :0/

The Mulligan Family said...

Love the photo and all the information you included. Black and white photos are so artistic - and this was a perfect post for the letter H.
Thanks for stopping by my site and for your comments! Take care, Cindy

Gemma said...

I so enjoy seeing photos from around the world. Thanks for this!

mrsnesbitt said...

Phew! sorry I am so late..one of those weeks!

Just been looking at a house for sale in Ramsey! LOL! In Country Living...just so strange I come here straight afterwards,


Thanks so much.

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