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Rain and wind at Mount Batten Pier with the FZ200 (6 images)

Discussion in 'Superzoom Salon' started by grebeman, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    I cut a lonely figure on Mount Batten Pier this morning in the rain and wind, hoping for some wind blown sea birds, but there were only a few Gannets to be seen.

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    Then the 3000 ton coaster Berthold K emerged out of a rain squall accompanied by the harbour tug, not normally required for this size of vessel but very necessary today since to access Victoria Wharf the ship will turn broadside onto the wind and so the tug is needed to lay alongside the ship to stop her being blown sideways into the wharf.

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    As she neared the end of the pier at one point she was obscured by the spray from a wave breaking below me


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    I presume the figures on the bridge are the captain and the pilot


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    She was soon followed by the Newlyn beam trawler Louisa N who's crew gave me a friendly wave as she passed



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    This launch from Plymouth University set out from Sutton Pool, presumably with research students, but about one minute after taking this shot they decided better of it and turned back to port


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    This was the view below me a little later , the tide having dropped somewhat, and still no one else had ventured out to this exposed position, I wonder why, a lovely bracing morning.



    Barrie
     
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  2. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    These are great. I love the close-up of the bridge.
     
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  3. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Me too.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  4. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    #2 for me - that looks terrific! :thumbup:
     
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  5. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    I used to hang around those very stairs and terraces with an OM2 In the mid-80s, taking pictures of distant ships and the occasional seagull. I see the weather hasn't changed.

    -R
     
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  6. porchard

    porchard SC Veteran

    344
    Feb 24, 2013
    Devon, UK
    :rofl: I was there a couple of days ago, and the weather was... well... maybe, a little better... but not much!:wink:
     
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  7. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    There's an interesting effect in that first picture now I look at it again.

    The line of the breakwater on the left seems to continue into a similar line running along the side of the boat. It makes the boat look semi-transparent at that point.

    (Plymouth always seemed to be cold, wet and windy when I lived there as a student. I'm sure it was lovely in the summer, but that's when we went all back home)

    -R
     
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  8. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Monday was a decent day, certainly in the afternoon

    If by a couple of days ago you mean Monday 4th November, the weather was pretty good. Here's a couple of shots with a G6 and a 14-140mm zoom, their first outing.

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    The beam trawler Admiral Blake leaving harbour in the afternoon

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    The tanker Northern Ocean, registered in the Faeroe islands moving slowly down the Cattewater


    Barrie
     
  9. porchard

    porchard SC Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2013
    Devon, UK
    I'm not too sure - it was around mid-morning... I think it was on Monday, but I could be wrong...:confused:

    I'd be interested to hear your first impressions of your new G6 - your photos speak for themselves, but how about the ergonomics, and the general 'user-interface'?
     
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  10. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    I don't think the morning was as nice as the afternoon, so perhaps you timed it wrong :smile: I recall my hopes for a decent sunset were dashed as a grey cloud sheet approached form the west a little after 16:00 hours, and with a tanker coming in at about sunset I'd hoped for some different shots to normal :frown:

    As for my thoughts on the G6 I'll sleep on that idea, it's still very early days and it wouldn't be fair to the camera or any readers for me to launch into anything too quickly, but I'll keep it in mind.

    Barrie
     
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