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"Firing" the salute

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 10 March 2010 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

On Sunday we commemorated the 200th Anniversary of the death of Vice Admiral Lord Collingwood, and here is the view of the guns of "The Royal Sovereign" being "fired" as a salute when HMS Cumberland sailed down the river Tyne.

This shot of the Collingwood Monument was taken from The Groyne in South Shields. See this post in my blog for a fuller explanation of the event.

Thanks for dropping in and viewing these pictures, there are so many of you and your comments are always an encouragement to keep on going, hoping to see the 10,000th. comment today, sorry that I cannot get around all of your blogs but I try to visit as many as time allows.

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MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

good timing n compo. I think the treatment suit the subject too

10 Mar 2010 5:30am

Behzad from Shi, Iran

nice picture and edit

10 Mar 2010 5:38am

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

The colors are great, very good picture!

10 Mar 2010 7:01am

STEED from Gueret, France

SUPERBE !!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Photographic's Gunners(on the left) firing the Guns (on the right)..Like the Mood and Tones of the scene...

10 Mar 2010 7:31am

Spike from Bristol, United Kingdom

Looks like the cannon would be drowned out by all those shutters! Nice job toning.

10 Mar 2010 8:03am

Zora Zoé - sichtbar fotogrativ from Berlin, Germany

Very majestic and enormous capture - excellent sepia work :-))

10 Mar 2010 8:27am

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Nice shot! I am real fan of The Age of Sail.

10 Mar 2010 8:49am

masoud from tehran, Iran

superbe shot !!!

10 Mar 2010 9:12am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great shot..

10 Mar 2010 9:23am

Eric Rousset from Grasse, France

Nice dedicace bud, like the duotone n the small vigneting
PS:Regarding ur question, this shot was taken in the morning n my first idea was to leave like SOOC with a light foggy dof n after I change my mind because I'm sucker of colors !! I put a Cokin Tobacco filter to increase the sunny BG (sorry for my poor english :-((

10 Mar 2010 9:32am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Impressive statue,great how that smoke from the canon is shown.
Beautiful tones!

10 Mar 2010 9:41am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! What an amazing shot!!! I love it. Very well done.

10 Mar 2010 9:43am

Charles B. from Mably, France

Argh ! La guerre est de nouveau déclarée entre l'Angleterre et la France ? Tout de même, MM les Anglais (tirez les premiers si vous voulez), je vous rappelle que depuis 1066, votre pays est une province française ! lol...
Plus sérieusement, c'est un beau cliché auquel la teinte sépia convient parfaitement.

10 Mar 2010 10:10am

@Charles B.: Je croyais que nous étions maintenant toutes les provinces du Lol UE

k@ from Paris, France

The tiny figures & smoke on that scale are super !

10 Mar 2010 10:23am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The treatment is perfect. The puff of smoke great. Nicely framed and composed.

10 Mar 2010 10:46am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Superbe cadrage j'aime beaucoup

Bonne journée

10 Mar 2010 10:57am

@PascalXLD: Merci beaucoup pour vos commentaires

Candid1 from Washington, DC, United States

Liking the difference in the scale of both subjects here. It really adds a lot more to the scene. Love history and it's captured so well here! Thanks for sharing Curly!!!! :-)

10 Mar 2010 11:01am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Nicely captured Curly! Bravo! ;-)

10 Mar 2010 12:46pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Superb image.

10 Mar 2010 1:23pm

itzmedeepa from kerala, India


10 Mar 2010 1:24pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

I like the processing and composition of your shot - and the fact that you captured other photographers in your shot is a bit funny.....all trying to get that special shot!!

10 Mar 2010 1:29pm

Bettina from United States

I love this. The different scales between statue and people are tremendous. Great shot!

10 Mar 2010 1:46pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

great capture

10 Mar 2010 2:37pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I feel seeing this photograph is a genuine war of the time! Excellent composition and excellent processing! Thanks for your explanations Curly!

10 Mar 2010 3:23pm

Sylvie from entre Angers et Saumur, France

joli comme traitement, ça va pleinement avec l'endroit.

10 Mar 2010 3:23pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Very nice, I like the fact that you caught the smoke!

10 Mar 2010 3:33pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

great shot :)

10 Mar 2010 3:42pm

Monik from Paris, France

Un très beau post-traitement, on a ainsi l'impression de reculer dans le temps. J'aime beaucoup.

10 Mar 2010 4:12pm

dr pankaj shukla from panaji, India

Holy smoke.... !
truely a slice from the times gone by !

10 Mar 2010 4:13pm

Magrat from Germany

Great art work, Curly! Thanks for background infos... The sepia and vignetting make it all perfect...

Greetings... :)

10 Mar 2010 5:04pm

Rags from Plano, United States

Looks like a lovely place.

10 Mar 2010 5:04pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice tones. Neat touch of smoke.

10 Mar 2010 5:16pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

excellent shot! the selective white smoke is wonderful!

10 Mar 2010 5:28pm

@Tomix: I'm struggling to remember how I did that now, perhaps it was just dodging.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Super image . Great compo and great processing !

10 Mar 2010 5:48pm

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Grandiose la statue sur sa hauteur!
Un joli traitement!

10 Mar 2010 6:47pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

A great picture, to commemorate your number 10.000, too. Congratulations.

10 Mar 2010 6:53pm

Aniya from Tehran, Iran


10 Mar 2010 6:58pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Fantastic processing--sets the tone.

10 Mar 2010 7:01pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Great composition! Superb image!

10 Mar 2010 7:11pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

I like the composition trying to maintain both the tall statue and the wide vista in the shot... well done! :)

10 Mar 2010 7:40pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Great shot, composition is marvelous

10 Mar 2010 7:46pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great processing of this capture where the smoke from the firing really stands out nicely. Nice detail seen in the stone as well.

10 Mar 2010 8:11pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

What a great shot! the smoke make such a difference in bringing the image to life. I love the toning you've done, too!

10 Mar 2010 8:35pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

looks like you had the better vantage point!

10 Mar 2010 9:17pm

@Ted: Don't you believe it Ted, I was at sea level on a small pier on the opposite side of the river, old Collingwood there could probably see all the way to Middlesbrough from his perch!

Laurent from Lyon, France

very good framing and nice sepia processing

10 Mar 2010 9:26pm

manos from Athens, Greece

Nice capture Curly !

10 Mar 2010 10:21pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, United States

Very cool shot.....catching that smoke is just perfect....and is that a line of photographers down in front? I swear I see a tripod.......if so, i'm sure you have the better shot!!!!

10 Mar 2010 10:47pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


10 Mar 2010 11:04pm

CM Kwan from NT, Hong Kong

It's an outstanding picture! Love the tone and your composition!

10 Mar 2010 11:06pm

Ana from Mexico, Mexico

you are a very creative person! congratulations :D I loved the pic

10 Mar 2010 11:55pm

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

Like little toy men with their little toy guns! Impressive shot Curly!

11 Mar 2010 3:17am

John from Geneva, United States

In high school we occasionally would put something in the cannon before parades or parade practices. The best one was a golf ball. Who knows where that thing landed....

11 Mar 2010 3:48am

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

I like the little line of men in the lower left corner. The tones are also nice. (Hahaha, Johns comment...)

11 Mar 2010 7:30am

steve-stefedesign from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Like the line of photographers by the gun..........looks like YOU got the right position!

11 Mar 2010 8:10am

Roelf from Uitgeest, Netherlands

Nicely done Curly, believe it or not, i was there as well, without camera :-( We were visiting friends in Tynemouth for the weekend. Back with DFDS ferry to holland on sunday evening.

11 Mar 2010 10:48am

@Roelf: You might have spotted me next to the little red Groyne lighthouse on the opposite side of the river, make sure to wave next time Roelf!

Chris Betterton from London, United Kingdom

Great composition and timing, nicely done!

11 Mar 2010 12:37pm

Gregory Kowalski from Beijing, China

Woow.. Curly.. Your last photos.. seems to be from different cartoon.. that my imagination watched before..
great scene.. and surrealistic smoke.. if you try to compare to overall composition.

11 Mar 2010 2:25pm

Karthik from Chennai, India

Excellent Composition! Perfect with the wisps of smoke.
Trust you got your 10,000 ?

11 Mar 2010 3:19pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I can almost hear the canons

11 Mar 2010 9:02pm

Cory from Phoenix, United States

Great capture and processing. Love the smoke.

12 Mar 2010 5:48am

Barbara from Florida, United States

Excellent compositon, perfect processing. Exceptional capture.

17 Mar 2010 2:05pm

1/750 second
ISO 200
450 mm (35mm equiv.)