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Industrial sunset

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 15 October 2012 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

Tyne Dock as viewed during the "golden hour" from Readhead's Landing in South Shields a few nights ago.
Not the same as it used to be fifty years ago with plenty of shipping, but the Port of Tyne is still one of the largest employers around here with good export/import business and a healthy logistics division.

Took this about fifteen minutes after sunset and dialled in -1/3 EV using manual mode. The small speck in the sky above the cranes is an aeroplane leaving Newcastle International Airport.

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Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

Beautifully composed image! Everything serves a purpose... the industry in the background, the pier framing the right, the reflection on the water and the lovely driftwood in the foreground. Love it! Wishing I had a camera with shooting options!

15 Oct 2012 5:13am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fantastic view of harbor.

15 Oct 2012 5:17am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

De superbes couleurs

Bonne journée

15 Oct 2012 5:21am

Javier from Castro-Urdiales, Spain

Preciosa imagen, y preciosas tonalidades. Una toma excelente!

15 Oct 2012 5:22am

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

Curly, not sure how you manage it, but you are a master of colors!

15 Oct 2012 5:35am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautiful colours in this superb composition Curly

15 Oct 2012 6:20am

João Mourão from Lisboa, Portugal

Amazing photo. And I think the grainy sky adds a lot to the composition.

15 Oct 2012 6:25am

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

sunset has a magical touch to almost every scene even with an industrial setting.....lovely light, colours & water reflection

15 Oct 2012 6:50am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

The cranes and they reflection are for me the central part of the picture. The sky is beautiful. I'm not fond of the right edge with the bridge as it closes the picture and horizon (for me ... its not a critic at all)

15 Oct 2012 6:56am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

A 5***** stunner, excellent composition and light

15 Oct 2012 7:05am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Magnifiques couleurs et lumière, splendide shot. Bonne journée.

15 Oct 2012 7:18am

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

Beautiful sunset image.

15 Oct 2012 7:33am

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland


15 Oct 2012 7:42am

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

A wonderful photo, Curly. The balance between foreground and the distance in light terms is exceptional

15 Oct 2012 7:42am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Wonderful stillness to this like frozen time . . and your title is perfect.

15 Oct 2012 8:06am

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

A beautiful sunset. I love thel cranes with backlight.

15 Oct 2012 8:35am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Lovely image Curly

15 Oct 2012 8:49am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Gorgeous sunset and reflections, Curly. Splendid detail as well with the cranes silhouetted against the sky. I like your framing with the foreground providing the context of this industrial setting.

15 Oct 2012 9:14am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente composicion, gran foto!!

15 Oct 2012 9:15am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

What a great series of B/W and limited colour shots that was Curly. beautiful processing. And now we have the shock of full on electric colour, together with an excellent viewpoint.

15 Oct 2012 9:49am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Beautiful colours and I love your well-considered foreground.

15 Oct 2012 9:49am

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendid 5****

15 Oct 2012 9:50am

Ol from Nice Bushes, Germany

great frame and lighting in that one!

15 Oct 2012 10:09am

Vanesa from Barcelona, Spain

Wow!!! Incredible sky!!

15 Oct 2012 10:39am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Your little Fuji did well on this:) I'm lazy I use one of the ev or iso brackets and choose the best:)

15 Oct 2012 10:40am

Sophie from Fournets Luisans, France

Very nice !

15 Oct 2012 11:44am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

beautiful colours and composition -the silhouetted cranes are stunning

15 Oct 2012 11:47am

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Lovely colour and graphic silhouettes Curly. Not sure about the rock bottom centre, but the water edge and stick work well.

15 Oct 2012 11:55am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like all of the contrasts in this image - the colors are stunning and I like the graphic of the machinery.

15 Oct 2012 12:25pm

Lokesh from Hyderabad, India

i really love the hues....

15 Oct 2012 12:33pm

Akbar&Armaghan from gorgan, Iran

Lovely colors and silhouettes

15 Oct 2012 12:55pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Even an industrial site can be beautiful. Just a nice light, good framing and talent of the photographer. Excellent, I love it.

15 Oct 2012 1:00pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful warm light in this excellent sunset shot Curly! Bravo! ;-)

15 Oct 2012 1:01pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Goddammit! There are times that I want to say something, but now matter how I type it, I sound like a nutter. This is one of those occasions. There is something oddly magical about the way that the gold sky is reflected in the water. I think that the magic is because an ""Ordinary" sunset reflection doesn't have objects on the horizon. What we have here is almost symmetrical, but not quite, as the lights are point sources, but reflect as lines. I dunno what I'm trying to say, but I spent a lot of time looking at it-Bravo

15 Oct 2012 1:44pm

Ank from Zwolle, Netherlands

Even industry gets a romantic touch from sunset and the reflections and the stones and stick in the front gives the idea we are in a natural but magical environment!

15 Oct 2012 2:48pm

Denise from granby, québec, Canada

Beautiful frame for this beautiful sunset!

15 Oct 2012 2:56pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow ...A wonderful photo !!

15 Oct 2012 3:00pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Beautiful !

15 Oct 2012 3:01pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An excellent composition Curly ... ! Terrific! Best regards, Adela

15 Oct 2012 3:53pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Fantastic colors, thirds, compo, reflections, you name it, you got it. This is really beautiful!

15 Oct 2012 4:11pm

Learning Soul from Bangalore, India

Great photo using the golden lights and great composition

15 Oct 2012 4:31pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This sunset is absolutely beautiful. Those metal cranes gives it a special feel. I like the foreground. Beautiful image.

15 Oct 2012 5:07pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Whoa!! Stunning capture of light! It's amazing how only a portion of the sky is lit up like it is with a beautiful reflection captured on the water!

15 Oct 2012 5:22pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

terrific horizon curly, very nice

15 Oct 2012 5:54pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Fantastic silhouettes and colours with some great reflections.

15 Oct 2012 5:54pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, Uruguay

Hi Curly - I love the title you chose here. it is certainly appropos and especially evocative when coupled with this wonderfully composed, beautiful image. I just love everything about this image :-) And finally, quite agree with Jeff regarding your recent high key scenes...I especially loved yesterday's calling for stromg men...another very pleasing shot and a real "smile bringer" :-) Reallly great work - as always Curly....All the best! - dj

15 Oct 2012 6:01pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Outstanding image with the silhouettes in the distance! Excellent! *****

15 Oct 2012 6:36pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

A stunning way to return to full colour image, wouldnt never pick this out as Tyne docks.

15 Oct 2012 6:38pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really lovely sunset, I do like the silhouette

15 Oct 2012 6:44pm

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

Very Beautiful colours

15 Oct 2012 6:45pm

shooter from United Kingdom

A great shot

15 Oct 2012 7:59pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Suggestion of a mechanical age by the towering cranes, most beautiful in this sunset !~

15 Oct 2012 8:21pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I love this time of day, and if one can find water for reflections, it's even better. Nice.

15 Oct 2012 8:31pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Nice & moodful image

15 Oct 2012 9:40pm

Lluís from Canet de Mar, Spain

wonderful colors

15 Oct 2012 9:41pm

Baldwin from Venezuela

Amazing shot of this wonderful sunset ... the sky colors and the reflection on the water surface are fantastic !!!
The silhouettes of the cranes stand out beautifully against the sky ...

15 Oct 2012 10:19pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful sunset and great atmosphere!

15 Oct 2012 10:22pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Lovely colors floating above the inky water.

15 Oct 2012 11:23pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a sight! What a moment! So enchanting and peaceful! It's finally bringing the dock to a rest! Love your POV and compo!

16 Oct 2012 12:32am

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Gorgeous colors Curly, and the water is so placid there.

16 Oct 2012 12:40am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Very beautiful shot with the industrial look against the sunset.

16 Oct 2012 1:15am

Dennis Camp from Cincinnati, United States

I love the Golden hour, but around here it is more like about 15 minutes.

16 Oct 2012 1:52am

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

a photo very pretty, gorgeous colors, I guess what is right is a spring. an evening of film a big kiss. Alejandra

16 Oct 2012 2:44am

Nelida De La Fuente from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

A beautiful sunset at sea with good reflexes, color and light. regards

16 Oct 2012 3:56am

A journey from Lilli Pilli, Australia

Lovely shot Old Fella and the colours are divine.

16 Oct 2012 4:29am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice combination !

16 Oct 2012 9:38am

k@ from Paris, France

Terrific & terrible, both, in the way the message passes through with no words - grand.

16 Oct 2012 10:34am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Great shot, nice and low on the dangle too.

16 Oct 2012 2:11pm

franz from Baden, Austria

very attractive romantic touch to this clearly un-romantic place ...

16 Oct 2012 4:19pm

STEED from D, France

I LOVE !!!!

16 Oct 2012 7:45pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

classy, very classy. This shouts at me that I need to get out more, shoot more and edit less, feast on the evening light whil we still have it, use the tripod for a change, and to shoot some industry. Inspiring work fella....among your very best.

16 Oct 2012 9:31pm

David from Ellemford, United Kingdom

You don't know how good it is to see this photograph, not least because of how I remember it 50 or so years ago also. I'm sure I saw the Queen under the arches, just a vague memory, as are the arches!

16 Oct 2012 9:49pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Lovely shot...great colors..nice distance

17 Oct 2012 5:22pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

beautiful industrial photo

18 Oct 2012 12:54am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

You make this "industrial image" look artistic! And this is something that not everybody can do!!!!

20 Oct 2012 7:07am

John hopper from Shields, United Kingdom

Spent loads of time here as a boy ....very good shot

1 Apr 2013 10:48am

@John hopper: One of my favourite river spots for pictures John, just hope that somehow we can keep public access to it. The last fight was long and hard enough, we don't want to give it up now!

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