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When I posted yesterday's shot I wasn't sure how many of the HDR's I'd taken would work out. The answer is four: yesterday's, this one, and two more shots of a third boat taken from different angles, both in colour.

As for this one: it was taken with much the same settings as yesterday's: 17mm focal length, f/8.0, and a set of four exposures one stop apart. If you're interested I've put small versions of the original exposures here:


What's worth noting is that the lightest of these exposures (the one at the bottom) still has quite deep shadows, as did the set I used for yesterday's image. Of course, you can include further exposures to bring out this detail, but in my opinion the end result can end up looking rather odd. And I know that HDR's look fairly odd anyway, some more than others, and that isn't something I'm especially bothered about, but I'm not a great fan of the ones that seem to be entirely composed of mid-range contrast. That said, one of the two I'm going to put up over the next couple of days is more of a typical HDR than this one and yesterday's so I'll be interested to hear how you think they all compare.

So, my apologies to those of you who aren't fans of HDR images and/or wrecked boats, but there are two more to come ;-)

Update: I've finally managed to work out how to use Google maps so if you're interested here's a link to a satellite view of the wrecks. Yesterday's shot was of the bottom-left one, today's is the one that's furthest right, and tomorrow's and the day after are of the top one (I think).

3x2 + HDR + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by Fellow Eskimo at 07:46 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

I hope you cover HDR in the tutorials. I like this image, it does have quite the range, and the toning gives it a nice rustic feel.

comment by Brett Admire at 07:47 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

This is great! The processing is wonderful.

comment by Paul at 07:54 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

I like it a lot better than yesterdays shot. It feels like there is more texture and detail in this one, sort of rough like the boat would be if you saw it for real.

comment by Jan at 07:56 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

I am commercial photographer and I am watching your site for a little wile with interest and I like to say, that good-80% of your workis very, very good !!! I think, that you are very good in composition and mode-aroma you are snapping in to your images ... I am impressed with you work ! Cheers Jan

comment by Mary at 07:57 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

I like the HDR images so far. This shot is nice. Looks a bit eerie with the tones and the cloudy sky.

I'm curious about the wrecked boats, tho.. Is there a story behind them? Did they all wreck during one really bad storm or were they simply abandoned over a long period of time? I've tried searching for info on the but can't seem to find anything.

comment by EssPea | Photography at 07:57 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

Both pictures are great. They all have lovely tones.

comment by Sean at 08:01 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

What depth of field!

comment by Photoblog Community at 08:02 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

I mostly prefer b&w photography, so this one works for me better than yesterday's image. Good use of hdr in both cases.

comment by CurlyToes at 08:06 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

Love the sepia tone, and the HDR is nicely subtle. I like the textures on the boat, but there's a noticeable HDR glow around the boat (particularly noticable in the thumbnail). It's got a really nice feel to it though.

comment by m i k e b at 08:28 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

I really like the use of HDR and monochrome here. You did not blow out all of your shadows, which is nice. My one bother, which is minor, would be too much space to the left of the boat. It is slight, but the stuff from the background (looks like light posts maybe) seems out of place.

comment by JD at 08:39 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

I like it ;) not usually a fan of HDR, but I suppose the subject nature of the last two images (and obviosly the next two: ie: this boat) really adds to the surreal, watery colour feeling that HDR brings.

Great composition ;) do you ever wish for a wider aperture (f2.8) with that lens??

comment by Arthur at 09:22 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

Apologies accepted... ;-)

comment by Alistair Parker at 09:24 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

Dave you certainly made the best out of the conditions yesterday. An excellent interpretation of the scene. For those who may be interested I have a shot of the same wreck taken on a different day. The history behind these "wrecks" is strictly speaking they are not wrecks but the hulks of old fishing boats beached on the muddy banks of the river Wyre for breaking/scrapping. This one has been gutted but strangely they gave up cutting up the rest of the hull.

comment by Roy at 09:28 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

Not only have you achieved a really nice tonality with the two shown so far, but the shapes of these old vessels are just so intriguing, especially when they have been partially sliced up like this one!
Be glad it was such a dull and rainy day as well. These just would not have been so surreal without those heavy skies.

comment by Mary at 09:34 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

Thank you for the info about the "wrecks"! I appreciate it!

comment by Jon at 10:06 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

Excellent. Nothing more to add :)

comment by frans (the netherlands) at 10:29 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

What a very very nice shot again. I like it that you posted the originals, it's nice to see what you're doing to make such great images. I also hope for a tutorial about HDR. I really like the HDR images, aswell in color an B/W

comment by Lex at 11:00 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

I think I even prefer this one to yesterday's. The composition is excellent; reminds me of a beached whale; excellent texture and tone. Thanks for including the originals and I echo Fellow Eskimo, this would be a great one for a tutorial.

comment by Pete at 11:50 PM (GMT) on 16 August, 2006

Wow - even better than yesterday's! Has an almost-ghostly quality about it. I'm definitely heading up to that part of Fleetwood over the weekend.

comment by Ben at 01:33 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

I definitely prefer this one over yesterday's, though they're both great. I really like this series, and I'm looking foward to the next two!

comment by Scott at 02:01 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

I must admit that I also prefer this image over yesterday's - but I think that it's a matter of the actual "wreck" itself. That is, the shape of this boat just lends itself to the perspective you've chosen to shoot just a little bit more. I also really like the tones - warm, but haunting.

comment by Violet at 03:10 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

TO: David Nightingale, Alistair Parker
AND: All who have downloaded GOOGLE EARTH (free)

The satellite image of the wrecks can be accessed directly in Google Earth; the geographic location is 53"56'47.98 degrees N latitude, 3"00'18.35 degrees West longitude in the Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 area. The altitude of David's image (in his link) is 1157' and several mouse clicks will increase the altitude to reveal the surrounding area. It's a very interesting "flyover."

Many thanks to both David and Alistair for providing the geographical locations of their photos so the rest of us can go there, too, even if it's only armchair (or desk chair) travelling via satellite and Google Earth.

And many compliments and thanks for these lovely images.

comment by navinharish at 03:12 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

Hmmm. Although it looks more like a wreck, I still like yesterday's shot more.

comment by John Zeweniuk at 05:12 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

I LOVE these boats and once again masterful work!

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comment by Jennifer at 07:59 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

Thought yesterday's was great - but this is even better!

comment by > at 10:13 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

very nice treatment of tones. i liked yesterday's version more though.

comment by alex [gofish] at 10:22 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

It's interesting how many people comment on here who don't have their own photoblogs they're linking to... Unfortunately the link to google maps didn't work for me, probably what with me being in south africa and all.

it's interesting how yesterday HDR made the image 2D, and today it gives it extra depth, seemingly.

Nice, it looks a bit similar to digi-photology's shot from yesterday.

comment by peter at 10:44 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

I think I like this one better than yesterday's. The angle is much better and gives me a better impression of the size and shape of the boat. Toning's nice and there is good level of detail. I remain undecided about HDR processing, but this is one of the better results I've seen recently.

comment by chiara at 11:24 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

Great image. Love the perspective and the angle.

comment by Rog at 11:48 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

I think the HDR pictures are great..... Am really looking forward to seeing the others. The google map was good .......

comment by Thomas Solberg / Project neXus at 11:56 AM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

I like the tones. Nice job

comment by Timothy Gray at 01:12 PM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

Beautiful tonalities throughout this image. You've done a really great job converting this to monochrome. Hard to decide if I like the color or mono version better.

comment by [ PIXEL VIKING ] at 03:30 PM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

I would very much like a HDR tutorial and a B&W colour toning tutorial as well. I'm normally not a big fan of B&W, since colour is how I see the world. But as an art piece, I love it. Overcast always makes for a spectacular HDR sky...

comment by Craig Wilson at 05:01 PM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

Congratulations on Google maps, its a great tool! Nice detail on this boat, nice shot.

comment by Emilie at 05:42 PM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

wahou it's simply magnifique!!!

comment by djn1 at 07:32 PM (GMT) on 17 August, 2006

Thanks everyone, and yes, there'll be an HDR tutorial :-)

comment by Ash at 05:15 AM (GMT) on 19 August, 2006

definitely the best one from the series....