A Day at Saltwick Bay

09th August 2013
Last Saturday was a beautiful Summer's day and also pretty good for photography with a deep blue sky and wispy clouds scurrying across it propelled by strong winds which ironically spoiled my day and turned out to be very expensive.... see later !
The shot below depicts the Wreck of The Admiral Von Tromp, a fishing trawler that ran aground in 1976 with the loss of 2 lives and to this day it still remains a mystery as to why the boat was travelling towards land and not on its intended course out to sea.
I did this same shot a long time ago,longer than I care to remember or own up to, around the same time as Joe Cornish,I may even have been there before him as I hadn't seen a photograph of the wreck before, I just stumbled across it on a day very similar to last Saturday.
My original shot was on Fuji Velvia slide film and the digital processing is in a similar style, I still like the punch and depth that the saturated colours give this type of image.
I got to Saltwick Bay, a mile south of Whitby Abbey, about 8.30am, too late for the 5.30am dawn light, there was a time when I would have been there for dawn, but the sun was strong and fairly low in the sky so I ran off about 20 shots in very windy conditions when disaster struck, I had my camera on a sturdy tripod but couldn't be bothered to weigh it down by suspending my camera bag beneath, I turned to pick up something from my bag an heard the tripod and camera crash onto the rocky shelf and saw the lens had broken of at the base exposing all the electronic contacts, suddenly a perfect day was spoiled.
Disheartened I had to quickly leave as the wreck is in a cove which gets cut off at high tide, I cheered up a bit to revisit the wreck in the evening when the tide had gone back out but didn't get a better shot.
A hard lesson learned :(




Mono conversion and removed the metal upright to tidy up the image, shouldn't really do this but it does improve the composition.