32-333 Sunken Boats - Purton

The ‘Purton Hulks’ or ships graveyard in Purton near Sharpness Dock on the river Severn is a number of abandoned boats and ships, deliberately beached to reinforce the river bank. Most were beached in the 1950’s and now in a state of considerable decay. The site forms the largest ship graveyard in mainland Britain.

A riverbank collapse in 1909 led to concerns that the barrier between the river and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal would be breached. Old vessels were run aground and soon filled with water and silt to create a tidal erosion barrier. The vessels included steel barges, Severn trows and concrete ships. The boats came from throughout the British Isles and were built in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th.

This is a high dynamic range image taken 5 times each at a different exposure, -2stops, -1stop, correct exposure, +1stop and +2stops. Each merged in HDR software and then using a process called ‘tone mapping”. Thus allowing all the relevant areas of the image to be displayed.
The sky was bright and one exposure would have either been correct for the sky and leaving the boat dark, or exposed for the boat and leaving the sky burnt out.
great scene - beautifully arranged in lighting and textures.
posted February 1st, 2018  
Fabulous!
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Love your processing. I like the grasses in the foreground.
posted February 1st, 2018  
@moonmtn Thank you
posted February 1st, 2018  
very interesting
posted February 1st, 2018  
Amazing clarity. Love your POV. Taking and merging multiple exposures is something on my list to learn to do someday.
posted February 1st, 2018  
Another league altogether, and beautifully presented with great clarity.
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I've been wondering about those HDR processing, the explanations I've read before or seen or told, seemed unreasonably painful or complicated. your comment actually sounds easy. now to try and execute it....well, at least you've made me want to try and execute it. but i will have to wait for better weather as we have extreme cold warning in effect. thank you, james.
posted February 1st, 2018  
Mud
Looks like a great place to explore
posted February 1st, 2018  
Very cool shot, thanks for sharing a bit on the technique!!
posted February 2nd, 2018  
@summerfield Pleasure Vikki, each of the images were taken with the camera on a tripod so there was no variance in the image itself before the images were merged. :)
posted February 2nd, 2018  
@mud @karasoo2 Thank you.
posted February 2nd, 2018  
An object lesson in how to do HDR properly... so much nicer than the gimmicky images we sometimes see. In my view HDR processing works better in B&W than in colour.
posted February 2nd, 2018  
@vignouse Hi Richard, yes I agree HDR does lend itself well to Black and White. As a means to extract detail from an image with a wide contrast range I think HDR is a very valid way to go.
As for the vivid and surreal over processed images, I guess some would argue that as an art form it has a place.
I must admit I have seen a couple of images in the past that have actually used this method to good effect, all too easy to go overboard I think.
posted February 2nd, 2018  
Superb textures in the foreground and I like how the sky goes so dark at the top of the frame.
posted February 3rd, 2018  
@carvl Thankyou Caroline 🙂
posted February 3rd, 2018  
cool scene - like the use of BnW - brings out the feel here.
posted February 6th, 2018  
@elatedpixie Thankyou 🙂
posted February 6th, 2018  
Gritty black and white 👌
posted February 7th, 2018  
@aussiechic29 Thank you
posted February 7th, 2018  
Lee
I must pay a visit to here if i'm ever in the area. Good shot.
posted February 8th, 2018  
@gamelee Thankyou Lee, well worth a visit but so much of what was there is now gone, it has more historical value than physical presence.
posted February 8th, 2018  
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