Wednesday, 13 April 2016

More from Maldon

On Sunday morning we walked down the estuary towards Northey Island looking for waders to photograph - not much about, or what there was, too far away!

No photographer can resist a bit of industrial decay - or as the yacht broker might have it "restoration opportunities"

Homo photographicus in winter plumage - yes, it was a little chilly on the water!

A few shots of other boats from Kitty including a reprise of the wreck we had seen earlier from the shore before the tide came in

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Out for some barge-time on Sunday at Maldon

Back to one of my childhood haunts on Sunday.  The RPS Nature group and Cambridge Camera Club combined to charted the barge Kitty from Maldon quay on Sunday afternoon.  After a lot of hard work against wind and tide, we got off the mooring on Maldon quay and set off for Osea Island under motor.  Once we had drawn level with Tony Benn's old hideaway from the sixties when he owned Osea, we turned around and let out some sail - having faced a stiff cold breeze blowing up the estuary, we suddenly experienced the peace and (relative) comfort of a following breeze and no thump-thump-thump from the Diesel engine.  These pictures all relate to Kitty and other Thames barges we saw.  The first two shots of this set were taken with my big Nikon D4 which was sporting my 300 mm f2/8 during the morning when the plan was to walk for nature pictures; sadly I couldn't get far enough away from the barges to include all of the barges' masts with that particular lens

On board Kitty in the afternoon, I changed cameras and was using my Olympus OMD E-M1 with a more general purpose lens - the Zuiko 12-40 PRO lens:

A Reef Knot

Back to the quay and a view of a neighbour's stern: