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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 8 March 2008 in Transportation and Portfolio.

A photo of the continuing attempts to refloat the MS Riverdance that was stranded on the beach north of Blackpool on the 31st January after being broadsided by a freak wave.

NIKON D40 1/500 second F/8.0 ISO 200 19 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Talk about Pizzaz, WOW, love this totally ;)

8 Mar 2008 10:54am

@Lorraine: Thanks very much Lorraine!

Saeed from Tehran, Iran


8 Mar 2008 11:35am

@Saeed: Cheers Saeed!

Barbara from Florida, United States

Wonderful. I love those clouds and wet sand. The light gives much impact. Excellent capture. I would like to know how they are going to make the vessel upright.

8 Mar 2008 2:37pm

@Barbara: I was really luck Barbara.....the sun came out from behind the heavy clouds just long for enough for 3 photos. The rest of my shots didn't compare to this one.

They seem to be concentrating on getting the cargo off at the moment but I agree that it's difficult to see how they're going to refloat it.

alex centrella from fresno, United States

nice looking clouds, and colors.

8 Mar 2008 3:58pm

@alex centrella: Thanks very much Alex!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Super light. Excellent composition. A real winner.

8 Mar 2008 5:05pm

@Michael Skorulski: I was really lucky with the light Michael as the sun only came out for a few seconds......the rest of the day was overcast.

Russ Devan from New Hanover, United States

The light is beautiful and very unique. I love the reflections off the wet sand. The colors are very rich.

8 Mar 2008 5:45pm

@Russ Devan: Thanks Russ......I always find it amazing how wet sand, without even standing water on it, can carry such strong reflections like that

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

Not only is it a fine document but this is an excellent photograph.

8 Mar 2008 7:41pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks's a real puzzle to see how they are ever going to refloat it. At the moment it looks like they are still getting the cargo off.

Julio Pulido from Barcelona, Spain

Excelente composición, buena luz, buenos reflejos y una luz preciosa. Un saludo.

8 Mar 2008 9:30pm

@Julio Pulido: Thanks you very much Julio!

«miguel.peixeiro» from Coimbra, Portugal

...i like a lot and i save it!

8 Mar 2008 9:59pm

@«miguel.peixeiro»: Thanks Miguel......the ultimate compliment!

Michael from TX, United States

Nice shot, the lighting is amazing.

9 Mar 2008 2:06am

@Michael: Thanks very much Michael....I was incredibly lucky with the light to get those few seconds of sunshine on what was such an overcast and dull day!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Holy crap!! Talk about a freak wave to tip that mother over... which is a wee bit more difficult than tipping cows!! LOL Outstanding doc image, Ian! Gorgeous light and colours.

9 Mar 2008 3:59am

@amy: Hi Amy....this is just the latest in a long series of shipwrecks on this beach!

Wikipedia lits about 20 of them here and about 50 yards behind me as i was taking this photo was the old wreck of a big wooden sailing ship with the stumps of the spars just sticking up above the sand.

I think it's something to do with the prevailing westerley winds which mean that if a ship gets into trouble here it ends up on the beach.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Kenya

That shipwreck is just a dead body in the distance, but the CAR.....what a presence in the foreground! With a fine reflection of the wet sand! You were real lucky to get a ray of sunlight from under that dramatic matress of clouds! A rare composition!

9 Mar 2008 6:08am

@Japanalia: Thanks!.....yes, the photo wouldn't have been the same without the Coastguard's 4x4 to give some interest to the foreground!

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

The composition is excellent, the reflections of the car are gorgeous!

11 Mar 2008 12:26pm

1/500 second
ISO 200
19 mm (35mm equiv.)