Big Suffolk skies, sunset and fireworks

A long, hot and windy day overlooking the Waterfront Celebrations.

Big skies,

Sky Waterfront

Eventually followed by a great sunset and the fireworks.Sunset  Fireworks 1 Fireworks 2

Then for some a slow exit from the car park.

Car Park


Hehir today gone tomorrow

I’ve been a tad croaky of late but I forced myself out to grab some shots of our docklands project with the last rays of sunshine on 31st December 2015.


It was hard to comprehend that three of us were up on the top of building to the left of the image for 12 hours during the second day of the Ipswich Maritime Festival in August.  There will not be a festival this year but at some point we will scale the heights again for some significant event or other as we add more images to the pot to edit from.

Is anyone else out there taking part in photoeast? We have asked for a slot but we await news on that front. Somehow I think the event is all topped and tailed. Whatever happens it ought to be a good blast for contemporary photography in Suffolk.

In the meantime keep alert and making images.

From the Archive

Hello, I thought it about time that I contributed some images to the group on the docklands project. I have selected four from my archive.

Cranes and Rigging is from May 2008  Cranes and Rigging

LT 472 is a bit later in Sept 2008  LT 472

Towering Above is a year on in August 2009  Towering Above

and Old Meets New is from Sept 2012   Old Meets New

It was impossibly bright this morning …..

After the mediocre light yesterday I was determined to find better conditions today. I was up and out by 0500 and even that was too late as I drove East into the grey gloom of dawn.

Luckily for me my vantage point faces North West so I managed to salvage something of the early start.

MSC Oscar before sunrise

This image was made at 05:54. Impossibly harsh shadows cast on the water from the construction cranes. These are more evident in the later images when the ambient light got brighter.

A stiffer than forecast 8 knot Nor westerly meant I had to use the 161 for stability. This image was made at ISO800 1.3s F13.

A behemoth visits the Haven Ports

Not so long back I photographed the Globe on her maiden voyage berthed at Felixstowe. By the time she left 2 and a half days later she was no longer the largest container ship in the world. She had been superceded by the Oscar. Oscar made her maiden voyage to Felixstowe today arriving at 1100. Tugs danced and fussed around her and gave her a traditional fire jet welcome.

It was a grim day for lighting and I decided to try my luck from Shotley. There was no one there. I could see many people on the beach at Landguard through my lens. I was a tad disappointed in that she was quite light in the water and not carrying anything like her capacity. I will try again overnight but these vessels have had a huge impact on how the docks of Ipswich, Harwich and Felixstowe operate.

A maiden entry to the port brings out the fire jets

A maiden entry to the port brings out the fire jets

The light was better the closer I was to Walton terminal. Landguard is several cables away.

The light was better the closer I was to Walton terminal. Landguard is several cables away.

Arriving at Felixstowe from Rotterdam

Arriving at Felixstowe from Rotterdam

A spring in my step

I had things to do this morning such as dropping Mrs O’s car off for MOT and posting off my pension application. I like to support the real Post Office near the University so I lugged my kit down with me. Mrs O had voiced her opinion that Spring was in the air before I left. If this is her idea of Spring then it must be an Arctic Spring. Was it grim or was it grim?

The Cut Brewery Tap Building Blocks West Bank Line Gated Slip Grim, just grim

I did spy the railway wagons on the West Bank from the Tolly Brewery site so I marched over there to find some shunting going on. At least Peter will know that the bridge he has in his viewfinder does carry rail freight.