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The court of heaven, a Galley's last stand

Thank you Philine for all your input.

All the best

The court of heaven, a Galley's last stand

Thank you Philine for all your input.

All the best

comments (59)

  • Fotografa
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Aug 2008, 00:07
Stunning image!!
Hey!- wrecked boats are my copyright! wink A real stunner, beautifully worked. Congratulations!
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 8 Aug 2008, 02:12 a ghost ship.
  • Clint
  • USA
  • 8 Aug 2008, 02:14
Awesome! This is frame worthy.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Aug 2008, 02:53
Soon enough...all that remains of the great whale is its crumbling home in the shallows...
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 8 Aug 2008, 03:04
I don't even know how to thank Philine for contributing to the appearance of two wonderful images on today's shutter.
An image of many dimensions.
There's so much to find here that's not immediately obvious like the geometry of the reflection.
  • E Etomi
  • Romania
  • 8 Aug 2008, 04:10
Absolutely stunning Mal. Love it!
  • Ada
  • United States
  • 8 Aug 2008, 04:35
Oh my God! That's all I can say Mal....beautiful!!!! absolutely beautiful..
  • Stan
  • 8 Aug 2008, 07:12
Man, you've outdone yourself with this one. Likeyed
  • Roland
  • France
  • 8 Aug 2008, 07:24
What a light !
  • Frank
  • Germany
  • 8 Aug 2008, 07:32
If it can tells us a story?!
Great image.
This really has impact, nice one Mal.
Wow! Very beautiful! Looks like a Vikingship.
  • Kris
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Aug 2008, 08:32
Great Stuff.
Looks like it is frozen in place. Amazing work.
This is beautiful Mal.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Aug 2008, 09:21
A fascinating pic- always anew! Mal's photo's belong ( for me if I might confess)) to those ones which are deeply engraved (or burnt) into in my brain and inner eyes! I can't forget them! Frank, I think this one could tell us a story, too! The longer I look at this rotting ship the more it gets the qualitiy of a modern sculpture. -With the best, best wishes for you!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Aug 2008, 09:34
An exquisite piece of work Mal. Very evocative and beautifully produced. The light is wonderful.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 8 Aug 2008, 09:47
Mal, as with all of your images I am blown away. may a mere mortal ask how this effect was acheived.
  • Bahar
  • Iran
  • 8 Aug 2008, 10:28
Made me think about my life... My failures! Why isn`t it colorful?
  • KenC
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Aug 2008, 10:46
Wow!!.This is in my likeys
  • John C
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Aug 2008, 10:50
It has been a while since I was last here on your blog, I see that the quality is just as good as I remember.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke
  • 8 Aug 2008, 10:56
Picture perfect Mal, amazing shot and processing.
Light and shadows. You've captured them exquisitely.
That's fraggin cooool..... H.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Aug 2008, 11:26
i suppose shots like these is why we shouldnt be more despondent because of your sporadic appearances...

awesome stuff
Oh my! Totally blown away with this stunning image, and my jaw just hit the floor when I openened it. (:oO )
  • Jessie
  • New Zealand
  • 8 Aug 2008, 12:57
Stunning, stunning shot. It's beautiful.
This is the best picture I have seen on Shutterchance. I just love it Mal.
  • Jarred Thompson
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Aug 2008, 14:12
A friend gave me a link to your web site. I just love this, do you sell prints? J
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Aug 2008, 14:47
stunning - as usual! I like the toning here particularly
What a shot! Brilliant image!
I thought you had been to Fleetwood for a moment! Nice one.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 8 Aug 2008, 17:29
Branching out into shipwrecks? It is a move I wholeheartedly applaud. Excellent capture, Mal!
This has to be one of your best Mal! Thanks for such a stunning end to the week.
Whatever you do, don't divulge the location: Digi will claim sole rights! smile
This is top-notch stuff, Mal. The light & tones are just superb.
That is absolutely stunning.
  • aitor
  • Spain
  • 9 Aug 2008, 23:59
wow!!! Amazing.....
Wow! A fantastic piece of art.
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Aug 2008, 00:04
absolutely stunning, can't stop looking at this, it has to be my favourite SC shot sofar and something I can only aspire to.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Aug 2008, 19:10
Oh I have read all the honours of the previous 45 comments. And they are right. And yes, Philine is a special person.

Looking at your picture, I am wondering about the paint tube trying to take a last blast at the hulk. It could also be your vaseline thingy.

What makes the picture special is that you have the first evidence of the new ice age, and then with a viking sailer stuck in the first ice.

Excellent picture - the shadow of the galley deserves special mention.
  • Red Pen
  • United States
  • 13 Aug 2008, 01:38
I don't know what I can say at this point that hasn't already been said. Stunning!
Quite mythic somehow. It's that soupy sea and strange shadows.
The shadow cast on the water's surface is the icing on the cake!
The context you have given this vision adds such richness to what is already a feast for the eyes and mind!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Aug 2008, 20:28
Sometimes I' m looking at the pic if the galley perhaps has already a bit sunk into the deep sea, but I'm not sure if that has happened. The ship lies there like having got caught for eternity. The longer I see that ship the more it becomes a kind of monument, a monument for all the people who tried to emigrate, to escape by boat and..., I don't think only of the boat people from Vietnam and Africa...- there are many examples in our former and new history...- an interpretation which could be inspired by a monument in the former Concentration Camp in Westerbork/Netherlands I saw. "As if giant hands were at work after about 20 meters the track is destroyed and the rails point skyward ... no train will ever leave from here again with its human cargo!" A very touching monument- here and there!
  • tim
  • some were in Armley, Leeds:)
  • 15 Aug 2008, 13:13
oh my Mal, most peeps have to wait a life time to capture something as good as this you just waited 270secsgrin.

stupendous fella.
  • cathy
  • united states
  • 15 Aug 2008, 16:38
No other word, but STUNNING!!
  • peter
  • Denmark
  • 18 Aug 2008, 11:07
Excellent shot packed with atmosphere.
  • Irene
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Aug 2008, 11:59
  • Ismael
  • Argentina
  • 28 Aug 2008, 02:46
Es muy linda imagen. Excelente. Me gustaria para fondo de escritorio de mi PC. Si pudiera mandarmela por mail a 1024 por 768 para mi escritorio de panatalla le agradesco.


It is a very pretty image. Excellent. Me gustaria for bottom(fund) of office of my PC. If he(she) could send me for mail 1024 for 768 for my office of panatalla him(her) agradesco. Ismael
  • Ismael
  • Argentina
  • 28 Aug 2008, 02:46
It is a very pretty image. Excellent. Me gustaria for bottom(fund) of office of my PC. If he(she) could send me for mail 1024 for 768 for my office of panatalla him(her) agradesco. Ismael
  • jotabe
  • France
  • 2 Sep 2008, 18:17
Amazing light ! 270s ! That's a long exposure ;D
And that makes a beautiful picture...
wow.... so unreal.. so beautiful
A stunning and wonderfully evoactive photograph....beautiful work!
  • goke dairo
  • lagos nigeria
  • 17 Jan 2009, 17:13
OMG! AWESOME! thats all i can say can i get a copy please?
  • Trey
  • Europe
  • 8 Jun 2009, 14:27
This Rocks. Its truly awesome.
Its so so surreal. How did you process it??
Just love this one! Beautifully processed!

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camera Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed 270s
aperture f/22.0
sensitivity ISO50
focal length 65.0mm
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