QE2 leaving Liverpool with fireworks

Old 5 Oct 08

I basically waited around for 3 hours to get this photo. I spent 30 mins at the cruise terminal warming up with a coffee and headed back to my spot. I waited for another hour doing various tests with my filter on and off to see how the light was working and then waited. 10pm, the QE2’s horn blows a signal that the display is about to start. *clack* My ND filter and holder fall off into the Mersey. “Noooooo!” Absolutely totally randomly and very fustratingly it fell off! I was using the ND to compensate for the dynamic range issue. The light on the ship and the light from the fireworks didn’t match up. Go for one and lose the other. So I had to go for the fireworks and wait till the end to squeeze in a static nicely exposed photo of the QE2 to later use for exposure blending. Typical really.

Comments 12

  1. Northshore says on 5 Oct 08

    Nice save though mate. I agree with you, this thing is so much classier than the new ships.

  2. Laurie says on 5 Oct 08

    HOLY COW! The result you got was well worth what you went through t get it. This is really incredible.

  3. Andy says on 5 Oct 08


    At least it wasn’t you who took a dip in the Mersey…

  4. Niels says on 5 Oct 08

    Wow, my jaw dropped.
    What an dynamic shot. A lot of things are happening, great!

  5. Azhar says on 5 Oct 08

    Fantastic work, I commend you, images like this take a fair deal of skill and patience.

  6. Mike Blanchard says on 6 Oct 08

    Really is a great shot. Too bad about the ND filter and holder but your perseverance paid off anyway.

  7. Hendrik says on 6 Oct 08

    This is an excellent shot. Congrats and capturing a wonderful moment.

  8. Bob says on 19 Oct 08

    Great shot Pete, way to over come the equipment issues.

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