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The Last of its kind

Though thankfully not the last in existence.

The Brixham Sailing Trawler Vigilance (built 1928) of the coast between Brixham and Dartmouth, trying to make progress to windward in a very slight breeze.












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Re: The Last of its kind

The first one is a "classic" shot, it's superb.

I like the second one too, but not quite as much. I'm not sure why though
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Re: The Last of its kind

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The first one is a "classic" shot, it's superb.

I like the second one too, but not quite as much. I'm not sure why though
Could be because of the white balance/ limited spectrum of light. Thing is that's how it often is on the sea (which is why new sailors often scrunch their eyes shut - and old sailors have very wide open eyes). It's a conumdrum I've not resolved for sea shots.

The other thing is the large areas of hard bright nothingness - a very different environment.

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Re: The Last of its kind

The second photo looks as if it could do with some colour adjustment.

What colour was her topsides paintwork? From the second photograph it looks as if it should be white or grey, but it has a strong blue cast. (However, the lettering is white).
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I like the 1st one the best because the you get a profile of what the wonderful sails look like. I like that a red color is used. Nice shots.
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The second photo looks as if it could do with some colour adjustment.

What colour was her topsides paintwork? From the second photograph it looks as if it should be white or grey, but it has a strong blue cast. (However, the lettering is white).
The hull is well weathered light blue - in the first shot the hull is actually in shadow - if you look at the weather bow (which is in the light) the colour actually well matches that in the second shot.

In the second shot, from the weather side and where the light is coming from, you are actually seeing the effect of light reflected from the sea surface in addition to the sunlight.

The second shot might be more 'acceptable' if darkened - as it is it closely represents the hard light of the open sea.

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I like the 1st one the best because the you get a profile of what the wonderful sails look like. I like that a red color is used. Nice shots.
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Re: The Last of its kind

Beautiful shots of beautiful sailing trawlers. The trouble is that it makes me want to sail again.
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Re: The Last of its kind

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I hope you don't mind, but I tried adjusting the colour balance of the second shot in PS, and then increased saturation so the sails look their natural rusty red colour.

This has also shown up the rust staining on the hull topsides, which whilst a little unsightly is very real.

I tried using the grey topsides as a grey point, but it didn't work; possibly becuase of the rust staining. In the end I just used auto levsls follwed by auto colour balance.

These are such nice shots it seems a shame not to.......

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Hi Nick -

What a great shot number one is - I like the low angle.

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What a great shot number one is - I like the low angle.

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Thank you Barr1e.

Can't remember if I was standing or sitting in the cockpit when I took these - either way I wasn't that much above sea level - so with a long lens it looks flat.

Interesting game, taking pictures, when you are sailing singlehanded.

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Hi Nick,
I hope you don't mind, but I tried adjusting the colour balance of the second shot in PS, and then increased saturation so the sails look their natural rusty red colour.

This has also shown up the rust staining on the hull topsides, which whilst a little unsightly is very real.

I tried using the grey topsides as a grey point, but it didn't work; possibly becuase of the rust staining. In the end I just used auto levsls follwed by auto colour balance.

These are such nice shots it seems a shame not to.......
Are the vexed question - just what colour is Vigilance.

Well I can find laid up shots that suggest the paint is supposed to be light grey, and open water shots that match the light blue tinge of my shots.

I think my pictures are a fair match to the colour you see when you have a blue sky (and consequent blue reflection onto the topsides). (and yes - my monitor was calibrated a couple of days back).

The sails are just as interesting - Library shots show a good colour match for the jib and foresail, bad for the mizzen and mainsail. But the shots I can find are for events (trawler races, festivals) and show BM76 as the sigal on the main - which suggests she sports a high days and holidays set of sails as well as everyday ones..

Now, mayhaps the reflected light from the water also impacts the white balance on the camera, don't really know - but it still looks right to me.

We used to have a yachting journalist who took pictures in the group, wonder if he can comment.
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Are the vexed question - just what colour is Vigilance.
Is it worth trying to use the Red Duster as a reference colour?
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Is it worth trying to use the Red Duster as a reference colour?
Well you can't actually see the red ensign well enough as its flown from the mizzen mast - the flag on the main mast is a 'house' flag.

It is actually a criminal offense to fly the red ensign (or any ensign/union flag) from the main mast of a civilian ship.

But I'm relatively happy that the colours represent what you would see - (the dan buoy for example is the right shade of weathered yellow).

Unfortunately they sell ensigns with a deplorably vibrant shade of saturated red - it takes ages to weather them to a respectably faded colour, especially with these modern colour fast dyes.

(But I just posted these 'cos it was a pretty/interesting boat - and we don't have many boat pics in the group)

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Re: The Last of its kind

Last one in my Vigilance file - no pp other than slight levels - noise/sharpening and the removal of an irritating fishing boat.



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