Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Trinity House buoys, King's Lynn

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On a shopping trip to King's Lynn we walked along the riverside, past Purfleet Quay, to where the buoy maintenance ship, "St Crispin" loads and unloads buoys on its trips to and from their positions in the river and coastal waters.

I've found this a fertile location for photographs, not just because of its waterside setting, but also due to the strong colours of the buoys. Red, green and yellow dominate, almost to the exclusion of anything else, though black is sometimes seen. However, on this occasion a more subtly coloured buoy was standing among its louder neighbours. I can only assume it was painted with a primer or undercoat, yet the rust on it suggested that might not be the case.

I read on the Trinity House website that the organisation "maintains nearly 500 buoys and inspects those maintained by port and harbour authorities, utility companies and by oil/gas rig and wind farm operators (totalling more than 10,000 Aids to Navigation)." A quick search of the buoys on the Trinity House website showed none that display this particular colour.

photograph and text © Tony Boughen

Photo Title: Trinity House buoys, King's Lynn, Norfolk
Camera: Olympus E-M10
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 36mm (72mm - 35mm equiv.)
F No: f5.2
Shutter Speed: 1/1250 sec
Exposure Compensation: -0.3 EV
Image Stabilisation: On