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Baltray Ship Wreck

Irish Trader
Irish Trader
As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion." Antisthene 

The wreck of the MV Irish Trader lies off the east coast of Ireland in the Irish Sea near the mouth of the River Boyne Estuary at Baltray Beach, Drogheda, Co Louth.   The wreck can be accessed from the beach at low tide with a little care due to some soft sands.  I had seen a few photos of the wreck before I visited the site so I had a clear vision in my head of what I wanted the photo to look like.  At arriving at the beach, the tide was just about clear of the wreck. In hindsight, I would have the wreck bigger and more dominating in the photo.  I could crop in on the photo, but I quite like the balance of the reflection in the photo and don't want to cut it in half.  I also quite like some of the lines and shape in the sand. I used a 10-Stop ND filter in combination with a 2-stop ND soft grad to achieve the long exposure and balance the exposure of the foreground and the sky.