Pier into the Twilight

Pier into the Twilight

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“Time is not a thing that passes ... it's a sea on which you float."

Margaret Atwood

Paignton Pier at twilight, with the distant lights of Brixham just visible below its promenade.

Paignton Pier is a pleasure pier in the large English seaside resort Paignton, Devon. It was financed by Arthur Hyde Dendy, a local Paignton barrister and designed by George Soudon Bridgman.

The 780 feet (240 m) pier, with its customary grand pavilion at the seaward end, was opened to the public for the first time in June 1879. The pier-head pavilion was home to many forms of entertainment including singing, dancing, recitals, music hall, and most famously Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera, re-titled HMS Pinafore on the water, performed by Mr D'Oyley's full company on 27 and 28 July 1880. In 1881 the pier-head was enlarged to facilitate the construction of a Billiard room, adjoining the pavilion.

On the death of Arthur Dendy Paignton Pier was purchased by the Devon Dock, Pier and Steamship Company, under whose ownership it became a regular stop for paddle steamers travelling between Torquay and Brixham.

In 1919 the pier-head and its associated buildings were destroyed in a fire. These were never replaced and a period of decline followed. Sectioned as a defence measure in 1940, for fear of German invasion, the damaged neck was eventually repaired once hostilities had ceased.

In 1980 the fortunes of Paignton Pier took a turn for the better when a major redevelopment project was undertaken. This included the widening of the shoreward end to ensure a uniform neck, and the construction of the rather stylish pavilions that remain today. Paignton Pier comprises an entrance building at the shoreward end along with what looks to be several individual pavilion buildings connected along the neck. These in fact form one single amusement arcade through their entire length. At the pier-head there is now an open amusement area containing karts, slides and carousel.

Pentax K-x
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens
Hoya circular polarizer (to reduce glare and act as an ND Standard filter by 2 stops)
Bilora Stabilo tripod
Hot-shoe mounted spirit level

f/11
ISO-200

High Dynamic Range (HDR) image from 3 manually bracketed RAW exposures at -1.5, 0, +1.5 ev = 4seconds, 10 seconds and 30 second exposures) using Photomatix Pro 3.26

Finished in Adobe Photoshop 6.0
03/06/2012 - 21:59morpheus71
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morpheus71

Link Posted 03/06/2012 - 22:00
Best viewed large - thanks for looking
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senn

Link Posted 03/06/2012 - 22:06
superb work, .., the result sounds pretty more effective and natural than what you can have with K-x in camera HDR processing
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Last Edited by senn on 03/06/2012 - 22:09

puma

Link Posted 03/06/2012 - 22:10
Absolutely fantastic great detail
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morpheus71

Link Posted 03/06/2012 - 22:27
Thanks very much for the encouraging comments from senn and puma
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Floggitt

Link Posted 03/06/2012 - 22:42
Great picture, clever title
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morpheus71

Link Posted 03/06/2012 - 23:14
Thanks very much for your encouraging comments John, glad you like the title
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davidstorm

Link Posted 04/06/2012 - 00:18
A very serene and beautiful image and another great advertisement for the K-x and kit lens. This is one of my favourites from your recent uploads.

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GIULIO57

Link Posted 04/06/2012 - 07:29
Lovely tones. I like milk water & blu hour.
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morpheus71

Link Posted 04/06/2012 - 10:20
Thanks very much to David and Giulio for your generous comments I wondered what it would look like in the twilight with the wet sand and slightly drizzly sky that evening - rather glad I made the detour on the way back from Torquay
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nonur

Link Posted 04/06/2012 - 11:07
Comprehensive info and lovely line quoted from Atwood. Wonderful photo with beautiful reflection, Phil!
Regards,
Nezih

morpheus71

Link Posted 04/06/2012 - 11:52
Thanks very much nezih! It was rather restful being there
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pauljay

Link Posted 05/06/2012 - 06:19
Really quite charming!
Paul.

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focus

Link Posted 05/06/2012 - 11:30
Just beautiful. - mary.

morpheus71

Link Posted 05/06/2012 - 14:45
Thanks very much to Paul and Mary
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DrOrloff

Link Posted 05/06/2012 - 16:23

morpheus71

Link Posted 05/06/2012 - 18:41
Thanks very much for your encouraging comment Dr Orloff
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szgabor

Link Posted 08/06/2012 - 06:32
Great lights and composition, this is a nice capture. I also like the beautiful colours, the nice details and the reflection.
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morpheus71

Link Posted 09/06/2012 - 20:13
Thanks very much for your thoughtful comments Gabor - it was very enjoyable to make this photo with its cheerful colours
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johnbasil

Link Posted 03/10/2012 - 22:00
So much to like with this shot. Great colour, reflections, water blur and composition.

John
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