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photoblog image Bait Catcher
This shot dates from the end of May, on a beautiful evening when the late light was doing all sorts of wonderful things. I've already uploaded a couple of other shots from the same time (the Sea Scouts deck here at Shutterchance, and a somewhat experimental landscape over at Blipfoto.

There really is something quite magical about the light at this time of the day at this time of the year (this particular shot is time-stamped at 7.52 pm). Even though it was slightly hazy, the low sun was doing very special things and transforming the mundane into the wonderful. This industrious individual was digging for bait at low tide at the Bull Wall in Dollymount on the north side of Dublin. The fact that he has two buckets possibly suggests that he had high hopes of a good haul.

Actually, of course, I'm merely assuming that bait was what was being looked for. Perhaps he was on the hunt for mussels? Or something else? I guess it's obvious I'm no expert.

Red Pen 14 Jun 2007, 02:41
The light really IS lovely.
Jimbo: It was truly magical. There have been a number of perfect evenings since the end of May. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me for the best of them.

Philosophical Karen 14 Jun 2007, 03:13
I imagine that without that magical light it could look rather bleak. Good catch!
Jimbo: The Bull Wall can certainly be a bleak place at bad weather, and it's not the most attractive when the tide's out. On a sunny summer day, or with glorious evening light like this, though, it's a great place to be.

Ginnie from Atlanta, GA, United States 14 Jun 2007, 08:30
It's actually a very informtive shot, Jimbo, because of keeping the cityscape on the horizon. The lighting IS fabulous, of course, and one does wonder what exactly he's finding!
Jimbo: Thanks Ginnie. Oh the agonies one goes through deciding how to crop what comes out of the camera! This one was easier than most.

mal from A very wet York 14 Jun 2007, 14:36
super shot Jimbo, love the contrast of scenes. mal
Jimbo: Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your comment. Now I'm off to catch up on your archives — and all those comments!

bridge 14 Jun 2007, 23:38
This is a very lovely shot Jimbo...great composition.
Jimbo: Thanks for the comment, Bridge. Cheers.

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David Atkinson 15 Jun 2007, 23:02
I love the contrast between the man engaged in a probably centuries old pastime with the industry across the river. All the best, Dave
Jimbo: Cheers Dave. Actually, that's an estuary, part of Dublin Bay. It's very, very tidal as you can see. Swimming off the Bull Wall was a really popular activity up to about fifteen years ago. EU clean-water regulations changed all that, though there are still some stalwart souls who act as if nothing has changed.

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