Seen Better Days-Grounded Ship on Road Bay in Anguilla

The rusting remains of a grounded ship rests along the shore surrounded by the colorful waters of Road Bay in Anguilla, BWI.
The rusting remains of a grounded ship rests along the shore surrounded by the colorful waters of Road Bay in Anguilla, BWI.

I have been to the beautiful island of Anguilla in the British West Indies a number of times over the years. I have always had the perfect excuse because my folks would spend time there in the winter. I had to go make sure they were doing alright after all! Unfortunately, this year was my last visit in a while since they will not be returning. I spent a lot of my time there this year visiting my favorite locations with the idea that I would try to find different ways to capture familiar scenes.

I have many images of this shipwreck in Road Bay. So much of what I come away with is based on the conditions of the sea. I have been there during full moon before and not even been able to get close to the ship because the seas were so wild. Things were a little easier this year. I waded out and used one of the large rocks as an anchor for the foreground. Waves would come and go and only occasionally did I have to make a run for shore. In keeping with the idea that I needed to try something different, I pulled out a neutral density filter (which blocks light) and took some long exposures. This image required an eight second exposure. The sea is rendered silky smooth which gives a totally different look than anything I have done before. It took several tries before I came away with what I wanted and I have to say that standing there for eight seconds seems like an eternity when you see a big wave coming your way!

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