+ 15th Night +

© Phillip R. Connolly

<b>+ 15th Night +</b>

Uploaded: June 23, 2007 07:44:19


15 nights the Pasha Bulker had been stuck firmly to the sandy bottom of Nobbys Beach, Newcastle, NSW when I grabbed this capture. The big salvage operation went ahead readying for the opportunity presented by the next big tide. Many of the onlookers tended to be somewhat sceptical!! However, on the 2nd July at around 10:00 pm the large bulk carrier was released from its sandy prison and towed out to deep water. For three weeks it had been captive on this sandy beach and reef.

Category: Catch-All


Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe June 23, 2007

Spectacular lighting and perspective. Great colors! #678881

David Phalen June 23, 2007

Love the light, color and clarity! #4427886

Murry Grigsby June 23, 2007

Great pano composition and mood Phillip! I love the lighting, colors and the action of the waves!! The title that popped into my head was "What Ever Floats Your Boat" :0) #4427889

Susan Weisensel June 23, 2007

Phillip, What an amazing capture, the light and detali in the waves is wonderful. #4427898

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict June 23, 2007

Great image and details here Phillip...Dominick #4427938

Debra R. Harder June 23, 2007

WOW Phillip! This is absolutely AMAZING! Beautiful work!

Deb #4428106

Mike D. Perez June 23, 2007

A beautiful Pano, Phillip! Great composition and colors! #4428128

Nadine A. Lewis level-classic June 23, 2007

A W E S O M E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS!!!!!!! <>< #4428200

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna June 23, 2007

Fantastic!!!!! Awesome lighting and colors, Phillip!!!!!! WOW!!!!! :3 #4428432

John Connolly June 23, 2007

Great shot Phil! I don't think they will have any problems re-floating the Pasha, as long as the weather is reasonably calm on the 30th of this month! #4428643

Phillip R. Connolly June 23, 2007

Thank you Donna, David, Murry, Susan, Dominick, Debra, Mike, Nadine, Kitty and John for taking the time to comment on my Image. John, the big problem with situations like this one is that the relatively flat hull of 225 metres length and 32.2 metres beam ship will be sucked into the sand. They will first have to get water moving under the hull before it will go anywhere. What methods they plan to use for this part of the operation will be interesting. I have seen a salvage report from the 22 June indicating that the operation may come to more than the $41M replacement cost which them would make it more viable to dismantle the ship in place. I hope the next big tide works for the operation! #4428798

Alexis Yobbagy June 23, 2007

Fabulous shot Phillip!!! This is a fascinating turn of events with this vessel and you've really captured the wonder of it!!! #4429083

Phillip R. Connolly June 23, 2007

Thank you Alexis...it's not often we get a situation like this one so close to home, so it is all very fascinating to us locals. Unfortunately you can't even go for a walk on the beach now as the whole area is closed off and patrolled by security guards 24hrs. We can only satisfy ourselves with watching the proceedings from behind the fencing.

Phil #4429392

Cassie L. Woodlee June 25, 2007

FANTASTIC Phillip!!!! #4436453

ALLEN O. HOWARD June 25, 2007

FANTASTIC Philip!!! An awesome composition with spectacular colors and details! #4436681

Phillip R. Connolly June 30, 2007

Cassie and Allen, thank you both for your kind comments. It is certainly a very rare sight to witness firsthand.

Phil #4458348

Barbara Waldoch level-classic July 24, 2007

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Phillip! #4551588

Pat Gamwell July 25, 2007

Powerful finalist, Phil! Big Congrats! #4552756

Joe Terni July 25, 2007

Congratulations Phil,Its a real wonderful pic.I just wish I had a bit more time these days to check all these out when they are entered. #4553581

Jenny Bosmans July 25, 2007

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Phil! :) #4554351

Glenn E. Urquhart July 25, 2007

A Very Big Congratulations on your award, Phillip!!! Well Deserved! Cheers, Glenn. #4554860

ALLEN O. HOWARD July 25, 2007

Congratulations Philip! #4555097

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic July 25, 2007

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist Philip. Good luck in the next round. #4555471

eileen bedford July 25, 2007

Congratulations on this beautiful capture, good luck on next round... #4555481

Kate Jackson level-classic July 25, 2007

Congratulations Phil! Great shot! #4555531

Alexis Yobbagy July 25, 2007

Yippee, congrats Phillip!!!!! Good on ya'!!!!! #4555659

Tarun Bose July 25, 2007

Big congrats Phillip for your outstanding finalist. Looks a winner to me. #4555909

July 25, 2007

this is a Wow #4556636

Renee Doyle level-classic July 25, 2007

WOW is right!!!
Huge congrats on this outstanding capture of such an amazing event and for a fantastic finalist Phil!!!

Cassie L. Woodlee July 26, 2007

Congratulations!!! Phillip #4560647

David Phalen July 26, 2007

BIG Congrats on a well deserved Win! #4562066

Jenny Bosmans July 26, 2007

Big congratulations, Phil! :) #4562165

Ray Clarke July 26, 2007

Congratulations on this great winning shot Phil (a) #4563360

Tarun Bose July 26, 2007

My prediction was correct. Huge congrats Phillip, for your second place winner. #4563878

John Connolly July 26, 2007

Congratulations Phil, it looks like it was well worth being out on a cold winters evening to get a shot like this! #4564155

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic July 26, 2007

Congratulations on your second place winner. #4564513

Renee Doyle level-classic July 26, 2007

Big congratulations on this wonderful 2nd place winner Phil!!!

RC Fritz July 26, 2007

Congratulations on your WINNER!! #4565067

Colette M. Metcalf July 26, 2007

CONGRATULATIONS on your WIN, Phil!!! #4565518

Evy Johansen level-classic July 26, 2007

Big congratulations on your wonderful 2nd place win, Phillip!! #4565700

Barbara Waldoch level-classic July 26, 2007

Congratulations on this wonderful winner, Phil! #4565804

Paul E. Earl July 27, 2007

I missed this one! A really fantastic capture and a big congratulations on the win! #4566429

Les Rhoades level-classic July 27, 2007

I too missed this shot. Congratulations on the 2nd Place win. WTG!!! #4567537

Darryl Wilkinson July 27, 2007

Outstanding presentation, Phillip! Congratulations on your win!! #4570041

Martin J. Preslar July 31, 2007

This is wonderful!!! (Though not wonderful pilotting! :) )

Congrats on the 2nd place win! :) #4582793

Patrick R. McMullen August 02, 2007

Great capture Phillip! Congratulations on it. A very unique opportunity for a photo!
Pat #4593194

August 03, 2007

What a wonderful dramatic photo fellow Australian.. I have watched the refloating of this on the news but no photographer captured such a great image.. well done. #4597504

eileen bedford August 06, 2007

Congratualtions on your winner Phillip, an awesome capture... #4608741

August 06, 2007

Come on Aussie , come on come on... congratulations friend on a wonderfully deserved placing. I loved this..Laney #4610570

Janine Russell level-deluxe August 07, 2007

Phillip, big congratulations on your Second Place Winner! #4616734

Raymond Pauly level-classic August 18, 2007

Magnificent shot, Phillip! Congratulations on your win! #4666629

August 24, 2007

Fantastic image Phillip! congratulations on your win an awesome capture
Chris #4691146

Phillip R. Connolly August 24, 2007

I extend a very big thank you to all the BP members who have taken the time to comment on this Image. I really appreciate your many warm thoughts.

Phil #4693627

Bill Wyatt August 26, 2007

WOW Phillip this is fantastic! Excellent job and Congratulation! #4699857

Susie Peek-Swint August 31, 2007

Just saw this on the front page Phil ~ fantastic shot and a well-deserved winner... many congrats! #4728528

Phillip R. Connolly August 31, 2007

Thank you Bill and Susie for commenting on my photo. I really appreciate and value your input.

Phil #4729532

Karolyn J. Seeley September 13, 2007

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL IMAGE, perfect in every way, well deserved winner! #4786258

September 14, 2007

Hi Phil excellent image! you have managed to capture the drama of the situation.... well done! #4788779

Phillip R. Connolly September 14, 2007

Thank you Karolyn and Gerard for taking the time to comment on my Image. Your thoughts are very much appreciated.

Phil #4791388

September 24, 2007

Great Shot Phillip congratulations on 2nd Place win Well Done
Chris #4835599

Kevin M. Carnevale January 14, 2008

Phil, This is Awesome! I assume nothing spilled into the sea? Great Job!!!

KMC #5340351

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