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« on: September 10, 2010, 02:48:05 pm »

I went to watch the Severn Bore this morning and took the 24-105. I should have taken the 70-200 really,I've found there's no time to change lenses once it's near enough to get some decent shots hence the small photo of the surfers,so I settled for some shots of individual surfers. I think the last surfer must have lost his paddle.(if he had one) lol. I don't see it,the wave had passed him.

This American surfer is waiting for the Bore to arrive..




















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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2010, 03:35:35 pm »

Missed one.

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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2010, 05:54:30 pm »

Fantastic action shots John!, that looks to have been an extremely fun photo shoot, the images are perfect. Especially shots 4,5,6 - great to see this event!
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2010, 07:23:01 pm »

Nice shots man, i wish we had this over here it looks so cool! How long does it go on for and what causes it? I take it, it is due to man made river control?
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2010, 08:35:42 pm »

Lovely shots John! I saw the Qingtang River Bore in China shortly after the eclipse last year - impressive, though a bit over hyped.

Conor, it's a natural phenomena. As the tide comes in it gets funnelled up the ever narrowing river so that a small rise in water level at the mouth of the river amounts to quite a sudden rise in level further upstream.
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2010, 12:41:11 pm »

Great captures John!  Keep saying i'm going to go down and watch the severn bore at some point - no excuse really, only an hour or so away for me.  I saw a good bore over in Nova Scotia a few years ago, interesting things to watch!
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2010, 03:09:52 pm »

Many thanks.

Paul-I believe that Chinese Bore is the largest in the world,I think it's due to it having the  world's greatest difference between low and high tide too.

Mark-  It will be next year before there's another 4-star in daylight. (see chart link  below).I can give you directions on where to go or let me know when you want to see it, come here to my home and leave your car and I'll take you  and whoever if you come with a brother or two or  friend, to the two locations. I leave one as it passes and drive 3 miles to the next one and wait.It ravels at 8-10mph. I travel at 40-50..There's a location inbetween The pub and Over Bridge (Minsterworth church) but the last 3 times I've been there (and   yesterday and today) the wave has broken down and I'm wondering if it's due to a shifting silt issue. I went again this morning and although  the surfers on the wave got off it just before my location at Over bridge but  I go down alongside the river (the bridge is heaving with spectators) the boats are worth looking at and 3 surfers got out right by me. (another lovely lass too.lol) I also had a lot more light and the 100-400 lens. Even the 70-200 wasn't really giving me the reach I needed, I had it with me and tried it.This was a 4-Star,today's was a 3-star but as good as yesterday's. I'll post them shortly.

Conor-Just to add to Paul's explanation, what assists it to becoming a good Bore- a good wave- is a South westerly coming up the river and also low pressure-high pressure sits on it ,so to speak. Then there's the Spring tides but the cause is what Paul has stated.They're quite regular and they're  graded 1-5 star. Sometimes though, according to conditions, a 4 might be better than a 3 and a 3 better than a 4,so you go and take your chance.

Here's the timetable. I go to the Severn Bore Inn >Minsterworth> Maisemore (Over Bridge,Gloucester)and you can see by the timings that it's easy to go from one to another and catch it each time. From the Severn Bore pub to Over Bridge,Gloucester it's about 6 miles with Minsterworth Church inbetween.

The 5 star Bores are in red and as you see there's another at the same location 12 hours later. http://www.severn-bore.co.uk/2010.htm

I see that's pretty well it for this year.There 's a couple of 3 stars ,the 4's  though are in the dark,late evening.



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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2010, 04:29:56 pm »

Great shots John, I think I like #1 best because of the subject matter.
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2010, 02:50:11 pm »

Thanks for jogging my memory about the bore website, i've seen it before somewhere but then long since forgotten about it - tis' in my favourites now Wink  I found this one too whislt having a google which has lots of useful info http://www.riversevernbore.co.uk/  I definitely want to see one, so will keep my open for when the 2011 times come out, would be good to get together and get some snaps of it John! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2010, 08:14:58 pm »

I'll bear it in mind too,Mark. The video in the link looks like it was taken at the Severn Bore Inn.
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