Low Tide

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 20 May 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Low tide at the top end of Morecambe Bay....you can tell from the way the tree is growing just where the prevailing wind comes from. On the west coast of England the wind can be very strong off the sea - there's very little land between this tree and Ireland.

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Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Excellent presentation! You managed, especially with the tonality, to render the feeling of the coast where the wind comes in from the sea.

20 May 2008 5:21am

@Japanalia: Thanks Gabriela....this is one of those places that can be incredibly bleak in the winter but it has a pureness and beauty in this kind of clear weather.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Classy. I like the variation on tone. What did you use and why not simply mono on this occasion?

20 May 2008 6:02am

@Ted: Thanks Ted...in answer to your question, this one and yesterday's photos are ones that I've had mouldering on my computer for a while now as I wasn't happy with the harsh sun on either the original colour version or on the B&W conversions that I'd tried.

Last week on DPR I saw some photos by Pierre Dubeau.

He'd used a plug-in from the Nik software ColorEfex Pro 3. This one is called Paper Toner and is one of a wide selection available. I admired the way that the plug-in dealt with the blue sky in this shot of his:
http://www.pbase.com/pierredubeau/image/97108677
The curves of the landscape on this one of mine are never going to be as spectacular as the ones on the model in Pierre's photo but I was pleased with the way the plug-in dealt with the harsh sun.

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

It does look bleak but beautifully so. I like the tones. Very cool.

20 May 2008 6:34am

@Margie: Thanks Margie...I've left a note on the tone in my reply to Ted above this one.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Oh perfect photo for sepia!!

20 May 2008 6:35am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana....sepia isn't something I've tried much of but the sun in this photo was very fierce and in this case it seemed to have a better result than a straightforward B&W conversion.

shahab from Qazvin, Afghanistan

Great framing & composition!Beautiful monochrome shot!

20 May 2008 7:05am

@shahab: Thanks very much Shahab!

jkjond from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Nice images pair of images - I think the content in yesterday's gives it the edge for me. I also think that one had a more pleasing tone, this one is just a little too sugary, or should that be sweet... sweat... maybe even urea... diabetic? Take from what what you will! Trying to work out whether that is Humphrey Head or Holme Ilsand in the distance, but then realised there is whole arc of coast round the corner which I will not recognise. There is certainly a vew similar to this from the end of Grange Prom.

Here's a link you will enjoy. Not quite Kenna, but going the right way. Another exponent of the early alarm clock.

I've just posted my best pic ever on dpr!

20 May 2008 8:17am

@jkjond: Hi John...this is from Arnside by the way!
Yes, I know your views on sepia tones :-)
By the way, you don't seem to have posted the link you mentioned but I've seen your DPR photo and thought it was fantastic especially in that pure (non-sepia) B&W version!

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

A stunning shot Ian, and beautiful presentation. Two points of interest that attract the eye, the lone person on the beach, and something that looks for all the world like an old railway signal but I doubt it is ?

20 May 2008 10:26am

@Observing: Thanks Mike...you're spot on with your comment about the railway signal!
There's a railway line over the top of the embankment that goes continues over an old brick and steel viaduct a little further down.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

I like the depths your eye can wander into this shot Ian. And your plug-in is definitely a plus in terms of presentation. I have so many of these kinds of shots also "moldering" in my archives, not good enough to display, not bad enough to dump. I'm going to follow your example and try to salvage something that is good out of them, as you have done here.

20 May 2008 11:18am

@Viewfinder: Thanks Glenn!...yes, I'd pretty much given up on this shot and yesterdays when I came across this photoshop plug-in.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

it's a very attractive shade you've come up with, plus of course the photo is quite remarkable :)

20 May 2008 11:23am

@Lorraine: Thanks very much Lorraine - I'll probably try a few more with this kind of sepia tone.

MahGol from Tehran, Iran

its beautiful .. the proper DOF .. the color mode .. the composition .. i cant love it more.

20 May 2008 11:54am

@MahGol: Thanks MahGol...that's very kind of you!

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

I also like this filter even if I don't use it a lot,
I know that i should try more often B&W it's always a struggle and the color version win, mostly because of viewer size over internet, sometime the detail I want focus on is too little in the frame, that also mean that i should be closer, so to conclude the tonal is great and that's matter.

20 May 2008 1:00pm

@Pouhou: Thanks Tony...learning about photoshop is a much bigger deal than learning how to use a camera isn't it!

Chris/Aperture Image from United Kingdom

Terrific shot Ian

20 May 2008 1:35pm

@Chris/Aperture Image: Thanks very much Chris!

Oswegan from United States

The crossing lines of the horizon are terrific, as is your multitone treatment.

20 May 2008 2:37pm

@Oswegan: Thanks very much - I'm really pleased that you liked the photo!

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

Very nice image, love the way the path leads you into the image.

20 May 2008 3:11pm

@Alun Lambert: Thanks Alun - creating good lead in lines is one of the main strengths of this wide angle lens.

Anthony Lambert from Germany

Nice tones and colours in this image,great work.

20 May 2008 3:46pm

@Anthony Lambert: Thanks very much Anthony!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Impressive photo, it looks like a desert, the tree adds character to the scene. Very well composed!

20 May 2008 3:50pm

@MadScientist: Thanks for that...I guess in a way it is very like a desert. When the tide goes out it uncovers an area of sand and mud that is over 300 km² in area.

Persian King from Tehran, Iran

Just awesome and inspiring shot

20 May 2008 4:17pm

@Persian King: Thanks very much!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Ian...I remember the photos but for other curves...I'll take a look at the demo. Thanks.

20 May 2008 9:23pm

@Ted: okay.

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Wonderful! I love the toning of this shot.

20 May 2008 9:41pm

@tom: Thanks Tom!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Ian...see the post on DPR.

20 May 2008 10:19pm

@Ted: okay Ted....I've been away from a computer all day but I'll take a look.

Mike from Phoenix, United States

Great orientation and composition for this photo! The tone of it also sets a great mood.

20 May 2008 10:51pm

@Mike: Thanks very much Mike!

Cheryl from Boerne, United States

thank you for your incredible images, I really enjoy them, nice work and I appreciate the descriptions on this one and yesterdays

21 May 2008 1:55am

@Cheryl: Thanks Cheryl...I'm really pleased that you like them - nice feedback is what makes doing this photoblog such a pleasure.

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Afghanistan

You are such a master at leading the eye in and how you get such sweeping skies. Another FANtastic image, Ian!

I'm really sorry about being so hit and miss lately with my visits... sigh... I may not comment on all I've missed but I do definitely look back at what I've missed. ;-)

21 May 2008 2:40am

@amy: Thanks Amy....don't apologise - you visit other AM3ers more than I do myself!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

I enjoy the use of the main diagonale and also all those lines making the perspective.
Thank you very much for your answer. I went to the FAQ of VFXY and it seems that it takes around a month to get registered...

21 May 2008 2:51am

@akarui: Thanks Akarui - I'm pleased you got to the bottom of the reason for the delay.

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

Nice emphasis on the vanishing point there.

21 May 2008 3:59am

@Daroru: Thanks very much Daroru!

Luis A. De Jesus R. from Mexico City, Mexico

Exquisite use of lines here. The tree to the far right and the texture from the rocks add even more strength to the composition. Truly excellent work again. You never fail to impress.

22 May 2008 6:33pm

JM@somedaysomewhere.net from Marseille, France

Cool composition and great tones !

23 May 2008 3:24pm

Nikon D40
1/250 second
F/11.0
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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