Blackpool - The Roller Coaster

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 22 September 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A photo that I took early one morning a few months ago but never got around to posting here on Aminus3 despite the fact that it's one of my personal favourites and indicative of the kind of photo that increasingly gives me the most pleasure and personal satisfaction.....I think it's that contrast between the natural landscape and man's influence upon it that I find so interesting.

In this photo, Blackpool's famous roller coaster is the backdrop for a rain soaked and rather bleak but beautiful beach.

This new camera (and lens) I've been using for the last few months is water resistant which has allowed me to start taking photos that I couldn't have attempted with my previous camera for fear of damaging it.

It was raining so much that the D700 was dripping with water after taking this photo and I've used it several times since then in similar weather without mishap.

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An Open Invitation:

On Tuesday 12 October I'll be giving a talk to North Cheshire Photographic Society about my photos: NCPS Syllabus

For the first hour I'll be showing lots of my own photos using a digital projector and discussing the work of photographers like our own Hugo Poon, and John Leech who first showed me that photography could be an art form, as well as the work of iconic photographers like Michael Kenna

In the final 30 minutes of the talk I'm going to be discussing basic tips on photographic composition.

I realise that most of you live a long way away but anyone who would like to come will be made very welcome!

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

For purchasing high quality archival prints of any of these photos you can send me an email by clicking here or by going to my website Ian Bramham - Fine Art Photography where prices are listed in the gallery sections under each individual photo.

Links to the websites of other photographer friends (and the world famous Michael Kenna!) whose work I admire:
Michael Kenna
Hugo Poon
John Leech
Ian Smith
Mike Spriggs

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Very difficult to find words which are original to comment on the images also I find nothing else than to say beautiful composition and black and white

22 Sep 2010 8:50am

Céline from Paris, France

That'as a great compo

22 Sep 2010 9:04am

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

An understandable fave, nice moody blend of elements. No two ways about it, Blackpool is photogenic.

22 Sep 2010 9:11am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Oh yes! Beautiful sand and water and great detail

22 Sep 2010 9:33am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

This is fabulous !
I especially like the foreground of the photo - so much detail.

22 Sep 2010 10:15am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful B&W and rainy mood ! I love the angle on the foreground, waves of sand in echo of the patterns of the roller coaster !

22 Sep 2010 10:53am

Punit from Wanderer, India

Great capture. The sand in the foreground forms interesting texture... and the clouds make the capture look very interesting

22 Sep 2010 11:47am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

superb, and great B&W composition!

22 Sep 2010 12:15pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Love the deep contrast.

22 Sep 2010 12:52pm

larry from Singapore

Good eye. The ripples really ups the quality of the photo.

22 Sep 2010 1:18pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Superb B&W

22 Sep 2010 1:23pm

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Nice format! Great B&W! Wonderful landscape!

22 Sep 2010 1:34pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

great shot! the details and the emotions are quite strongļ¼Œbravo!!

22 Sep 2010 2:16pm

Andrew from United Kingdom

Yet again another peice of work which demonstrates you excellent photography skills. It is always a pleasure to biew you work Ian.

22 Sep 2010 2:31pm

tom from Germany

Like the composition.

22 Sep 2010 9:11pm

sázky from Czech Republic

love all b/w works.EXELLENT SHOT

22 Sep 2010 9:27pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Love this great B+W image, well done!

22 Sep 2010 10:30pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

quite a strange sight seeing the metal structure of the roller-coaster next to the beach - it looks very alien to this landscape and makes for an interesting contrast especially in the way that you captured it here!

23 Sep 2010 5:21am

69mil from Argentina, Argentina

How beautiful your B & W, Great job

24 Sep 2010 2:05pm

k@ from Paris, France

You do give me the desire to pass from my D90 to that D700 (just wait for a little more pixels, seems it's coming), love all your images !

27 Sep 2010 5:33pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe travail.

11 Oct 2010 8:58pm

Nikon D700
1/60 second
F/11.0
ISO 200
20 mm (35mm equiv.)

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