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The Pool

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 18 August 2007 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

I thought we'd have a break from my holiday shots and show you this photo that I took at the beginning of June.

I work as an Architect in the UK and this was a completed swimming pool that we were handing over to a commercial client. It was nice to take a photo of something that I had also had a hand in designing and implementing so I was particularly pleased with this. It is also a rare example for me of planning to take a shot a particular way and it actually turning out the way I hoped it would :-)

I love b&w photos and couldn't resist with this one especially with all those reflections in the ceiling and water!

What do you think?

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Bron from Canberra, Australia

I think it's terrific Ian!

18 Aug 2007 5:28am

@Bron: Thanks Bron!

Lorraine from Canada

I think you should thank God for bestowing you with such outstanding talent, not only did you create it, you captured it! Impressive :) and the people is a nice touch, it adds dimension, you get a clearer picture of the pool design

18 Aug 2007 8:46am

@Lorraine: Hi Lorraine - I was hoping you would like this photo as i think its one of my best ones :-) I did have other shots without people but, as you say, I thought like this it gives scale to the pool hall.

Lucca from Cologne, Germany

You have a really interesting job! I like all the reflections in this photo.

18 Aug 2007 9:16am

@Lucca: Thanks Lucca!

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Nice photo Ian, I find curious the shape of the roof with the reflective material, the reflections on the pool are excellent. I agree with Lorraine that it was a good idea to include people in the photo, usually in architecture photos we miss that human dimension because of the lack of people in the scenes. Congratulations!

18 Aug 2007 10:35am

@Alfredo J. Martiz J.: Thanks Alfredo - yes I thought it was important to get people in the shot even though there is some movement blur from the slow shutter speed. The ceiling is made from a shiny highly reflective plastic material that is heated and stretched over a frame to whatever shape is needed - its a very clever product.

HouCh from Luxembourg, Luxembourg

great shot... super bw
what material was used for the ceiling?

18 Aug 2007 11:57am

@HouCh: Hi Houch! - Its sometimes difficult to judge how far to push the contrast on a b&w conversion so I'm really pleased you liked it.
The ceiling is a heavy guage sheet plastic product that is available in a range of colours and degrees of reflectivity - a series of formers are erected first to the shape that is specified by us and then the material is heated and stretched over the formers. The end result is a ceiling virtually without joints.

dee from Innsbruck, Austria

A great shot. I love the symmetry and the powerful contrasts.

18 Aug 2007 2:13pm

@dee: Thanks Dee!

kairospix from Singapore, Singapore

i like the symmetery and reflection of this b&w shot!

18 Aug 2007 3:25pm

@kairospix: Thanks kairospix - im really pleased you liked it!

Josh from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Yeowz! That's an awesome picture! You picked the right spot to snap, no wait, more like the perfect spot!

18 Aug 2007 4:25pm

@Josh: Thanks Josh! - This was taken with a compact camera on its widest angle setting (35mm) - it would have been interesting to see what a 28mm lens would have done.

Markus from Reading, United Kingdom


18 Aug 2007 7:50pm

@Markus: thanks Markus!

Persian King from Fort Worth, TX, United States

you really have nice picture here. I love the eye and this B&W.

18 Aug 2007 8:22pm

@Persian King: Thanks Amir!

Our little hood from bruges, Belgium

awesome b/w pool shot Ian and part of your design even, masterful!!

18 Aug 2007 9:30pm

@Our little hood: Thanks Robin! - I loved the photos on your own blog over the last few days and i can see from the different credits that you and Maria are equally talented!

Shahab from Qazvin, Iran

Outstanding shot!Reflection,structure,elements,...All are GREAT!Well done!

18 Aug 2007 9:35pm

@Shahab: Thanks Shahab - your words are very encouraging!

Daniel from Olympia, United States

nice reflections. Looks like a nice peice of architectural work.

18 Aug 2007 9:46pm

@Daniel: Thanks Daniel - I had a look at your own blog but I need to spend more time with it before making any comments as there is a ton of amazing shots there. I've bookmarked it and will spend more time over the next few days. Hope to hear from you again soon.

tengtan from Melbourne, Australia

Exemplary B&W with clarity and fine tonal contrast. The perspective and the fine balance with the well placed figures finish off a striking composition.

18 Aug 2007 9:58pm

@tengtan: Thanks very much - you are very kind!

ColNed Pictures from Amersfoort, Netherlands

Very nice shot the perspective and the refection are great super in B&W

20 Aug 2007 8:12am

@ColNed Pictures: Thanks ColNed!

Lost Valley from Kamloops, Canada

Whooooaaaaa I love the intensity of this shot!!!

20 Aug 2007 3:29pm

@Lost Valley: Thanks very much!

Shrig from United States

I swear- at first glance I thought this was a picture of an art muesum, not sure why I did, but anyway. Great picture! The reflection is very attractive in this photo. Well done.

20 Aug 2007 5:12pm

@Shrig: Thanks Shrig!

Marina from Tomar/Lisboa, Portugal

Great job!

20 Aug 2007 7:13pm

@Marina: Thanks Marina!