A Stormy Day

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 7 February 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is a photo from Morecambe on the NW coast of England. It was taken last week, about an hour or so after dawn just before a weather front arrived and turned evrything dark grey....it was so windy that I could only just keep the camera still enough to get this shot.

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tom from Germany

Beautiful shot. I love the tones and the fantastic sky.

7 Feb 2008 5:53am

Tristan from Bremen, Germany

Really a Postcard/Poster Shot. Perfect, gratulation.

7 Feb 2008 7:35am

Behrooz Sangani from Tehran, Iran

Very well handled perspective and tones! I agree, this is a postcard.

7 Feb 2008 8:47am

martie from Okinawa, Japan

Nice one! I love the ocean and the colours of the sea so I'm always amazed when a B&W treatment makes a water scene so beautiful. This one is a great example -- it really is wonderful.

7 Feb 2008 8:58am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Very nice one! So sharp, even with that wind blowing! Good composition!

7 Feb 2008 10:40am

Momo from Montpellier, France

great photo Ian...and man, isn't 'weather' grand...hope you're doin' fine...

7 Feb 2008 12:01pm

Guillermina from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Highlight of highlights: you can actually see the wind blowing in those... are they weed/grass, behind the boat? And again, the reflections in the water patches.

Incredible b&w, Ian.

7 Feb 2008 1:00pm

Ami from Chennai, India

Great photo. Love the perspective.

7 Feb 2008 1:23pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Outstanding, such mood and movement WOW Ian

7 Feb 2008 2:49pm

Helma from Tehran, Iran

wow ! very nice composition and Good b&w photo ... thank you .

7 Feb 2008 3:24pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I also like your B&W conversions --like this one. I picked up PSE5 after you told me about the conversion options. I haven't tried it much yet, but confess to being a little disappointed in how it works. Specifically, you don't appear to be able to make adjustments while viewing the histogram or with any constraints to prevent blowing out highlights; and it also seems that the histogram does not update after the conversion (I had to save the file and reread it to see the post-conversion histogram). If you noticed any of these problems? Perhaps I'm doing something wrong?

7 Feb 2008 3:26pm

@Twelvebit: I tend to do all my adjustments by eye.....after all that's how the final photo will be judged.

The only time i look at a histogram is at the very beginning of post processing to see if it could do with a tweak to expand the levels. I deliberately underexpose most of my shots (1/2 a stop maybe) to help preserve highlights and sometimes the histgram stops short of the right hand side in which case I'll expand it to full width with levels adjustment.

After that I don't look at the histogram again. I know it's photographic heresy :-) but I tend not to worry too much if there's just a small area of blown highlight.

I remember when I "learnt" art at school the teacher used to encourage us to use the natural white of the page instead of actually painting a white colour as he said it was a purer colour....I didn't really understand what he was saying then but now I do see and I think sometimes a blown highlight on a photo has the same effect of setting the rest of the tones and colours into relief and making them seem stronger and more vibrant than they would otherwise.

danthro from Suburbia, United States

beautiful shot. what's weird is that even when i'm not purposely thinking "go see what ian bramham posted today," and i'm just browsing aminus3 thumbnails, i always end up being drawn to your shots. i must like your photography!

7 Feb 2008 5:19pm

@danthro: Thanks danthro...that's a lovely compliment!

E1006Au12 from Belgium

Great B&W photo!!!

7 Feb 2008 10:59pm

ManuelaR from Hainburg, Germany

The tones are fantastic and the sky stunning, superb!

7 Feb 2008 11:15pm

«miguel.peixeiro» from Coimbra, Portugal

...beautiful.

8 Feb 2008 12:45am

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

Fantastic sharp and crisp work.

9 Feb 2008 2:22pm

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Beautiful b/w photo!

11 Feb 2008 5:41am

@Alfredo J. Martiz J.: Thanks very much Alfreo!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

I LOVE the vastness of the sky! Excellent!

13 Feb 2008 2:03am

@amy: Thanks very much Amy.....I nearly didn't process this shot as it didn't seem that special at the time. It was only when I looked at it in B&W that I decided it was worth posting.

Nikon D40
1/125 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
22 mm (35mm equiv.)

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