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Before the Storm

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 8 February 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This photo was taken in very high winds at about the same time as yesterday's shot during a brief spell when the sun came out from behind the heavy clouds.

An hour later and the sky was completely grey.


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Momo from Montpellier, France

love the strong color and light in this one...and as always the composition...something about these minimalist type much to be read into them, emotion, story, aloneness, minimal but a lot going on too...maybe that's what i like about them, kinda zen if you know what i mean...

8 Feb 2008 6:40am

@Momo: Thanks Momo.....I'm pleased that you like the minimalism as I always strive to keep things as simple as possible. Some shots are more succesful than others but seaside shots definitely present the best opportunities.

Andrew Gould from Sydney, Australia

Beautiful framing, colours, light and textures. A very captivating shot.

8 Feb 2008 7:23am

@Andrew Gould: Thanks very much Andrew ...thats very kind of you!

ManuelaR from Hainburg, Germany

Captivating light and depth, love it!

8 Feb 2008 9:53am

@ManuelaR: Thanks very much Manuela!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Gorgeous in color, composition and texture.

8 Feb 2008 9:59am

@Michael Skorulski: I'm really pleased you liked it Michael....thanks!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Exquisite, take my breath away photo....sigh

8 Feb 2008 10:20am

@Lorraine: Thanks was so nice to get a liitle sunshine. I saw my first daffodils flowering on the long drive home later that day and all the crocuses are out in full bloom; spring can't be far off now!

Ami from Chennai, India

Absolutely brilliant! Love the colour and detail.

8 Feb 2008 12:20pm

@Ami: Thanks Ami....we've had a lot of stormy weather recently in the UK which made this brief glimpse of sunshine even more special!

KostaSantus from Santarém, Portugal

Wonderfull capture, colours, light, its a very strog photo

8 Feb 2008 1:16pm

@KostaSantus: Thanks KostaSantus....I'm really pleased that you liked it!

danthro from Suburbia, United States

My immediate mental reaction to this shot as soon as I saw it was, "Oh, wow." Especially love the color.

8 Feb 2008 5:50pm

@danthro: Thanks Danthro...there's something about winter sunshine that's very special; it certainly seems to have done something to the colours on this one. Maybe it's the air which is so clear due to all the rain.

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

I liked yesterday's, but this in color is the better for having color, I think. The limited tonal range is interrupted by that red stripe on the boat -- wow! Just right. Very well seen. I like the large, flat foreground and then the large flat sky, which really emphasizes the "mass" of the boat.

8 Feb 2008 8:28pm

@GJC: Thanks very much GJC....yesterdays photo wasn't very successful in colour (no sun on that one) but there seemed to be a sparkle to the air clarity when the sun did appear which made the colours really pop.

I used an ND grad filter on this one for the first time for these two shots at Morecambe.....I need more practise with it but I'll definitely be using it again when the opportunity presents itself.

See The Light from Newcastle, United States

Had a chance to look back through your images beautiful color and b&w images, you would never have known it was windy in you shots you have a steady hand.

8 Feb 2008 9:04pm

@See The Light: Thanks Mary!....I had the aperture wide open on this one and yesterdays to keep the speed as high as possible. It's a 10-20 wide angle lens so luckily it isn't too demading to keep steady.

tom from Germany

Ian, that is stunning. I love the light in the foreground and the color contrast between the wet sand in the foregound and the blue sky.

8 Feb 2008 10:14pm

@tom: Hi Tom!.....Its amazing isn't it how sand that is wet but without standing water can show relected colour like that.

I tried getting a bit closer but the sand one pace closer in was so soft and deep that I nearly lost my heavy pull-on was a close call :-)

zecarlos from Lisbon, Portugal

Gorgeous in color. I am very pleased when I see a good photo like this one.
Congratulations for your photoblog.

8 Feb 2008 11:57pm

greg from Denver, United States

Fantastic shot.. love it!

9 Feb 2008 12:53am

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Beautiful shot!

9 Feb 2008 4:44pm

Andrea Auf dem Brinke from Desenzano del Garda (BS), Italy

perfect choice of contrasts and colours rendering

20 Mar 2008 4:20pm

1/200 second
ISO 200
30 mm (35mm equiv.)