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The Hidden City

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 4 March 2008 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Another one from earlier this winter in Manchester that I've only just decided to have a go at processing.

NIKON D40 13 second F/8.0 ISO 200 18 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Saeed from Tehran, Iran

very nice shot

4 Mar 2008 10:40am

@Saeed: Thanks very much Saeed!

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

a really perfect night shot

4 Mar 2008 11:11am

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

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

You Are a Magician...Ian, you have a gift!

4 Mar 2008 11:44am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine, I'm glad you liked it!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Just having a boo at what I've missed... You know Ian you really are extremely talented. They're all just amazing. Not a miss in the lot. And this one is so excellent. Love the lighting, framing, comp... Love it!

4 Mar 2008 3:23pm

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

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

Beautiful shot, Ian. Great balance in the perfect frame

4 Mar 2008 4:10pm

@Nataly: Hi Nataly....I'm really pleased you liked the photo!

Laurie from Lincoln, United States

Excellent! I love the sharpness of it and the looks like an hdr.

4 Mar 2008 4:43pm

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie!
I haven't tried HDR yet but want to soon. I think it's the colours from all the different artificial lighting and the long 13 second night exposure that gives that semi-hdr look.

Will from Gainesville, United States

awesome shot...great processing:)

4 Mar 2008 4:53pm

@Will: Thanks very much Will !

Jan from Bruges, Belgium

Very nice depth you've created here, with your POV. The water is quite silky as well, due to the 13sec. It reminded me of this one, I've shot.

4 Mar 2008 5:03pm

@Jan: Thanks Jan....I see what you mean - the water and light are very similar aren't they!

Addey Kehinde from London, United Kingdom

What an awesome collection of images you have here! Truly your work!!

4 Mar 2008 5:54pm

@Addey Kehinde: That's very kind of you Addey....thanks!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Wonderful night shot, really beautiful.

4 Mar 2008 7:08pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks very much Ana!

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Beautiful processing, Ian. I love the composition, as well; love the old brick building on the left and then the newer tower in the distance. The light is spectacular!

4 Mar 2008 7:29pm

@Ron: Thanks Ron......compositionally, this was one of the most difficult photos I've ever done. I saw it long before I got my DSLR but it was impossible with just my compact camera and it's 35mm wide lens. It was only once I got my 10-20 lens with the new camera that I was able to get the shot.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Well-processed Ian. I love the sky tones. But not only that, congrats on the composition; your use of wide angle does show this place off wonderfully.

4 Mar 2008 8:05pm

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

Jim Mahan from Glendale, CA, United States

Excellent image! The lighting is perfect for this back-alley canal sceen.

4 Mar 2008 8:17pm

@Jim Mahan: Thanks Jim......part of the excitement of night photography for me is seeing how the lighting turns out on the final image. Very often it's a surprise as the camera sensor 'sees' colours at night differently from us.

Lydia from Russian Federation

I love this pic.

4 Mar 2008 8:52pm

@Lydia: Thanks very much Lydia!

João Mourão from Amadora, Portugal

Superb shot. Love the colors and tone. Composition is perfect.

4 Mar 2008 10:37pm

@João Mourão: Thanks João....I love night photography and this location is a very exciting and challenging one.

Stefan Thaler from Thiersee, Austria

Wonderful shot, great processing!

4 Mar 2008 11:32pm

@Stefan Thaler: Thanks very much Stefan!

Ian from Singapore, Singapore

This is Terrific!

5 Mar 2008 4:02am

danthro from Suburbia, United States

great shot once again. this looks like a dangerous place too be alone at night. but beautiful in an old urban kind of way.

5 Mar 2008 4:16am

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

This is cool. Something about it looks very otherworldly ad it somehow manages to appear both prohibitive and inviting. I like it.


5 Mar 2008 8:33am

Anne from White Rock, BC, Canada

Trying to do a catch-up again Ian! This is really beautiful. Love the eye leading line of the canal and the straight vertical lines of the buildings (except for the bit on the far right). Wasn't it possible to straighten that bit during processing. Otherwise the processing is just fabulous. I love it! :-)

5 Mar 2008 8:50pm

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

Yes, a great range of colours and interesting lighting.

5 Mar 2008 11:35pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The processing is beautifully done and the perspective is attractive!

6 Mar 2008 12:57pm

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

Love the juxtaposition of old and new in this one. Great colours and lighting too. You're quite the dab hand at the night shots. Hats off....

13 Mar 2008 6:55am

13 second
ISO 200
18 mm (35mm equiv.)