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A Nightime Walk

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 6 April 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

A nightime walk in the French alpine town of Annecy with my camera and tripod

NIKON D40 6 seconds F/11.0 ISO 200 19 mm (35mm equiv.)

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alun lambert from elton, United Kingdom

Very good mono.

6 Apr 2008 8:18am

@alun lambert: Thanks Alun.....I went B&W with this one because there were some weird flare colours from the streetlight including purple!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great atmosphere- very well done.

6 Apr 2008 9:16am

@Ana Lúcia: Hi Ana....thanks very much. I'm really pleased that you think it has some atmosphere.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

A treasure... Entering your wall of fame (I assume you have one) must take your visitors' breath away, you're so talented

6 Apr 2008 1:36pm

@Lorraine: Hi Lorraine...that's very kind of you. Thanks!
(PS - this is where I've collected my favourite photos in one spot although I wouldn't exactly call it a 'hall of fame' :-)

alex centrella from Califronia, United States

i sure like your style and your fantastic portfolio of work...nice work Ian.

6 Apr 2008 3:14pm

@alex centrella: Thanks Alex.....I'm not sure that there is any common 'style' that runs in my photos apart from using the same border which helps tie them together but I'm really pleased that you like my portfolio!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A lovely mood with wonderful depth. Excellent.

6 Apr 2008 3:49pm

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks very much Michael!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

This marvellous. You have a great eye. Your night shots are incredible.

6 Apr 2008 4:02pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks's very kind of you to say that as night photography is my favourite.

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

I like this atmosphere, great!

6 Apr 2008 4:34pm

@Stefan: Thanks very much Stefan!

Wysterior from Kloten, Switzerland

Brilliant b&w !!! Wow
Cya Wys

6 Apr 2008 5:38pm

@Wysterior: Thanks very much!

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Good moody and atmospheric capture.

6 Apr 2008 7:21pm

@tom: Thanks Tom.....I'm really pleased that you think it has mood and atmosphere as that's the kind of thing I was aiming for :-)

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

A superb photo. Definitely an interesting scene, but more than that, it's exceptional in quality.

7 Apr 2008 1:00am

@sherri: Thanks Sherri. Iknow it's not perfect compositionally as the lampost is sprouting from the top of my head on this one and those stripy shadows just behind my back are a little distracting but nevertheless it's a stronger image than the photos I tried of this scene that were empty of human life.

danthro from Suburbia, United States

Excellent night shot. i like that there's a person in it too. not too dark and not too bright.

7 Apr 2008 3:58am

@danthro: Thanks Danthro.....I put myself into a few shots on this series of nightime photos that i took in Annecy as a bit of an experiment and although there are issues with the composition I liked this version better than the ones with no figure.

For me when I view other peoples photos, seeing a figure in the shot allows me to imagine myself being there much more readily so there is more emotional involvement.

On this one it would have been nice to have two supermodels to act as a 'romantic couple' for the shot but we all have to make do the best we can don't we :-)

doublekkphotogrphy from West Richland, United States

very nice b/w

7 Apr 2008 7:33am

@doublekkphotogrphy: Thanks very much!

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

You have a very compliant subject ;-)

Love this one. I've been in night shot mode myself recently and in b&w. I'd be interested in knowing what b&w conversion technique you're using as it has lovely dark tones (if you don't mind giving away your trade secrets!)

8 Apr 2008 2:11pm

@Stu: There's no big secret Stu :-)

I've recently switched from using Photoshop Elements to using CS3.

In CS3 I use the B&W conversion tool which has a slider for each colours intensity - I adjust each one of these until I get something I like the look of and then after that I adjust contrast using the curves tool as well as localised dodging and burning using a digitiser tablet for more precise control than a mouse gives.
Sometimes I use usm for local contrast enhancement at a setting of about 10-50-0.

Depending on how far down the path you are with Photoshop, that will all sound either ridiculously hard or sound so simple that you'll realise that I don't really know what I'm talking about and I'm a novice at it :-)

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

I love this photo, I guess that's you in the scene, carefully observing and enjoying every detail and presenting a sense of enlightenment!

11 Apr 2008 2:26am

KimberlyC from United States

Fabulous Ian, and what an amazing model you are!! :)
The mood is fantastic.

12 Apr 2008 2:54am

6 seconds
ISO 200
19 mm (35mm equiv.)