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Along the Riverbank

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 11 April 2008 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

This is a photo from a recent trip to Paris of a man walking his dog at night on the banks of the River Seine in the city centre.

By the way this one was handheld at 1/8th second at iso1600 and 250mm telephoto (375mm in 35mm terms)

I was able to lean on a wall for support but even so I was surprised I got anything useable at all. The 70-300vr lens from Nikon is a beauty!

NIKON D40 1/8 second F/5.6 ISO 1600 375 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great sense of movement in this shot! I like it.

11 Apr 2008 6:26am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana....I was on the other side of the river bank taking this photo and I was so pleasantly surprised to get this photo!

Alun Lambert from Cheshire, United Kingdom

What a great mono shot, good movement.

11 Apr 2008 8:03am

@Alun Lambert: Thanks very much Alun....this is actually the original full colour version. I did actually process a b&w version but it wasn't as interesting as this one.

There's absolutely minimal processing on this shot (which is quite unusual for me!)

Celialee from Kyoto, Japan

Love the feel of this photo....

11 Apr 2008 8:04am

@Celialee: Thanks for that.....the 'feel' or mood is everything on night photos isn't it!

kaneli from palma, Spain

Nice capture!!

11 Apr 2008 11:19am

@kaneli: Thanks very much!

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

Great lighting, love how it makes the composition...

11 Apr 2008 12:19pm

@Daroru: Thanks Daroru......I always think streetlighting in cities at night is very like theatre lighting - very dramatic and directional!

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Great shot... The figure almost looks like a ghost!

11 Apr 2008 1:40pm

@Sandrine: Thanks Sandrine. yes, I suppose it was a very slow shutter speed!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I love that uncanny dramatic quality you get, it's out of this world!

11 Apr 2008 2:32pm

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine.....I guess any drama in the shot is down to the theatrical quality that city streetlights have on photos at night. It didn't hurt to be taking photos in the most beautiful city on earthg either :-)

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Made for a most incredible shot, Ian! Love the ghostly silhouettes walking by... a little eerie.

11 Apr 2008 9:27pm

KimberlyC from United States

Hello Ian, its a great shot, wonderful.
Did you get a new lens!! :)

12 Apr 2008 2:49am

@KimberlyC: Hi Kim!

Yes, I got this lens just before the trip to's a Nikon 70-300vr. Great lens!

It's my first vibration reduction lens and i've been astonished at how effective the VR is especially at the longer telephoto lengths.

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Oooo....I love this. Wonderful compostiton and exceptional overall tone.

13 Apr 2008 2:08am

Darin from Seattle, United States

Great shot! I really like it

13 Apr 2008 2:32pm

1/8 second
ISO 1600
375 mm (35mm equiv.)