Blackpool in Winter

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 19 April 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This photo was taken earlier this winter but I've only just processed it this weekend.

I love this kind of mimimalist photography but it's not that easy judging just how far to go with them before they cross over the line and go too far.

It's all a question of how much can be left out of the composition rather than how much to include.

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sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

I enjoyed viewing it:-) The sky appears to be rushing toward me.

19 Apr 2008 6:14am

@sherri: Thanks very much Sherri!

Alexandros from Kefalonia, Greece

The analogy of land and sky is perfect! I just don't like the big black empty area in the lower part of the photo...

19 Apr 2008 6:55am

@Alexandros: Hi Alexandros.....ironically the shadow in the foreground is one of the bit's I like best although I'd find it difficult to explain why (I was stood in the shadow of Blackpool Pier by the way)

Alun Lambert from Cheshire, United Kingdom

Great image

19 Apr 2008 7:59am

@Alun Lambert: Thanks Alun!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I love the simplicity!

19 Apr 2008 8:10am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana.....it's the simplicity that I like in it too (a much better word than 'minimalist' too!)

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

The solitary endeavour, perfectly caught :)

19 Apr 2008 11:02am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine.....beaches like this in the UK can be lonely and windswept, cold places in Winter but they also have a grandeur and majesty that is bewitching.

fairuz from shah alam, Malaysia

simple is nice!

19 Apr 2008 11:13am

@fairuz: Thanks fairaz....I agree that simple is best but it's so hard to get right.

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Radical simplicity -- there is no such thing as "crossing over the line and going too far." Indeed, it's probably not simple enough when one is worried about such a thing. I agree with Alexandros that I also might try cropping out the black areas in the immediate foreground just out of curiosity what that might give us. The problem may be that we lose balance between sky and land in the composition. The figure (and dog) are very well placed and I always enjoy these kinds of photos where the land and sky mirror each other. Nicely seen.

19 Apr 2008 1:31pm

@GJC: Hi GJC.....I've taken photos on the beach that were more minimalist than this but I don't think they work without a human figure to give scale to the scene and to allow the viewer to imagine that it is themselves in that spot.

The shadow at the bottom of the photo is from Blackpool Pier by the way (rather than some photoshop creation of my own) but it's one of my favourite bits.....I'm not sure why but I think it helps to anchor the image and adds to the dark, bleak feeling.

danny_only from Hong Kong

I like this pictures, the man & the dog add life to this monochrome picture.

And I like what you said here
'It's all a question of how much can be left out of the composition rather than how much to include'

19 Apr 2008 3:44pm

@danny_only: Hi Danny...it's always lovely to hear from you!

Yes, the man and his dog are essential to this one aren't they. Minimalism or simplicity is something I love in photos but they are too intense to be trying it all the time.....I can only take this kind of thing in small doses in the same way that I can only look at Micael Kenna's work in short bursts.

If I had one of his powerful minimalist photos on the wall at home I'd have to keep it covered most of the time as they are too much for everyday viewing :-)

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

I like what you've done here, I am a fan of this minimalistic style, largely because its so different from my own. I think Rhys has expressed a similar desire to photograph 'nothing' and he does minimalist really well too.

I am in the 'crop out the black foreground' camp, I think it draws attention away from the rest of the image and diminished the impact of the sillhouettes.

Dan

19 Apr 2008 4:55pm

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

I love Rhys's photos too.....he is one the best photographer's here on AM3 and it was no surprise to me when I read that on his bio a few weeks ago that he is a professional photographer. His ability shines out of all his images doesn't it!

Kontis from Vilnius, Lithuania

Interesting photo, good composition.

19 Apr 2008 8:44pm

@Kontis: thanks Kontis!

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

I think it's a great moody shot expressing the loneliness of the winter beach. For me the dark patch in the foreground places some distance between the viewer and the man and his dog, without which the scene may look rather bland.

19 Apr 2008 10:22pm

@Observing: Thanks very much......I'm pleased that I'm not alone in liking that shadow area :-)

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

Delicate touch!

19 Apr 2008 11:56pm

@Daroru: Thanks Daroru!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

I'm in the same camp as Observing. And those reflections from the man and dog just add more so to the depth and scale.. Brilliant, Ian.

20 Apr 2008 12:35am

@amy: Thanks Amy......I trust your judgement on these things!

By the way I love the B&W converter in CS3....so much better than Elements 5 which is what I was using previously!

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Great composition, fantastic pic!

20 Apr 2008 9:54pm

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

I would like to support the shadow part. It gives more definition to the shot and creates a 3 tone composition which is more balanced and the contrast becomes more dramatic.

21 Apr 2008 3:43pm

Nocturama from Barcelona, Spain

Onírica, infinita, poética. Me encanta.

17 May 2008 9:28am

Nikon D40
1/125 second
F/8.0
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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