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The Tower

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 22 April 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The tower on the beach not far from the village of Rampside in the NW of England

NIKON D40 1/250 second F/11.0 ISO 200 187 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I love the simplicity!

22 Apr 2008 6:22am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!.....this tower was surprisingly difficult to photograph!

Alun Lambert from Cheshire, United Kingdom

great image

22 Apr 2008 8:34am

@Alun Lambert: Thanks Alun!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

This touches me so Ian, and I can't quite describe the feeling...

22 Apr 2008 11:06am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine.....I'm really pleased that you like it so much!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Wow, this is nice. There is something so "English" about this scene.

22 Apr 2008 11:48am

@Viewfinder: Thanks Glenn....I hadn't really thought about it being particularly 'English'

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

That's quite a landmark!

22 Apr 2008 12:44pm

@MadScientist: Thanks....It's such a strange sight in that flat landscape!

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

It's lovely. The grasses look so soft.

22 Apr 2008 6:34pm

@sherri: Thanks!...I'm not sure what that plant is but it was more like a large form of heather than grass.

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

An interesting shot, what is the tower for Ian ? Very well composed.

22 Apr 2008 7:48pm

@Observing: Thanks Mike!'s a lighthouse built sometime between 1850-70. It's 52ft (16m) high and really thin. In fact I believe it's known locally as 'The Needle'.

It's really difficult to photograph close up because of the sheer size.

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Lovely image and you have composed it very well. A particularly good feature is the contrast between the recessive space created by the small crevice towards the front and the tower in the back (a Freudian might have a field day with this image, but we'll leave it at that . . . ). A very pleasing image with your usual mastery of light and composition.

22 Apr 2008 9:08pm

@GJC: Thanks GJC....the freudian bit did occur to me :-)

I've never seen a lighthouse so thin and tall. It doesn't look like it could withstand a real gale but as it's been there for about 150 years it must be sound enough.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Beautiful. The tower is fascinating. Was it a lookout for enemy ships?

22 Apr 2008 9:11pm

@Laurie: Hi's a victorian lighthouse. I've never seen a lighthouse so tall and thin!

Disoriented from Washington, DC, United States

I love how you captured the distance, space, and depth(?) between the foreground to the tower. It's quite a stretch of territory to capture and you did it quite elegantly.

22 Apr 2008 9:37pm

@Disoriented: Thanks very much! The lighthouse is a fascinating sight but very difficult to photograph at close quarters but maybe one day I'll be able to get a photo of it closer than this.

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

It looks like it preparing for take-off. Very nice shot.

23 Apr 2008 4:15am

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks Michael....yes, it's an extraordinary sight.

1/250 second
ISO 200
187 mm (35mm equiv.)