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Overhead Crane

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 15 May 2008 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

A massive overhead crane in an old steelworks near Sheffield now converted into a museum.

This is the kind of distortion you get if you point an extreme wide angle lens upward. Still, I thought in this case the distortion added something to the photo. What do you think?


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NIKON D40 18 second F/8.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Sharon from Brooklyn, United States

Somehow you even manage to make cranes look good! Nice, unexpected colors in this as well.

15 May 2008 5:10am

@Sharon: Thanks Sharon....even this wide angle view doesn't really give the true picture of the scale of this huge building!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Hong Kong

You have made the industrial very pleasing here, Ian. A wonderful image.

15 May 2008 5:25am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks Michael....I love this kind of photography as much as the more traditional landscape views.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

What a gorgeous work! Nice shot.

15 May 2008 7:56am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks very much Ana!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Super shot, Ian! I think the distortion is okay, because here it is clearly seen as intended effect. Depends on the overall impression, here it's just right!

15 May 2008 12:56pm

@MadScientist:'s rare for me to point this 10-20 lens off the horizontal but there was no choice on this occasion and for once the distortion actually added something to the image.

NJ & SB Photography from Spain

Esta tambien es muy buena , buen trabajo con el procesado!!

15 May 2008 4:12pm

@NJ & SB Photography: Thanks very much!

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

nice lighting and pov

15 May 2008 4:39pm

@yiannis krikis: Thanks very much Yiannis!....congratulations by the way, I saw your blog is one of the featured "hot photoblogs" at

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

Great shot, very interesting

15 May 2008 6:47pm

@Alun Lambert: Thanks very much Alun!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Afghanistan

I like the distortion as it gives an even greater sense of depth and scale. I also really like how the colours seem to have shifted a bit with this long exposure... almost like in the old days with film when you'd get a little reciprocity. Again, you've managed to make the ordinary quite extraordinary!!

16 May 2008 2:38am

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