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Tide's Out

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

One from the Morecambe Bay area at low tide

NIKON D40 1/250 second F/11.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Morecambe Bay is gorgeous, at least how you have presented it in your photographs, I think some of your photos that I like a lot are from that place, keep doing a great work Ian!

19 May 2008 7:39am

@Alfredo J. Martiz J.: Thanks very much - the NW coast of England is certainly my favourite place for taking photos.

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

Cool...I like that lovely curve of the shoreline into the distance. Great angle and composition.

19 May 2008 9:33am

@Margie: Thanks very much we enter spring here in the notheren hemisphere I see from your lovely photo today that you are well into autumn. What a great place the www is!

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Great perspective, fine image!

19 May 2008 10:18am

@Stefan: Thanks Stefan!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Another phenomenal from you, surprised? Never...that you're absolutely right about mine? not a surprise...gosh i can't believe how much better it looks in b&w, but I'm not changing it! lol Thanks so much, I learn so much from you, but back to this photo, I love the great space around the boat as well and the shape of the sand...and the round anchor....Perfec5t

19 May 2008 10:33am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine....this was converted using a photoshop plug-in by a company called Nik Color Efex and it's the 'Paper Toner''s halfway between true B&W and Sepia which I really liked as a tone when I first saw it.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

oh and yes, it's film Minolta SRT-201 35mm with wide-angle lense ;)

19 May 2008 10:34am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine...I thought it was film rather than digital!

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

Realy good image, the boat realy makes this shot :)

19 May 2008 10:41am

@Alun Lambert: Thanks Alun...I wasn't entirely happy with it to tell you the truth (the sky was a disapointment) but nevertheless it was such a beautiful scene that I had to try and get a photo!

m a r t a from Spain


19 May 2008 11:14am

@m a r t a: Thanks Marta!

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

Hi Ian, another splendid photo, nice tone also. I was trying to imagine what it would look like if the boat had of been closer, say lower right corner? I am a man of angles you know :) But as it is it does give a moody lonely feel which I think was your intention.

19 May 2008 11:36am

@Observing: Thanks Mike...I've actually got a version of this in the composition that you've outlined but in this case I thought it worked better with the boat being less important. I guess one of the reasons is that I didn't think this small rowing boat was strong enough in itself to be such a dominant focal point.

There's a photo of a much larger boat for Wednesday's photo with the strong angles you've described...let me know what you think!

hugo poon from Hong Kong

Ian, I did enjoy this pic a lot... don't know why but it evoked an interesting mix of feelings... peace, beauty, emptiness and lonesome, at the same time.

19 May 2008 12:34pm

@hugo poon: Hi Hugo...what a lovely thing to say. Thank you!

valenttin from Navodari, Romania

I like short focal distance shots for the strange perspective...

19 May 2008 1:30pm

@valenttin: Me too Valentin!...this is my favourite lens - a Sigma 10-20.

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Nice one, Ian:-)

19 May 2008 1:57pm

@sherri: Thanks Sherri!

Anthony Lambert from Germany

Nice shot,good low angle.Well done.

19 May 2008 3:04pm

@Anthony Lambert: Thanks Anthony!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Looks like a wonderful place to relax, great capture!
(Or is this a rare moment when the crowds were still absent?)

19 May 2008 3:12pm

@MadScientist: Thanks...yes, the whole Morecambe Bay area is beautiful witha grandness of scale that has to be seen to be truly appreciated.

It's still way too early in the season for there to be any crowds of people.

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

I really like the composition using the slight curve of the beach and the water lines in the sand leading the eye to the boat.

19 May 2008 3:22pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks Michael....I'm hoping I'll see this part of Morecambe Bay when the tide is in one day.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent choice of perspective.

19 May 2008 6:06pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!...exaggerated perspective is one of the real strengths of this wide angle lens (Sigma 10-20)

Jan from Bruges, Belgium

Hi Ian, I think you've proven here that you indeed know what you are doing !! Great shot !!

19 May 2008 7:36pm

@Jan: Thanks Jan...I was happy with the composition but I'm not getting up early enough to catch the low morning sun....I'd have had to be up by 4am ish to do that.

Eleftheria, 9 years old, from Athens, Greece

Wonderful photo.

19 May 2008 7:43pm

@Eleftheria, 9 years old,: Thanks very much Eletheria!

Anne from White Rock, Canada

Superb composition! I've got some old snapshots of me (I think on a donkey) with my dad when I was about two years old on the sands in Morecambe! The elements and detail in this one are just terrific! :-)

19 May 2008 8:10pm

@Anne: Hi Anne!....they've just introduced new legislation to protect the donkeys that work on the beach but they are still very much a feature of the seaside in the Summer in this part of England.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

This, and your image of the workshop tells me that you are back from the 'dark side' of woods and bluebells which I found less interesting (sorry)
Morecambe Bay though...classic Bramham country!!! Superb.

19 May 2008 8:42pm

@Ted: Hi's great to see that you've started a blog here at Aminus3!

I enjoy experimenting with my photos and it's a great way of learning new things but incredibly frustrating at times. I'm continuing my foray into the darker side of photography and there's another one that I think is interesting coming up as Friday's photo :-)

Klaus from Augsburg, Germany

Ian, nice picture - great deepness

19 May 2008 9:05pm

@Klaus: Hi Klaus...thanks again for visiting. Your photoblog has been a real inspiration for me since I stumbled across it at VFXY!

Riccardo from Lyon, France

Bellissima! Semplicemente magica...Magic...a great B&W Bramham. It's my first visit in your blog...i retourned. Riccardo.

19 May 2008 9:11pm

@Riccardo: Thanks very much Riccardo...I'm delighted that you liked the photo!

lasiate from Philippines

une belle composition pour ce monochrome ou toutes les lignes convergent vers la barque

19 May 2008 9:53pm

@lasiate: Merci beaucoup Lasiate...c'est tres gentil!

Cheryl from Texas, United States

beautiful image, great job!! looks like rough waves to look at the beach! does well in b&w!! good choice, wonderful compo!!

19 May 2008 10:03pm

@Cheryl: Thanks're very perceptive about the tide! - it comes in so fast here that there is a siren that sounds to warn people who may be out on the sand.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful sepia shot. I like the lines in the sand that go to the boat, other lines are also showing the main subject like the chain or the curve of the beach near the water.

19 May 2008 10:45pm

@akarui: Thanks very much Akarui....I enjoy the simplicity of composition that is possible by the coast and sea.

Andrew Gould from Sydney, Australia

What a superb image. Wonderful balance of elements and a preciseness evident in your approach to composition.

19 May 2008 11:10pm

@Andrew Gould: Thanks Andrew...good composition is pretty fundamental in photography isn't it but this kind of scene makes everything seem easy. Simplicity is the key usually and being on the coast or beach really helps a lot.

Oswegan from Lake Oswego, United States

Terrific detail and very beautiful tones.

19 May 2008 11:31pm

@Oswegan: Thanks Scott!

Luis A. De Jesus R. from Mexico City, Mexico

Something classic about this composition. Truly worth hanging on a wall to contemplate and be transported. Very, very nice work.

20 May 2008 2:16am

@Luis A. De Jesus R.: Thanks very much Luis!

(PS - thanks for favouriting this photo on VFXY)

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Excellent shot! Perfect in every way!

20 May 2008 3:16am

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

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

You lent the sand a sculptural quality with the conversion. I like the tonality you chose.

20 May 2008 5:25am

@Japanalia: Thanks very much Gabriella....sepia isn't something I've tried very much but the sunlight was very harsh on this shot and this tone seemed to work better that a more straightforward B&W.

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Really like the composition here. Excellent work!

20 May 2008 9:42pm

@tom: Thanks very much Tom!

Jeff T from Milwaukee, United States

Perfect composition - like something you'd see on a postcard. Great work!

29 May 2008 12:32pm

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