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Roa Island

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 21 May 2008 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

The rotting wooden hull of an abandoned ship on the beach at Roa Island on the NW coast of England.

NIKON D40 1/100 second F/11.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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MahGol from Tehran, Iran

its simply beautiful .. great b/w and the composition is one of a kind.

21 May 2008 5:43am

@MahGol: Thanks MahGol!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

I am gob-smacked by that one. The tones are soooo gorgeous.

21 May 2008 5:54am

@Michael Rawluk: Well I don't recall you using that particular compliment before Michael!....thanks very much (gogsmacked is pretty much my own top photo rating too :-)

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand


21 May 2008 6:12am

@Margie: Cheers Margie!

Saeed from Tehran, Iran

very nice shot ,,,, great composition ....

21 May 2008 6:14am

@Saeed: Thanks Saeed!

ROB from Brisbane, Australia

Here is one of those photography rules (centred horizon) broken so sucessfully. Love the lean into the centre from the boat, the tones are suberb. This one keeps my attention, making me look and look.

21 May 2008 6:15am

@ROB: Thanks Rob!...I tend not to worry at all about the so-called rules of composition....I just keep moving the camera around until something looks right in the viewfinder then I press the shutter button - I don't even think about composition as such.

I guess this may sound stupid but sometimes I even forget I've got a camera in my hands.... have you ever read a really good book where you get so caught up in the story that you finish the whole thing without even being aware of having turned the pages or started new chapters? - well, when things are going well with the camera for me that's exactly how it feels.

Miles from Canada

Great subject, beautiful tones.

21 May 2008 7:09am

@Miles: Thanks Miles!

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

Great detail, nice and sharp.

21 May 2008 7:30am

@Daroru: Thanks Daroru!

missparis from paris, France

Très beau traitement, jolie compo

21 May 2008 8:14am

@missparis: Merci beaucoup Veronique!

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

Realy good image. love the detail in the boat, works realy well in mono

21 May 2008 8:18am

@Alun Lambert: Thanks's another one from the archives that I wasn't happy with until I tried processing it with this new photoshop plug-in that I've been messing with over the last few days photos. It seems to handle harsh sun better than a straightforward B&W conversion - the sepia seems to take the edge off I think.

Denis P from Lanester, France

beau traintement jolie composition en noir et blanc j'aime beaucoup le cadrage !

21 May 2008 8:25am

@Denis P: Merci beaucoup Denis!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Hong Kong

Classically beautiful the tones are splendid!

21 May 2008 9:25am

@Michael Skorulski: Cheers Michael!

trond from Sarpsborg, Norway

This is really an excellent picture! A boat wreck on dry land… Love the tones in the image, and the composition is right on. Well done!

21 May 2008 10:21am

@trond: Thanks Trond!...the west coast of England has lots of these wrecked ships. There's a strong prevailing onshore wind which I'm sure has a lot to do with it.

The tide's out in this shot but normally the waves come right up to this boat.

Pooyan from Tehran, Iran

Great subject, beautiful tones.

21 May 2008 11:01am

@Pooyan: Thanks Pooyan!

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

fine composition, beautiful tones!

21 May 2008 11:23am

@Stefan: Thanks Stefan!

Sylvain from Trois Rivieres, Canada

Excellent black and white !
Nothing else to add, it's all good :)

21 May 2008 11:44am

@Sylvain: Thanks for that Sylvain!

thib from Angers, France

really good composition and great atmosphere, i love it

21 May 2008 11:48am

@thib: Thanks very much!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

mmmm exquisite, the perspective you chose is nothing short of brilliant, you're showing all of its majestic beauty, and the tone...gosh you know it, glorious :)

21 May 2008 11:49am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine...I've seen this particular boat quite a few times now as it's very near to a building I'm working on up at the top end of Morecambe Bay!

paulski from Muncie, IN, United States

beautiful; love the level of detail...

21 May 2008 12:02pm

@paulski: Thanks Paulski!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Wow, but this looks like it just escaped from a museum gallery somewhere. A very well-made composition; it sizzles in sepia. And the white border enhances the overall look. Bravo!

21 May 2008 12:02pm

@Viewfinder: Thanks very much Glenn!

hugo poon from Hong Kong

A strong subject, perfectly captured and processed!

21 May 2008 12:57pm

@hugo poon: Thanks very much Hugo!

Anthony Lambert from Germany

Realy great shot.I grew up on the Pembrokeshire coast so your shots realy do spark a light with me.

21 May 2008 1:45pm

@Anthony Lambert: Thanks Anthony....I grew up on the west coast too but in the Crosby area, just north of Liverpool. I only moved to the Manchester area about 8 years ago.

Marie Le Corre from Dauphiné, France

Tout à fait le genre de photo que j'aime. Very good b&w !

21 May 2008 2:00pm

@Marie Le Corre: Merci Marie...Je suis tres content que vous aimez ces photos!

Klaus from Augsburg, Germany

Good b&w, nice contrast and good framing

21 May 2008 2:38pm

@Klaus: Hi Klaus...thanks very much!

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

This is a very good B&W, Ian! The details are so well defined and the tones are just perfect!

21 May 2008 2:47pm

@Nataly: Thanks very much Nataly!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Beautiful! Excellent subject.

21 May 2008 3:48pm

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Ian...just read your comments about the work of John Leech and fit for a ought to know that yours are none too shabby either and this and any of your coastal shots would be well at home in a gallery. In fact, if the cockle pickers were on my wall in canvas, I would never get bored with it.
Interesting that Rob above has also picked up on your success in breaking the rules...I saw it recently in one of your others, not sure which one (only because as a beginner, I am very methodical and mechanical in my composition and editing) that by design, to push the boundaries, or by accident?

21 May 2008 4:16pm

@Ted: Thanks Ted, you're very kind but nothing I've done yet is in the same league as that photo by John Leech.....I do wonder how often a photo like that comes along in one person's lifetime - not very often I bet.

Here's the link to John Leech's photo for those who are wondering what we are talking about:

As far as your question about composition goes you'll see that I've probably already answered it in my response to Rob. Just one thing to maybe add is that I really love using this particular lens (Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom) and when it's on the camera I see all kinds of possibilities that I wouldn't if a different lens was being used.
The issue of centering is an interesting one - one of the reasons that I produce a high percentage of centered horizon shots with this lens is that as soon as you tilt it up or down the natural distortion that is a part of any wide angle lens starts to multiply exponentially. It depends very much on the subject of the photo whether this distortion matters or not.

NJ & SB Photography from Spain

Me gusta mucho el tratamiento y la composición, esa vieja barca ya solo sirve para que le hagan fotos!!

21 May 2008 5:35pm

@NJ & SB Photography: Thanks very much for your kind words!

bruno from les Ollières, France

Fantastic shot : composition , exposure , frame, all is perfect.

21 May 2008 5:38pm

@bruno: Thanks very much Bruno!

Robie from United States

Wow do you do your bw conversion Ian? I love your work, I
have a D40 too.

21 May 2008 7:03pm

@Robie: Thanks Robie!...this sepia tone was achieved using a photoshop plug-in by Nik software ColorEfex Pro 3. This one is called Paper Toner and is one of a wide selection available. I've got a number of photos like this one where the sun was very harsh and I liked the way this tone dealt with it compared to the more normal conversion methods.

Sumedh from Anatole, India


21 May 2008 7:04pm

@Sumedh: Thanks Sumedh!

dan from France

J'aime la grande qualité de l'ensemble de vos photos !

21 May 2008 8:04pm

@dan: Merci Dan - vous etes tres gentil!

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Inspiring, beautiful photo!

21 May 2008 8:31pm

@Alfredo J. Martiz J.: Thanks very much!

Jan from Bruges, Belgium

10/10 !!!!

21 May 2008 9:02pm

@Jan: Thanks!

aaxan from Tokyo, Japan

impressive! luv it :)

21 May 2008 11:45pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Very good composition and treatment. I love it.

22 May 2008 12:40am

Cheryl from Texas, United States

excellent composition, nice choice again for b&W. I like the white framing

22 May 2008 1:23am

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Damn this is one fine piece of photography!! Wish I'd taken it... grumble grumble... ;-)

22 May 2008 2:53am

Barbara from Florida, United States

You are an artist through the lens. Magnificent to say it mildly.

22 May 2008 3:15pm

Momo from Montpellier, France


23 May 2008 3:02am

Russ Devan from New Hanover, United States

I love this composition. This is extraordinary in B&W. Well done, Ian.

23 May 2008 1:49pm

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

This is an extraordinary shot. Perfect toning and composition.

26 May 2008 8:06pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Definitely a favorite. A superb capture and such lovely processing.

28 May 2008 3:13pm

Darmellah from France

thank for your visit.....i have found my picture:) very nice N&B!

10 Jul 2008 11:04pm

dmatte from Seoul, South Korea


8 Sep 2008 2:17am

Timothy West from Bournemouth, United Kingdom

lovely boat... were is it

1 Dec 2008 3:07pm

@Timothy West: Thanks Timothy, it's up near Barrow-In-Furness on the neck of Roa Island.

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Grande composition et superbe contraste,bravo !

10 Nov 2009 8:53pm

1/100 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)