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Dusk Flight

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 29 May 2008 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

A telephoto lens shot of a plane taking off at dusk from Manchester Airport. 10minutes later, the sun had set and this red glow in the sky had vanished.

NIKON D40 1/30 second F/11.0 ISO 320 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

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ocorti from Blonay, Switzerland

fabulous simplicity !
all the best,

29 May 2008 5:13am

@ocorti: Thanks Ocorti!

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

Wow that is stunning, Ian.

29 May 2008 5:16am

@Margie: Thanks very much Margie!

MahGol from Tehran, Iran

to me it looks like marc rothko's works .. brilliant :)

29 May 2008 5:56am

@MahGol: Well that's a lovely thing to say MahGol but I would never compare my photos to anything like Rothko's work. I read an explanation of the development of his paintings a while ago and it gave me a headache :-)

This is just a simple photo after all.

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

The 300 mm sure makes the air look thick. That is a great shot with those colours.

29 May 2008 6:17am

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks Michael....I would never have considered using such a long lens for landscape photography before trying it for myself.

HoMo from Tehran, Iran

realy well done - ilike this shoot

29 May 2008 6:28am

@HoMo: Thanks very much!

ManuelaR from Hainburg, Germany

Love the simplicity and the colours are unreal!

29 May 2008 6:51am

Anthony Lambert from Germany

Well caught.

29 May 2008 7:58am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Looks like a oil painting!

29 May 2008 8:01am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

You are creating art these days, Ian. This is lovely.

29 May 2008 8:06am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Unexpected and totally fabulous!

29 May 2008 8:55am

hugo poon from Hong Kong

Wonderful capture, perfect timing... the plane has successfully given distinction to the scene - turning a beautiful sunset into an evocative image... love this a lot!!!

29 May 2008 11:15am

paulski from Muncie, IN, United States

ian: beautiful colors. seems almost an extension of the "blandscape" discussion from the dpreview forum; the forms seem almost to fade into the colors and textures here. a gorgeous capture...

29 May 2008 11:32am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

My goodness, this is another piece of ART!!!! The quality of that glowing red is unbelievable!
(By the way, I posted today a lotus bloom and I dedicated the shot to you. Please, let me know if you have never seen a lotus flowes. Lots of people tend to mix up lotus and water lily! I did too, until I saw what a lotus looks like.)

29 May 2008 12:08pm

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Hi Ian, this is a really striking image! When I stare at it longer, it seems as if it is moving, very slowly... must be the old eye's playing tricks on me again :o)

29 May 2008 12:26pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

Nice image

29 May 2008 1:14pm

Guillermina from Buenos Aires, Argentina

A nuclear sunset... Such an apocalyptic photo, Ian.

More than the plane, I love the shadowy, vanishing layers of Earth below it...

29 May 2008 1:20pm

@Guillermina: Thanks Guillermina....if anything the real scene was a lot more spectacular. The setting sun was just about to break through that cloud layer which was filtering the light to give that unearthly colour.

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

It looks like three lines of colour that where painted, I've heard that these brilliant orange sunsets are caused by the pollution in the air.

29 May 2008 2:02pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great colors and framing

29 May 2008 3:14pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

The thumbnail looked like a watercolor. This is a really surprising sight with beautiful colours.

29 May 2008 3:56pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

It's beautiful. At first I had trouble locating the plane. Put it in "large" mode and found it. Great shot, either way; almost an inner luminescence.

29 May 2008 4:46pm

Russ Devan from New Hanover, United States

Ian, this is gorgeous. I love that red glow in the sky.

29 May 2008 7:46pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great capture of colour Ian...not sure why but it also reminds me of Lowry???

29 May 2008 8:31pm

Aerial footage from Kiev, Ukraine

It is very rare moment, when you can catch such a light. Bravo!

29 May 2008 8:49pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

The atmosphere and the colors are gorgeous. I like the silhouettes of the mountains and factories in the red part. I am not sure if it is better without the plane or not... or may be changing his position?

29 May 2008 11:14pm

Guillermina from Buenos Aires, Argentina

It's funny that you should say "the real scene"... It makes me think of how you conceive of photography...

2 Jun 2008 12:46pm

@Guillermina: My perception of photography has been slowly evolving over the last 6 months since getting this DSLR. I used to photograph things in a straightforward documentary way but more recently I've been trying to put across my own feelings and thoughts in my photos. It comes naturally to you Guillermina but personally it's something I struggle with (as much photographically as emotionally)

This photo here is perhaps the first one I've done that tries for some personal interpretation rather tan just mechanically recording a scene although you'll see that it is heavily derivitive of Steichen's work:

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

I agree that this looks like Rothko. Very impressive work with the lighting.

14 Jun 2008 4:55am

1/30 second
ISO 320
300 mm (35mm equiv.)