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Roker Lighthouse

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 27 June 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

This lighthouse is in the NE of England and marks the mouth of the River Wear in Sunderland.

NIKON D40 1/500 second F/11.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

Great image, Ian! Great composition and angle. The tower reaching out to rippled sky...

27 Jun 2008 5:43am

@Nataly: Thanks was a bit of an experiment with this composition but that's the nice thing about digital isn't it - the freedom to try different ideas.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Have you reached a new galaxy? Lovely and unusual texture in this Ian :)

27 Jun 2008 6:00am

@Lorraine: Thanks surprised me that this one worked out as well as this!

Shun from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Something completely different from your usual perspectives. Really a great catch. The toning is superior as always. This looks so surreal. One of your best pics ...

27 Jun 2008 6:15am

@Shun: Thanks was a bit of an experiment that I wasn't really expecting to work either compositionally or from trying to expose so much black stone and white cloud together.

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Ian - This is magical - as if the sea were floating above the lighthouse. Beautifully seen and captured.

27 Jun 2008 6:27am

@Stephen Phillips: Thanks....yes, those ripply clouds do give a strange feeling of looking down at the sea don't they!

Marie Le Corre from Voiron, France

I like it !

27 Jun 2008 6:28am

@Marie Le Corre: Thanks Marie!

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Fantastic photo Ian, I enjoy the composition, perspective and details!

27 Jun 2008 6:45am

@Alfredo J. Martiz J.: Thanks was a nice surprise for me too when this one turned out like this!

Helen from Melbourne, Australia

Oh ... nice work! I am impressed by this shot Ian. Bravo!

27 Jun 2008 6:59am

@Helen: Thanks very much Helen!

Vink from Magagnosc, France

Very nice treatment ! Good job !

27 Jun 2008 7:23am

@Vink: Thanks very much Vink!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Ian I can understand why Shun makes the comment but you have great skill in capturing the human element (cocklepickers & skiers etc) so those shots for me will always be my particular favourites.
That said, lighthouses have always had a magical draw as a subject for most photographers ( difference here is that with your keen architectural eye, you have created a fresh, new angle mixed together with sublime 'Bramham' tone and texture. Yet again you have raised the bar for us all. Great work.

27 Jun 2008 7:33am

@Ted: Thanks Ted! you know this is my first summer with my DSLR so dealing with intense light and sun is something new and challenging which I'm really enjoying experimenting with. The results here where a nice surprise and I was really pleased with the way the D40 dealt with the bright sky and cloud in the photo.

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Fantastic perspective. Makes me feel a bit dizzy :)

27 Jun 2008 7:48am

@yz: Thanks yz!

jkjond from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom


This kind of fits in with your powerstation images.

27 Jun 2008 7:54am

@jkjond: Thanks John....this was one of those 'I wonder what'll happen if I try this' type of moments. CS3 is wonderful!

m a r t a from Spain

Beautiful image. I really like how you framed it, I love the perspective and composition.

27 Jun 2008 8:39am

@m a r t a: Thanks very much Marta!

Anthony Lambert from Germany

Fantastic angle.Great shot.

27 Jun 2008 9:50am

@Anthony Lambert: Thanks very much Anthony!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a stunning capture!!! I can imagine how excited you might be when you caught this...:-)

Have a happy Friday!

27 Jun 2008 10:32am

@hugo poon: Hi Hugo...thanks very much!

This is my first summer with my DSLR so dealing with the bright light and sun is leading me into experimenting more at the moment which sometimes provides me with unexpected but pleasant surprises like this one now and then!

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

The sky is strange, its hard to believe that it is, seems more like terrain. Unique take on a lighthouse.

27 Jun 2008 12:12pm

@JoeB: Thanks very much Joe!

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Wow Ian, thats quite an angle!

The 'sky' seems like an ocean!

A very artful image, that captures the imagination.

27 Jun 2008 12:33pm

@IanSmith: Hi Ian! was just a bit of an experiment that had a happy ending! - I'm really pleased that you like it!

Paolo from Italy

clouds look like a carpet or a blanket, it seems you're looking downwards. impressive

27 Jun 2008 1:14pm

@Paolo: Thanks very much Paolo!

MahGol from Tehran, Iran

i love the angle .. u did a greattt job ..

27 Jun 2008 1:29pm

@MahGol: Thanks for that MahGol!

shiv ahuja from new Delhi, India

thats a wonderful perspective,love the angle,
the black and white conversion is spot on as well...!
overall,it makes for a great image.

27 Jun 2008 3:23pm

@shiv ahuja: Thanks very much!....CS3 is really wonderful for B&W conversion work!

alex centrella from California, United States

a real stunner..

27 Jun 2008 3:37pm

@alex centrella: Thanks very much Alex!

missparis from PARIS, France

sublimate the centring

27 Jun 2008 3:41pm

@missparis: Thanks very much!

Scotfot from Kabul, Afghanistan

Great composition!

27 Jun 2008 4:37pm

@Scotfot: Thanks!

Cheryl from Texas, United States

wow, are those clouds or water the lighthouse is pointing to? great illusion :-)

27 Jun 2008 6:49pm

@Cheryl: Hi Cheryl....yes, those are real clouds but being able to convert the blue parts of the sky to black when I converted to B&W helps the illusion along a lot!

Florence from Paris, France

That's a magnificent composition, light, angle, b&w are just perfect here. You really deserve 5 stars ! :-)

27 Jun 2008 6:58pm

@Florence: Thanks very much Florence!

[suvni:R] from Brussels, Belgium

looks like having a view from an airplane...if it wasn't for the lighthouse :D stunning work

27 Jun 2008 7:04pm

@[suvni:R]: Thanks very much!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very cool point of view! (I'm doing my best to convince my wife of having a wide-angle-lens :-)

27 Jun 2008 8:37pm

@MadScientist: Thanks....this lens is the Sigma 10-20 and when i first got it I couldn't stop smiling every time I uesd it!

Sumedh from New Delhi, India


27 Jun 2008 9:37pm

@Sumedh: Thanks!

drum from carcavelos, Portugal

perhaps people said it all about your photo
nevertheless congrats on this one
very carefully composed
master light control
indeed a daily joy

27 Jun 2008 9:40pm

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

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

a wonderful angle -- a dynamic result!

27 Jun 2008 9:53pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks very much!

Vincent from Montréal, Canada

It looks like it's pointing down. Super cool.

27 Jun 2008 10:03pm

@Vincent: Thanks Vincent....unusual clouds aren't they!

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Great angle, fantastic photo!

27 Jun 2008 10:57pm

@Stefan: Thanks very much Stefan!

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

It's a really well put together, striking image.

28 Jun 2008 1:23am

@Daryl: Thanks Daryl!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful angle, very dynamic.

28 Jun 2008 2:03am

@akarui: Thanks Akarui!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

That is an "Oh, wow" photograph. Nothing could be done to make it better.

28 Jun 2008 4:52am

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

Jim from United States

Very futuristic. Looks ominous and threatening like something from a science fiction movie.

28 Jun 2008 6:30pm

@Jim: Thanks very much Jim!

cako from Germany

Beautiful lighthouse and interesting point of view. Great !

29 Jun 2008 1:15am

Peter Mannfolk from Landskrona, Sweden

Excellent texture on the lighthouse and the lighting is just perfect. Wish those cirrocumulus clouds could appear more often... /Peter

29 Jun 2008 5:59pm

ZmAjEvA from Belgrade, Serbia

This one ROCKS!

29 Jun 2008 10:33pm

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

You don't need me to add my comment here, but I must say that this is very impressive work. The detail, the angle, and the composition all stand out.

30 Jun 2008 4:37am

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

Man, you have an uncanny talent for visualizing and conveying the power of a moment. Nice work.

1 Jul 2008 8:10pm

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Nice composition, make me also think of a bottle of champagne,
Yes, or is just me ?

4 Jul 2008 8:16am

@Pouhou: Thanks, I hadn't thought about it that way but you're right - it does look like a Champagne bottle!

1/500 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)