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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 28 June 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A photo from Sunderland Point on Morecambe Bay.

Sunderland Point is an amazing place. It's only a few minutes drive from the large towns of Morecambe and Lancaster yet when you visit it's like stepping back in time to a bygone era of sailing ships, clear skies and fresh air.

The only way of getting there by car is by driving down a long single track causeway that threads it's way through the tidal marshes. It is cut off from the mainland at high tide which comes in at great speed in Morecambe Bay.

The only place for non-residents to park is on a small shingle beach next to these moored fishing boats and I couldn't help noticing the tide markers on the sea wall which showed that high tide would be above the roof of my car if I misjudged the time to head back and got cut off by the tide.

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NIKON D40 1/250 second F/11.0 ISO 200 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

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bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Absolutely incredible!

28 Jun 2008 5:59am

@bluechameleon: Thanks very much!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom


28 Jun 2008 6:35am

@Ted: Thanks Ted!

yz from Hungary

Fantastic dramatic sky!

28 Jun 2008 7:22am

@yz: Thanks yz!

MahGol from Tehran, Iran

stunning .. i love ur compositions.

28 Jun 2008 7:41am

@MahGol: Thanks MahGol!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Poignant, Dramatic and Magnificent. I rest my case. ;)

28 Jun 2008 8:06am

@Lorraine: Thanks very much Lorraine!

deny from diy, Indonesia

one word perfecto

28 Jun 2008 8:44am

@deny: Thanks Deny!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Bravo! A very powerful scene. I hope you were able to drive away before high tide came in.

28 Jun 2008 10:56am

@Viewfinder: was when I saw that high tide marker above my car that I thought I better was a good job I did as I only had about half an hour on the island before I needed to leave.

Nerise from Stilbay, South Africa

Great colour and contrast. Nice pic

28 Jun 2008 12:51pm

@Nerise: Thanks Nerise!

Andy from United States

I love the dramatic sky and the B&W is just perfect!

28 Jun 2008 1:27pm

@Andy: Thanks very much Andy!

Cheryl from Texas, United States

what an awsome place! you've caught the essense of it in this image

28 Jun 2008 1:39pm

@Cheryl: Thanks really is a beautiful place with fantastic light on the day I visited.

Marie Le Corre from Voiron, France

I like this composition and the excellent quality of your b&w

28 Jun 2008 1:42pm

@Marie Le Corre: Thanks Marie....I got Photoshop CS3 a few months ago and it made a big difference to my B&W conversions!

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

''KATE" really stands out.

28 Jun 2008 2:08pm

@Daniel: Thanks....I thought it was a beautiful and simple name!

Claus from Herfølge, Denmark

You have really balanced the light well in this image, really nice shot!

28 Jun 2008 3:07pm

@Claus: Thanks very much Claus!

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Great composition, i like the dark sky!

28 Jun 2008 3:17pm

@Stefan: Thanks very much Stefan!

missparis from PARIS, France

Absolutely magnificent

28 Jun 2008 3:19pm

@missparis: Thanks very much!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

You have a knack for adding drama to the most serene scene. Incredible shot.

28 Jun 2008 5:19pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks's this Sigma 10-20 lens that I use a lot - it dramatises perspective and depth really well!

_____ H o M o _____ from Tehran, Iran

great image i like sky

28 Jun 2008 5:41pm

@_____ H o M o _____: Thanks....CS3's B&W converter really worked well with this sky!

Momo from Montpellier, France

first it's HoMo, now you're hearing from if strange :-)

just love the last few images ian...drama in all of usual, great compositions, color, tone,'re still kicking butt with that d40 of yours...i notice this is a 24mm shot...what lens you using?...i'm used to seeing 15mm or so from your sigma 10-20...

I'm also curious about how you frame your images with white and put your copyright line on each...i'm liking that more and more and might start doing that with my own images to set them off...

kind regards ian


ps...headed back to France 13'll be good to be home...

28 Jun 2008 7:57pm

@Momo: Hi Momo....I hope your trip to NYC went well and that you had a great time!

Regarding the exif data, Aminus3 converts the data into the 35mm equivalent so the 10-20 range of my Sigma wide angle zoom becomes 15-30. This photo is reported as 24mm but was with the Sigma 10-20 at 16mm.

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

You always seem to bring the best out of skies. This picture is no exception. Fantastic photo.

28 Jun 2008 8:10pm

@Mike: Thanks Mike....Photoshop CS3 is exceptionally good at converting photos to B&W and is very easy to use. There's always the question with B&W images about just how much extra contrast to add and to which parts of the image and that's where the judgement and experiencs part comes into it.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A beautiful view of a hidden place, sky and landscape are communicating so well!

28 Jun 2008 9:39pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful seaside scene and sky.

29 Jun 2008 1:44am

Darin from Seattle, United States

Really nice composition....

29 Jun 2008 2:15am

Saeed from Tehran, Iran

very nice shot . good framing . . .

29 Jun 2008 3:49am

Paolo from Italy

quoting George Clooney in the recent Martini commercial spot: Magnifico!

30 Jun 2008 4:44pm

iced coffee from Belfast, United Kingdom

your photographs area brilliant. you have a great eye and your processing is superb. i love the clouds and tones in this shot.

1 Jul 2008 8:22pm

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

This is really amazing. The B&W rendition is gorgeous. I like how you toned the sky.

3 Jul 2008 8:44pm

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Pow pow pow, great sky once again,

4 Jul 2008 8:14am

@Pouhou: Thanks...the B&W converter in Photoshop CS3 is great for skies as it alllows blues to be converted to black very easily.

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