The Lake District, NW England

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 26 July 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Another photo that I've just processed from my recent trip to the mountainous region of the Lake District in NW England. This is the packhorse bridge at Wasdale Head.

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Ramiro De Leon from Panama CIty, Panama

wonderful image!!!..truly amazing.!

26 Jul 2008 5:33am

fcofont from Valencia, Spain

A truly piece of fine art photography, this is absolutely beautiful, Great work!

26 Jul 2008 5:44am

Vincent Bertrand from Montréal, Canada

I do not want to take away anything to your other pictures, but this one is truly magnificient (I find my phrase strange, I try to adapt from French... sorry). This is a perfect example of composition factors all put together: two diagonal, a pattern - rocks (and subtle repeat of it - the wall) , a point of interest brought by diagonals to a golden point of thirds - pass of bridge, reversed triangle - mountains. It's all there. But enough blah blah about so called theory of composition. I love your B&W. Sharp, true, lot of contrast. I wonder how this bridge can hold.

26 Jul 2008 6:23am

@Vincent Bertrand: Thanks very much Vincent....your compositional analysis is over kind to me as I honestly didn't think about all those different things when I was taking the photo. When things are going well with the camera, as they were on this day in the Lake District, I rarely 'think' about anything other than trying to achieve simplicity and balance in the frame of the viewfinder.

If I've come to any conclusions about composition over the last 12 months or so then I would say that I always try and strive for simplicity and balance.

The more simple the elements of a photo are the easier it is to achieve balance. When the two things occur together in a photo with some interesting light and a nice subject then that's when I'm truly happy.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

When I first saw this on DPR I was blown away by the additional detail and tone you have coaxed out of the series. I'm still blown away. This is a spectacular shot and you have raised the bar again!
I read your description of the PP but would you say that RAW has made the difference as I know I'm seeing major improvement in my own for using it (or have you always shot RAW)?

26 Jul 2008 7:08am

@Ted: Thanks Ted....in answer to your question I've been shooting in RAW format since the first few days of getting this D40 and I'm no expert on the advantages of RAW over JPEG other than I love the total control that RAW gives me over white balance.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Excellent photo. Good composition and very good b&w.

26 Jul 2008 8:50am

maxine from Rangiora, New Zealand

absolutely like a scene out of Brigadoon(the old B&W movie) stunning

26 Jul 2008 9:00am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Dear Ian, you can't start this... with the words 'Another photo...' :) you're modest, that's always good, this photo has broken the rule of 'feeling' and went right into the more genuine: sentiment...WOW

26 Jul 2008 10:57am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, dramatic atmosphere, great B+W capture!

26 Jul 2008 11:26am

damian from Murowana GoĊ›lina, Poland

fantasy world :) great picture!

26 Jul 2008 11:32am

ordinaryimages from KY Bluegrass, United States

a fairy world. best...jf

26 Jul 2008 12:55pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

This is an amazing view ! Your lucky to see these places first hand.

26 Jul 2008 1:24pm

Cheryl from Texas, United States

this is the 2nd "storybook" photo I've seen today. I love that bridge! you've caught some sweet light. Your pp is awsome

26 Jul 2008 1:29pm

kdl212 from Brooklyn, United States

I appreciate your apparent belief in a compositional center, as opposed to images with focal points exclusively tied to the tried and true rule of thirds.

26 Jul 2008 2:26pm

@kdl212: Thanks....to me composition is more about simplicity and balance rather than anything else (see my earlier reply to Vincent)

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

This is a very good image, Ian. It is very well balanced and full of details. Without the bridge it would`ve been a very nice nature shot. But the bridge adds some mystery to it. A story, may be. A man made structure entertains a thought of placing an imaginary object... And then it is endless game since this image could fit into any time frame.

26 Jul 2008 3:11pm

@Nataly: Thanks Nataly.....you're right. I was taking a photo of a beautiful old arched bridge which happened to also have a lovely backdrop and great clouds in the sky.

Pavla from Saint James City, United States

aaahh, it's perfect to me :)

26 Jul 2008 3:45pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

wonderful job, this dramatic composition is perfect, the light in the bottom drive us to the center of the picture on the bridge for a complete overview

26 Jul 2008 3:54pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Like a painting... wonderful work!!!

26 Jul 2008 5:14pm

SKHallisey from Montreal, Canada

great landscape

26 Jul 2008 10:43pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Landscapes like this come to my mind when I'm thinking of the Shire in Tolkien's Lord of the rings or similar books. Just great!

26 Jul 2008 11:53pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful picture, very pleasant to look at and go all around.

27 Jul 2008 3:34am

Quinn from Canada

Between your photo's beautifully balanced composition and Vincent's comment, I sense that I may have learned something very important, though it may take me a great long while before I can put it into practice. Thank you...

27 Jul 2008 4:58am

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Panama City, Panama

This is a beautiful photo Ian, fantastic landscape!

27 Jul 2008 10:32am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Another idilic landscape. I like the way the lines of the background hills and the arch of the bridge are an inversion of each other, drawing my eye to the center of the photograph. Well done.

30 Jul 2008 7:22am

Nikon D40
1/640 second
F/8.0
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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