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"The Dying of the Light"

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 3 November 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

A 9 minute long exposure of the bridge that connects the Île de Ré with La Rochelle. It was taken at dusk.

NIKON D40 5433/10 second F/8.0 ISO 200 28 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

This picture is probably one of the best pictures I ever seen.

3 Nov 2008 7:43am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana....I only discovered this photo last week amongst the dozens that I took of this bridge when I was there in the summer on holiday with my family.

I was very pleased in the way that it's turned out and think it's a lot better than the other two photos of it that I posted recently.

I tried to get a good long exposure photo on several evenings but it's a very difficult thing to judge correctly at dusk as you have to decide on the exposure time when the light levels are changing by the minute.

Pixim from Nice, France

I like a lot, your framing is excellent, and i like the light. Bravo ;)

3 Nov 2008 7:51am

@Pixim: Thanks Pixim!

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very good framing and light. This photo is really wonderful.

3 Nov 2008 8:11am

@Paco Díaz: Thanks Paco (and thanks for the vote of confidence at VFXY!)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I rated 10/10 your VFXY blog

3 Nov 2008 8:12am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

This is maybe my favourite one of this subject. I like the subtle bluish tone. Perfect composition.

3 Nov 2008 8:28am

@yz: Thanks yz!

Ian from Adelaide, Australia

Really like the smooth sky & water.

3 Nov 2008 8:35am

@Ian: Cheers Ian!

Mehdi from Sydney, Australia

That's a great photo! Well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 Nov 2008 10:06am

@Mehdi: Thanks Mehdi!

*Rich* from Stafford, United Kingdom

Wow, that picture is stunning.
The water looks like glass.

3 Nov 2008 10:07am

@*Rich*: Thanks Rich....yes, the long exposure has that kind of effect on water. I have other versions of this photo taken without the very long exposure and they don't look at all the same due to the waves on the sea.

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Panama City, Panama

This is fantastic, the composition, tones, smoothness, everything, great work!

3 Nov 2008 10:42am

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

bm from Budapest, Hungary

this is just terrific...

3 Nov 2008 10:50am

@bm: Thanks bm!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very elegant, it looks like a computer-generated rendering. Excellent!

3 Nov 2008 10:52am

@MadScientist: Thanks....there's actually very little processing on this but I know what you mean. The long exposure can render scenes in quite an ethereal way can't it.

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

Simply ethereal, Ian.

3 Nov 2008 10:57am

@Eric Fry: Thanks Eric!

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

Soft, cool and elegant.

3 Nov 2008 11:29am

zOOm from Paris, France

Perfect composition and great tone too.

3 Nov 2008 12:01pm

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

As usual, a stunning photo both in composition and execution.

3 Nov 2008 12:16pm

sorter from tehran, Iran


3 Nov 2008 12:24pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Just one word Ian, perfect!!!!!

3 Nov 2008 12:55pm

Marie from Isère, France

Fabulous ! perfect shot.

3 Nov 2008 1:04pm

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Hi Ian... I totally agree with everyone - simple perfection.
Please don't cut off your ear :-)

3 Nov 2008 1:31pm

Marzia from Italy, Italy

I'm out of words...perfect!!

3 Nov 2008 2:30pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

ahhh I echo everyone it's the most lovely, unusual illuminated photo I've seen, it's enchanting and new and fresh and perfect

3 Nov 2008 2:46pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Fantastic futuristic shot, the exposure and tone is balanced across the whole frame, top work. It's got 5 stars from me Ian.

3 Nov 2008 3:09pm

Shuva Brata Deb from Hyderabad, India

This is top class processing.

3 Nov 2008 3:18pm

linus. from Singapore, Singapore

wow this is absolutely gorgeous. i loove it. the lighting the tones the framing. everything

3 Nov 2008 3:48pm

Mariska from Stellenbosch, South Africa

what a magical photo!

3 Nov 2008 4:00pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Stellar image! Gorgeous.

3 Nov 2008 4:10pm

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Truly magnificent, Ian ... I love the limited range of tones and, yet, there is such depth and drama!

3 Nov 2008 4:30pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Probably the best of this bridge serie... magical, futuristic... wonderful rendering... for me, a spotlight, without hesitation... 5 stars...

3 Nov 2008 4:48pm

Suzanne Cummings from Huntington Bch, United States

Oh my goodness, this is exquisite. Your work reminds me a lot of that of Michael Kenna who is my very favorite photographer.

3 Nov 2008 5:53pm

Frida from Sweden

Exceptional photo. I love the bluish tone. This is one of my favorites.

3 Nov 2008 6:03pm

Reiner from Brensbach, Germany

The clear composition and the transitions and reflections are stunning! One of my favorites.

3 Nov 2008 6:21pm

Steph from France

Hi Ian ! This picture is purely superb and I have chills. Awesome ! Bye !

3 Nov 2008 7:20pm

Kaneabel from London, United Kingdom

That's a stunning picture, Ian. I love the soft tones. Also, the long exposure has give a wonderful smoothness to the water!

3 Nov 2008 8:09pm

peter from new york, United States

wow. stunning shot. great work ian!!!

3 Nov 2008 9:14pm

Anna.C from France

I live in La Rochelle, so I do appreciate this beautiful picture of our famous bridge ! good effect of the long exposure ! well done !

3 Nov 2008 10:35pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom


3 Nov 2008 10:35pm

Polydactyle from Montréal, Canada

The return of this bridge. This is the best one! In my favorite VFXY

3 Nov 2008 11:53pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

very simple. nice.

4 Nov 2008 3:06am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

wow this is stunning, beautifully composed, wonderful lighting throughout, an amazing super long exposure, your work is inspiring for us beginners, have added you as a favorite on here and VFXY so I can continue to be inspired

4 Nov 2008 3:20am

Sangram from Mumbai, India

i have always been keen to looking forward to ur phtots and this one is no different. just brilliant i would say. looking forward to more stunners... :)

4 Nov 2008 3:58am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

As I say to my friend Roberta when I run out of superlatives.... supercalifragilistickexpialidocious.

4 Nov 2008 4:59am

missparis from paris, France

Excellent work, it is really magnificent !

4 Nov 2008 8:28am

Carlos Lorenzo from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent perspective and light.

4 Nov 2008 1:07pm

joshi daniel from India

nice shot!

4 Nov 2008 1:27pm

Laurent from Lyon, France

wonderful picture. Even better than the same one you posted a few time ago (as far as I can remember)

4 Nov 2008 3:21pm

Nocturama from Barcelona, Spain

Gran trabajo!!!

4 Nov 2008 3:25pm

Eleftheria! from Athens, Greece

Perfect! 5 stars from me!

4 Nov 2008 4:31pm

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

That is, hands down, the best night shot that I have seen in a very long time. You have reminded me that I have to start taking more care with photography.

4 Nov 2008 4:36pm

NJ & SB Photography from Spain

hola Ian, gracias por pasar yo hace mucho que no te comentaba pero sigo tu trabajo y esta foto es una de mis favoritas, es una maravilla, exposición perfecta, buen trabajo!!

4 Nov 2008 5:12pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Outstanding, Stunning, Excellent, what words are left for the magnificent image.
The simplicity, the sleek lines and smoothness of the image.
Like the first comment, it is the best I have seen.
I can only imagine how many prints of this could be sold. A new classic for sure.
Your caption says 10 minute exposure. Did you mean 10 seconds?

4 Nov 2008 5:17pm

@Barbara: Thanks Barbara.....checking the exif listed at the side of the photo tells me it was actually a 9 minute long exposure (not 10 minutes and certainly not 10 seconds! )

It took me about a week of photographing this bridge at dusk to get this shot as most of the others had the wrong exposure or there was an unexpected thunderstorm or my tripod got moved by the incoming many things can go wrong with these types of long exposure photos - especially if you are inexperienced at it like me!

Barbara from Florida, United States

Thank you for clarifying the exif data. I see no inexperience with this image.
Well worth the challenge to capture it.

4 Nov 2008 6:22pm

Reza from Montreal, Canada

Wow! This is fascinating shot! The composition is Wonderful and long exposure gives the picture a magical softness. Gret job indeed.

5 Nov 2008 2:07am

rhys from United Kingdom

pretty astounding!

5 Nov 2008 12:42pm

m a r t a from Spain

Wonderful work Ian. Beautiful long exposure, very elegant and minimalistic.

10 Nov 2008 6:28pm

jotabe from Toulouse, France

Amazing light and color ! Good work and patience for this about 10min shot ;D
Great blog, coolphotoblog voted !!

19 Nov 2008 2:55pm

giovanni from Italy

this shot is at the top!!!!

19 Nov 2008 10:36pm

Jim (365,000 words) from Hunnebostrand, Sweden

Wow. Just great exposure.

10 Dec 2008 10:40am

Diane Chesnel from Rueil malmaison, France

Fantastic! We want to follow this curve up to the end of the world. Magic sweetness.

28 Dec 2009 8:21pm

Chocomatic from bruwerpen, Belgium

9 min damm you have patience :D amazing photo great work

20 Feb 2010 7:43pm

singapore corporate photography from singapore, Singapore

this is beautiful! it's so smooth!

26 May 2010 3:11am

guillaume from France

Excellent ! Love it !

12 Nov 2010 10:57am

Michael from Sete, France

very fine photography, execellent handling of the light conditions, great perspective and view, love it!

12 Feb 2011 7:55am

Russell from United States

nice shot, well done again.

10 Jul 2011 2:02am

Will from Gainesville, United States

great shot!

2 Oct 2012 5:43pm

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France


2 Dec 2012 11:29pm

L'alchimie des maîtres de lumière et d'o from Angers, France

bravo pour ce pont

18 Nov 2013 2:47pm

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

Absolutely wonderful...I love the endless circular perspective getting lost in the depth of the darkness, and the aspect of the picture, so soft.

18 Nov 2013 8:58pm

Clipping Path from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mind blowing! Nice capture

11 Jan 2016 11:13am

5433/10 second
ISO 200
28 mm (35mm equiv.)