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Power and Smoke

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 6 November 2008 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

A long exposure photo of a power station in Yorkshire.

NIKON D40 243/2 seconds F/9.0 ISO 200 142 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I like this composition also, but I prefer the one of yesterday.
Great series.

6 Nov 2008 6:55am

@Paco Díaz: Thanks Paco!

jkjond from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

A curious contraflow, the plume on the left going against the other three, yet has a deeper shadow area that leads the rest.

The sooty values, high contrast and dynamic composition work so well with this subject. Very Brandt.

6 Nov 2008 8:06am

@jkjond: Thanks John.... but I'd have said it was very John Leech rather than Bill Brandt :-)

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Appears as the smokes fight each other. Great shot. I also like the grain.

6 Nov 2008 8:21am

@yz: Thanks yz!

Florence from Paris, France

Love the frame and grainy aspect of you picture ! Well done !

6 Nov 2008 8:28am

@Florence: Thanks Florence!

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

As usual, a fine composition combined with exquisite attention to how a frame might look over a long exposure.

6 Nov 2008 11:24am

@GJC: Thanks GJC!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Interesting to see the clouds flowing in different directions. A beautiful and enigmatic shot.

6 Nov 2008 11:55am

@MadScientist: Thanks!

thierry from conde sur noireau, France

fabulous black and white !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 Nov 2008 12:18pm

@thierry: Thanks Thierry!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

You have such exciting new ways or processing photos, the solidity of the smoke is fabulous!

6 Nov 2008 12:21pm

@Lorraine: Thanks's always great to experiment with new ways of processing photos - especially the ones in B&W.

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Wow, beautiful composition and excellent b/w as usual. Like the high contrast here.

6 Nov 2008 12:23pm

@Giovanni: Thanks Giovanni !

jkjond from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

"Thanks John.... but I'd have said it was very John Leech rather than Bill Brandt :-)"

I wish it was! If I compiled a top ten of your shots, then this would quite likely make the top 3, and once side by side it may do better than that.

Tell you what, try reprocessing the Anglican Cathedral with NX, I'd be interested to see how you interpret that so many months on.

6 Nov 2008 12:49pm

@jkjond: I very nearly binned this one in frustration. I must have tried processing it at least 3 or 4 different times but wasn't at all happy with the result until I came up with this heavy one.

As for the Anglican cathedral one I'd decided to have another go in NX2 with that one for the the Nikon photo competition....I'm pretty sure it'll end up more contrasty than last time.

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Hi Ian... such a dramatic image. I love how the smoke fights each other in the wind, and the grain adds to the character of the subject very well.

6 Nov 2008 1:41pm

@IanSmith: Thanks Ian!....sorry I didn't get a chance to reply the other day to your comment on the 'dying light' comment but I fully intend hanging on to both ears :-)

LGB from Portugal

The grain emphasizes its drama. Another great one!

6 Nov 2008 1:59pm

@LGB: Thanks LGB...I'm pleased that you liked the graininess of the photo!

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

The drama in this photo is beyond belief! I love the way you have made the grain work for you, for texture, detail and power!

6 Nov 2008 2:15pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks Sharon....i'm really pleased that you liked it!

sorter from tehran, Iran

yes ,
you are ... how you ......... man you did it , i cant say anything and .......yes
thank you , for this shot

6 Nov 2008 2:33pm

@sorter: I think I got that...thanks Sorter!

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

That grain is wonderful...

6 Nov 2008 2:35pm

@Daryl: Thanks Daryl!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Very dramatic image. Well done.

6 Nov 2008 3:02pm

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie!

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent work Ian

6 Nov 2008 5:21pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Dramatic b/w shot, well taken.

6 Nov 2008 6:10pm

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

I love the grain!

6 Nov 2008 8:48pm

Polydactyle from Montréal, Canada

Great one! texture and compo are so great! Nice subject.

6 Nov 2008 10:06pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent capture - very artistic and imginative! i like how you used the contrast very well for this b&w composition...

7 Nov 2008 12:36am

Suzanne Cummings from Huntington Bch, United States

Very effective...especially the grain.

7 Nov 2008 1:18am

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

A good shot Ian with the accent of dark grain and turbulance, my favourite is yesterday's ;)

7 Nov 2008 3:25am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

The noise in this just adds an amazing dimension. Brilliant b/w work, Ian.

7 Nov 2008 4:38am

Barbara from Florida, United States

The complete series of images you have here are pieces of art. They are powerful. The B&W adds to their bold statement.

7 Nov 2008 4:43am

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

just hauntingly beautiful!!! looks like i have some catch up work to see of yours -- this series is just fantastic!!

7 Nov 2008 4:52am

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

I love the heavy grain and wonderful tones. Excellent.

15 Nov 2008 6:52am

firdaus from Bogor, Indonesia

a true of bw, great job bos :)

16 May 2009 2:52pm

Will from Gainesville, United States the grain :)

21 Nov 2013 4:15pm

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243/2 seconds
ISO 200
142 mm (35mm equiv.)