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Morecambe Bay

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

This photo was taken at the same time as the one I posted yesterday and shows a team of professional cockle fishermen collecting cockles by hand from the dangerous sands of Morecambe Bay in NW England.

NIKON D40 1/1250 second F/4.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Marie from Isère, France

I love it ! composition, colours, all.

28 Nov 2008 6:35am

@Marie: Thanks Marie!

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Good composition, fine atmosphere!

28 Nov 2008 6:41am

@Stefan: Thanks Stefan!

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Beautiful colors and lighting and a great compo. The framing is a good choice, makes the colors stand out even more. Fantastic shot!

28 Nov 2008 7:10am

@Monique: Thanks Monique!

One from Açores, Portugal

An extraordinary sky !!

28 Nov 2008 7:12am

@One: Thanks very much....we had one of the biggest rainstorms I've ever seen about 20 minutes after I took this photo!

Vink from Grasse - French riviera, France

Marvelous light on the beach and superb perspective ! Congratulations ! Always a great work Ian !

28 Nov 2008 7:58am

@Vink: Thanks very much Vink!

Reiner from Brensbach, Germany

You have captured this seemingly endless vastness wonderfully. And the dark clouds which brighten to the edges intensify this impression. Stunning photo, Ian.

28 Nov 2008 8:13am

@Reiner: Thanks Reiner!....the 10-20 wide angle lens I was using was the key to capturing some sense of the scale of the place but Morecambe Bay is vast covering an area of over 300 km².

When the tide comes in it moves so fast that you can't run fast enough enough in the soft sand to keep up with it, so it's a very dangerous place if you don't know what you are doing.

Frida from Sweden

Perfect, the composition, the colours, lights and everything really. But I have to look up what they are collecting as I have never heard that word before :-)

28 Nov 2008 9:13am

@Frida: Thanks Frida....cockles are a local delicacy in NW England but these ones are probably destined for the export market.

SKHallisey from Montreal, Canada

wow i really like this picture, it has a sebastaio salgado feel to it. what makes those sands dangerous?

28 Nov 2008 9:19am

@SKHallisey: Thanks....I'll need to look him up as my ignorance of things photographic can be profound at times.

Morecambe bay is a huge area of tidal sand and mudflats and is dangerous because of way the tide comes in quicker than people can run. Also channels in the sand mean that the tide can come in around behind you without you being aware of it.

Wiki link to the 2004 tragedy:

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

An all time favourite!

28 Nov 2008 9:31am

@Ted: Thanks Ted!

Pawel Swinarski from Warsaw, Poland

beautiful colors and wide view. I like it very much

28 Nov 2008 11:14am

@Pawel Swinarski: Thanks Pawel!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Ian...did you get my message...check your email?

28 Nov 2008 11:16am

@Ted: I did get the message...thanks very much Ted!

That Express one in particular looked very interesting and I'll need to think about what would be a suitable image to enter as I've got so many photos from the coast.

thierry from conde sur noireau, France

i love your black and white photograph, but this photograph in colors is FABULOUS !!!!!

28 Nov 2008 11:59am

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent. Just excellent. The light is perfect and the colors stunning. One of my day's favourites

28 Nov 2008 12:02pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

As always, fantastic composition and superb processing... this is a worthwhile addition to your "Morecambe Bay" series!!
How time flies, it's like yesterday that I was enjoying this wonderful series but actually it's almost a year ago... Cheers, Hugo

28 Nov 2008 12:15pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

as dangerous as Mont Saint Michel, If I indeed understand ! very beautiful light and pespective !

28 Nov 2008 12:23pm

Polydactyle from Montréal, Canada

Grea too in color!

28 Nov 2008 1:20pm

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

Love the sense of scale, and the lines in the sand drawing us in...

28 Nov 2008 2:33pm

Cheryl from Texas, United States

your perspective and composition make this image special. excellent work

28 Nov 2008 2:46pm

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

I echo the comments made before me - absolutely stunning!

28 Nov 2008 2:49pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

Fascinating image. It looks like lonely, rather unpleasant work there. Great wide angle effect.

28 Nov 2008 7:37pm

Russ Devan from New Hanover, United States

Gorgeous light and composition. I love the long, flat look of that beach. Very beautiful image.

28 Nov 2008 8:33pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Stunning as always.

28 Nov 2008 11:59pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is really excellent work. It has it all. Beautiful light, perspective, composition, the works!

29 Nov 2008 4:50am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Beautiful, crisp photograph. I like your use of light and the subtle vanishing point created by the tire tracks.

29 Nov 2008 7:55am

Jean-François from les issambres, France

magic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE all the photogaphies !!!!!!!!!!!!!! .....

and your 10/20 sigma .........

I have also a D300 nikon ..... but I don't know if the sigma is compatible .......



JF :)

29 Nov 2008 10:32am

Himera from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Excellent composition and beautiful colors...perfect shot!!

29 Nov 2008 6:36pm

Jeffster from Long Island, United States

I likethe triangular composition on the bottom leading to the fishermen in yellow Interesting blue sky as well.

30 Nov 2008 5:39am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Splendid image and document of this hard work of the "mariscadores". The wide angle gives a great intensity of depth to the sand anf sky. Colors are very good also.
I'm happy to repeat my praiseworthy words day after day :))

30 Nov 2008 6:40am

sorter from tehran, Iran

such a beautiful shot from you like others !

30 Nov 2008 3:48pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

wow what a great shot feels like the bay goes on forever just beautiful

1 Dec 2008 3:44am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful picture. Orange and blue is a nice combination of colors.

5 Dec 2008 10:35am

Bonj from Jefferson City, United States

Great clarity. Nice shot.

17 Dec 2008 5:41pm

1/1250 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)