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Southport Pier

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 2 December 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A long exposure photo of Southport Pier.

The strong vignette is a result of stacking two neutral density filters in front of my wide angle lens.

NIKON D40 1202/5 second F/4.5 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Marie from Isère, France

Très belle perspective, un beau nb

2 Dec 2008 10:51am

@Marie: Thanks Marie. (nb sounds much nicer than B&W :-)

sorter from tehran, Iran

i know you cant understand the first word but ... a question : have you seen GHOST DOG ?
do you remember the relationship between GHOST DOG and REYMON ?
thats all ...

2 Dec 2008 11:22am

@sorter: Hi Sorter!

No, you've lost me again but I googled 'Ghost Dog' and read the Wiki article about it. I'm still no wiser but guess you are talking about communication and the need for the verbal variety.

I try not to analyse my photos too much.

Have you seen Guillermina's photos? She's one of my favourite photographers here on Aminus3 although our photography is quite different.

You may be kindred spirits:

Frida from Sweden

I like the effect you have created here. Well captured!

2 Dec 2008 11:49am

@Frida: Thanks Frida!

Florence from Paris, France

Just another one of your perfect picture Ian ! A very professionnal post-processing.

2 Dec 2008 12:15pm

@Florence: Thanks Florence!

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

I like the perspective and the long exposure effect ! always well done by you ! do you use two filters at the same time ? ND4 & ND8 I think ?

2 Dec 2008 12:28pm

@Anna.C: Hi Anna,

Yes, I used 2 nd filters stacked on top of each other for this one although it's not ideal with such an extreme wide angle lens. The ones I used were a ND10 and a ND6 (giving a total of 16 stops)

The stacked nd filters work much better on my normal lenses (16-85vr and 70-300vr)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Here the b/w is really effective, very sharp image. The perspecty is really beautiful.

2 Dec 2008 1:01pm

@Paco Díaz: Thanks Paco!

Jeffster from Long Island, United States

The strong vignetting works so well in this image. Beautiful tones, and well composed.

2 Dec 2008 1:10pm

@Jeffster: Thanks Jeffster!

Faëlle from Lyon, France

Superbe cliché! Quel point de vue!

2 Dec 2008 1:16pm

@Faëlle: Thanks Faëlle!

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Beautiful work Ian! The drama in this image is so incredible! Another stunner!

2 Dec 2008 1:46pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks Sharon!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is stunning. I actually like the drama that the heavy vignette adds to this shot.

2 Dec 2008 2:31pm

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie....the vignette was a lucky accidental byproduct of stacking filters in front of such a wide angle lens.

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

great work!

2 Dec 2008 2:41pm

@shoti: Thanks Shoti!

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Stunning perspective and wonderful b/w toning! Great image!!

2 Dec 2008 3:01pm

@Giovanni: Thanks Giovanni!

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Superb! Fantastic perspective. BRAVO!!!!!

2 Dec 2008 3:21pm

@Rui: Thanks Rui!

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Beautiful! The vignetting adds a lot to it.

2 Dec 2008 3:58pm

@yz: Thanks vz!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Another superb pic with that Ian's signature!:-) Both the strong vignettea and long exposure effect are adding to the atmosphere of the image...

2 Dec 2008 4:05pm

@hugo poon: Thanks Hugo....I have mixed feelings about vignettes in photos as they can be distracting sometimes when they are overdone. In this case however, I didn't have a choice.

missparis from PARIS, France

Vraiment splendide cette photo.

2 Dec 2008 7:12pm

@missparis: Thanks very much Veronique!

Sergei Z from Turi, Estonia

Outstanding image! Good composition. Such images I can watch for hours.

2 Dec 2008 8:33pm

@Sergei Z: Thanks Sergei...that's very kind of you.

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

impressionnant !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRAVO .........

2 Dec 2008 9:09pm

@Jean-François: Thanks Jean-François!

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

Beautifully dramatic image. Love the perspective and tonality.

2 Dec 2008 10:04pm

@Suzanne: Thanks Suzanne!

Tom from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Lovely shot.

3 Dec 2008 12:29am

@Tom: Cheers Tom!

Polydactyle from Montréal, Canada

Beautiful b/w shot. I loves the lines and your vignettage. Bravo again.

3 Dec 2008 1:55am

@Polydactyle: Thanks very much!

Loretta from San Mateo, United States

Great shot. I think what I really like about this is the shadow on the side that leads you to the light and the bridge. Keep up the good work.

3 Dec 2008 2:06am

@Loretta: Thanks Loretta....I wasn't sure what to do about the extent of that shadow.....I'm glad I left it in now!

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Great PoV and I like the vignetting in this photo, it creates even more depth in the picture.
Btw ... how do I read the shutterspeed, it's such a strange value?

3 Dec 2008 5:06am

@Monique: Thanks Monique!

The shutter speed exif is read as a simple mathematical fraction:
1202/5 is the same as 1202 seconds divided by 5

answer = 241 seconds or 4 minutes and 1 second (my target exposure was 4 minutes but I was slightly out!)

I used 2 stacked neutral density filters giving me a combined 16 stops of shutter speed reduction in order to take this photo. It's something I've been trying a lot recently as it's a process which has caught my imagination - it feels like photographing time itself.

thierry from conde sur noireau, France

a great n&b worthy of the greatest photographers

3 Dec 2008 7:33am

@thierry: Thanks Thierry.....that's very kind of you.

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

This light is so wonderful, really a fantastic image!

3 Dec 2008 8:42am

@Nina: Thanks Nina!

Vink from Grasse - French riviera, France

Une ligne qui semble se perdre vers l'horizon ! C'est très beau !

3 Dec 2008 8:43am

@Vink: Thanks Vink!

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

cracking shot, very good work

3 Dec 2008 10:28pm

@Alun Lambert: Thanks Alun!

Betsy Barron from Glenmoore, United States

gorgeous processing - love it!

4 Dec 2008 10:44am

@Betsy Barron: Thanks Betsy!

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

You have done a top job.

7 Dec 2008 1:31am

Fotosco from France

You give strength and power to your photo. It's really interesting and instructive. I realy like visitng your photoblog.

8 Dec 2008 11:36pm

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

A Bramham classic. Beautiful perspective, toning and processing.

22 Feb 2009 2:38pm

1202/5 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)