First Light

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 8 December 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A photo from Morecambe Bay in NW England taken in the hour after dawn.

With the sand still wet from a sudden rainstorm and the ebbing tide, the land and sea seemed to blend into one vast landscape.

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

For purchasing high quality archival prints of any of these photos you can send me an email by clicking here or by going to my website Ian Bramham - Fine Art Photography where prices are listed in the gallery sections under each individual photo.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Beautiful colors and lighting in this serene looking landscape.

8 Dec 2008 5:18am

@Monique: Thanks Monique...the light was truly beautiful that morning!

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, United States

Lovely minimalist scene.

8 Dec 2008 6:29am

@Suzanne: Thanks Suzanne!

thierry from conde sur noireau, France

i like it !!!!!

8 Dec 2008 6:31am

@thierry: Thanks Thierry!

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Panama City, Panama

Fine Art, love the minimalism here!

8 Dec 2008 6:40am

@Alfredo J. Martiz J.: Thanks Alfredo....it's not very often that I try a 'high key' photo but I was pleased with the way this turned out!

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

I love zen composition and light colours !

8 Dec 2008 8:51am

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Reminds me that taking a photo actually means painting with light. Very beautiful.

8 Dec 2008 9:14am

@MadScientist: Thanks. Yes, I was very lucky with the light that morning. I had two tries at capturing it....this was from the second attempt using a 2 stop nd grad filter in front of the lens which allowed me to equalize the brightness between sky and land. The photos that I took without the filter were no good.

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent! Il like it!

8 Dec 2008 10:50am

@mo.langel: Thanks very much!

Florence from Paris, France

Wonderful photography... I love the tracks in the sand... horizon looks so far... a very powerful image !

8 Dec 2008 12:16pm

@Florence: Thanks Florence.....I was glad that I had a wide angle lens to photograph this scene and give some idea of the huge scale of Morecambe Bay.

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It's an incredible beauty you have made in this picture. And the kind of whites, splendid.

8 Dec 2008 12:24pm

@Paco Díaz: Thanks Paco!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Quite nice. The detail is good; the simplicity is amazing.

8 Dec 2008 12:46pm

@Viewfinder: Thanks.....the place really as big and empty as it looks on this photo!

Barmak from Karaj, Iran

A minimal photo. I like it.

8 Dec 2008 1:29pm

@Barmak: Thanks very much Barmak!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Very nice simple composition. I love the patterns in the sand. Nice tonal range too...subtle.

8 Dec 2008 1:54pm

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie....it was nice to try something a little different.

Loretta from San Mateo, United States

Beautiful beach. The white sand is wonderful and just a little black from the wood make your eye wonder away from the sand. Good job

8 Dec 2008 2:38pm

@Loretta: Thanks Loretta!

Frida from Sweden

Just beautiful, I love the horizon far away. Lovely composition!

8 Dec 2008 2:56pm

@Frida: Thanks Frida!

sorter from tehran, Iran

simple .

8 Dec 2008 3:07pm

@sorter: Thanks very much!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What an unusual "bright" image from you... yet the atmosphere is so remarkable!! Yes, it's amazingly vast!

8 Dec 2008 4:07pm

@hugo poon: Thanks Hugo....I don't do many 'high key' photos so it was nice to give it a try on this one. Although I used the 10-20 wide angle lens, I don't think I've exaggerated the scale of the bay as it is a vast, impressive and beautiful empty space.

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Gorgeous work, Ian, with fabulous processing.

8 Dec 2008 6:03pm

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks very much Michael!

Polydactyle from Montréal, Canada

EXCELLENT! Everething is perfect: colors, composition, lines,...I said perfect!

8 Dec 2008 9:39pm

@Polydactyle: Thanks very much Polydactyle!

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

Really elegant. Well observed.

8 Dec 2008 10:41pm

@Daryl: Thanks Daryl!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

the simplicity is beautiful!

8 Dec 2008 11:30pm

Fotosco from France

Zen and peacefull photography. Nice composition and exposure!

8 Dec 2008 11:31pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Beautiful monotone and depth!

9 Dec 2008 2:33am

Marzia from ., Italy

what to say...perfect!!

9 Dec 2008 10:57am

Cheryl from Texas, United States

very nice minimalistic scene, makes me wonder about the sunrise colours?

9 Dec 2008 11:35am

Turnbill from Maine, United States

A nice muted feeling to this one. Such a delicate sky. Well done.

9 Dec 2008 11:56am

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Wow, perfect composition and toning! Great image!

9 Dec 2008 5:56pm

Robert from Kingsville, Canada

This is one of your best , imho . Well done .

9 Dec 2008 11:13pm

Nikon D40
1/800 second
F/4.2
ISO 200
16 mm (35mm equiv.)

Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook Share this photo on Google+ Share this photo on StumbleUpon