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Sea Marker, Liverpool Bay

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 26 January 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Edit: I've swopped the original square crop version of this photo for the unaltered 3:2 format that my camera produced as I prefer the top of the sky which is visible in this version.

The unusual light is a product of the stormy weather and the long 3 minute long exposure.

It was very windy on the coast with storm clouds rapidly moving in from the bottom of the frame and obscuring the lighter clouds higher in the sky to give this unusual effect.

When we were kids we used to swim out to this marker - not something I'd try these days even though the Mersey estuary is a lot cleaner these days.

NIKON D40 181 second F/5.6 ISO 200 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

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bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Beautiful work Ian. I really like the tones, strong and soft. A sense of quiet, only the sound of he gulls...

26 Jan 2009 5:23am

@bluechameleon: Thanks Sharon!

613photo from DALLAS, United States

Awesome. Very unusual looking. I love how it seems like there's a spotlight on it.

Could be a different planet.

26 Jan 2009 6:43am

@613photo: Thanks!....I'm getting a little more experienced with these long exposures but they are never easy.

Marie LC from Voiron, France


26 Jan 2009 6:49am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

Jim (365,000 words) from Hunnebostrand, Sweden

It seems a tiny bit dark in places, but it's a very striking scene and composition.

26 Jan 2009 7:49am

@Jim (365,000 words): Thanks Jim....I sometimes go very dark with these type of images but perception of these things often depends on how each individuals computer screen is calibrated.

missparis from PARIS, France

Simple, épuré, très très beau

26 Jan 2009 8:25am

@missparis: 'Thanks' seems inadequate after 'très très beau' but thank you all the same :-)

Frida from Sweden

I love this picture, it seams a bit melancholy but the light in the background lifts the mood a bit.

26 Jan 2009 8:41am

@Frida: beauty sometimes has a hint of melancholy doesn't it.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

That’s simply stunning!

26 Jan 2009 9:13am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!...maybe I'm getting better at these long exposure photographs...that's a nice thought :-)

christian from France

Cette photo est très belle, et ton blog recel de magnifiques images
Bonne journée

26 Jan 2009 9:29am

@christian: That's very kind of you!....I'm really pleased that you like the photo and the blog.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Basic, simple, powerful.

26 Jan 2009 10:19am

@MadScientist: Thanks very much!

Cheryl from Texas, United States

wow....very beautiful. that long exposure is awsome

26 Jan 2009 1:04pm

@Cheryl: Thanks Cheryl!

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Great capture Ian!

26 Jan 2009 1:35pm

@IanSmith: Thanks Ian....I've been looking at that sea marker most of my life but this was the first time I've tried photographing it.

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

Eerie, striking image...

26 Jan 2009 1:52pm

@Daryl: Thanks Daryl!

Faon from Strasbourg, France

This is an amazing collection of pictures in your portfolio ! Extremly good work ...

26 Jan 2009 2:02pm

@Faon: Thanks Faon....I'm glad you like the photos!

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Magnifiquement épuré! Très beau travail!

26 Jan 2009 2:43pm

@mo.langel: Thanks!...good photography should be about the essence of things .

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A beautiful top quality image, Ian.

26 Jan 2009 4:49pm

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks Michael!

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Simply fantastic. A simple but yet powerful image.

26 Jan 2009 5:23pm

@Rui: Thanks.....I don't always get it right but I always try for simplicity whenever I can.

JWS from Flensburg, Germany

A very great picture! The presentation of the sea marker in the middle is well done! The dramatic clouds give atmosphere. Well done!
Take care!

26 Jan 2009 6:20pm

@JWS: Thanks very much JWS!

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

very striking

26 Jan 2009 6:24pm

@Daniel: Thanks Daniel!

Pascale from france, France

i like it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

26 Jan 2009 6:51pm

@Pascale: Thanks Pascale!

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Simplicity and symmetry make this image a special one. Really good!

26 Jan 2009 7:58pm

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko!....I always try for simplicity and directness in my photos even if I'm not always successful.

Darrius from Cardiff By The Sea, United States

love the tone and seeming simplicity.

26 Jan 2009 9:10pm

@Darrius: Thanks Darrius!'s funny isn't it how hard it can be to achieve simplicity in photography.

drum from carcavelos, Portugal

amazing light indeed
well done

26 Jan 2009 10:01pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Très beau

26 Jan 2009 10:25pm

alex centrella from California, United States

perfection !

27 Jan 2009 12:41am

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Great minmalist compo and the atmosphere is always perfect! Very nice job with lighting. Bravo!

27 Jan 2009 1:09am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Just another masterpiece my friend!!!

27 Jan 2009 6:36am

Addey Kehinde from London, United Kingdom


27 Jan 2009 7:43pm

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

This very beautiful photo, Ian! The marker in a spot light is magical and the very long exposure creates the painted look here.

29 Jan 2009 3:38pm

181 second
ISO 200
105 mm (35mm equiv.)