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Lake Windermere at Dawn

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 2 March 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A wooden jetty at first light on Lake Windermere a couple of weekends ago.

This was taken during a 12 hour photoshoot in the English Lake District with John Leech. He's now joined us at Aminus3 and you can find him here: John Leech


I've decided to have another go at the 'Cool Photoblogs' annual competition this year so I'd appreciate a vote from any of you who like my blog and who feel up to going through the registration process:

NIKON D40 1/2 second F/11.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Now this is a classic image. Nicely presented too.

2 Mar 2009 6:52am

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

This looks slightly darker and moodier than the flickr version. Is it a different version, or is it a trick of the backgrounds? At first sight I preferred this one, though licking between the two the flickr one does feel a little richer in detail so I'd favour that one.

You'll now say that they are identical!

2 Mar 2009 8:50am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

j'adore les pontons qui nous projettent dans l'image ! très beau cadrage

2 Mar 2009 9:03am

Darietto from Milan, Italy

Your photos are wonderful, great perspective and use of contrast...
I've seen all your portfolio and i must say that you've great eye.
I'll be frequent visitor!

2 Mar 2009 9:08am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

Jeff, John, Anna and Darietto.....thanks for the comments!.....for some reason Aminus3 is not letting me post direct responses at the moment....hopefully the problem will sort itself out later.

John....yes, it's exactly the same image :-)
Perhaps the differently coloured background makes a difference?

2 Mar 2009 9:29am

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Beautiful! I wonder what it would have looked like from a lower perspective, but I'm sure that you picked the right composition in the end as this photo of Windermere looks stunning.

2 Mar 2009 10:10am

@Hoshisato: Thanks Hoshisato!....I wish now that I'd tried photographing this from futher back with a telephoto lens to see what difference that made to the composition.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Nice composition and b & w

2 Mar 2009 10:52am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

missparis from PARIS, France

Toujours de très jolies compositions

2 Mar 2009 10:53am

@missparis: Thanks missparis!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

love it - absolutely love it!

2 Mar 2009 11:01am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thanks Sharon!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

One of those that would fall into the anals of having same trouble responding to individual comments!

2 Mar 2009 11:22am

@Lorraine: Thanks for your note about the problem Lorraine....I'm pleased to see it's fixed now and seems a quicker process than before, so maybe improvements were being made to the system.


very nice

2 Mar 2009 12:51pm

@MOHAMMAD: Thanks Mohammad!

Cheryl from Texas, United States

good one Ian! the perspective is terrific!

2 Mar 2009 2:45pm

@Cheryl: Thanks Cheryl...I had reservations about the perspective distortion.

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

A fine composition and toning. Thanks for reminding me on a trip to the Lake District a few years ago.

2 Mar 2009 4:43pm

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko....I hope it brought back happy memories!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

It looks like a beautiful spot.

2 Mar 2009 4:50pm

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie!.....yes, Windermere is a very beautiful place, especially in the quiet of dawn like this.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Yes, another b&w classic... love the perspective and tone. So glad that John is here at last.:-)

2 Mar 2009 4:53pm

@hugo poon: Thanks Hugo! Yes, I'm so pleased that John has joined us here at Aminus3

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Great black and white. Excellent perspective and scale.

2 Mar 2009 7:12pm

@Lee: Thanks very much Lee!

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Très beau j'aime beaucoup

2 Mar 2009 9:15pm

@Sof: Thanks Sof!

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

I've been having another look at the two versions. I copied them into photoshop to see if the sites physically alter them in any way - absolutely identical. So I think had two browser windows open side by side - and though very subtle, the two images do appear different. I fiddled around until the two were absolutely on top of each other, and flicked between them - again proving that they are identical. There's certainly on of those optical illusion effects coming into play. Not something to write a thesis on, its very slight and I'd have difficulty in describing it (or if I have a real preference) - though even with the generous white border on the image the background website is altering perception to some degree.

By the way, I found I couldn't reply to messages today unless I right clicked the edit icon.

2 Mar 2009 11:04pm

@John Leech: I've heard that different browsers have different effects when viewing photos on the web - perhaps that's the reason? The differing background colour must have an effect too.

Magda from Canada

Love the DOF here! Nice framing and b&w conversion

3 Mar 2009 4:08am

@Magda: Thanks Magda!

1/2 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)