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Grasmere at Night

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 23 March 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Another photo from the recent days photo shoot in the English Lake District with John Leech. This is the village of Grasmere photographed at night from the far side of the lake.

A 3 minute single exposure using a Nikon 16-85vr lens. I'd normally have used my 10-20 wide angle lens but it was drizzling a misty rain - the 16-85 has a deeper lens hood which helps to keep rain drops off the glass of the front of the lens.


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NIKON D40 1807/10 second F/8.0 ISO 200 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

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GJC from Kyoto, Japan

So magical. I do especially love your color night shots.

23 Mar 2009 5:10am

@GJC: Thanks GJC!

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Une scène de nuit magique et surtout très bien cadrée et dont les couleurs sont de toute beauté

23 Mar 2009 6:25am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

Rags from Plano, United States

Amazingly heavenly.

23 Mar 2009 6:53am

@Rags: Thanks Rags!

Behrooz Sangani from Tehran, Iran

Fantastic accomplishment, Ian. The colors of the night and the perspective rock.

23 Mar 2009 7:51am

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

On reviewing this shot I find it more complex than I first thought. But it flows together so well that the pockets of detail are there to be discovered and enjoyed. Certainly one of my faves from the shoot.

23 Mar 2009 8:00am

missparis from PARIS, France

Je pense que le paradis c'est ça !

23 Mar 2009 9:04am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Brilliant, beautiful soft hot pink live for another day, sigh

23 Mar 2009 9:29am

Frida from Sweden

This is so beautiful. The different shades of the night, the soft pink surrunding the houses and the darker foreground.

23 Mar 2009 9:36am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

absolutely beautiful shot - leads you right into it - nicely done

23 Mar 2009 10:14am

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


23 Mar 2009 10:37am

lgb from Portugal

A beautiful and superb image!

23 Mar 2009 12:08pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Lovely and ethereal! The dark rocks in the center really complete this superb image!

23 Mar 2009 12:13pm

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

fantastic ********************************

23 Mar 2009 12:39pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

An almost supernatural glow! Great effect!

23 Mar 2009 12:43pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Another breathtaking scenery, Outstanding.

23 Mar 2009 1:36pm

paulski from Muncie, IN, United States

beautiful haunting, even. love those colors at the horizon.,..

23 Mar 2009 1:40pm

john4jack from Corvallis, United States

Fabulous light, composition and processing. Thank you for telling us what you did; I really appreciate that.

23 Mar 2009 2:20pm

Cheryl from Texas, United States

beautiful light and framing,

23 Mar 2009 3:19pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Wonderful colors, Ian.

23 Mar 2009 4:03pm

Niña from New York, United States

absolutely wonderful lighting. very serene. nice work.

23 Mar 2009 5:04pm from Wemmel, Belgium

Wordless ...

23 Mar 2009 6:29pm

lydia from Paris, France

Des couleurs sublimes et une composition parfaite , magnifique !

23 Mar 2009 6:40pm

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

The hills to the left are just georgeous, Ian. What impressive colors!

23 Mar 2009 7:52pm

Claus Petersen from herfølge, Denmark

Yet again you have created an amazing atmosphere!

23 Mar 2009 9:05pm

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Very nice coloures and very moodful.

23 Mar 2009 10:57pm

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Wonderful scene! A frame that we open the doors to the light. great!

24 Mar 2009 12:08am

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

beautiful scenery

24 Mar 2009 2:01am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

sensational composition and turly magical aura and light! the pink glow over the horizon, mulitplied by the reflection, is superb!

24 Mar 2009 5:31am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

This is another great photo. It's quite amazing just how much detail can be extracted from the dark. Do you use mirror lock up for your long exposures to reduce the risk of camera shake?

24 Mar 2009 6:28am

@Mike: Hi Mike,
I know what you mean but the Nikon D40 only has mirror lock up to allow sensor cleaning. Having said that, I've never missed this feature for long exposure photography as the D40 has a very quiet mirror and shutter mechanism so vibration has never been an issue. I've certainly never had a problem with sharpness in my long exposure photos.

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Brilliant Ian. Another superb night shot. The composition is perfect and technically spot on.

24 Mar 2009 7:41am

AKS from United States

Beautiful colors along with great composition. Great job. How do you like the 16-85? I just got mine.

24 Mar 2009 6:02pm

@AKS: Thanks!...the 16-85vr lens is really great. The vibration reduction works really well and I really like the extra width at the 16mm end.

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Exquisite. What amazing colour.

25 Mar 2009 2:45am

Lindsay from North Carolina, United States

Awesome shot! Love the colors and comp!

25 Mar 2009 4:19pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Simply stunning! Beautiful frame.

26 Mar 2009 4:59am

marzia from Italy


27 Mar 2009 8:26am

tom from Fran kfurt, Germany

The colors are mesmerizing.

20 Apr 2009 8:27pm

1807/10 second
ISO 200
24 mm (35mm equiv.)