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"Capture Manchester" Photo Competition

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 27 March 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

I've heard recently that I'm one of 9 winners in a Manchester based photo competition.

The prize is £500 each which is really great!

Manchester Evening News - Press Announcement

MEN - Winning Images

They are going to make postcards for sale in the city from the winning entries and there's an exhibition at the 'Cube' gallery in the city centre - opening night and press publicity is this evening starting about 7.30pm.

One of the judges is a world famous British landscape photographer called John Davies whose photos are also on display at 'Cube' at the moment so I'm really looking forward to meeting him.

This is my winning photo - ironically it was one of my first ever with the D40 and I can see lots of technical things wrong with it now that I would do differently.

NIKON D40 13 second F/8.0 ISO 200 18 mm (35mm equiv.)

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.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful night photograph

27 Mar 2009 6:07am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Beautiful photograph, light and colours. A great night shot

27 Mar 2009 6:18am from Wemmel, Belgium

Stunning night shot, the somewhat industrial history in the foreground and the modern buildings in the background really makes this image ... superb light and details. Well done!

27 Mar 2009 6:59am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

formidable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ***************************** I LOVE ........ !!!! BRAVO

27 Mar 2009 6:59am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

congratulations! a very well deserved prize
the composition and lights are just fantastic

27 Mar 2009 7:03am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Your success is richly deserved (but then I am biased).
To me, your entry is the stand out image...but I am worried and suspicious about the 14 year old' s entry!!!

27 Mar 2009 7:35am

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Its one of those shots that I can keep coming back to and finding more. The shear range of colour is something I particularly enjoy in the shot.

27 Mar 2009 8:02am

Frida from Sweden

This is very beautiful. Love the colors, lights and shadows, the composition and and. It's a stunning capture well processed Ian.

27 Mar 2009 8:18am

marzia from Italy

wow, so so beautiful!!
great colors!!

27 Mar 2009 8:25am

lydia from Paris, France

Congratulations , this is a very beautiful one !

27 Mar 2009 9:20am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

Congratulations ! it's a beautiful composition and night shot, although it is not my favourite of your photos...

27 Mar 2009 9:53am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Stunning photograph - well deserved win!

27 Mar 2009 9:57am

Patrick from Louveciennes, France

Belle couleur, belle composition. Bravo

27 Mar 2009 11:54am

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Congratulations. You're moving from triumph to triumph!

27 Mar 2009 12:03pm

marie from perth, Australia

Congratulations, well deserved. This photo shows superb lighting and a beautifully captured scene. Well done.

27 Mar 2009 12:04pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Congrats, Ian! Even if it's not your favourite shot, I can clearly see why they have chosen this picture, the light is wonderful.

27 Mar 2009 1:21pm

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Congratulations Ian! I'ts a lovely shot.
Difficult to decide what to spend the money on? -- Treat the family to a slap-up meal, or buy a new lens? :-)

27 Mar 2009 1:30pm

john4jack from Corvallis, United States

Stunning light and reflections! Exquisite composition! Bravo, Ian!

27 Mar 2009 2:15pm

Cheryl from Texas, United States

beautiful rich colours and light with a great perspective with lines drawing the eye into the image! Congrats!!!

27 Mar 2009 2:26pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

this is wonderful image of contrasts.. very well done! congratulations, my friend! jim

27 Mar 2009 3:34pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent shot.. Great point of view!

Congratulations on you succcess!!

27 Mar 2009 3:49pm

Godo from Barcelona, Spain

Amazing compo
Good balance between the left buildings and the right facade.
Great vanishing line
Charming light from the streetlight and lovely reflection on the canal

27 Mar 2009 7:45pm

Bookfool from Mississippi, United States

I think it's stunning. What would you change?

27 Mar 2009 8:25pm

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Wow! Excellent perspective. I really like to see the old and new architecture. The light is always excellent. Great job!

27 Mar 2009 8:51pm

paulski from Muncie, IN, United States

congrats, ian. that's a great shot...

27 Mar 2009 9:24pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Congrats, Ian!!! This is so wonderfully atmospheric... very lovely lighting, tonality and diverse textures!:-)

28 Mar 2009 1:42am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A wonderful picture Ian! I love the perspective, detail and the full exposure which is so rare for a night shot!

28 Mar 2009 2:30am

ZoomLNZ from Los Angeles Area, United States

Great composition and rich tones. Excellent.

28 Mar 2009 2:36am

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

This is picture perfect, Ian. So crisp, vibrant and the light and the tones are superb. Great job!

28 Mar 2009 4:51am

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

cracking image, well done

28 Mar 2009 10:45am

Laura from Eindhoven, Netherlands


28 Mar 2009 1:07pm

Michael from TX, United States

Very nice wide angle composition.

28 Mar 2009 5:30pm

Mike Paulison from United States

This is really beautiful. The striking thing for me is the smoothness of this. The lighting is really nice and moody. I wouldn't be shocked to see a dark mysterious figure skulking about here.

28 Mar 2009 5:59pm

613photo from United States

Excellent shot. I really like the warm glow of the street light and how other temperatures are mixed in. The contrast between the old tower and new one is cool, too. Nice.

28 Mar 2009 8:58pm

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Congratulations Ian. Out of interest I'd love to know what you think is technically wrong with the picture. Personally I think it's a great photo.

29 Mar 2009 7:49am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

well with this shot i am not surprised! wonderful long exposure and control of the light1 the colour tones are brilliant and composition is spot on - superb work!

29 Mar 2009 12:23pm

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thank you all for your support and encouragement on this one....I really appreciate it!

I went along on Friday night for the presentation ceremony and first evening of the exhibition at the 'Cube' gallery in Manchester. It was truly an amazing experience as it was the first time I've ever seen one of my photos hung on the wall in a proper art gallery.

I don't know why but I wasn't expecting either such a wonderful and professionally presented exhibition or such a fantastically high standard of photography amongst the 600+ images on made me realise just how lucky I was to have picked up one of the prizes.

29 Mar 2009 9:57pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

It's always so nice when I visit your phtoblog and discover so many beautiful and unique photographs. I just love the light and the eerie mood in this one. Superb!

3 Apr 2009 12:39pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Breathtaking night scene! Wow! Outstanding work!

6 Apr 2009 7:21am

Colors Inc from Switzerland

great scene & fantastic colors. like the ambience!

7 Apr 2009 8:58pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

This is superb, Ian. The light and leading lines and perspective all work together.

10 Apr 2009 8:50am

tom from Fran kfurt, Germany

Beautiful nightshot with excellent colors.

20 Apr 2009 8:25pm

Uday from Fishers, United States

Congrats. Beautiful shot. Very nice use of night colors.

27 Apr 2009 2:22pm

tim from high desert, United States

Hey Ian, this is beautiful. This is an older post but if you happen to see this comment, you wrote "I can see lots of technical things wrong with it now that I would do differently", and well damned if I can see anything wrong, as a learning experience, what do you see wrong here?

10 Apr 2010 4:53am

@tim: Hi Tim,

I guess the main one is that I framed it too tight which meant that there was no room to correct the perspective distortion on the right hand near building. These days I try and either get my building verticals properly plumb of else obviously and intentionally tilted - I find the slight angle on this one annoying.

The second technical thing is focus - the far tower isn't 100% sharp when viewed at large scale so I must have been focusing on something in the very near foreground (I was able to correct that using 'focus magic')

tim from high desert, United States

Thanks for taking the time, learned something.

12 Apr 2010 6:12am

13 second
ISO 200
18 mm (35mm equiv.)