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A Flat Calm

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 6 April 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Another shot from a recent photo shoot at an offshore windfarm in NW England.

NIKON D40 1/800 second F/5.6 ISO 200 42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Utterly beautifull capture ... excellent job (is this the park in the north-sea ?)

6 Apr 2009 5:52am Thanks Krims! No, this is on the opposite coast in the Irish Sea off Barrow-In-Furness.

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

sublime *****

6 Apr 2009 6:03am

@Jean-François: Thanks Jean-François!

Marie LC from France

Très très belle photo empreinte d'une grande douceur. Un must !

6 Apr 2009 6:20am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, fantastic!

6 Apr 2009 7:02am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Incredible image! Love the post processing. Outstanding composition, clarity and post processing! Should be framed! :)

6 Apr 2009 7:20am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Another remarkable shot. The glassy surfaces of the water and sky are marvelous.

6 Apr 2009 8:19am

Jim (365,000 words) from Hunnebostrand, Sweden

This series is just so slightly surreal but beautiful. The calmness of the sea is really incredible.

6 Apr 2009 8:39am



6 Apr 2009 8:58am

gavin hart from Gold Coast, Australia

I think the subject matter in this so striking that it takes my mind away from thoughts about the technicalities of photography. Perhaps I'm not used to seeing such wind turbines but I get the impression that these look menacing and are alien to the seascape. I guess your photo must be successful if it conveys a strong feeling like that.

6 Apr 2009 9:15am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

fantastic composition and perspective ! beautiful light and water like a mirror ! great !

6 Apr 2009 9:29am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

absolutely beautiful!

6 Apr 2009 10:47am

Frida from Sweden

I agree with Jim, 365.000 it's a slight surreal feeling to these images. Really well spotted, photographed and processed Ian.......

6 Apr 2009 11:53am

Cheryl from Texas, United States

one of my favorite subjects to photograph are the windmill farms. this one being in the water makes it super special. well captured and composed!

6 Apr 2009 12:00pm

lydia from Paris, France

Calme et serenite , c'est une très belle image ! Bravo !

6 Apr 2009 12:32pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is beautiful Ian. Everything except the boat seems so very still and makes me want to hold my breath.

6 Apr 2009 1:16pm

Mike Paulison from United States

Gorgeous! The overall 'smoothness' of this is really amazing. Brilliant shot!

6 Apr 2009 2:17pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


6 Apr 2009 2:36pm

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

stunning image and well composed...

6 Apr 2009 3:13pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A very successful combination of elegance, great composition, wonderful colours, and tranquility.

6 Apr 2009 3:17pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This is a fascinating shot; I like the perspective of the wind turbines as they decline into the distance. And that boat, motoring alongside, just invites us to head off toward the same horizon.

6 Apr 2009 3:48pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Gorgeous shot. Brilliant work.

6 Apr 2009 4:44pm

Tilala from Bordeaux, France

Quel calme !!!!

6 Apr 2009 5:13pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is really stunning. There is such drama in this.

6 Apr 2009 5:17pm

David from Mataró, Spain

I really like the depth that you want to show to us using those "monsters".

A good atmosphere of calm.

6 Apr 2009 6:33pm

Amir from Tehran, Iran

Are these wind-power generators planted in the sea? Really cool. Amazing capture

6 Apr 2009 7:35pm

paulski from Muncie, IN, United States

the simple beauty of this shot is just amazing...

6 Apr 2009 8:52pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wow - an offshore wind farm - amazing!!! i am used to seeing them on land but this is just something else! and very well captured too - nice clarity and sharpness and an interesting composition!

7 Apr 2009 2:25am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Oh yes !! Perfectly composed looking down the line of turbines. The boat and the wash to the left seal the deal. What makes it all the more captivating is that totally flat calm sea. Absolutely outstanding Ian. A seriously good photo and beautifully processed.

7 Apr 2009 7:39am

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Totally amazing. Not many of us will be able to shoot such scenes. Congrats.

7 Apr 2009 7:52am

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Bravo, bravo, bravo, bravo, bravo!
You take my 5 stars for today!

7 Apr 2009 2:46pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A beautiful picture with limited tones and the movement of the boat slicing through the stillness!

7 Apr 2009 3:21pm

613photo from United States

I know several people who think these turbines are ugly, but I've always thought they were really beautiful. I suppose it's like pilots say -- if an airplane is "sexy" it's probably going to fly well. Is the same principle at work with power turbines?

Great shot. I've never seen them out in the water like that but it makes sense to put them there.

8 Apr 2009 12:48am

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

This is very beautiful, Ian. This composition is great. The matched colors and the smooth and even feel and look of this image is so wonderful!

8 Apr 2009 4:05am

Heather from Napanee ON, Canada


10 Apr 2009 3:13am

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Had a look through your portfolio here and just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. Stunning work - well done.

10 Apr 2009 9:17am

Jessica from Victoria, Canada

that is INCREDIBLE! this belongs in a magizine for sure.

10 Apr 2009 11:48pm

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

Love that sense of scale...

12 Apr 2009 2:42am

Véro from France

Je découvr les éolienne sur l'eau , joli cadrage !

30 Apr 2009 4:11am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

I've been away for a while and am just now catching up with photos. This one borders on surreal the way the columns come out of the water and the scale of them against the sky. Excellent processing too. I love it.

15 Aug 2009 6:43am

1/800 second
ISO 200
42 mm (35mm equiv.)