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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 20 April 2009 in Transportation and Portfolio.

Looking west into the late afternoon sun along the M62 transpennine motorway in northern England as it snakes across the moors near the aptly named Windy was blowing so hard that I could hardly stand upright hence the high shutter speed and wide open aperture.

NIKON D40 1/3200 second F/5.6 ISO 200 127 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Mirko Herzner from Germany

One of my all-time favourites here, Ian. Amazing composition and great in b/w. Wow!

20 Apr 2009 6:33am

@Mirko Herzner: What a really nice thing to say...thanks Mirko!

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

An outstanding capture! And what a vantage point you had being able to see the motorway wind its way over the moors (presumably). Out of interest where was the photo taken from as it seems you were a little high up to be on a bridge?

20 Apr 2009 6:48am

@Mike: Hi Mike, This was taken from the top of the famous Sammonden Bridge where it crosses the motorway:

yz from Budapest, Hungary

great vantage point, love how the road disappears in the distance

20 Apr 2009 6:59am

@yz: Thanks yz!

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

fantastic shot and B&W fabulous ! wowwwwww

20 Apr 2009 7:18am

@Jean-François: Thanks for that Jean-François!

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

You could write a poem about this one Ian!
Very nice!

20 Apr 2009 7:57am

@IanSmith: Hi Ian! Not often you can say that about a motorway is it!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I love the light and its reflections on the lane and that silvery lake, a very beautiful shot!

20 Apr 2009 1:15pm

@MadScientist: Thanks very much! Yes, it was that fascinating light that made me stop and take this photo!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Outstanding capture. I love the curve in the highway.

20 Apr 2009 2:05pm

@john4jack: Thanks very much....yes, those curves are great aren't they in the way they follow the contours of the landscape!

Musa from Manchester, United Kingdom

Excellent capture! second to non!

20 Apr 2009 2:18pm

@Musa: Thanks very much Musa!

Mike Paulison from United States

I love how you've almost captured infinity here. There is remarkable depth in this shot. Beautifully composed. Definitely a favorite of mine!!

20 Apr 2009 3:01pm

@Mike Paulison: Thanks very much Mike....high viewpoint photography is something I certainly want to try again whenever I get a chance.

Drey from Toulouse, France

Beautiful B&W!

20 Apr 2009 6:26pm

@Drey: Thanks Drey!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Wow! You've actually succeeded in making a motorway look glamorous! I also have a feeling that even with the Bramhamesque was inspired by John Davies ?

20 Apr 2009 9:30pm

@Ted: Thanks Ted....I suppose that all the photos that we take are products of what we've seen and done in our lives so in that respect I'm sure you're right that seeing John Davies photos must have influenced this one subconsciously but in truth I wasn't thinking about the high viewpoint at the time. I was heading back home to Cheshire in the late afternoon from a business meeting in Yorkshire and decided to take the scenic route across the moors rather than down along the M62 itself. As I crossed the motorway this is the scene that I saw with that amazing fascinating light gleaming off the road surface and turning it into a ribbon of light. I stopped the car just past the bridge and walked back to take this photo - boy was it windy - I'm not exactly a featherweight but I could hardly stay on my feet so the camera was moving all over the place. 1/3200th of a second exposure time was just about right :-)

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wonderful capture Ian... the curves, the composition, the tonality, the light and all the activities... the motorway has come to life!!!

21 Apr 2009 12:12am

@hugo poon: Thanks Hugo...I hope you had a good break over Easter!

Guillermina from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Is this what you do when you're playing the architect?... Perfect model, Ian.

Bramhamesque is a very suitable term for this one, completely agree with Ted!

22 Apr 2009 12:45am

@Guillermina: Hi Guillermina!....well I'm an architect rather than a civil engineer but I do find engineering really fascinating. At it's highest level it is the purest form of design - 'form follows function' and all that! Just look at the way the road snakes across the landscape following the natural contours of the land!

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very cool shot and processing but I am more of a dirt road kind of guy :-)

23 Apr 2009 12:45am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

amazing light -- beautiful composition!

27 Apr 2009 11:41pm

1/3200 second
ISO 200
127 mm (35mm equiv.)