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Yorkshire Steps

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 20 May 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

This is a photo I took in a small town just outside Halifax in Yorkshire.

I really liked the opposing angles formed by the stairs, the railings and their shadows, and the road. I could hear the van coming so I waited to get it in shot to finish the image.

This is one of those photos that I could just 'see' working in B&W before I'd even pressed the shutter button :-)

I'm heavily influenced with his kind of composition by the photography of the famous Alexander Rodchenko


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NIKON D40 1/80 second F/8.0 ISO 200 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

magnifique cadrage !

20 May 2009 6:08am

@Jean-François: Thanks Jean-François!

Mirko Herzner from Germany

This is truly a stunning composition here. And you are absolutely right about this image being only possible in b/w.

20 May 2009 7:07am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko!

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

You choose the right photo to go b&w...I truly like the shadows on the top of the stairs!

20 May 2009 9:32am

Marcus from Münster, Germany

Awesome b/w shot!

20 May 2009 9:50am

Turnbill from Maine, United States

Yes, this works very well in B&W. The juxtaposition of the old stairs with wrought iron railings and the speeding van is very nice.

20 May 2009 10:45am

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

Very Nice

20 May 2009 2:07pm

Paolo from Udine, Italy

kinda of "escherism", I like it

20 May 2009 7:47pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

The angles are great - the vertigo effect, too! :-)

20 May 2009 9:43pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh yes, such a strong arresting composition... fantastic tone, details and superb timing! Just like it!:-)

21 May 2009 2:34am

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

Very nice dynamic image!

21 May 2009 4:52am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

I can see why you like this one so much as the angles work so well. The picture wouldn't have quite as much punch without the van so I'm glad you hung around for it. I particularly like the gritty feel to the processing. Very nice work.

21 May 2009 5:44am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Un cadrage bien pensé et un beau nb

21 May 2009 5:02pm

Cricket-Tammy from Alabama, United States

Really nice B&W. I do love the angle!

22 May 2009 1:47am

1/80 second
ISO 200
24 mm (35mm equiv.)