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Piel Castle, Cumbria

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 22 May 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Piel Castle in NW England with a flock of birds coming in off the Irish Sea.


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NIKON D40 1/100 second F/9.0 ISO 200 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Wow, I love everything about this landscape: the subject, the colours, the composition and the amazing "ball" of birds!

22 May 2009 5:28am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

this is amazing -- a superb image of magical beauty -- 5 stars!!

22 May 2009 5:38am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Granted it's a good composition, but the color processing is exceptional. best...jerry

22 May 2009 6:14am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Quite special colours but also love the interest and movement. Good work Ian!

22 May 2009 6:29am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

fantastic capture, beautiful

22 May 2009 6:58am

Mirko Herzner from Germany

One word: Stunning! Perfect light and composition and then you are even lucky with those birds... One of my favourites for quite some time...

22 May 2009 7:11am

Laura from Eindhoven, Netherlands

Great shot! The colours are amazing and the flock of brids absolutely finishes the shot!

22 May 2009 7:14am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

This is breathtaking. Congratulations.

22 May 2009 9:02am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Une photo qui mérite 5***** que je n'hésite pas à lui offrir. Une merveille !

22 May 2009 10:18am

Richard Hollins from London, United Kingdom

One of the best pictures I've seen in a while, Ian. Wonderful colours, lovely composition and a well-behaved flock of birds. Amazing stuff.

22 May 2009 10:37am

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

This is one of the best pictures of the day! Composition, mouvement (birds), reflection, colors. light.

22 May 2009 11:15am

Marcie from United States

WOW! Fantastic color. Love the sprinkling of birds in the sky.

22 May 2009 11:57am

Momo from Montpellier, France

what they call poetry in motion me thinks...I also love the color in this one Ian...

22 May 2009 12:14pm

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

absolument émouvant ! 100000000 ******************** je prends !!!!! bravo !

22 May 2009 12:45pm

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

i would say one of the best pictures of the month, or year, just outstanding

22 May 2009 1:22pm

Batkoï from Salon de Provence, France

what an amazing shot, well done

22 May 2009 2:00pm

Rags from Plano, United States

Wow! I am amazed by your work.

22 May 2009 2:53pm

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Absolutely beautiful!! Stunning work!

22 May 2009 3:44pm

Beau Mitchell from Gold Coast, Australia

What a gorgeous scene! The colours are stunning and the flock of birds make a very nice subject :)

22 May 2009 3:53pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What an great great delight to view this Ian! Every element is up to the highest standard... the subject, the drama, the setting, the atmosphere... another masterpiece!!!

22 May 2009 4:15pm

Ravi from Bangalore, India

stunning shot this one. great work.

22 May 2009 4:16pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Wonderful photograph

22 May 2009 5:34pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Such a fantastic shot Ian! An amazing sight.

22 May 2009 8:22pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Oh beautifully done!

22 May 2009 8:46pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Every time I think 'he can't do better than this', you present another stunning shot. Absolutely fantastic!

23 May 2009 12:27am

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

A work of art. Very well done Ian.

23 May 2009 5:28am

zOOm from Paris, France

Of course, it's gorgeous. As always Ian.

23 May 2009 8:00am

Marie from FRESNES, France

wouaw, c'est magnifique !!!

24 May 2009 1:12pm

Cricket-Tammy from Alabama, United States

Very beautiful photograph! I love the reflections in the water.

25 May 2009 2:40am

Sarah from Switzerland

This is so stunning - what a great capture!

6 Jun 2009 8:11pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is a wonderful image, Ian. Could these, by any chance, be Barnacle Geese that go to the Hebrides?

I understand you and I have something in common re: level horizons. It came out in a funny way, but it is one of my largest pet peeves. We sailed for many years and have a deep affinity for the water. Last week someone posted a gorgeous shot ... but ... and it almost made me nauseous.

25 Jul 2009 2:39pm

@Judy: Hi Judy, I know very little about birds but I know they weren't geese....they were more the size of starlings. The photo was taken from a small motor boat doing about 20 kts as we were coming back into Barrow from the Irish Sea. Yes, I quite agree about horizons being flat on photos (it's when they are just slightly out of level that it annoys me the most - it's all I can see instead of looking at the rest of the photo :-)

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Thank you, Ian. I just finished reading and old book, 'The Strange One' about a Barnacle goose; that's why I asked. Your capture of the birds ... and their reflection in this light is wonderful.

26 Jul 2009 11:23am

1/100 second
ISO 200
24 mm (35mm equiv.)