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Southport Beach in Summer

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 10 July 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

No it's not the Gobi desert....this is what Southport Beach in NW England looks like in the summer when the tide is out. (the tide hardly ever comes in for that matter :-)

The dots that you can see are all the local people and tourists enjoying the weekend summer sunshine which has been a rare event over the last few years.

All I've done with this in post processing is to convert it to mono with that blueish tone you can see and I applied a heavy vignette to the sky.


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NIKON D40 1/250 second F/11.0 ISO 200 21 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Richard Hollins from United Kingdom

A very nice shot. The processing works really well too.

10 Jul 2009 7:57am

@Richard Hollins: Thanks Richard!

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

incredible landscape Ian ! it looks like a frozen lake in winter with skaters in background, I love the monochrome with light blue ! the vignettage works well ! great mood from a far septentrial country

10 Jul 2009 8:27am

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna! (PS - "septentrial" was a new word for me so I googled it and apparantly it means "of the north". It's not a word that I've ever heard used in the north of England so that's something new I learned today!)

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

I was not sure about my translation of the french word " septentrional " ;-) happy you learned someting new with me ;-) anyway I love you pict !

10 Jul 2009 9:12am

@Anna.C: "up north" would be the coloquial expression more familiar to many of us notherners :-)

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

I like the little people, very nice tones too.

10 Jul 2009 10:01am

@Luca Bobbiesi: Thanks Luca!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Substantive and gorgeous, you fooled me, I thought they were little people skating ;) I adore the subtle tones

10 Jul 2009 10:56am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine!

Momo from Montpellier, France

Very cool the little people, just a hint of humanity against this grand lanscape...simple, beautiful post process choice...

10 Jul 2009 11:40am

@Momo: Thanks Momo....I thought keeping the figures small like that helped to give a better idea of how big and flat this part of the NW coast is.

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Brilliant seascape ! Love these silver tones !

10 Jul 2009 2:10pm

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

This is beautiful, Ian, And I like that I don`t see any digital grain in the transition from light to dark in this photo. It seams very smooth.

10 Jul 2009 4:25pm

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

as always a really graficone

10 Jul 2009 7:07pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Outstanding composition. Superb processing and tones.

10 Jul 2009 7:52pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Woo, its like a sci-fi scene to me - very surreal. But excellent none-the-less. Congrats!

10 Jul 2009 8:19pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

A striking, mysterious image.

10 Jul 2009 10:21pm

Tamara Tantrum from Fort Myers, FL, United States

I like the processing. It's a beautiful image!

11 Jul 2009 3:44am

Marco from Haarlem, Netherlands

What a lovely picture. The light is great and the "little dots" give a good impression on how wide the landscape is. Great work!

11 Jul 2009 12:10pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Nice shot

12 Jul 2009 7:04pm

iheartfilm from Virginia Beach, United States

Wonderful wide shot.

19 Jul 2009 3:29am

1/250 second
ISO 200
21 mm (35mm equiv.)