The Wavy Edge

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 17 July 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The curves of a railing on the seafront in Morecambe.

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Mirko Herzner from Germany

Another stunning work, Ian. Can you tell us some details about the processing? Thanks a lot.

17 Jul 2009 7:03am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko, It's important to say that I always start with the best possible digital file that I can get: I only shoot in the RAW format so I start with a nikon NEF photo with exposure designed to give an image file with the best data for further processing. To do this I expose to the right of the histogram: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/expose-right.shtml I then adjust that optimised digital negative using Nikon's own software for RAW, Capture NX2, for basic issues like light and darkness values. I then save the file as a 16 bit lossless Tiff file for futher processing in Photoshop CS3 where I make futher tweaks to colour (sometimes dodging and burning) and sharpness. The Tiff file is saved and I only convert to a Jpeg for web resizing or printing.

Paul from Cumbria, United Kingdom

Wow that is nice.

17 Jul 2009 7:42am

@Paul: Thanks very much Paul!

Frida from Sweden

Really nice composition. I like the lines trough and out of the picture.

17 Jul 2009 7:49am

@Frida: Thanks Frida....I took about 12 different photos of this trying to get the best composition and light. I discounted all the ones where the sun had gone behind a cloud and the shadows of the railing weren't strong enough. This photo was the best composition amongst the remaining photos. Ian

Paolo from Udine, Italy

great composition, I like the way the image is divided in three different colour zones, the blue of the sky and of the sea, the light brown of the sand and the darker brown of the road. it's almost an abstract

17 Jul 2009 9:20am

@Paolo: Thanks Paolo....compositionally I always try and keep my photos as simple as possible and I guess that sometimes this approach can give the abstract feel that you mentioned. Re the colour issue, I also liked the way that the railings and posts are a similar colour to the sky.

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A stunning result of the mastery you have on the technique and aesthetics of the camera:)

17 Jul 2009 9:59am

@Pavan Kaul: Thanks very much Pavan!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A wonderful invitation to the eye. I can't add anything special in my comment here, but I especially like the composition of colours, following the railing from warmer to cooler tones.

17 Jul 2009 12:37pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Of all of the immense beauty of this, the curve just takes me away...

17 Jul 2009 1:03pm

Claudia from Illinois, United States

Perfect image from the colors in the foreground follwoing the curve out to the sea and the sky that--love wide angle shots. Thanks for explaining your process. It's a bit greek to me at this point but it's a great reference to have when I'm ready to learn a bit more in the PP area!

17 Jul 2009 6:03pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

A very attractive shot!

17 Jul 2009 7:40pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is a great shot and point of view Ian. I like the colours as well, and how they feel like expired film. Bravo to you :)

17 Jul 2009 7:52pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

I love the curves. Outstanding processing.

17 Jul 2009 11:31pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful shot

18 Jul 2009 5:51am

retoque de fotografias from Spain

I love the way the railing leads you along the shot.

19 Jul 2009 2:04pm

David BM from Gijón, Spain

Beautiful landscape :-)

20 Jul 2009 7:38pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

I love the curve of the railing and walkway.

22 Jul 2009 8:35pm

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Love the S shaped curve of the railings. Yet another wonderful photo.

23 Jul 2009 11:10am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Fantastic!

8 Aug 2009 4:57am

Nikon D40
1/200 second
F/11.0
ISO 200
30 mm (35mm equiv.)

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