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Crosby Beach

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 31 July 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A high contrast B&W conversion with some added grain in post processing.

NIKON D40 1/800 second F/8.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

great contrast

31 Jul 2009 7:45am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Such lovely light and composition...I really love the contrast...The black sky and the grain lend this a truly timeless and retro feel! Brilliant work Ian!

P.S: I would be obliged if you would give me some details of the ND's as I'd like to get some really strong ones.

31 Jul 2009 7:56am

@Pavan Kaul: Hi Pavan, I own two different types of neutral density filter. One type is a circular screw in type which is an even dark grey colour - I use this type to evenly reduce the amount of light entering the lens so I can get a longer exposure and thus blur movement in clouds, water etc and I've got ones made by a German company called B W in a 10 stop and a 6 stop variety. The other type of nd filter is the rectangular type which is graduated from clear to light grey which is what I used on this shot to darken just the sky - the one I've got is a cheap Cokin 2 stop with a wide angle holder which clips onto the front of the lens.

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

I really love the high contrast ! black sky, beautiful light, nice composition, a timeless picture !

31 Jul 2009 8:09am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent bw shot.. great light and shadow!

31 Jul 2009 1:35pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Great work, fine image!

31 Jul 2009 2:58pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

another classic, it's lovely

31 Jul 2009 5:36pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Breezy. Even before reading your commentary, the first think that I noticed the grain. I think that most monochrome landscape shots could benefit from a little grain. The high contrast is very nice.

31 Jul 2009 6:16pm

MahGol from Paris, Iran

a great angle like always

31 Jul 2009 7:23pm

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thank you all for the lovely comments!

31 Jul 2009 8:43pm

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Wonderful composition. the grain in this shot work very well.

1 Aug 2009 12:59am

Mags from Paris, France

Very nice picture, I love your processing!

1 Aug 2009 1:11pm

Ana Marusic from växjö, Sweden

very nice picture, makes you feel free:)

2 Aug 2009 10:32pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Nice hsot I like the omposition and the contrast

3 Aug 2009 5:11am

Azarakhsh from perth, Australia

very beautiful

3 Aug 2009 1:50pm

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Groovy. Didn't draw as many comments as the long exposure shots. Maybe they aren't as groovy as me.

8 Sep 2009 8:40pm

@John Leech: Thanks....I was trying out some new ideas about B&W with this one. I like it apart from those flags which look false for some reason. Well, I think I should have left the top (red) one a little greyer. It looks like a piece of black board rather than a moving flag!

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

The top is currently so dark that it disappears into the sky on my monitor - to the extent that it doesn't matter too much! But I would agree that finding a hint of texture in there would be useful. Meanwhile the glow of backlight on the yellow section works really well.

9 Sep 2009 7:20am

1/800 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)