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Fiddlers Ferry Power Station

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 5 August 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Fiddlers Ferry coal fired power station in Merseyside and a field of barley.

This is a 5 minute long exposure using 16 stops of nd filter on my Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens.

It was a windy stormy day so you can see the movement in the clouds and in the branches of the trees but I deliberately set up the tripod in the shelter of that hedge to my left where I knew the barley would be partly protected from the wind as I wanted to restrict the movement blur in that area.

NIKON D40 1502/5 second F/8.0 ISO 200 21 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Mirko Herzner from Germany

Another amazing picture of the power plant, Ian. I like your views from this site. Today's shot combines so many interesting details and shows your great technical skill...

5 Aug 2009 6:04am

Arconte from Madrid, Spain

With 5 minutes of long exposure the ears are clearly-defined and you have used the clouds movement to create an incredible effect. Was it windy only in the sky?
Well done!!

5 Aug 2009 6:22am

@Arconte: Thanks....I managed to find this spot near that hedge on the left side of the photo where it was sheltered from the wind coming from that direction. I deliberately set up the tripod there as I didn't want too much blur in the stalks of barley. The odd gust of wind moving them occasionally during the 5 minute exposure didn't register too much as blur because the stalks are springy and return to their natural position.

David BM from Gijón, Spain

Beautiful landscape :-)

5 Aug 2009 7:20am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


5 Aug 2009 7:25am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

At first glance I instantly wondered how the barley was relatively sharp despite the long exposure evident in the sky and smoke from the cooling towers...and then I read how you did that...Amazing work Ian:)

5 Aug 2009 7:54am

Mags from Paris, France

Wonderful BW, very well done!

5 Aug 2009 8:47am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

This is so moody it's almost scary, but oh I love it!!!!

5 Aug 2009 10:38am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

This soft-cloud-effect is always convincing!

5 Aug 2009 11:52am

Ladybird from Toronto, Canada the impressive sky! brilliant B&W work.

5 Aug 2009 12:05pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wow Ian, this shot is superb! The depth of field is amazing, capturing every bit of detail and pulling your viewer right into the frame. The sky, your signature, is fantastic as always.

5 Aug 2009 12:56pm

k@ from Paris, France

I love your photo, this gorgeous and almost tender foreground, the details in the backdrop, the whole compo, really a great one, brav°°

5 Aug 2009 1:48pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh Ian my friend, this is just another masterpiece! The atmosphere enhanced is so unique... wonderful lighting, brilliant b&w and masterful long exposure!!!

5 Aug 2009 2:09pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb monochrome.

5 Aug 2009 2:25pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Great sky!

5 Aug 2009 3:25pm

Abraham Siloé from Puebla, Mexico

very nice, like it a lot, great shot, great work!
Have a nice day!

5 Aug 2009 4:18pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

A fantastical feel...

5 Aug 2009 7:51pm

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

A other great one. The light is superb and the compo perfect. Great work again !

5 Aug 2009 9:36pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Your long exposure shots are so very inspiring, and this is another brilliant example.

5 Aug 2009 9:38pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

excellent shot again ! love all your work of these last days !

6 Aug 2009 11:45am

Kaveh from Abadan, Iran

Realy nice

6 Aug 2009 12:22pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Outsanding work you do!

8 Aug 2009 4:54am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful BW I like the sky and the light

9 Aug 2009 7:39am

Marco from Haarlem, Netherlands

I'm amazed that there's still so much detail in the foreground after 5 min. exposure. The result is absolutely gorgeous!

6 Sep 2009 4:54pm

saeed from amol, Iran

Your B&W landscape works are really perfect

22 Jun 2010 7:35am

1502/5 second
ISO 200
21 mm (35mm equiv.)