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Weather Worn

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 18 September 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I hope you are ready for some B&W photos as I have quite a few that I want to show you that have all been taken this summer in the area of coastal NW England where I was born and lived most of my life.

I particularly enjoy coastal landscape photography so I hope you'll like this series that I'll be showing you over the next couple of weeks.

This first one is a long exposure photo of an old wooden beach protection groyne on the coast of NW England.

Groynes are basically heavy wooden barricades and are quite common on UK beaches and are there to stabilise the sand and to stop it all drifting up to one end of the beach

Nikon D40 and 16-85vr lens
16 stops of nd filter
4 minutes exposure at f8 and iso200

NIKON D40 1204/5 second F/8.0 ISO 200 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

For purchasing high quality archival prints of any of these photos you can send me an email by clicking here or by going to my website Ian Bramham - Fine Art Photography where prices are listed in the gallery sections under each individual photo.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful I like this BW and the sky result of the long exposure Great !

18 Sep 2009 5:20am

@Didier DE ZAN: Thanks Didier!

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States


18 Sep 2009 5:30am

@Onlymehdi: Thanks very much!

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

What a long exposure and fantastic effect!!! Very well done!

18 Sep 2009 5:31am

@flyingwind风飞扬: Thanks for that!

Peter Martin Jorgensen from Hjoerring, Denmark

Absolutely beautiful. And YES! I'm ready for some b&w

18 Sep 2009 6:33am

@Peter Martin Jorgensen: Thanks Peter....I've been experimenting a lot with the compositional balance of light & darkness in my B&W photos recently. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't and I'm still trying to figure out why. I hope you like some of the photos over the coming week or so.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Fantastic composition, it leads your eyes to the end... excellent.

18 Sep 2009 6:54am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Fabulous shot with great tranquility. So different from the common 'point and shoot'!

18 Sep 2009 8:38am

@MadScientist: Thanks very much!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful! I like that kind of shot very much.

18 Sep 2009 8:43am

@akarui: Thanks akarui!

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales boy), Germany

First off the composition is great,pulling the eye right into the shot and secondly the technical side is very well done.
The four minute exposure realy gives the sky a dramatic feel !!
Well done.

18 Sep 2009 8:59am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Thanks Anthony....thse kind of B&W long exposure photos do need a bit of practice but i'm slowly getting better at them.

babzy from France

stunning shot !

18 Sep 2009 9:12am

@babzy: Thanks babzy!

Mags from Paris, France

Very nice compo and atmosphere!

18 Sep 2009 9:18am

@Mags: Thanks Mags!

Paolo from Udine, Italy

great! I'm waiting for the next posts

18 Sep 2009 10:20am

gavin hart from Gold Coast, Australia

Interesting dichotomy of perspectives; the line of the wall plus the converging forms of the clouds. Really nice shot. I too like the long exposure effect.

18 Sep 2009 10:47am

Jeremie from St-Etienne - Paris, France

Great landscape shot. I love in particular the treatment in B&W and the use of long exposure. By the way, just a technical question: how do you do to have a 4 min exposure? Do you use the bulb mode with a remote trigger device? If yes, what kind of remote control? If no, what is your technic? Cheers.

18 Sep 2009 11:29am

@Jeremie: Thanks Jeremie!.....yes, I use the camera in bulb mode with a very cheap Nikon infra red remote trigger (the ML-L3 which costs about £5)

LB from Portugal

A great compositiion, processing, tones... An excellent b&w image!

18 Sep 2009 11:34am

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Beautiful classic shot Ian! Excellent technic et and great textures!

18 Sep 2009 11:40am

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

superb view & graphic composition......excellent picture tone

18 Sep 2009 12:18pm

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

This is a crackin' shot Ian. Do you stack up 2 8-stop filters? And how do you work out what exposure you'll need with them attached? Trial and error?

18 Sep 2009 12:25pm

@Stu: Thanks Stu! answer your question, I stacked a 10 stop and a 6 stop to get the 16 total. I work out the exposure by doing a trial shot without the filters and then adding the 10 stop filter and retaking the shot with an extra 10 stops of time. Finally I add the 6 stop (lots of mental arithmatic and counting on fingers :-) I wrote a couple of brief explanations here if you are interested: exposure

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

A great shot yet again Ian! Your control of somposition and lighting is sublime! Can't wait for meore...

18 Sep 2009 12:44pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

I like to see the motion of the clouds.

18 Sep 2009 12:52pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful scene in this great BW shot . Light is great !

18 Sep 2009 1:28pm

k@ from Paris, France

Pure beauty, light & shade both bathing ~ 

18 Sep 2009 1:29pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Hey Ian, just another beautiful masterpiece!!! Perfect composition, b&w tone and the motion blur of the clouds works so well in bringing life to this awesome coastal landscape! Can't wait to see more!:-)

18 Sep 2009 2:15pm

Silverado Photography from Clearlake, United States

Sensational shot!

18 Sep 2009 2:56pm

Batkoï from Salon de Provence, France

wonderful shot

18 Sep 2009 3:47pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great depth and perfect composition. Congratulations.

18 Sep 2009 4:55pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Perfect B+W image, well done!

18 Sep 2009 6:54pm

Stéphane from Saint-Malo, France

Magnifique image!

18 Sep 2009 9:09pm

alex centrella from California, United States

very well done..

18 Sep 2009 11:06pm

Fabienne from Quelque part ou ailleurs, France

A wonderful shot !

19 Sep 2009 5:50am

Sandra from Thoiry, France

This is just an amazing shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19 Sep 2009 3:56pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

So stunning and dramatic! I love this great composition and your hallmark sky Ian!

20 Sep 2009 5:17am

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Beautifully done, well composed.

20 Sep 2009 11:36am

stephanie from taipei, Taiwan

i just found your gallery, and it's AMAZING! i uses the same camera, but your gallery is totally different than mine, keep up the great work!

21 Sep 2009 2:59am

@stephanie: Thanks Stephanie!....the D40 is a lovely camera isn't it!

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

beautiful timeless isolation in this shot -- faaabulous cloud movement!

21 Sep 2009 2:56pm

Bob Towery from Granite Bay, United States

Timeless, beautiful. Makes me want to wade in and just contemplate life for a while.

22 Sep 2009 2:52pm

elena from Turin, Italy


23 Sep 2009 1:55pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Absolutely breathtaking! Excellent work

27 Sep 2009 4:54am

raha from tehran, Iran

nice shot

15 Aug 2010 5:29pm

1204/5 second
ISO 200
24 mm (35mm equiv.)