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Sand Dune Shadows

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 21 September 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I've been practising my B&W photography a lot recently and over the coming few weeks I'd like to show you a series of photos that I took on one trip back to the area of coastal NW England just north of Liverpool where I was born and spent most of my life.

The photos themselves don't need much explantaion other than to say that I went out specifically to take B&W photos and so I was looking for the classic photographic elements such as contrasts, good texture, tone and, of course, an interesting balance between light and dark - shadow & light.

NIKON D40 1/250 second F/11.0 ISO 200 19 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.

babzy from France

you succeded perfectly , i love it !

21 Sep 2009 5:18am

@babzy: Thanks babzy!

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

Great shot

21 Sep 2009 5:29am

@Onlymehdi: Thanks very much!

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Wonderful framing and lines, and very good b/w and lights. Its an excellent shot.

21 Sep 2009 7:11am

@Paco Díaz: Thanks Paco!

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Wonderful light and shadow in this one Ian. The composition is faultless too.

21 Sep 2009 8:43am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Love this much Ian...It's certainly more difficult to make successful B/W images:)

21 Sep 2009 9:12am

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Great contrast, elegant framing.

21 Sep 2009 12:41pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

The tones are fantastic Ian. Are you using Lightroom to process them?
As always, your composition is amazing.

21 Sep 2009 1:31pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks, this was processed using a combination of 'Capture NX2' and Photoshop CS3

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

a lovely frame with beautiful subject matter and tones! this makes me wish i had gotten in more beach days this summer... a nap in the dunes on a hot day is a wonderful way to pass time!

21 Sep 2009 2:59pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

So are you saying this is what came out of the camera, and how? Your composition, lighting and contrasts are stellar!

21 Sep 2009 8:16pm

Betsy Barron from Chester Springs, PA, United States

great dramatic shadows! Thanks for the help with resizing, much appreciated!!!

21 Sep 2009 9:08pm

@Betsy Barron: no problem Betsy....I'm pleased it was of use!

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Beautiful contrast of textures, b/w and light. The composition is great too!

21 Sep 2009 11:48pm

Foto-aksent from Binkom, Belgium

Nice one!

22 Sep 2009 9:53am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Yes, definitely a perfect subject... the light, tone and textures are great, but just impeccable is your composition and framing, making this beautifully expressive! This is gonna be a super series, I trust!:-)

22 Sep 2009 1:23pm

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

This is deeply satisfying. Well done.

23 Sep 2009 9:32pm

Peter Mannfolk from Landskrona, Sweden

Hi Ian, thanks for your recent comment. Sorry for not stopping by in a long time. I find it very hard in busy times to even post photos on a regular basis myself, and commenting others work even harder... Great work, that slight vignette (added afterwards or originally there) really makes the image work. By the way, I used to add a frame to my photos earlier but although it really adds to the overall impression, the corresponding reduction of actual photo size made me skip it. /Peter

24 Sep 2009 7:35am

Momo from Montpellier, France

sweet, looking forward to seeing the usual...

24 Sep 2009 3:19pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful BW

28 Sep 2009 4:54am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Some feeling of Morocco here.

28 Sep 2009 9:55am

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

You've got such a great eye to spot this one. I'd never have seen it in a million years. Very well done.

29 Sep 2009 12:52am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Superb! The shadows are amazing.

29 Sep 2009 3:22am

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