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Piel Island

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 9 October 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A long exposure photo of the view looking out over Piel Channel toward the island with its ruined medieval castle. The little pier in the foreground of this photo is where the ferry leaves from.

NIKON D40 359/2 seconds F/11.0 ISO 200 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

cracking image, love the long exsposure that makes the water all smooth

9 Oct 2009 5:45am

@Alun: Thanks Alun!....the water currents are very fast in this area and the water was swirling violently around the end of the pier with the incoming tide. The water level moved about 6 metres up the pier just in the short peroid while I was setting up the tripod and taking this photo.

Sockpuppet from Canberra, Australia

brilliant photo, I love the way the eye is led into the photo by the pier, only to be abandoned in the sea. it's then you notice the castle silhouetted on the horizon. yet another fine lesson in composition Ian!

9 Oct 2009 6:35am

@Sockpuppet: Pier shots composed in this way have long been a favourite of mine. Even though I know they are a photographic cliché I still love them and the castle on it's island in the background was a real added bonus for this particular shot.

Mirko Herzner from Germany

I really like how this pier leads down into the water. This gives the image a surreal touch...

9 Oct 2009 6:35am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko....I've tried taking this particular composition before but wasn't happy with it. The long exposure has smoothed out the water on this long 3 minute exposure which, as you say, gives it a slightly surreal look which adds an extra layer of interest for me.

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Another very good long exposure Ian with a good lead in to the horizon.

9 Oct 2009 6:43am

@Mike: Thanks Mike....this type of pier shot will always be a favourite with me even though I know it's a photographic cliché!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

You really are on top of your game Ian!

9 Oct 2009 6:43am

@Ted: Thanks Ted!....I certainly feel a lot more confident with my photography than I did just a year ago but making progress becomes increasingly difficult the more experience you get so frustration still frequently creeps in.

Naveen Bachwani from Mumbai (Bombay), India

Outstanding! You really know how to make light and shadows work...

9 Oct 2009 6:57am

@Naveen Bachwani: Thanks Naveen!.....the balance between light & shadow in B&W photography is something that I've been experimenting a lot with recently.

dan from paris, France

Beautiful invitation to go towards the horizon !

9 Oct 2009 7:09am

@dan: Thanks Dan!

Fabienne from Quelque part ou ailleurs, France

A beautiful light !

9 Oct 2009 7:49am

@Fabienne: Thanks Fabienne!

Fred from Manila, Philippines

Good job on your B&W treatment. and the perfect contrast and composition. super ian!

9 Oct 2009 7:53am

@Fred: Thanks Fred!

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

superb composition and long exposure ! I love this smooth effect ! beautiful light !

9 Oct 2009 7:55am

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna!

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Aminus at it again - the sky works far better on here than it does on flickr!

9 Oct 2009 8:42am

@John Leech: maybe it's the dark background here compared to the pale one at Flickr?

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Yes, I has to be that. I wondered whether the other page elements in flickr also play a part, but for these tall shots neither site has anything infringing. The colour of the outer background certainly has a subtle shift in emphasis for the different elements of images. I find it interesting how the two main choices for image borders are black or white - and how often black borders pretty much kill any image on the web for me, part of why I find 1X so depressing. It also amuses me how Alex insists that images don't need frames, yet he more than anyone often links to viewing his work on black backgrounds ;~)

9 Oct 2009 8:53am

Mirjam from Kiev, Ukraine

Thank you for sharing your practice. Beside the composition i like the sifting lights and shadows.

9 Oct 2009 9:55am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Another great photo Ian. I am in awe.

9 Oct 2009 12:39pm

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

What a fine composition.

9 Oct 2009 1:03pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

what a great fine art!

9 Oct 2009 1:16pm

Foto-aksent from Binkom, Belgium

Nice one! I visited your website, there are plenty of beauties! Love your work, it gives me the desire to experiment with long exposures. Your simplicity of photography keeps the attention, makes people to think about the works (~~= artworks!).

9 Oct 2009 1:37pm

missparis from PARIS, France

Une pure merveille cette photo

9 Oct 2009 2:33pm

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

oh wow amazing

9 Oct 2009 3:57pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


9 Oct 2009 5:26pm

Francine from Buire le sec, France

At the sea side, once more, I come back. And once more wonderful!

9 Oct 2009 6:01pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I like how this pier seems to disappear into the velvety sea. A beautiful shot that evokes many associations.

9 Oct 2009 6:04pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A great composition leading the eye right into the that light on the water!

9 Oct 2009 6:23pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Great dream-like image.

9 Oct 2009 9:40pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


10 Oct 2009 12:52am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

5 stars for me !

10 Oct 2009 10:10am

elena from Turin, Italy

superb b&w. I like very much the soft tones of the water and the sky

10 Oct 2009 3:01pm

dr pankaj shukla from panaji, India

In addition to the smoothness I loved the skies too !

10 Oct 2009 4:34pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

great tonal range and superb composition for the eyes to follow into the shot!

11 Oct 2009 12:16am

Anita from Quito, Ecuador

so beautiful,...

11 Oct 2009 1:52pm

Angela Smith Photography from Portland, United States

This shot is breathtaking! Wonderful find and catpure!

11 Oct 2009 4:44pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful shot I like this BW processing

12 Oct 2009 4:57am

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbement composée !

14 Oct 2009 8:03pm

Mags from Paris, France

Great perspective, I love it !

17 Oct 2009 11:17am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States


21 Oct 2009 6:24pm

359/2 seconds
ISO 200
30 mm (35mm equiv.)