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Derelict Slipway, Morecambe Bay

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 28 October 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A long exposure photo using my extreme neutral density filters (2 of them totalling 16 stops of light reduction)

This is what the slipway looked like back in December 2007 in one of the first photos I took with my then new Nikon D40:

NIKON D40 1053/5 second F/5.6 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful composition , Beautiful BW

28 Oct 2009 5:54am

@Didier DE ZAN: Thanks Didier!

Mirko Herzner from Germany

Wonderful! So how long did you expose that, Ian? This has the mood of a post-nuclear-war scenario...

28 Oct 2009 6:07am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko.....ironically Heysham nuclear power station is located just across the bay from this spot. Photo of it here:

Mirko Herzner from Germany

Question answered... I should look for exif data first before asking ;-)

28 Oct 2009 6:08am

Foto-aksent from Binkom, Belgium

Just great with the history! Love it!

28 Oct 2009 6:52am

@Foto-aksent: Thanks very much!

Naveen Bachwani from Mumbai (Bombay), India

What a composition!

I love the way the remaining ruins leave imaginary lines that can be traced throughout the photograph!

28 Oct 2009 7:03am

@Naveen Bachwani: Thanks Naveen!

Reiner from Brensbach, Germany

Excellent b&w with great lighting. Like the simplicity and angle.

28 Oct 2009 8:20am

@Reiner: Thanks Reiner!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


28 Oct 2009 9:05am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Amazing shot.. excellent composition.

28 Oct 2009 9:24am

@Sarito: Thanks Sarito!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Amazing shot! The tranquility (which is also a result of your exposition technique) makes it look like an abandoned cult site.

28 Oct 2009 9:55am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

A place to cross to get too heaven, moody yet soft, brilliant

28 Oct 2009 10:04am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

So beautiful. The sweeping lines of the clouds and light toward the center pull the eye in.

28 Oct 2009 11:34am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Amazing transformation in such little time. I like the tone and mood of the shot.

28 Oct 2009 1:37pm

JamesKV from Barcelona, Spain

this is definitely a winner!

28 Oct 2009 2:03pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Neat composition and great contrast.

28 Oct 2009 2:41pm

Garaidh from United States

wonderful b&w, composition!

28 Oct 2009 5:17pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really good long exsposure, great work

28 Oct 2009 6:29pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

perfect realization !

28 Oct 2009 6:56pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'm trying to work out how many minutes the shutter was open..........I give up. A super super result for your effort.

28 Oct 2009 7:32pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

classic stuff Ian...I know that it is but it's hard to believe it's the same slipway...the ravages of time can be brutal!

28 Oct 2009 8:22pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

beautiful composition! how quickly things can change indeed! the b&w vision enhances the feeling of destruction and decay even further...

29 Oct 2009 2:01am

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Like a prog rock album cover! It's a striking shot, you composed this really well to get the most out of the objects and reflections.

29 Oct 2009 1:22pm

Frida from Sweden

Beautiful composition and I like the section were the sky is brighter it leads the eye trough the picture.

30 Oct 2009 4:46pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


1 Nov 2009 7:08pm

Al from Glasgow, United Kingdom

very beautiful, really like the long exposure work you are doing

1 Nov 2009 11:14pm

Richard from Twickenham, United Kingdom

Awesome. I love the composition and the processing.

4 Nov 2009 5:48pm

1053/5 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)