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Corus Limestone Works, Shap

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 20 November 2009 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

A long exposure photo of the Corus factory located on the edge of the Lake District national park in Cumbria. It produces lime for the steel industry.

NIKON D40 252/5 seconds F/11.0 ISO 200 42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I'm beginning to like this factory very much. I love the long exposure.

20 Nov 2009 5:09am

Mirjam from Kiev, Ukraine

Again a very good picture of this fabric. Very nice with the long exposure.

20 Nov 2009 5:24am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

A beautiful color version of this place

20 Nov 2009 5:39am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Also a very strong image with those muted colors even though I prefer the previous version with the cow as it was a bit more 'surprising'

20 Nov 2009 6:04am

Foto-aksent from Binkom, Belgium

Nice, but I prefer the B/W one.

20 Nov 2009 7:38am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


20 Nov 2009 9:02am

Michael from United Kingdom

Can't help thinking it's like the Beauty & the Beast - such heavy industry so close to the national park. A good shot BTW.

20 Nov 2009 10:07am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I love the light and the tones. This must be a quite old facility, from the 1920s I think...?

20 Nov 2009 10:27am

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Great work, I like your shutter speed choice.

20 Nov 2009 2:39pm

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

brilliant choice of a longer exposure - interesting contrast between a old rusty factory & the soft silky smoke it produces... (i like the Beauty & the Beast analogy :-))

20 Nov 2009 3:13pm

zahra from shiraz, Iran

very cool.

20 Nov 2009 4:58pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Magical, Ian - the dance of smoke, sky and landscape is fantastic. All 5 stars my friend!

20 Nov 2009 5:23pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great image, i just love these long exsposures

20 Nov 2009 6:35pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

well done ! I just wonder how you know the right good time of long exposure to be made?

20 Nov 2009 8:50pm

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna! the beginning it was just trial and error but after a bit of practice you start to get a feel for what will work. The main one is that the slower the object (smoke and clouds in this case) is moving the longer the shutter speed you'll need.

For something fast moving like a stream or waterfall you'll only need about 1/10th second but for clouds the absolute minimum is about 30 seconds even when there's a strong wind moving them across the sky. For skies in general the longer the exposure the more ethereal the effect.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent composition and exposure! great colours tones as well and i like how the smoke for the plant seems to be almost seamlessly transforming into the clouds above - wonderful effect!

21 Nov 2009 6:59am

John Kiely from Manchester, United Kingdom

I have often thought of stopping here. The muted tones work well. the contrasting textures between sky, buildings and plumes make this an outstanding image.

21 Nov 2009 11:53pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Another great shot, the sharp details and the fantastic effect of the smoke compose a wonderful photo. Congratulations!

22 Nov 2009 8:47am

Momo from Montpellier, France

beautiful rich dreamy the lines of the stone wall and the mountains in the distance...I'm going to try the long exposures the images you've created this way...

22 Nov 2009 10:42am

philippe from dijon, France

Vraiment superbe, bravo et bonne soirée, Philippe.

22 Nov 2009 4:03pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Un sujet à priori pas très gai auquel tu as su donner beaucoup de charme en donnant la priorité à son environnement

22 Nov 2009 4:47pm

Wysterior from Kloten, Switzerland

Hi Ian, long time ago I last dropped you some lines. Beautiful blog and even more interesting website you're running. Congrats. Have a nice evening

23 Nov 2009 6:20pm

@Wysterior: Thanks Wys!

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

ohh this is stunning! Absolutely amazing!

26 Nov 2009 4:59pm

252/5 seconds
ISO 200
42 mm (35mm equiv.)