Coniston Water

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 15 January 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A 2 minute single exposure photo of Coniston Water in the English Lake District.

The colours in this photo are exactly as the original RAW file - the neutral density filters that I was using in front of the lens have confused the camera's auto white balance but in this instance I quite like the purple tint it has chosen.

To achieve this square composition I used a tip that I got a while ago from John Leech for composing in a rectangular viewfinder for an eventual square crop - I turned the camera to a vertical portrait type orientation and composed it using the bottom of the viewfinder and the two sides - you're then just left with the top of the composition to estimate which was easy in this instance due to all that sky.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

cracking image, and i love the purple tint to the sky

15 Jan 2010 6:17am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

beautiful tones for this sweet composition

15 Jan 2010 6:48am

Mirko Herzner from Germany

Georgeous composition and tint. Thanks for sharing the tip...

15 Jan 2010 8:02am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

love it. the water was so still, or was it frozen?

15 Jan 2010 8:19am

@MK: Thanks......the normal movement of the water on the lake has been stilled by the 2 minute exposure time which I achieved by screwing a 10 stop neutral density filter onto the front of the lens and using a tripod.

Reiner from Brensbach, Germany

This is an amazing composition with calmness and unusual but very beautiful colors.

15 Jan 2010 9:17am

Foto-aksent from Binkom, Belgium

Fine photo and thanks for the tip!

15 Jan 2010 11:14am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

great depth in this photo - lovely

15 Jan 2010 11:29am

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

fantastic colors.
I love silent surface of water.
really beautiful.

15 Jan 2010 12:16pm

steve-stefedesign from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Nice picture, I like the detail in the foreground and as you say the purple tint in the shy seems to add to the picture

15 Jan 2010 12:38pm

Betsy Barron from Chester Springs, PA, United States

great shot - with almost no noise - well done for 2 min! thanks for the square crop hints!!

15 Jan 2010 12:45pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Love the pink tone.

15 Jan 2010 1:00pm

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Superbe paysage et couleurs Bravo

Bonne journée

15 Jan 2010 1:18pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Very nice Ian. I also find the pinkness appealing.

15 Jan 2010 1:46pm

Fred from Manila, Philippines

A very simple yet effective choice of composition! The purple tint is a bonus! Nice!

15 Jan 2010 5:11pm

elena from Italy

soft and essential!

15 Jan 2010 6:06pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Like the purple tint, fine composition!

15 Jan 2010 8:14pm

Andy from United States

Love the light purple tones. So peaceful!

15 Jan 2010 10:32pm

Belfire Photgraphics from Sandy, Utah, United States

Love the colors!

16 Jan 2010 1:40am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a lovely feel of peace and tranquility this is eliciting... very charming tonality and square composition! Thanks for the brilliant tip! Can't wait to give it a try!:-) Have a great weekend Ian!

16 Jan 2010 2:28am

elmer from France

hello. The square format is ideal for this photo. I appreciate

16 Jan 2010 11:53am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

beautifully smooth and calm photo! great composition and really good colour and light transition across the frame - a picture of peace!

18 Jan 2010 3:18am

Nikon D40
609/5 seconds
ISO 200
22 mm (35mm equiv.)

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