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Smoke, Snow and Wires

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 26 March 2010 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

This is probably the last photo I'll be showing you in a series that I've taken recently of the Corus limestone works in Shap, Cumbria. (Hurray! I hear you cry! :-)

From this location at the front of the factory the place is a visual and literal mess with broken down fencing, heaps of limestone and overhead power cables everywhere.

At one point I put my camera bag down on the grass to change lenses - I chose a spot that didn't have much snow but when I picked the bag up it was covered instead in a fine grey ash.

Visually cluttered scenes like this can be extremely difficult to photograph well.....just how do you compose the various elements of the smokey factory, the broken down fencing, the overhead power cables into something that works as a photograph?

The route I took here was to exaggerate perspective by using my wide angle Sigma 10-20 lens and I've composed the main elements of the photo so that there are a series of opposing angled lines. You'll see how the line of the smoke opposes the lines of the fencing and overhead cables.

For those who may be interested here's a link to the other photos of this factory that I've posted:

.....and here's one in colour!

NIKON D40 1/60 second F/11.0 ISO 200 15 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.

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Strong compo. I didnt say hurray

26 Mar 2010 6:40am

Mirko Herzner from Germany

No Hurray from me... Outstanding images of this strange plant. The processing is superiour as usual and the comp works out nicely. I like how you chose to shot almost directly from under the power lines. The plant itself sits on this strange hill like in some S/F movie...

26 Mar 2010 8:46am

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Nice shot! Fantastic perpective! Beautiful B&W.

26 Mar 2010 10:03am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Excellent composition and, as usual, your processing is wonderful.

26 Mar 2010 10:12am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

I think this is the best of the lot! Your choice of angle, and the many details make this a shot that deserves attention. Well done.

26 Mar 2010 1:41pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

I thought the colour was a strong image but this is too, for different reasons, the various lead in lines and the vast detail. Great job Ian!

26 Mar 2010 4:06pm

ARTURO LOPEZ from Toronto, Canada

I can only say ouauuu. I love your B@W treatments

26 Mar 2010 5:06pm

studio17a from California, United States

Nice shot, well done !

26 Mar 2010 11:47pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I like the way the shapes of te snow and grass lead the eye, and the smoke takes it in another direction.

27 Mar 2010 3:23am

lil-ing from Singapore

very strong bw processing. the smoke is almost surreal. once again very impressed. :)

27 Mar 2010 4:41am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Good to see this one again. It's an interesting building for sure.

27 Mar 2010 9:19am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, great!

28 Mar 2010 6:51am

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Perfect for me! Compo, angle, color. Congrats!

29 Mar 2010 12:53am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

great composition! what i really like here is how the smoke and the factory have this real 3D effect about them...

29 Mar 2010 1:19am

@DarkElf: Thanks!.....that 3D effect is generated by the extreme wide angle lens which exaggerates the angles of the lines of perspective through the image.

Claus Petersen from Herfølge, Denmark

Looks like some contraption from the future doing who knows what to our beautiful earth. :-)

2 Apr 2010 7:31am

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique !

4 Apr 2010 7:25pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautyful - This place seems so unreal to my eyes, as a sci fi place it is a great series

7 Apr 2010 5:09am

1/60 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)