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Point of Ayr Lighthouse

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 4 May 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The lighthouse at the Point of Ayr in North Wales.

A longish exposure photo taken with my new D700 with in DX crop mode with a Sigma 10-20 lens and 10 stop nd filter

NIKON D700 8 seconds F/11.0 ISO 200 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Hamster from Versonnex, France

Nice composition and nice black and white !

4 May 2010 8:04am

Fred from Manila, Philippines

Wow. I really like the bnw toning in this one. Gave a little bit sharp edges on the lighthouse contrasting the foggy effect of the long exposure on the water. I wish it was a little wider though. But that's just me. Good shot all in all!

4 May 2010 8:38am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

A lovely, simple composition.

4 May 2010 8:51am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Another magnificent B&W photo Ian. The composition and framing works a treat.

4 May 2010 9:24am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Toujours de beaux cadrages et une présentation soignée. Et aussi un beau nb

4 May 2010 9:44am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

another extraordinary capture - really, really nice

4 May 2010 10:27am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fab compo. Well done

4 May 2010 11:16am

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Beautiful capture! Fantastic perspective!

4 May 2010 3:07pm

BAbzy from France

wonderful image , it's a 5 stars !!

4 May 2010 3:12pm

Mags from Paris, France

Such a beautiful picture, I love it!

4 May 2010 7:56pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

do you remember our conversation earlier in the year...that your mojo was awol?
And look at you now, winning a national landscape award ( and not just any but the best); winning a new camera and a nikon at that; and shooting lighthouses with the said D700...DOES IT GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS?
Great job Ian!

4 May 2010 7:58pm

@Ted: It's odd isn't it Ted....I've achieved all the early ambitions that I had when I frist took up photography 3 years ago but I still get enormously frustrated when I go through periods like the one over recent months when I've felt like I'm no longer improving. The new camera means that there's a whole lot of new things to learn which is great and I'm particularly looking forward to improving my portrait skills as well as seeing what effect the new camera has on my landscape photos.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Very nicely framed.

5 May 2010 12:10am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent composition with the stony "path" leading towards the lighthouse!

5 May 2010 1:47am

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Perfect framing and depth

5 May 2010 2:24pm

dea from Italy


6 May 2010 9:51am

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

beautifully done, as always Ian.

6 May 2010 12:34pm

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Another winner!

6 May 2010 5:27pm

Arturo Lopez from Toronto, Canada

Great job

8 May 2010 5:38pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


10 May 2010 7:09am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Great shot, should be my favorite of the three lighthouse shot

11 May 2010 5:21am

Guy from Dalarö, Sweden

Oops, I see that I missed the earlier images which you took with the D700.

With reference to your comments above regarding learning and portraits, I'd be interested in your assessment of the camera for this type of shooting once you feel that you have mastered it. I also don't quite get your desire to shoot portraits with it (as opposed to using the D40 for portraits). IMHO I have a lot more fun and success using a manual focus lens and a rangefinder camera than a DSLR with AF for portraits.

11 May 2010 9:05am

@Guy: Guy, I've taken a couple of portraits now with the D700 and my Nikon 50 f1.4G lens:

I've always admired the work of photographers who are skilled in portrait photography but I've never had the courage or confidence to give it a try for myself. I'm using the new D700 as the push I needed to finally do something about it.

I don't have any real experience of doing portraits with the D40 so it's difficult to make any kind of comparative assessment with the new camera but I'm certainly delighted with what I'm getting with the D700.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Ian, I see you are shooting with a D700 now.
This is a stellar shot! Love the depth of field and strong composition. Congrats to you!

11 May 2010 1:18pm

@bluechameleon: Yes I won a landscape photography competition which meant I was able to get this lovely new full frame camera. I haven't got a full frame compatible wide angle lens yet so this was shot in DX crop mode with my old Sigma 10-20 lens.

Bishop from Houston, United States

This is a lovely shot... great depth of field! :)

17 May 2010 12:22am

Jeremie from Brooklyn, New York, United States

Just amazing !! I really love your style of landscape photography, bringing together desolation and graphism. Superb!

24 May 2010 9:31pm

8 seconds
ISO 200
30 mm (35mm equiv.)