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Dark Water

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 7 May 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Another photo from the lighthouse at the Point of Ayr in North Wales.

NIKON D700 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Vahid from Tabriz, Iran

wow Superb!

7 May 2010 5:56am

@Vahid: Thanks Vahid!

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Je craque totalement sur le traitement que tu as appliqué à cette photo marine

7 May 2010 6:37am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!....the light was excellent which is always the most important thing!

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Je lis que tu admires beaucoup de photographes masculins mais je n'y vois aucune femme....

7 May 2010 6:38am

@Marie LC: How odd!....I hadn't though about that Marie!.....there are in fact a few although I wouldn't say that any of them have provided the driving inspiration that I've found in the work of male photographers such as Steichen, Kenna, Atget and Cartier-Bresson: Ones I admire include Georgia O'Keefe (; Imogen Cunningham is another and I really love both Jane Bown and Annie Leibovitz's portraits of the famous. Of the two Bown is the photographer whose work I far prefer.

Edit: I really wanted to like Lee Miller's work but when I went along to a major exhibition of her photos in Paris I didn't connect at all with them and the experience left me cold. Compare that to when I saw Avedon and Steichen's work in real life when the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.....a true experience of a lifetime.

Who are your own favourite photographers?

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

clean crisp compo. i like this

7 May 2010 7:54am

@MK: Thanks MK!

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Excellent job. So peaceful and calm. I think with lighthouse you've got an atmosphere of this place. Really like your capture!

7 May 2010 8:21am

@Sergei Z: Thanbks Sergei!

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Fantastic capture! Beautiful comopsition!

7 May 2010 8:21am

@Albert Manso: Thanks Albert.....lighthouses are awkward to photograph off centre like this with an extreme wide angle lens and I'm still in two minds about the distortion but it was the only way of also getting the water in the shot.

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

superbe effet miroir symétrique ! beau B&W, as usual ;-)

7 May 2010 8:43am

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna!

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Nice calm shot with mysterious foreground - I half expect to see a NASA logo half way up the structure! An interesting conversation with Marie. I struggle to think of women photographers with the obvious exception of Bown. I know very little about Cunningham and mixed views about Leibovitz, and thought of O'Keefe as a painter. Photography has never been more accessible to women so it will be interesting to see how the balance alters over the next decade.

7 May 2010 8:57am

@John Leech: Although it's less dramatic I prefer this location to the Perch Rock lighthouse on the River Mersey....the landscape has a real serenity and vastness which is lacking at New Brighton.

(O''s probably just me showing my ignorance again!)

k@ from Paris, France

Such a pure mirror.

7 May 2010 9:32am

@k@: Who can resist a good reflecting pool on the beach like this!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Five Stars*****

7 May 2010 10:12am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thanks Sharon!

Hamster from Nyon, Switzerland

Excellente photo ! what else can I say except 5 *****

7 May 2010 11:14am

@Hamster: Thanks Hamster!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very black, almost a tar lake! Super shot!

7 May 2010 11:46am

@MadScientist: Thanks for that!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Lovely tones and composition!

7 May 2010 12:29pm

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian!

dan from Paris, France

The dark water does not prevent the reflection from existing.

7 May 2010 1:24pm

@dan: Yes, the reflection was the governing factor in how dark I could allow the water to go in post processing.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

i had a chuckle seeing you justify your all male all-stars given the phallic study of the lighthouse in question...but all that aside, this is very good and with your new 700, and recharged mojo, hope that you drag us all with you as yet again, you have raised the bar!! The stillness and simplicity in this is quite stunning!

7 May 2010 3:09pm

@Ted: ....evrybody else was too polite to say anything Ted :-)

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Find Ian a lighthouse on a moody day - and watch as magic happens. Beautiful.

7 May 2010 3:10pm

@Stephen Phillips: Thanks Stephen....the light was really serene!

Mags from Paris, France

Beautiful one, I love this perfect reflext !

7 May 2010 7:30pm

@Mags: Thanks Mags!

ocorti from Vevey, Switzerland

wonderful graphical simplicity

8 May 2010 9:25am

Arturo Lopez from Toronto, Canada

I love the simplicity of your shots... congratulations for the work that you are showing us

8 May 2010 5:40pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb composition - it is symmetry but "twisted" symmetry - one light side, one dark - the effect is fascinating!

10 May 2010 2:10am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful

11 May 2010 5:20am

1/250 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)