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Sunset at Crosby Beach

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 17 May 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Photographed at f5.6 as I wanted to keep the sun looking soft.

f8 or f11 would normally have been my choice for sharpness and big depth of field but those small apertures can lead to sharp lens flare lines coming from specular highlights (the sun in this case) which I didn't want on this photo.

Here's what the sun would have looked like at f11:

NIKON D700 1/180 second F/5.6 ISO 200 25 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Love this sweet colors and this man alone in front of sea, like a lookout. Nice shot.

17 May 2010 5:29am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie....this is a life size cast iron statue by scultpor Antony Gormley. In fact, there are 100 of them at various points along this beach. They make a wonderful work of art.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

What - colour! :-) I've seen this guy here a few times and he looks great in B/W, but without these subtle colours I would miss something. Excellent shot!

17 May 2010 7:43am

@MadScientist: Thanks.....the sunset colour were lovely!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada


17 May 2010 9:59am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thankls Sharon!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Very well controlled Ian. I think the exposure is spot on! Nice photo.

17 May 2010 10:25am

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian!

Mirko Herzner from Germany

The picture works out nicely both in terms of light and composition. I really like the almost silhouette effect you created with the statue. The ship at the horizon creates another interesting detail here. Also you managed to achieve this soft effect presenting the sun without any flares. A very fine shot indeed.

17 May 2010 10:41am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko....I was pleased with how the sun turned out!

Vahid from Tabriz, Iran


17 May 2010 4:16pm

@Vahid: Thanks Vahid!

Mags from Paris, France

A very nice one, I love the soft lighting and the composition :)

17 May 2010 6:07pm

@Mags: Thanks Mags!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

your plan worked and really well at that...but that previous landscape was so good I wouldn't rule out the effectiveness of lens flare!

17 May 2010 8:20pm

@Ted: Oh, I agree with you it's just that I wanted a softer look for this particular photo.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Hey Ian, congrats on finding another refreshing angle to photograph this wonderful beach! Such charming light and enchanting sunset atmosphere... evoking imaginations and emotions!

18 May 2010 12:06am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fantastic composition with the strong silhouette being a great pint of focus and interest!

18 May 2010 4:07am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful light and sky, I like this composition

18 May 2010 9:20pm

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

An interesting tip there Ian. I'll be putting to the test later.

24 May 2010 7:08am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Oh and btw, one of, if not my fave photo of yours from this place.

24 May 2010 7:09am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


25 May 2010 4:32am

1/180 second
ISO 200
25 mm (35mm equiv.)