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Dusk Landing

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 26 May 2010 in Transportation and Portfolio.

A photo that I took last Saturday at sunset from the hill behind our village in Cheshire of a plane on final approach to Manchester Airport.

NIKON D700 1/20 second F/8.0 ISO 200 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Nice shot! Great color!

26 May 2010 6:53am

@Albert Manso: Thanks Albert!.....a confession - I cheated with the colour as this is a photo that I converted to B&W and then I added that tone later.

Fred from Manila, Philippines

Cheated or not, this photo still makes that strong appeal to the eyes because of the composition. The toning adds the artists' taste -- I would've done this differently, but this is yours. You are the master. And I bow to the photo. beautiful!

26 May 2010 7:07am

@Fred: Thanks Fred.....I hadn't intended to convert this one to mono but it wasn't working in colour for whatever reason (there are very few of my colour photos that I really like) so I thought I'd see what it was like in B&W.

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Nice view is well presented. I like this postprocessing, too.

26 May 2010 7:43am

@Vaido: Thanks Vaido!

Céline from Paris, France

Wow, excellent !

26 May 2010 7:56am

@Céline: Thanks Céline!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Fantastic shot! Makes my day!

26 May 2010 9:29am

@MadScientist: Thanks!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

I echo Fred ... everything about the photo is appealing - it is art

26 May 2010 10:53am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What can I say Ian... so simple yet so beautiful!!!:-) Like others have said, every element is just perfect - the tone, the timing, the composition, the subtlety of details, the format... I'm so charmed my friend!:-)))

26 May 2010 12:19pm

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Great!! Very nice compo.

26 May 2010 12:37pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Magnificent photo Ian! I think the toning you have applied works very well.

26 May 2010 12:49pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wow... FABULOUS image . And these tones are perfect for this compo .

26 May 2010 2:02pm

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

I just don't even know where to begin with this one. Simply wonderful!

I haven't been around much recently so have just noticed your move to the D700. If you have the time I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, given the excellent stuff you were posting with your D40.

26 May 2010 5:24pm

@Stu: Hi Stu!.....the move to the D700 from the D40 has been a big step-up in complexity and I'm still on a learning curve with all the buttons and dials on the new camera especially when it comes to tripod long exposures as I've never used things like 'mirror up' and 'live view' before and the D700 remote control is also a lot more complex too.

As far as image quality goes (which is really what it's all about!) I'm delighted with the new camera. The dynamic range is a noticeable improvement as are the clean deep blacks at low iso. The RAW image files have more processing headroom than those of the D40 which I appreciate particularly when it comes to B&W conversions.

The focus accuracy of the D700 is noticeably better and quicker than the D40 with my Nikon 50 f1.4 and 70-300vr lenses and the auto CA removal was an unexpected bonus when using the 50 f1.4.

I'm still waiting impatiently for the last of the competition prize to arrive before I get a FX compatible wide angle Nikon 16-35vr zoom to replace my DX Sigma 10-20.

zahra from shiraz, Iran

khili naze.

26 May 2010 5:59pm

Vahid from Tabriz, Iran

Wow very Nice ! *****

26 May 2010 7:15pm

Mags from Paris, France

Wow very well done, the sun is amazing!

26 May 2010 8:01pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Wonderful, Ian. Perfect composition.

26 May 2010 8:11pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Great compo, fantastic photo!

26 May 2010 10:42pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A lovely choice of tone for this beautiful composition Ian!

27 May 2010 3:18am

tim from high desert, United States

WOW! Everyone else has covered why its great. Amazed how the sun is not blown but there is detail in the land.

Monumental subtlety.

27 May 2010 5:56am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Magnifique composition. J'aime ces couleurs douces et le sujet épuré au maximum.

27 May 2010 11:22am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

whoa! superbly caught! nice placement of the plane and the sun at the opposite ends - it gives good balance to this scene!

28 May 2010 3:04am

Naveen Bachwani from Mumbai (Bombay), India

Simplicity and Elegance...

2 Jun 2010 5:39am

Adrian from Whitley Bay, United Kingdom

I don't think your post-processing is cheating at all but thanks for the disclosure. This is one of those that says a lot with a great economy of means. Wonderful image.

3 Jun 2010 6:33am

sara from paris, France

vraiment ravie d'avoir découvert ton blog.

7 Jun 2010 6:40am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

These images don't come along every day... Brilliantly done, Ian!! I've been bad about not being around much with new job and being creatively drained at the end of the day (am working at a small publishing company and do the ad copy layouts, editorial work etc)... and now see that you've moved up to the D700.. WOOHOO! Still love my D300 but do salivate over that D700 ;-)

10 Jun 2010 2:52am

@amy: I'm just as guilty of not visiting other photographers blogs here as much as I used to!

The D700 came about as a result of winning a landscape photography competition which was pretty amazing:

Remus from Portugal

Amazing catch!
Perfect colors and light.

3 Jul 2010 5:49pm

1/20 second
ISO 200
300 mm (35mm equiv.)