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BBC Media City, Manchester

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 14 June 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

A 2 minute long exposure photographed using a Nikon D700 and 16-35vr lens

NIKON D700 241/2 second F/8.0 ISO 200 18 mm (35mm equiv.)

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flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Work of art! 5*!

14 Jun 2010 5:32am

@flyingwind风飞扬: Thanks very much!

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

A work always well-kept, irreproachable bw, here is what I like at home

14 Jun 2010 6:24am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

a perfect long exposure and BW ! I love the direction of the clouds which goes in the same direction as the shape of the building !

14 Jun 2010 7:20am

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna....I was lucky that there was quite a strong wind blowing!

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

As usual, PERFECT!
You used a ND8 didn't you?
Are you more used to the D700 now? It's completely different from using a crop factor equipment... the quality speaks for itself!

14 Jun 2010 8:58am

@Rui: Thanks Rui!....for this shot I used a 10 stop and a 6 stop ND filter stacked (giving a total of 16 stops). They are by a company called 'B W' and are the circular screw-on type. I'm switching eventually to Lee's slide in system but I haven't got their 10 stop ND yet. The D700 is a lot more complex to use than the D40, especially for long exposure photography but I'm starting to feel comfortable with it now even though I'm still occasionally coming across unexpected issues in the operation of the camera.

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

breathtakingly beautiful ... perfect

14 Jun 2010 10:07am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thanks Sharon!

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

I can't imagine the Lee 10 stop being a particularly cheap filter to buy! If ever your 6 stop screw on filter becomes redundant I'll buy it off you. What I find interesting with long exposures is just how different the clouds can look from one exposure to the next. This photo of yours is an absolute beauty!

14 Jun 2010 10:10am

@Mike: Hi Mike!.....I don't think it's too bad. Certainly not more expensive that the B W equivalent. I'm hoping the Lee Big Stopper will make it a lot easier to use in conjunction with a nd grad.

By the way, the filter thread on the new 16-35vr lens is a lot better than the one on the Sigma 10-20 which makes screwing filters onto the front much easier.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Excellent long exposure. I love how the flow of the water and clouds accentuates the curve of the building.

14 Jun 2010 12:57pm

@Ralph Jones: Thanks Ralph!

missparis from PARIS, France

C'est vraiment parfait !

14 Jun 2010 2:16pm

@missparis: Thanks very much!

Vahid from Tabriz, Iran

Excellent ! Bravo 5/5

14 Jun 2010 2:25pm

@Vahid: Thanks Vahid!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh Ian, just love the sense of rhythm, both in the sky and the building! Another masterful long exposure capture!

14 Jun 2010 2:47pm

@hugo poon: Thanks Hugo!

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

This is incredible amazingly perfect!

14 Jun 2010 3:09pm

@Sonia Nansid: Thanks Sonia!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Perfect composition, exposure and contrast. Love it Ian!

14 Jun 2010 4:13pm

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian!

Mags from Paris, France

Beautiful light!

14 Jun 2010 6:07pm

@Mags: Thanks Mags!

jlm from Västerås, Sweden

Great lightning and composition

14 Jun 2010 7:14pm

@jlm: Thanks Jim!

Paul from summerside, Canada

Very nice

14 Jun 2010 8:03pm

@Paul: Thanks Paul!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

a real stunner Ian!

14 Jun 2010 8:42pm

@Ted: Thanks Ted!

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Beautiful work.

14 Jun 2010 8:47pm

@Daryl Johnson: Thanks Daryl!

William Darhy from France

I like this smooth and delicate sky. The overall contrast balance is great

14 Jun 2010 9:28pm

@William Darhy: Thanks William!

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

The sky is just incredible...and the light that carried though the frame is so consistent, yet there are subtle contrasts throughout. Beautiful shot.

15 Jun 2010 12:54am

@bluechameleon: Thanks Sharon!

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

brilliant long exposure! i like the clouds and the water surface the best - the clouds "lean" nicely towards the building and the water is so flat and smooth!

15 Jun 2010 3:04am

@DarkElf: Thanks very much....I was lucky with the direction of the cloud movement wasn't I!

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

Splendide réalisation, brillante photo!

15 Jun 2010 7:36am

@foto-rolero54: Thanks for that!

lili from *, Iran

Wow! superb!
I love it!

15 Jun 2010 7:57am

@lili: Thanks!

LB Vision from PARIS, France

Superb, great shot !! Peace !

15 Jun 2010 9:22am

@LB Vision: Thanks!

pixator from kerman, Iran


15 Jun 2010 12:52pm

@pixator: Thanks!

Marie from FRESNES, France

c'est superbe ! très beau noir et blanc.

15 Jun 2010 2:14pm

@Marie: Thanks....I'm planning on doing a few more long exposures now I've got this new camera and lens!

dr pankaj shukla from panaji, India

Great Capture Ian !
I liked the surreal effect in the image !

15 Jun 2010 4:48pm

@dr pankaj shukla: Thanks!

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Im back to your picture (still thinking about it). 2 minutes expure at 200 ISO... it must have been very a dark day or? My top is on 5 secs and it looked horrible :(

15 Jun 2010 5:20pm

@Sonia Nansid: Sonia.....the explanation is that I used neutral density filters that screw onto the front of the lens. They are basically discs of dark glass in a threaded mount. The glass is optically corrected to try and ensure that colour is not affected (that's what the 'neutral' bit in 'neutral density' means).

For this shot I stacked a 10 stop nd filter and a 6 stop giving a total of 16 stops of light reduction....this means that I'm able to take long exposure shots even in bright midday sunlight rather than having to wait for night time.

There's a few photos of the nd filters with a more detailed explanation here: and some other threads on their use on the 'Links' page of my website (see link at the top of the page)

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

its my first visit to your stream and what an impact, I'm not on the internet often, but I hope to pass by again. Keep up the good work, Mandy

15 Jun 2010 8:07pm

@M@ndy: Thanks very much!

Aubain from Honolulu, Tonga

I love how the sky follows the architectural lines and viceversa

15 Jun 2010 11:34pm

@Aubain: Thanks Aubain!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Another fabulous long exposure Ian, I'm dying to give this a try so just ordered a 10 stop Cokin ND filter to go with the puny 2 stop that I already have.

21 Jun 2010 7:44pm

@Curly: That's great Curly!....I am sure you'll enjoy using it!

241/2 second
ISO 200
18 mm (35mm equiv.)