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Surf Break

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 19 July 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A long exposure photo from the coast showing the line of surf breaking on the sand and on a wooden beach protection groyne.

NIKON D700 241/2 second F/5.6 ISO 200 31 mm (35mm equiv.)

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MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

great compo n mood, as usual

19 Jul 2010 5:14am

@MK: Thanks MK!

sara from paris, France

Very pacefull, well done.

19 Jul 2010 5:16am

@sara: Thanks sara!

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Lovely serene shot that works perfectly. I would love to take a shot like this.

19 Jul 2010 5:40am

@Richard: Thanks Richard....these long exposure shots are actually quite easy to do but you need a tripod and a some specialist neutral density filters. For this shot I used two filters - a 10 stop nd filter and a 6 stop. Combined one on top of the other and screwed onto the front of the lens they give 16 stops of light reduction which allows long exposures to be taken even in bright sunlight.

At dusk and dawn you'll get the same effect with a much less radical nd filter, and at night of course you don't need any filter.

This shot here for example needed a 10 minute exposure but didn't use any filters but it was so dark I could hardly see those rocks in the foreground.

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

superb compo and realisation, very " Michael Kenna " mood ;-)

19 Jul 2010 7:47am

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna.....I'm sure you know by now that Michael Kenna is my favourite photographer!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Another magnificent composition Ian! I love the lead-in line and 'smoothness' of the water with the long exposure.

19 Jul 2010 9:13am

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

so beautiful - I ltoo would like to capture shots like this but have never known how to go about it. Thanks so much for your explanation - perhaps I will give it a go. I am very much a fan of your work.

19 Jul 2010 10:09am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thanks Sharon....if you are interested there's a couple of small articles here that I wrote when I was still using my Nikon D40 which go into the long exposure technique in more detail: The basics you'll need if you want to try daytime long exposures are a 10 stop neutral density filter (but I often use a 10 and a 6 stop combined to give 16), a tripod and a remote control for your camera so that you can use the camera in it's 'bulb' setting for exposure times longer than 30 seconds. If you have any questions ask away and I'll do my best to help if I can!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Fabulous and first rate as usual, Ian.

19 Jul 2010 11:12am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks Michael!

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

beautiful image, wonderful soft tones...

19 Jul 2010 11:37am

@peter.K: Thanks Peter

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Obviously I don't have the memory of an elephant, 'cause how can I possibly frget about you...and your phenomenal, constantly surprising and Michael above always leave me wanting more....about Michael, did you see his jewelry maker today, phenomenal...and I catch my breath at the power of yours...

19 Jul 2010 11:37am

@Lorraine: Hi Lorraine!....yes that portrait by Michael is brilliant isn't it. My portrait photography is something I'm trying to improve at the moment (especially now I've got this shiny new camera!) but it's a lot harder than landscape or architectural photography!

kairospix from Singapore, Singapore


19 Jul 2010 11:40am

@kairospix: Thanks!

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

I like the use of diagonal.

19 Jul 2010 2:38pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Masterful long exposure again to create such amazing fine art! So beautifully seen and composed, Ian!

19 Jul 2010 3:17pm

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Wow magnifique, I love it 5*

19 Jul 2010 3:24pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great tone and I love the geometry of this.

19 Jul 2010 4:09pm

Naeem from Abbottabad, Pakistan

nice and lovely B&W

19 Jul 2010 5:12pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

excellent :)

19 Jul 2010 5:40pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Heyyy,great in B&W

19 Jul 2010 10:15pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb work! i think this work very well in a square format with lovely balance to the composition!

20 Jul 2010 3:39am

Marie LC from France

Perfect for me !

20 Jul 2010 7:23am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


20 Jul 2010 8:59am

Amirreza Tavassoli from Tehran, Iran

Like always !

20 Jul 2010 11:46am

Aboololo from Govashir, Iran

really nice shot . great B and W .

20 Jul 2010 7:39pm

Naveen Bachwani from Bombay (Mumbai), India

I love the composition, the calmness and how the soft and the sharp come together in this one...

22 Jul 2010 11:23am

Faëlle from Lyon, France

great picture!

6 Sep 2010 10:01pm

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