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Light on the River Dee

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 13 September 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Rays of light illuminating a ship on the River Dee in North Wales


An Open Invitation:

On Tuesday 12 October I'll be giving a talk to North Cheshire Photographic Society about my photos: NCPS Syllabus

For the first hour I'll be showing lots of my own photos using a digital projector and discussing the work of photographers like our own Hugo Poon, and John Leech who first showed me that photography could be an art form, as well as the work of iconic photographers like Michael Kenna

In the final 30 minutes of the talk I'm going to be discussing basic tips on photographic composition.

I realise that most of you live a long way away but anyone who would like to come will be made very welcome!

NIKON D700 1/2000 second F/8.0 ISO 200 90 mm (35mm equiv.)

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

For purchasing high quality archival prints of any of these photos you can send me an email by clicking here or by going to my website Ian Bramham - Fine Art Photography where prices are listed in the gallery sections under each individual photo.

sara from paris, France

Wonderful. What a formal masterpiece.

13 Sep 2010 5:02am

@sara: Thanks Sara!

Céline from New York City, United States

Fantastic ! 5***** !

13 Sep 2010 5:50am

@Céline: Thanks Céline!

Punit from Wanderer, India

Nice one Ian. The sky looks great

13 Sep 2010 8:04am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Glorious, Ian. A real spiritual light beaming down.

13 Sep 2010 9:02am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Sometimes we do not find words, it is the case here. 5*

13 Sep 2010 11:00am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

this is beyond perfect - WOW! 5 Stars!

13 Sep 2010 11:05am

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

really beautifu!

13 Sep 2010 11:37am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Perfection . Outstanding picture .

13 Sep 2010 11:46am

Sandra from Thoiry, France

Brilliant! This photo is just perfect.

13 Sep 2010 11:49am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


13 Sep 2010 11:49am

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Fantastic capture! Great light! Beautiful texture!

13 Sep 2010 12:09pm

Faëlle from Lyon, France

Superbe, fantasmagorique!

13 Sep 2010 12:15pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Another outstanding photo Ian! Masterful processing.

13 Sep 2010 1:16pm

k@ from Paris, France

I love this so much - depth of F...eeling, absolutely*

13 Sep 2010 1:43pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I love the smoothness of this shot. Soft and sharp at the same time and so rich with mood.
I wish I could attend your "talk" Ian, I'd love to hear your discussion on composition. I will be there in spirit :)

13 Sep 2010 1:46pm

Céline from Paris, France

Just superb !

13 Sep 2010 1:47pm

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Brilliant shot Ian! I love the lighting and the centre positioning of the ship. The tones are so buttery and smooth. Are you using the LAB colour conversion method by any chance?

13 Sep 2010 2:33pm

@Stu: Thanks! answer your question about colour conversion I've never tried the LAB method and I'm not even sure what it is. My method is that I photograph in 14 bit Raw, open the file in 'Capture NX2' and make any basic exposure adjustments. I then save the file as a 16 bit Tiff and import it into Photoshop CS3 where I use that programmes dedicated B&W converter which is excellent as it has sliders which alter the way that the different colours convert to B&W.

I then add contrast as a seperate step using Photoshop's 'Curves' tool....usually I apply contrast selectively to different parts of the photo via the lasso tool.

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

wonderful ! masterpiece ! divine light and perfect exposure ! sure you will have a great success in your talk, sorry not be there ;-)

13 Sep 2010 3:25pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Spectacular! Such powerful shot! Bravo

13 Sep 2010 7:49pm

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Just beautiful!

13 Sep 2010 9:46pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

well seen & executed Ian!

13 Sep 2010 9:48pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

Extraordinary. The light really bursts in brining the eye with it. 5* but I wish I could give it more.

13 Sep 2010 10:58pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

That's beautiful!

14 Sep 2010 1:52am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb capture of light and wonderful use of the conditions!

14 Sep 2010 5:42am

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States


14 Sep 2010 1:30pm

ocorti from Vevey, Switzerland

simple and powerful

14 Sep 2010 8:10pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

So beautifully seen, masterfully composed and impeccably processed!!! Love every element of this masterpiece!:-) Congrats my friend!

15 Sep 2010 1:30pm

tom from Germany

Wonderful! The lightbeams hitting the ship are just amazing.

17 Sep 2010 5:34am

Claus Petersen from Herfølge, Denmark

When the sun breaks through the clouds like this, it always feels a little divine.

17 Sep 2010 7:28am

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Brilliantly done, beautiful use of light and shade.

19 Sep 2010 3:46pm

Anthony from Baltimore, United States

another excellent shot, well done again.

21 Jan 2012 7:20am

1/2000 second
ISO 200
90 mm (35mm equiv.)