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The North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 1 November 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

A long exposure photo of this early victorian era hotel on the sea front at Fleetwood in NW England.

It was designed by the wonderfully named architect "Decimus Burton"

NIKON D700 241/2 second F/8.0 ISO 200 17 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Beautiful shape to this building, the curve takes the eye along very comfortably.

1 Nov 2010 7:07am

@Richard: Thanks Richard!

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

I know Fleetwood, visited in 2005. Nice bw and composition.

1 Nov 2010 7:11am

@Marie LC: I bet that Fleetwood doesn't see many tourists from France Marie!.....did you have a good time on the NW coast?

Andrew from United Kingdom

Ian, It always amazes me how you can turn an ordanary scene into art.

1 Nov 2010 7:57am

@Andrew: Thanks for that Andrew!

mostafa from marand, Iran


1 Nov 2010 10:30am

larry from somewhere in, Singapore

Neat and empty. Very nice!

1 Nov 2010 11:29am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

so beautiful - the lighting and detail is wonderful - and no one can capture a sky the way you do!

1 Nov 2010 3:14pm

sunstone_maria from California, United States

very clean and simply no obstruction. I love the lines, the plain and so interesting composition. Very professional!

1 Nov 2010 6:56pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

elegant curve, fine details ! superb contrast !

1 Nov 2010 6:59pm

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

What a wonderful line!

1 Nov 2010 11:13pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent composition and great tonal range! the building seems to almost float through the space and the curve of the road is very inviting - my eyes follow it all around into the distance...

2 Nov 2010 1:25am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Love your long exposures.

2 Nov 2010 3:29am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Always in awe of the quality and tones of your black and white photos. This is superb!

2 Nov 2010 1:08pm

KimberlyC from United States

This is absolutely marvelous Ian. Lovely PP. I've seen this hotel, just not quite like this!
I hear the D700 is amazing for long exposures.

2 Nov 2010 1:48pm

@KimberlyC: Hi Kim! have you been keeping?!

I really love the D700 and it is a much more versatile camera than my old D40. It is great for long exposures as well as portraits, landscapes, fast action - everything I coud want reallly. The weather sealing is particularly useful for landscape photography as the best opportunities often come when the weather is changeable and it's good to be able to carry on photographing even when it is raining!

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, Belgium

Ian - I was thinking about you recently while traveling to Normandy and Brittany (especially after your recent Mont St. Michel images although I was only there briefly)

You may have mentioned this before - but I was curious - which filters do you use for daylight long exposures? I was trying to slow my shutter down but only had my polarizer and a 2 stop graduated ND which even at ISO100 f/22 did not slow things down all that much. I am looking at some Singh Ray filters like the Vari-ND and the More Slo - although they are pretty expensive.

2 Nov 2010 10:01pm

@Jason Kravitz: Hi Jason - For this photo here I used a toatal of 16 stops of neutral density filters.

There was a combination of a Lee 10 stop 'Big Stopper', which is a square slot-in filter which fits Lee's standard filter holder, it was placed over the top of a 6 stop circular nd filter made by a German company called 'B+W'.

The Lee 10 stop is a fairly recent addittion to my kit and has replaced my old B+W 10 stop as it has a better colour rendition. The Lee gives a cool blue colour cast which is easier to deal with than the brownish colour cast of the B+W 10 stop.

Generally speaking the 6 stop is okay on its own for things like waterfalls where you may want a shutter speed of about 1/4 of a second but if you want to blur cloud movement you need a shutter speed of at least 30 seconds which is usually when I stack the 6 and the 10 stops together - the downside is that it can lead to vignetting on a wide angle lens.

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, Belgium

Thanks Ian for the great info

3 Nov 2010 9:49am

@Jason Kravitz: No problem Jason....I'm pleased the info was helpful. There's a few tutorials on using these nd filters on the 'Articles' section of my website if you are interested:

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Excellent, une phot comme j'aimerais en faire

11 Nov 2010 6:40pm

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