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Irish Sea

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 29 November 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Wooden groyne walls at Fleetwood in NW Engalnd protecting the beach from erosion by the Irish Sea.

Visually, I've always loved the way that the black lines of these groynes head out into the white and grey sea. On this day the contrast between the hardness of the groynes with the softness and texture of the sky was an extra bonus.

The line of white along the shoreline is the surf breaking - the normal wave action has been blurred by the 2 minute long exposure time that I chose.

These groyne walls are a very common sight on beaches throughout the UK. They are there to stop the wave action from moving the sand up to one end of the beach due to longshore drift:

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

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sunstone_maria from California, United States

Sophisticated image! great style and composition. always amazed by your art of creating unique images.

29 Nov 2010 5:16am

Eduard Crispi from Vic, Catalunya, Spain

Great shot and excellent post-edition!

29 Nov 2010 5:22am

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

Splendide, merveilleuse lumière.

29 Nov 2010 6:08am

guillaume from Paris, France

Peaceful shot ! Perfect for a monday morning !

29 Nov 2010 7:46am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Moody and magnificent.

29 Nov 2010 7:55am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

superb composition ! I love the dark lines which enter softly in the white and smooth water, and the beautiful sky !

29 Nov 2010 9:18am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

I love another thing you have captured about many british beaches - how sharp and rough the beach actually is (broken shells, pebbles and oil stains) - I take it you wasn't barefoot for this shot :-)
But I do love the contrast you have captured between the different plains with the long exposure.

29 Nov 2010 10:01am

@Ian Smith: I find beaches in the UK are generally a lot cleaner these days so any oil stains you see are most likely to be either good old fashoned mud or else it is over enthusiastic 'burning' on my part in post processing Ian!

ella from Poland

great image,great atmosphere.WOW

29 Nov 2010 12:09pm

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

31 minutes! I hope it was not too cold! ;-)
But you did well to wait, the effect is superb!

29 Nov 2010 12:40pm

@Christian Richer: aminus3 doesn't do fractions very well Christian and this photo was only 2 minutes rather than 31 minutes!

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Beautiful, lonely, and very lovely!

29 Nov 2010 4:58pm

Anthony Thomason from Phoenix, United States

Nice slow shutter work!

29 Nov 2010 6:04pm

Wiepkjen from Utrecht, Netherlands

Absolutely beautiful.

29 Nov 2010 7:07pm

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Ah ! I'm reassured ! :))

29 Nov 2010 9:53pm

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Incredible and surreal shot. The feeling of paradise and feeling of endlessness. A fantastic piece of photography. Cheers!

30 Nov 2010 2:18am

Nitin from Shanghai, China

I just checked up your photography site Ian. It's fantastic and your work is indeed brilliant stuff. Best wishes and good luck all through. Cheers!

30 Nov 2010 2:39am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent photo - the contrast is indeed wonderful here and the tonal transition works very well in b&w! i like the groyne walls here - they give nice reference lines additional interest to this scene!

30 Nov 2010 2:57am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


30 Nov 2010 4:22am

Wolfen from Villefranche S/S, France

J'aime la composition épurée et ce n&b patiné, du bel ouvrage !!!
Félicitations et bonne semaine

30 Nov 2010 4:54pm

Lila from Leipzig, Germany

great soft sky and silent water! like your progress

30 Nov 2010 11:33pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful BW

1 Dec 2010 8:04am

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

This is amazing and the forethought you put into creating it shows your skill. This is one of those photos I wish I had taken :D

4 Dec 2010 12:44am

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

Very nice perspective and grey tones !
Kind regards

4 Dec 2010 7:53am

Theysr from Belgium

Great photo!

5 Dec 2010 7:07pm

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