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"Out of the Blue"

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 23 March 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I was lucky enough to get a full days photography last Saturday with John Leech and Mike Spriggs and we ended up at the lighthouse at the Point of Ayr in north Wales at dusk.

There were quite a few photographers there but the anticipated sunset never really materialised and everyone but John and I had left the beach as night fell. I'm glad we didn't leave with the others as 'out of the blue' we were lucky enough to witness the most amazing moonrise that either of us has ever seen.

NIKON D700 5/2 seconds F/8.0 ISO 200 195 mm (35mm equiv.)

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sunstone_maria from California, United States

Beautiful story in your description. I am glad you did not follow the crowd and got this special your reward! always A*****

23 Mar 2011 5:08am

@sunstone_maria: Thanks Maria!

albert from Busan, South Korea

Awesome picture!!

23 Mar 2011 6:06am

@albert: Thanks Albert!

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful

23 Mar 2011 6:06am

@Didier DE ZAN: Thanks Didier!

Claus Petersen from Herfølge, Denmark

a wonderful wonderful mood you have captured here, it looks like this old lighthouse is haunted :-)

23 Mar 2011 7:36am

@Claus Petersen: Hi sounds like you've already heard about the ghost of the Talacre lightouse!:

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Spectacular. Yes, it is sometimes good (though not always) to stick around and see what will develop. This is terrific.

23 Mar 2011 9:02am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

This spectacular moonrise is turned into great photo here! Well balanced light.

23 Mar 2011 9:11am

Helder Ferreira from Maia, Portugal

Wonderful! Well done!

23 Mar 2011 10:02am

guillaume from Paris, France

Wonderfully done !!

23 Mar 2011 10:27am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Just superb !

23 Mar 2011 10:42am

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Such exciting view and such magic photograph are the good luck of photographer. But under the circumstances this work requires, of cause, great patience. What a wonderful combination colours of sky, moon and urban lights!
All your photographs are excellent and many of them well knowledgable in our country. Thanks!

23 Mar 2011 11:49am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

I just love lighthouse photos, and this one is superb!

23 Mar 2011 1:29pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

gobsmacking shot Ian! really very well done!

23 Mar 2011 1:39pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada


23 Mar 2011 3:26pm

Olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

What a wonderful shot ! Very nice catch ! well done !

23 Mar 2011 3:46pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

your persistence repaid you in some fine style!

23 Mar 2011 5:45pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Waouh, this is great!

23 Mar 2011 7:21pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Awesome photo!!!

23 Mar 2011 8:49pm

BluSimo from Venezia, Italy

une photo charmante, compliments!!

23 Mar 2011 9:58pm

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Beautiful composition and color !!

23 Mar 2011 10:59pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Very nice image.

24 Mar 2011 2:32am

Dustin W. Fletcher from Dallas, United States

Was this the "supermoon"? Love the way it just burns through the clouds. Also like the subtlety in the rest of the image.

24 Mar 2011 5:43am

@Dustin W. Fletcher: Yes, it was Dustin, although I hadn't realised beforehand that it was going to be special. It was pure luck that I was on a beach with a lighthouse handy when it unexpectedly and suddenly popped up above the horizon just after night had fallen. Lucky wasn't I!

The evening previous to this I had been on a different beach but only had a wide angle lens with me. For tomorrow's image I'll show you how small a 'super moon' can look without a telephoto lens to hand.

Lara from Vienna, Austria

this is simply stunning!

24 Mar 2011 8:24am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A BEAUTIFUL scene, to be sure, Ian! you were smart to hang around for the "Supermoon" that rose at "late dusk." Now,this is the finest image from that event that I have seen yet..just beautiful Ian - as your images always are ;-) Cheers!

24 Mar 2011 2:42pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

How atmospheric!!! Almost surreal Ian! Enchantment and mystery... amazing capture!

24 Mar 2011 3:33pm

Simone from Italy

Poetic night shot...SUPER!

24 Mar 2011 8:02pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia


24 Mar 2011 10:59pm

steve loos from hollister, United States

Beautiful color and softness very nice! Nice spotlight

25 Mar 2011 2:38am

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

This is brilliant work, well worth the wait. I think it was not as good here in the city.
I have seen 2 others that I felt to comment, this is the 3rd, so beautiful and perfect.

25 Mar 2011 3:34am

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

And by the way this is so well deserved a spotlight.

25 Mar 2011 3:36am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

I didn't see it, for any reason!
This picture is just fantastic....and a perfect demonstation it's is sometimes very worthy to wait even if you didn't get at first the perfect light conditions you were waiting for.
A beautiful spotlight!

25 Mar 2011 7:40am

Turnbill from Maine, United States

A beautiful capture. Love the contrast between the coolness of the light on the landscape and the warmth of the moon.

25 Mar 2011 10:15am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

wow this is simply gorgeous, i love the blues and the subtle invasion of blue on the white lighthouse. The moon is glorious, love the cloud effect. Was well worth staying behind when the others left.

25 Mar 2011 1:51pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Tout simplement magnifique!

25 Mar 2011 2:20pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

wonderful treatment to the Supermoon!

25 Mar 2011 2:23pm

karla from Omaha, United States

This is thrilling to see! The blue sets the mood beautifully.

25 Mar 2011 3:06pm

Dixie from ingelmunster, Belgium

fantastic, ***** stars. beautiful !!

25 Mar 2011 4:23pm

ShoreRunner from New Jersey, United States

This is tremendous!

25 Mar 2011 4:25pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations for the spotlight.

25 Mar 2011 5:43pm

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

This is quite wonderful! I love the blue hour that comes after sunset. So many folks miss it. You did not! Bravo to you for hanging out for one of the most amazing moonrises in years. I cannot believe that others had left. It pays to be persistent as a photographer!

25 Mar 2011 10:01pm

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Lovely capture Ian! Congratulations on the spotlight!!

26 Mar 2011 1:54am

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

handsome photograph - very worthy of the 'SPOTLIGHT'! Congratulations!!!

26 Mar 2011 6:31am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic photograph. Congratulations on your Spotlight.

26 Mar 2011 8:13am

Robin from Sweden

Ohh, this is a money maker! Great shot!

26 Mar 2011 3:17pm

Lin from Irvine, United States


26 Mar 2011 8:10pm

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

a wonderfull shot !
and congratulation for the spotlight ☺

26 Mar 2011 10:04pm

houshang from hamaedan, Iran

champion shot.well done indeed

28 Mar 2011 8:33am

Ryan from Tucson, United States

Amazing capture! I admire your work.

28 Mar 2011 10:53am

Russ Devan from New Hanover, PA, United States

This is a superb image, Ian. I love the simple composition. The glow of the moon through the clouds nicely adds to this. Is it my imagination or is the image tilted slightly to the left?

28 Mar 2011 1:47pm

@Russ Devan: Hi Russ! No it's not your imagination as the lighthouse has been undermined by the incoming tide over the years and has a slight tilt toward the sea.

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Absolutely brilliant a piece of photography. Such a high quality image with wonderful clarity. A dreamscape picture. Lovely setting, lovely colors, lovely mood, sheer brilliance! Congrats on spotlight.

28 Mar 2011 4:34pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

29 Mar 2011 5:42am

ursulakatariina from Greenock, United Kingdom

There is something mystical and magical in this picture. Very beautiful and clear photo. 5 stars from me.

29 Mar 2011 4:53pm

corpusmind from Besançon, France

Wonderfull picture congrats !!!

29 Mar 2011 5:10pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

beautiful! congrats!

31 Mar 2011 6:04pm

Michael from Los Angeles, United States

That is just gorgeous. :-)

2 Apr 2011 1:26pm

Kaido from Tallinn, Estonia

Terrific composition!

2 Apr 2011 4:34pm

Leah Kay from Fort Collins, United States

stunning capture. great job with the spotlight as well. =) there is almost something eerie about this makes it very interesting.

4 Apr 2011 4:34pm

@Leah Kay: The lighthouse is supposed to be haunted if thats what you mean!:

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

Absolutely stunning!

30 May 2011 3:04am

Deisu from Valencia, Spain

Wow ;)

5 Oct 2011 1:33pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States


2 Oct 2018 12:48pm

5/2 seconds
ISO 200
195 mm (35mm equiv.)