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Piccadilly Tram Lines

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 19 May 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The tram tracks in a rainy city centre Manchester.

This is another photo that I took recently using a 1950s medium format Zeiss Ikon camera. Although the camera has a device that is supposed to prevent two photos being taken on the same square of film it clearly hasn't worked here however I really like the result of this unintentional double exposure.

Sometimes the unexpected results that I get from photography bring a big smile to my face.


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Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

Remarquable, une construction et un équilibre des gris splendides. Un petit air de Saul Leiter.

19 May 2011 5:06am

@Valérie Simonnet: Thanks Valérie. I hadn't come across Saul Leiter's work before so thank you for the suggestion as it looks really fascinating. I need to take a closer look at his photography.

sunstonemaria from California, United States

such a wonderful work - fantastic and must tell you I am intrigued by this silhouette ! absolutely brilliant!!! I have never ever tried anything else them my Nikon D90 but can only imagine your joy of experimenting with this amazing camera!!

19 May 2011 5:07am

@sunstonemaria: Thanks Maria. You should give medium format film a try as I'm sure you'd find it really enjoyable and interesting. There are lots of these old cameras still available and they cost virtually nothing to buy as nobody wants them anymore now that we all use digital.

Film has a different way of dealing with highlights - it doesn't seem to have that sudden hard shoulder drop-off into pure white that digital photos do when the image reaches the 255 value so the transition to white seems more natural. Also tonality in the larger film formats can be every bit as good as the best digital cameras with even smoother transitions between in and out of focus areas.

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like the effect of the rain on the road and the wet rails but also this ghost who crosses the railroad as already almost totally absorbed by the rain

19 May 2011 5:39am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie. Yes, you can just make out his umbrella at the top!

Claus Petersen from Herfølge, Denmark

Really nice use of the reflection here.

19 May 2011 6:49am

@Claus Petersen: Thanks Claus!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

I like the fact the picture is not the one you expected, when the hazard penetrates and knocks down our preestablished plans.

19 May 2011 6:56am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks Gérard!

Rayak from Paris, France

I'm lost in your picture! Gorgeous image.

19 May 2011 6:57am

@Rayak: Thanks Rayak!

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Cool collage, great work!

19 May 2011 8:14am

Sophie Avrillault from Bidart, France

le reflet est excellent, jolie composition, on a l'impression que les rails du tram sortent de l'image, et au 1er regard j'ai cru à un montage nice shot

19 May 2011 9:42am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Double exposure!! Wow, this brings back memories - something Photoshop doesn't do as well :-)
Great combination of photos, it keeps the eyes very busy with intrigue.

19 May 2011 12:37pm

S.Bernardin from le Havre, France

Pretty ghostly effect, images are superb, I love this compo.

19 May 2011 12:38pm

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

super imposed? very well done!

19 May 2011 1:38pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What an intriguing capture of the mood of the city! Wonderfully dreamy! Congrats on the great tool! Have fun Ian!:-)

19 May 2011 1:44pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

I am in a shock! It is just stunning picture! Very successful combination of these shots of double exposure.

19 May 2011 6:56pm

tom from Germany

Love the different layers here.

19 May 2011 8:16pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Love the reflection, very nicely done.

20 May 2011 12:53am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

when i saw this first, i thought this is some sort of weird reflection in a shop window - a very interesting effect, especially the "ghost" of person holding an umbrella...

20 May 2011 2:19am

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

a happy little accident - that double exposure is terrific!! love it!

20 May 2011 2:40am

Hans ter Horst from Ealing, United Kingdom

Welcome back to analogue! That is a very lucky result if the double exposure was unintentional

20 May 2011 5:25am

karla from Omaha, United States

A very pleasing and intriguing double exposure! One would not realize it was an accident.

22 May 2011 12:42am

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Superb street shot and a wonderful picture! Lovely lines and geometry and the mood of the rain is so real like we are standing in the rain while looking at ur picture! Cheers!

22 May 2011 2:13am

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, United Kingdom

Indeed, that worked very well!

22 May 2011 9:56pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

Superb ! I like the reflection and this rainy atmosphere !

23 May 2011 5:15pm

Morris Taub (momo) from Montpellier, France

very cool...and wet...

24 May 2011 5:48pm

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Vraiment superbe;

25 May 2011 8:50am

rafafotografia from Madrid, Spain

Beautiful, enigmatic ...

30 Aug 2011 4:58am