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Imperial War Museum North

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 6 June 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

A 3 minute long exposure photo of the Imperial War Museum North from last Saturday evening with the setting sun lighting up the metal cladding of the air shard.

NIKON D700 1807/10 second F/8.0 ISO 200 35 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Wow, chapeau, amazing what a long exposure does to the quality of the reflection; excellent work on getting there at the right time as the lighting of the metal roof makes this shot

6 Jun 2011 5:43am

@Hoshisato: Thanks Hans....I was lucky with the light as it was one of those occasions where it was raining and sunny at the same time which is why the sky is so dark.

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Fantastic long exposure !

6 Jun 2011 9:04am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


6 Jun 2011 9:14am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Sublime light!

6 Jun 2011 9:18am

th from Dachsbach, nähe Erlangen, Germany

great b&w fantastic Light and reflaction.

6 Jun 2011 10:12am

Rayak from Paris, France

Superb composition with this white reflection on the river.

6 Jun 2011 10:27am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I love your long exposures.

6 Jun 2011 1:19pm

foto forté from Phoenix, United States

Beautiful b& the lighting, the composition, the effect of the motion of the water due to the long exposure. Beautiful image:)

6 Jun 2011 1:55pm

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

Congratulations!!! Your patience paid off - this is such a wonderful, smooth, clear & crisp B&W!

6 Jun 2011 2:07pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What beautiful architecture and impressive atmosphere... the most appealing tonality and exquisite play of light!!!
Amazing fine craft and masterful work of art! Congrats Ian!:-)

6 Jun 2011 2:37pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Yes, perfect, the balance between the metallic surface and its reflection on the long exposed water surface.

6 Jun 2011 5:18pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A three minute masterpiece!
It has ethereal beauty and should grace the walls of expensive lofts by the thousand.

6 Jun 2011 6:37pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Curly has said it better than me...absolutely outstanding Ian!

6 Jun 2011 7:03pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Ideal work!

6 Jun 2011 7:39pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Une image parfaite!

6 Jun 2011 8:04pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


6 Jun 2011 10:06pm

Kavita from Paramaribo, Suriname

wow! really nice lightening and composition

7 Jun 2011 12:32am

@Kavita: Thanks have a fascinating photoblog.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb composition! i like the reflection of the strongly illuminated tower in the water - your long exposure smoothed it out beautifully!

7 Jun 2011 2:13am

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

incroyable on dirait une maquette.

7 Jun 2011 3:31am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A stunning image Ian! Your composition, exposure and processing are absolutely fabulous, but then that is common on your pages. Needless to say I follow your work regularly as you must have noticed that you have been on my blogwatch ever since, but I stopped posting comments as I felt somewhat unwelcome after several non responses from you. But I value artists and creative brilliance above all I decided to remain a silent observer as I could not afford to miss out on the benefit of your great work. Cheers and be well:)

7 Jun 2011 9:08am

@Pavan Kaul: Hi Pavan, I've been active here on Aminus3 for 4 years now and I've enjoyed my time here immensely. For the first couple of years I used to reply to each comment but it starts to feel a bit silly after years of just saying 'thank you' and the AM3 system doesn't allow for much proper interaction.

I always reply to questions that are asked of course and I'm delighted if I'm able to help anyone in any way with their photography but that doesn't happen very often. As a result I've become more active over on Flickr and I'm an administrator there on a group that I started with John Leech called "The Photography Forum". If anyone of the 300 or so people here at AM3 who regularly follow this blog feel they want more detailed help or feedback, please feel free to join in and I'll give all the help I can Here's the link. It's free to join:

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thank you all for your comments on this photo. I haven't been using my camera very much recently so it was really good to get a few hours like this last Saturday to take some long exposure photos with no time pressure.

A number of things have conspired recently to mean that I'll probably be taking a break from Aminus3 for a little while. I broke my D700 camera last week when I accidentally dropped it and it's now with Nikon for repairs. Also I'm having an operation tomorrow which means I'm not likely to be taking any photos for a few weeks.

7 Jun 2011 9:55am

Andrew from Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Ian, Another great image. So sorry to hear about your camera. Hope your operation goes well and your back out continuing to take the fantastic images you normally produce soon.

7 Jun 2011 10:05am

@Andrew: Thanks Andrew....hopefully it will just be a short break from AM3.

Rayak from Paris, France

Hope everything is OK after your operation. Thanks for regaling us like this. Nice and quick recovery.

7 Jun 2011 10:45am

@Rayak: Thanks Rayak.

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Hi Ian, another totally awe-inspiring image.
I am so sorry to hear about your camera and I hope that your surgery goes well.
I will miss seeing your wonderful images - they are always so totally inspiring.
I wish every success. Sharon :)

7 Jun 2011 11:56am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thanks Sharon!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

fabulous ! this mono is perfection !

7 Jun 2011 12:23pm

@MARIANA: Thanks Mariana!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wishing you a very speedy recovery! All the best Ian!

7 Jun 2011 2:40pm

@hugo poon: Thanks Hugo!

skarlet from kerman, Iran

superb image..!!!

7 Jun 2011 3:51pm

@skarlet: Thanks skarlet!

Addey Kehinde from Guildford, United Kingdom

Another inspiring image, Ian. Sorry to hear about your camera and more importantly - I wish you a very speedy recovery!!!

7 Jun 2011 5:35pm

@Addey Kehinde: Thanks Addey....I'm sure that both me and the camera will be fine in a few weeks.

Jon from Malta

Well composed and lovely light.  Great image.  Good luck with the operation and a speedy recovery.

7 Jun 2011 6:15pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

hello Ian! good luck with the operation and with the repair of your camera! i am sure you will be back on your feet and taking photos in no time :-) i look forward to your future work!

8 Jun 2011 2:49am

S.Bernardin from le Havre, France

Fantastic long exposure !

12 Jun 2011 9:06am

tom from Germany

Absolutely gorgeous. I love the light and the reflection on the water.

13 Jun 2011 6:50pm

Stefanie from France


16 Jun 2011 2:25pm

S.Bernardin from le Havre, France

Fantastic long exposure !

17 Jun 2011 9:08am

Babzy from Besançon, France

just perfect :)

21 Jun 2011 7:16am

Lila from Leipzig, Germany


21 Jun 2011 4:42pm

ManuRaw from France

Superbe photo en pose longue. La lumière y est savamment dosée et l'image parfaitement composée.
Magnifique photo.

2 Jul 2011 1:38pm

1807/10 second
ISO 200
35 mm (35mm equiv.)