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Media City Footbridge

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 1 February 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

A 2 minute long exposure photo that I took last weekend of the new footbridge over the Manchester Ship Canal which connects the BBC Media City with the Imperial War Museum North.

The process for these long exposures is that I set the camera up on the tripod and take a test shot to make sure the composition is okay. To get the 2 minute exposure time for this particular shot which was photographed in bright daylight I then switched the camera to fully manual and added a circular 6 stop neutral density filter to the front of the lens and took another shot which was at 1/8th of a second after I'd fiddled about with it a bit (I 'exposed to the right' on the histogram on the camera LCD display to ensure I'd maximised the available dynamic range of the camera).

Finally I added a Lee 10 stop nd filter on top of the 6 stop to get the shot you see here using a calculated shutter speed of 4 minutes (by counting 10 stops up from 1/8th of a second on my fingers:-)

NIKON D700 241/2 second F/8.0 ISO 200 22 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Julie DiCarlo from Austin, United States

This is such a lovely photograph in so many ways, the perspective draws you in and the reflection provides wonderful balance. I love it.

1 Feb 2012 5:18am

@Julie DiCarlo: Thanks Julie!

sunstonemaria from California, United States


1 Feb 2012 6:11am

@sunstonemaria: Thanks Maria!

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Absoolument superbe ce cadrage et toujours cette même élégance dans la présentation

1 Feb 2012 6:33am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

It's fantastic!

1 Feb 2012 6:56am

@Sergei Z: Thanks Sergei!

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

I particularly appreciate the homogeneity of the photo. The purity of line blends beautifully with the elegant smoothness of B & W.

1 Feb 2012 7:55am

@Christian Richer: Thanks Christian!

Hans ter Horst from Ruislip, United Kingdom

Smooth! The dynamic range of grayscales in this photo is amazing

1 Feb 2012 8:05am

@Hans ter Horst: Thanks Hans!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Precision and smoothness. Clarity and deep shadows. An example of a good balance between these antagonist elements.
And a perfect presentation, as usual.

1 Feb 2012 8:08am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks Gérard!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Amazing image. Love the b/w treatment.

1 Feb 2012 9:13am

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Merveilleuse photo ! 5*

1 Feb 2012 9:18am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

That is an elegant bridge. Clarity, composition, balance with the dark/shadow areas, all make for a wonderful result (dare I say it, as usual...). 4stars. :OD

1 Feb 2012 9:50am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

An excellent photo Ian! Magnificent composition and use of available light. I really don't like maths, so I might buy a calculator to figure out how you do this - and then see about getting some ND filters myself :-)

1 Feb 2012 1:46pm

klausz from kufstein, Austria

amazing, my spotlight for this day! superb!

1 Feb 2012 2:19pm

shooter from United Kingdom

I like the pov you've chosen here makes for a more dynamic shot I intended to shoot this from the same spot when I next venture there. Sods law I didn't take my camera when I visited.

1 Feb 2012 6:53pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Very good this artistic picture!

1 Feb 2012 7:25pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


1 Feb 2012 7:27pm

franz from Baden, Austria

perfection! amazing clarity, tonality and compo ...

1 Feb 2012 8:16pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

another classic photo from you! just when i think a better balance cannot be achieved you come up with something that beats everything else and this is just it! the lines here are superb - throw in the calm and still atmosphere and it all works so perfectly together...

2 Feb 2012 2:48am

Mangesh from Mumbai, India

Awesome picture Ian!!!

2 Feb 2012 7:21am

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Super smooth!

2 Feb 2012 8:17am

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

beautiful perspective ... B&W suits it perfectly

2 Feb 2012 8:08pm

Claudiu from București, Romania

speechless, another best seler

2 Feb 2012 10:13pm

Himera (Biljana S.) from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Stunning work Ian!

5 Feb 2012 5:57pm

hochzeitsfotograf from Germany

The interesting part is the difference between the sharp edged architecture and the calm, almost blurred durface of the water...

6 Feb 2012 5:39pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

Fabulous. I think I need to add you to my favorite blogs. Excellent work.

3 Mar 2012 9:47pm

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