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The skeletal remains of West Pier, Brighton, opened in 1866, various fires and storms have been destroying the pier since 1975.
I had in mind to visit Bri...
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The skeletal remains of West Pier, Brighton, opened in 1866, various fires and storms have been destroying the pier since 1975.
I had in mind to visit Brighton and feature the old pier in a long exposure shot of some kind; unfortunately, I forgot to pack various of my needed ND filters! I cobbled-together what I had with me, to maximize exposure time in full daylight.
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traceprinslooreppin
 
traceprinslooreppin April 24, 2014
...top shot, Mike :-)
richgreene
 
richgreene May 03, 2014
Love the comp and exposure. An iconic pier indeed!
Joey_Howard
 
Joey_Howard May 18, 2014
Nice exposure, and great story tag to go along with it. It's nice to get a bit of story behind a photo , great photo and best of luck in the contest ;) voted
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 May 20, 2014
Awesome shot! :)
henrykngema
 
henrykngema June 07, 2014
A brilliant shot. I love the composition with the foreground of the sand so beautiful, clean and splendid.
enidluiten
 
enidluiten June 07, 2014
Nice composition!
captbill
 
captbill June 07, 2014
What a great shot!
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography June 07, 2014
well done!
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life June 07, 2014
Magnificent capture !! :):) So calm and peacefully captured ! :):)
albertrusso PRO+
 
albertrusso June 07, 2014
lovely, peaceful view.
ChristineBoccia
 
ChristineBoccia June 07, 2014
Stunning!
StephenSPotterPhoto PRO
 
StephenSPotterPhoto June 07, 2014
Good work, Mike. :-)
cheryldenheyerhouseman
 
cheryldenheyerhouseman June 07, 2014
Great photo - well done!!!
alfreddayan
 
alfreddayan June 07, 2014
I endorse the positive comments; however, the image is not sharp, look at the Shutter speed: 1/30!
HaliSowle
 
HaliSowle June 07, 2014
Lovely! Congratulations on being featured!
lindalee
 
lindalee June 07, 2014
This is exceptional Good job!
michaelnoonan
 
michaelnoonan June 07, 2014
This photo reads like a well written short story, with an illusive ambiguous ending. So well crafted. You have a nice eye for light.
ianallsopp
 
ianallsopp June 07, 2014
look very calm great contrast
lesleypic
 
lesleypic June 08, 2014
I've always loved this pier
The-Venerable-Stan PRO+
 
The-Venerable-Stan June 08, 2014
Great shot!
Bart PRO
 
Bart June 08, 2014
Congarts on your award Mike,
ianwaters
 
ianwaters June 08, 2014
Great long exposure every winter more of that pier is lost to the storms one day this great image will be all there is to remember it by.
rolfjohannessen
 
rolfjohannessen June 08, 2014
Nice comp.The pier that was.
nicolahowatson
 
nicolahowatson June 08, 2014
Sad but lovely....
MikeHiggins PRO
 
MikeHiggins June 08, 2014
Great shot.
Mike
diporzio
 
diporzio June 09, 2014
nice pct
congrats
SandyO PRO
 
SandyO June 11, 2014
good composition, well done
Jocmif
 
Jocmif August 15, 2014
Brilliant
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life November 11, 2014
CONGRATS !! :):)
jasontomlinson
 
jasontomlinson January 06, 2015
I love photographing this pier, great shot
auroralambino
 
auroralambino April 25, 2016
Love love love... It is perfect! Comgratulations to Mr MikeW.!
Artism PRO
 
Artism August 24, 2016
brighton peir
Tommyshot PRO+
 
Tommyshot August 25, 2016
Hi Mike
One of the best pier shot what I've ever seen... magnificent capture!
Tommyshot PRO+
 
Tommyshot August 25, 2016
I need some advice , which one nd filter do you advice full nd or nd grad?
I want to buy cokin p series ...
Many thanks
Regards
Tommy
TimHallPhoto PRO
 
TimHallPhoto September 01, 2016
Great shot!
elenagwynne
 
elenagwynne September 24, 2017
Gorgeous!

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Behind The Lens

Location
Taken from the beach at West Pier, Brighton, Sussex, UK.
Time
19 Apr 2014 at 15:43.
Lighting
This was a bright April day, so to stand a chance of keeping the shutter open for an extended time without over exposing or blowing-out highlights, Neutral Density filters were absolutely required.
Equipment
Unfortunately, I forgot to pack various of my needed ND filters and holder! I cobbled-together what I had with me, to maximize exposure time in full daylight. Pentax K5 DSLR + Sigma 10-20mm, sturdy Slik Pro tripod, available filters attached to the lens using electrical tape!
Inspiration
I have a thing about entropy! I had in mind to visit Brighton and feature the old enigmatic pier in a long exposure shot of some kind before it rusts into the sea for good.
Editing
Being that I shoot RAW, Adobe Lightroom 5 was used to adjust contrast, sharpening and bring the white balance back to what I saw on the day.
In my camera bag
Pentax K5, Sigma 10-20mm with standard hood to avoid flare, lens cloth, electrical insulation tape - it's gaffa tape for photographers!
Feedback
With long exposures, as usual the subject is important but an interesting / dynamic sky is also key. It is ideal if the scene has clouds and better still, sufficient wind to animate them. Similarly if water is present, said wind will usually provide the 'milky' effect of the smoothed-out waves. If anything, the more elements of the composition that are subject to movement, the more the main rock-steady focal point seems to stand-out.

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