A wave splashes down on the shingle beach as the sun sets behind the wrecked framework of the West Pier in Brighton, East Sussex, England. Opened in 1866 it started to deteriorate in the mid 1970's and was subsequently damaged by the elements and then by two fires in 2003. All that remains now is this sorry looking framework and basically nothing more than a giant birdcage - being a haven for seagulls and a night time roost for thousands of starlings.
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kasianowak (2271) 2013-02-11 1:58
Interesting take on this iconic location. Fantastic sky and the waves at the bottom of the shot a really good idea!
Have a good week.
Romano46 (4996) 2013-02-11 2:02
ogni giorno riesci a trovare qualcosa di sorprendente da proporre.
In questa di oggi la gestione della luce è perfetta e fa risaltare nella giusta misura il soggetto che è anche un'occasione per mostrare un bel paesaggio fatto di mare, cielo e nuvole. Bello il motivo dell'onda che funge da cornice.
Ottima la ripresa per nitidezza, contrasto e luminosità.
Ciao e buona giornata
snunney (67430) 2013-02-11 2:06
The ruins of the pier look rather forlorn under the subdued light, but they do make an excellent focal point. The backlit sky is most attractive and the lovely warm tones bring a sense of peace to the overall scene. Who knows, some day someone will come along and restore it, we can but live in hope.
Royaldevon (17811) 2013-02-11 2:15
My first thought was that it resembles a Victorian band stand, standing in the water! It may not be a pretty sight in the day time but it makes a wonderfiully romantic image, silhouetted against the setting sun.
I like how you have managed to give a sense of depth and determine the setting by including the frosty coloured grasses in the f/g.
My warm regards,
krzychu30 (8935) 2013-02-11 2:23
if only all ruined objects looked so lovely on pictures like this pier.But I know it´s mainly your merit and this lovely,warm light creating here so delightful mood.I like the way you composed the scene-the foreground with splashing waves look gorgeous.
CPD66 (644) 2013-02-11 4:37
it might be wrecked and run down but it still holds something of its majestic past about it.
Bluejeans (64239) 2013-02-11 6:12
Ola Brian ,
Uma bela visão de final de dia com o pôr do sol e o enorme monte de ferro no meio do mar , gostei da silhueta , bonitos tons dourados , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
rychem (9264) 2013-02-11 9:16
Beautiful picture of the ruin of the pier, nicely taken against the sunset sky, warm light, wll composed and presented
Nicou (97811) 2013-02-11 9:28
quel ciel et image superbe avec le nuage placé juste au-dessus de cet élément architectural, quelle compo quel ciel et couleur.
Bravo et amitié
jjcordier (62394) 2013-02-11 22:47
Les restes de cette jetée constituent un beau sujet photographique dont la beauté est accentuée par le soleil couchant placé juste au bon endroit. De belles couleurs et un très beau ciel.
macjake (39235) 2013-02-12 3:36
I think i remember this same subject. you've posted it before i believe.
this photo is much trickier than it looks, with all the varying lighting conditions, and contrasts.
looks great, while also being very balanced.
good attention to detail.
enjoy your day
delpeoples (45018) 2013-02-12 5:09
Hi dear Brian
In thumbnail I knew this was going to be a corker, and wasn't disappointed whe I opened it up. Those golden tones, the foam of the broken waves and of course the silhouettes of the old pier make for an exquisite photo. One of my favourites for sure, congratulations and what a pleasure to view it.
Cheers and have a happy day
npecanhuk (53919) 2013-02-12 8:49
That's very beautiful and pleasant-looking!
Special regards to the colors, exposure and composition!
TFS - congrats,
siudzi (23959) 2013-02-12 9:34
The scene looks extremely beautiful and moody with the back-light and cold tones. Executed perfectly as always. Lovely winter post!
ACL1978 (5793) 2013-02-12 17:57
Perfect setting for a dramatic sunset, Brian - between the frame and the clouds, the brightness of the sun is muted a bit, and creates a great atmosphere throughout the shot. Definitely an example of the right way to break the rules here. The waves crashing in FG are a beautiful touch as well. Thanks!
dkmurphys (36857) 2013-02-13 1:29
Spectacular structure in the sea. I like the golden moment of the day and the effect over the framework. Well seen.
kiks (11389) 2013-02-22 7:47
Spooky look and that cloud above the pier seem sto 'tell' that more turbulent times are coming for this building(if that is possible)
- Copyright: Brian Denton (timecapturer) (30394)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-01-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Sony Alpha 850 DSLR, Sony 70-300 F4.5-5.6 G SSM, Hoya Super UV
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-11 1:53