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Equipment & Techniques => Landscape & Nature Photography => Topic started by: shaunw on February 23, 2013, 03:42:25 AM

Title: Night Glow
Post by: shaunw on February 23, 2013, 03:42:25 AM
For all the hundreds of miles i travel each year with the the camera, it was such a pleasure to grab this one....on the spur of the moment after heavy snow i headed out 5 mins from my house for a night shoot.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8370/8408341553_b81e183652_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/skwalby/8408341553/)
Night Glow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/skwalby/8408341553/) by shaun-walby photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/skwalby/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: kikashi on February 23, 2013, 04:20:17 AM
That is a lovely shot, Shaun. The lone tree, the walls, the copse on the right and above all, of course, the magical light, all work beautifully. If I have one criticism, it's that there's a little too much featureless snow at the bottom, compared with the sky above the topmost branches. I think the photo would feel better balanced if some were removed.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: Tony Jay on February 23, 2013, 07:11:48 AM
I agree, great image Shaun.
Love the story behind this image too!
In my mind the foreground as it is provides balance for the sky but it may be worthwhile doing the crop and seeing what it looks like as per Jeremy's suggestion.

I am intrigued to know whether the light is from the setting sun or perhaps a settlement over the hill.

Tony Jay
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: Praki on February 23, 2013, 09:01:22 AM
Beautiful image. Could you give the exposure (many seconds?)
Thanks.
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: Chris Calohan on February 23, 2013, 09:30:06 AM
Viewed on black in flickr, the snow at the bottom shows much more detail. I think the light source must be a setting sun (still above the horizon, but quite aways down the hill) to provide that much eveness of light. I am quite enthralled with this image. My only niggle is the somewhat oversharpened appearance on the tree (halo) but I believe it is more from jpeg compression than anything else.
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: shaunw on February 23, 2013, 09:31:48 AM
Thanks Jeremy Tony and Praki...re the crop yer ill certainly be making several version of it iam currently into the 16:9 ratio/crop...exposure time was 3.2 secs, re the light source for all you romantics sadly it isn't the setting sun.

Thanks for looking comments
shaun
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: Chris Calohan on February 23, 2013, 09:34:06 AM
Did you enhance the light with filters. I'm quite interested in your technique.
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: dhancock on February 23, 2013, 10:00:24 AM
Yes, great job composing your shot. I think your horizon (as others have said) could be a little lower, but it is still interesting how it is.
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: Isaac on February 23, 2013, 11:23:49 AM
the light source for all you romantics sadly it isn't the setting sun.

UK Light Pollution Map (http://www.avex-asso.org/dossiers/wordpress/?page_id=127)
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: Chris Calohan on February 23, 2013, 11:41:35 AM
http://www.avex-asso.org/dossiers/pl/uk/vue-generale.jpg

Ahso.
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: Dave (Isle of Skye) on February 23, 2013, 03:12:41 PM
For all the hundreds of miles i travel each year with the the camera, it was such a pleasure to grab this one....on the spur of the moment after heavy snow i headed out 5 mins from my house for a night shoot.

Very, very nice!

I might even be tempted to go the other way to what people are suggesting and clone out all the background bushes etc on the top of the snow line, making it even more graphical and simple, snow, tree, sky. It is a really good image as it is, but I would defintiely be tempted to hit the 'S' key and give it a try just to see what it looked like.

Dave
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on February 23, 2013, 03:29:45 PM
As I already posted on your Flickr: "Shaun, this one is simply exquisite!"
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on February 23, 2013, 06:28:51 PM
Very, very nice!

I might even be tempted to go the other way to what people are suggesting and clone out all the background bushes etc on the top of the snow line, making it even more graphical and simple, snow, tree, sky. It is a really good image as it is, but I would defintiely be tempted to hit the 'S' key and give it a try just to see what it looked like.

Dave
Very nice indeed! But I don't want to lose that little clump of bushes. The tree feels as if it's holding a converstaion with them!
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: Shakyphoto (Slim) on February 24, 2013, 01:45:28 PM
Very, very nice!

I might even be tempted to go the other way to what people are suggesting and clone out all the background bushes etc on the top of the snow line, making it even more graphical and simple, snow, tree, sky. It is a really good image as it is, but I would defintiely be tempted to hit the 'S' key and give it a try just to see what it looked like.

Dave

I agree with Dave.  The simplicity of the sky and foreground with smooth transition of shadow and color juxtaposed with bare tree is the essence of the photo.  In my opinion this photo is great as is, but for me the perfect shot would be the removal of the background hill on the left and the rock on the right.  I could agree to lowering the horizon just a touch to get closer to the 2/3 rule, but that's not too big a factor for me.  Good work!  Still learning to take these photos myself.
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: Paulo Bizarro on February 25, 2013, 05:27:48 AM
Wonderful light and hues.
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Post by: francois on February 25, 2013, 09:42:51 AM
I'm late but I can only say Bravo… A truly magical image!
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Post by: walter.sk on February 25, 2013, 10:37:18 AM
Great shot!  Compelling composition, exciting use of the light.
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Post by: wolfnowl on February 25, 2013, 06:39:38 PM
Beautiful work.  Great light indeed.

Mike.
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: MTGFender on February 28, 2013, 08:18:57 AM
2-thumb up!!!
Thanks for sharing!
Pramote
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: shaunw on March 09, 2013, 02:14:15 AM
Chris Daniel, Dave, Slobodan,Eric,Slim,Paulo,Francois,Walter,Mike and MGTFender...thanks for thoughts everyone, apologies for late reply and minimal comments of late...new machine upgrade.

Re how it was made 5d2 with 17-40L and that was that....nil filtration and very little done in PP, re losing the trees in the BG....not for me they add important visual tension and convey range/depth.

Cheers shaun
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: luxborealis on March 12, 2013, 02:47:41 PM
Gorgeous! The hues are beautiful and the composition well-seen. Have you thought about or tried cropping the top and bottom slightly to accentuate the diagonal  "movement" of the tree?
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: shaunw on March 12, 2013, 04:56:17 PM
Thanks very much Terry, re crop yer I've tried it always bit the 16:9 crop does pretty much what you've suggested and is my preferred format just now.

Thanks for taking the time....shaun
Title: Re: Night Glow
Post by: Roman Racela on March 12, 2013, 08:41:31 PM
Marvelous image! I love it. Looking at this make me feel like I'm there.