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Evening's Last Light
Evening's Last Light

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Challenge: Image Grain (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: 2005
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Mack Park, UT
Date: Oct 23, 2005
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 15 S
Galleries: Nature, Rural
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2005

I stole the title from a CD by a great pianist, Alex Grant. Darkness, absence of light, night photography; these all say noise to me. I got this idea one morning while going to play basketball. I really like the effect of the street lamps with the yellow autumn leaves. So I set out after work one night and went to the local park to see what was available. I tried various angles of this shot, but I like this one the best because of the sidewalk leading in to the photo.

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11/03/2005 03:06:05 PM
Hello from the Critique Club!

The composition/perspective of this image is very nice. The single light offset is a nice technique you accomplished very nicely. I agree with you about the walkway. It does serve as a nice leading line and I really like the fact that at no point does it dominate the photo. The curve was the perfect location for this shot as well. It adds an element of geometry that really sweeps you through. It helps that near the light it is covered with leaves as well. The perspective of the shot makes you feel almost as though you - the viewer - is on the path approaching this very lamp.

Lighting - obviously the source is the street lamp. But your control of flare and washout was done very well. The effect it has on the trees really helps set the mood for the shot. It also lets just enough color show that it appears as though the leaves are actually absorbing the light in protest.

The limited color in the image works very nicely with the light. They complement each other quite well. I think if you had gone to true black and white the shot would lose the nice feel and mood you have captured. Nothing stands out as a distraction to me.

Challenge requirements - the challenge was to have image grain as an integral part of your photo. Although I can see some grain/noise in the photo, in my opinion there could be a lot more and still not hurt the image at all. Again it is a strong composition and culd very easily have taken on the challenge with a lot more grain.

Overall I think you have a nice photo here with a strong emotive force. well done!

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10/29/2005 07:05:17 PM
This capture has great mood.
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10/27/2005 06:31:23 AM
Liked the mood created by the single light on the background trees. Seemed a little too broken up, though. If you did not use a tripod, it would have made the image somewhat clearer. It may have been oversharpened to create grain.
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