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Pond - Streetlights

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 7 March 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is a photo of our local village pond lit only by streetlights as there was no moon when I was taking this photo.

There's a little bit of blurring of the stars due to the long 59 second exposure.....I was surprised at how quickly they move across the sky!

NIKON D40 59 seconds F/5.6 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

I was thinking that it was a spectacular shot then saw 59 seconds. Now I think spectacular and amazing.

7 Mar 2008 6:19am

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks Michael.....I must remember to take a stop watch with me next time I try taking photos on 'bulb' setting.

hugo poon from Hong Kong

Calm and serene... a very nice capture Ian!

7 Mar 2008 10:39am

@hugo poon: Thanks very much Hugo......I hope you are well and enjoying your photography!

Tracey from White Hall, United States even catch the starlight despite the streetlights! Truly amazing!

7 Mar 2008 1:41pm

@Tracey: Hi Tracey!.....yes it was a surprise to me also that the stars are visible on this photo despite all the light pollution from the street lights and the neighbouring town beyond the horizon

Japanalia from Yokohama, Kenya

This is so beautiful that I regret I cannot see it on the whole screen, just to consider all the wonderful details and the twinkling STARS! They are the miracle in this shot!

7 Mar 2008 2:04pm

@Japanalia: Thanks very far as full screen viewing goes there is a larger version here

Will from Gainesville, United States

beautiful...perfectly composed:)

7 Mar 2008 3:27pm

@Will: Thanks Will.....the composition was as much luck as judgement as it was extremely dark; so dark in fact that it was hard using the viewfinder + I was concentrating on not falling into the lake :-)

alex centrella from fresno, United States

well caught w/ the long exposure..

7 Mar 2008 3:42pm

@alex centrella: Thanks very much Alex!

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

This photo has a very pleasant feel to it... It feels very delicate , almost fragile... I guess the crisp look has something to do with it.. Well done, Ian

7 Mar 2008 4:19pm

@Nataly: Thanks very much Nataly......I haven't tried a night photo with as long an exposure as this before and was pleased with the way it turned out. I blended the converted B&W with a solid grey tone to get this effect but the original colour version is interesting too.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Very well done. Beautiful location for a long exposure night shot.

7 Mar 2008 4:57pm

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie....I don't take enough photos in our own village.

Noxeus from Spain

Pluscuamperfecta !!

7 Mar 2008 6:43pm

@Noxeus: What a lovely word that is.....thanks!

Kaddy from Mumbai, India

lovely.... this is as good a shot as I have seen ever!!!

7 Mar 2008 8:36pm

@Kaddy: Thannks very much....I hope you've looked at lots of photos :-)

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Awesome picture! Very well done!

7 Mar 2008 8:41pm

@Sandrine: Thanks very much Sandrine!

See The Light from Newcastle, United States

Beautiful B&W great contrast here.

7 Mar 2008 8:47pm

@See The Light: Thanks very much Mary....I hope everything is going well with you. How is your husband?

tom from Germany

Stunning B&W. I like the toning and the stars on the sky.

7 Mar 2008 9:59pm

@tom: Thanks very much Tom....I was surprised that the stars came out so well on the photo like this!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Kenya

Thank you so much for directing me to a larger version! It is INDEED a treat!!!

8 Mar 2008 1:02am

danthro from Suburbia, United States

beautiful. love the tones and detail -- you even caught some stars looks like!

8 Mar 2008 1:18am

@danthro: Thanks danthro.....yes it surprised me that the stars were visible on the photo with all that light pollution in the frame.

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

I bow to my monitor in obeisance to the master... ;-) ... in other words; Brilliant Ian!!

8 Mar 2008 2:17am

@amy: Thanks Amy!......I do however feel like a fraud as the camera did all the work. The only thing I feel proud of was guessing the expoure right on the first try. I must have been doing too much night photography since getting this camera.

The one thing I need to pack next time though is a stopwatch as counting the seconds for a one minute exposure left me feeling rather stupid as I'm not sure what I'd have done if it had needed 4 or even 8 minutes :-)

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Sorry I haven't checked in lately, but am on the road. Lucky I caught this one, though! This is fabulous. Really beautiful. Your night shots are always superb.

8 Mar 2008 3:36am

@GJC: Hi GJC.......thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your shots from China once you get back. I hope you remembered your camera!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Hi Ian,

You're photo's just keep getting better and better. On seeing this shot, I decided to pick my jaw up off the desk and add my comment... It really is just a beautiful shot, and I cannot believe you managed to get the stars too! Inspiring!!

Take care,


8 Mar 2008 5:27pm

@Ian Smith: Hi Ian...that's very kind of you to stop by like this and it's great to hear from you.

All that time on the Fuji Talk Forum looking at and discussing night photography really paid off and its been a real joy trying this for myself since getting the new camera!

Momo from Montpellier, France

this is just luscious Ian...just such rich color, beautiful, you're good...

9 Mar 2008 11:59pm

@Momo: Thanks very much Momo.....I blended the original B&W with a soild grey tone and altered the transparancy until it looked right.

(I really liked the original colour image too but wanted to experiment with something new)

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

This is beautiful!

11 Mar 2008 12:27pm

KimberleyC from United States

What Momo said, times two!!
Just wonderful.

12 Mar 2008 3:55pm

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

Bravo! Beautiful shot, Ian! Love the tone.

13 Mar 2008 6:53am

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

this one inspire me reflection, gradient sky and the overall tonal.
Such a long time I didn't shoot late night

19 Mar 2008 12:16am

59 seconds
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)