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The Beautiful Night

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 7 April 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

This is a photo from the beautiful French town of Annecy where I was lucky enough to be able to spend a few hours with my tripod taking some photos of the place at night.

It had been raining all day as you can see from the wet pavement but I think this made the photos even more interesting.....shiny pavements at night can be very photogenic!

NIKON D40 8 seconds F/11.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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alun lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

I like this shot, great depth to it. Nice

7 Apr 2008 8:34am

@alun lambert: Thanks very much Alun!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent light and colors.

7 Apr 2008 8:51am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!....I think that wet pavements always make for more interesting urban photos at night.

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

yes indeed photogenic
and the glow of light on the pavement drive the eyes
I apreciate it

7 Apr 2008 9:33am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Great light and atmosphere, love how the eyes are driven to the source of light!

7 Apr 2008 9:40am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A lovely image. Vibrant.

7 Apr 2008 11:32am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Lovely. The wet pavement is definitely an eye catcher.

7 Apr 2008 12:21pm

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

You did a good job capturing that golden light, and how nicely it matches and complements the colors in the arches and ceiling.

7 Apr 2008 2:43pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Golden delight, I keep on stumbling every time I get here, to say the one thing that will portray what I see and words fail me , yet I'm a word lover...

7 Apr 2008 2:59pm

Wysterior from Kloten, Switzerland

Like the others said - wonderful golden lightning, reflected by the wet pavement...
Very well done

7 Apr 2008 8:01pm

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Beautiful warm, rich colors and textures. Wet pavement is a welcome friend, indeed! Your images are always so crisp ... what's your processing secret?

7 Apr 2008 11:03pm

@Ron: Hi Ron,

To answer your question, I don't think I do anything special. This Sigma 10-20 lens however is really special and when I put it on my camera I see photo opportunities and compositions that I don't with my other lenses. It has very good contrast compared to my other lenses and I think that's part of it as well as the super wide angle obviously.

In post-processing I use a digitiser tablet instead of a mouse and do a fair bit of selective dodging and burning.....sometimes to accentuate a feature of the photo and sometimes to tone things down.

On this one I accentuated the shiny pavement from the foreground to the doorway by boosting contrast just on the pavement area.

When I first started taking photos with this new Nikon D40 in November '07 I was lucky enough to meet on-line at DPReview a very talented photographer and graphic artist called John Leech ( ) who gave me some great tips about post-processing.

He encouraged me to make a statement with my photos and to use them to express my feelings......that's the goal that I set myself these days. I'm lucky, like most of us on this site, to be an amateur so I'm taking photos for myself and no-one else. If others like my photos that's very pleasing and flattering but ultimately it's for my own pleasure and fulfillment that I take them.

Nick Passantino from Bronx, United States

great capture ian.. well said about the shiny floor

7 Apr 2008 11:44pm

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

This is very nice photo, Ian. Colors and lighting are great. Looks almost like an oil painting

8 Apr 2008 1:02am

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

OH!!! I like I like!!! The figure gives it some depth interest.

8 Apr 2008 1:17am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

It is quite beautiful. I was so taken with the structure I didn't notice the person right away.

8 Apr 2008 3:32am

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Excellent night shot. I like the golden glow.

10 Apr 2008 9:19pm

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Nicely composed!

11 Apr 2008 2:17am

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