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First off, THANK YOU ALL for the amazing comments on my butterfly pic.

I was gonna upload another shot of the same butterfly but with the garden in the background as the little fella sat on a different twig. But something happened last night and I thought I'd upload the result to see what you think.

The army camp behind my house has this bright orange street lamp which casts some nice light (and shadow) onto the garden and into the patio a bit.

I was messing around with long exposures since it was a still night. And I mean STILL.

Anywho, in the patio stood this anthurium which I'd snipped and stuck in a block of Oasis a couple of days ago. Just I was about to call it a night, I noticed how the anthurium caught the orange light. So I set the tripod, set the cam and took a few shots.

Processing-wise, I cleaned out the background 'cos there were a few bits slightly showing out of the black. I then increased Lightness by 20%. Oh, and cropped it into a square.

When I looked at it on the computer initially, I was quite amazed. Normally there is no way anything taken outside in the evening would be sharp with a 15 second exposure. But like I said, it was a REALLY still night last night Grin

I know this is not a punchy image but I had to share it with you all anyway. Is it a bit too dark?

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The shot's stats:

ISO 100
Aperture: f3.5
Focal length: 21.7mm (digital)
Shutter: 15 seconds

Tripod with 2 second self-timer

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Hope you all have a good weekend!

A Smile

Camera:Canon PowerShot A630
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:In the Still of the Night
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:29 Feb 2008 - 8:28 AM
Tags:Anthurium, Flash / lighting, Floral, Flower, Flowers & plants, Long-exposure, Night, Specialist / abstract
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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 8:30 AM

Works for me Andrew.Love the light and detail.
Tom.

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franken
franken e2 Member 113054 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 8:30 AM

Superbly composed and presented. A beautiful close-up; the lighting is lovely.

regards
Ken

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pmorgan
pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 8:31 AM

Beautiful!

Rgds
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Artois
Artois  8405 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 8:32 AM

Beautiful compsition - stood out whilst looking at gallery

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 9:00 AM

This is a superb image, fantastic lighting, and not too dark in my opinion. Carol

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trissie
trissie  8 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 - 9:24 AM

Beautiful light and detail Andrew, lovely composition.

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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
29 Feb 2008 - 9:30 AM

nice composition (I love square crops...)
velvety colours & feel

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geniehawk
geniehawk  7181 forum posts England
29 Feb 2008 - 9:34 AM

My only thought is it's so good I would like to see it larger in the frame!

Jeannie.

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RobinF
RobinF  783 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 9:41 AM

You are so good at this (in fact it's mildly infuriating Andrew) Smile
Definitely not too dark - I think it's perfect!
Robin

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 9:54 AM

I nearly didn't open this as the thumbnail didn't look good. Glad I did as it is a beautiful very simple image. The presentation is excellent. I am going to add this to my favourites.

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 10:07 AM

a real beauty

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cram318
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29 Feb 2008 - 10:08 AM

Cool shot.
Ant

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Sylviwhalley
Sylviwhalley e2 Member 797 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 10:15 AM

This is beautiful,, the lighting is stunning.
Sylvia

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luxaeternam
29 Feb 2008 - 10:20 AM

This is a cracker. Very original lighting. Well done.
Smile Lucy

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JulieTinton
29 Feb 2008 - 10:36 AM

Fantastic light and the detail is amazing! A very simple but striking image!

Julie

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Rogerex
Rogerex  829 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 11:06 AM

I was puzzled by the thumbnail, but this is beautiful at full size! I don't think it is too dark. The black background and simple border complement it beautifully
Roger

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Cabit
Cabit  7104 forum posts England
29 Feb 2008 - 11:33 AM

Magic image, nice work.
Dave

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 11:44 AM

Just right.Lovely.

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User_Removed
29 Feb 2008 - 12:23 PM

good one, like the diagonal

di

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Strobe
Strobe  61254 forum posts United States
29 Feb 2008 - 12:35 PM

Awesome image with great exposure
Marc

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 646 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
29 Feb 2008 - 1:15 PM

Great work

Dave

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proz
proz  9205 forum posts United States
29 Feb 2008 - 1:28 PM

elegant Andrew, well done

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microchip
microchip  7 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 - 1:53 PM

Very very good, love the light and detail,
the presentation is spot on,
Alan

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 1:58 PM

It is BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!! What a lovely image, sophisticated and wonderful....Madam Elf would love to meet this!

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Dotrob
Dotrob  8 Wales
29 Feb 2008 - 2:05 PM

Looks great to me, lovely delicate image and presentation.
Dot

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DolphinLady
DolphinLady e2 Member 854 forum postsDolphinLady vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2008 - 3:38 PM

A very appropiate title boyo for such a gorgeous image.
It really is beautiful.
Such lovely glowing details.

"In the still of the night", by Cole Porter...
The last two lines...
Like the moon growing dim,
On the rim of the hill,
In the chill, still, of the night.
HilaryWinkx

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bayleaf
bayleaf  6 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 - 3:42 PM

Nice work Smile

John

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GalleryGirl
29 Feb 2008 - 4:02 PM

Beautiful image. Lovely against the black
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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2008 - 12:35 AM

This is splendid. Beautifully placed and standing out so very well.

Eric

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2008 - 1:34 AM

wonderful
Dianna

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6605 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2008 - 1:51 AM

Why oh, why isn't there a large image of this - I really want to enjoy it in a larger version! It is superb, and no, not too dark at all. The light is excellent.
Anne

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PLCimagery
PLCimagery e2 Member 877 forum postsPLCimagery vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2008 - 6:03 AM

this is superb!

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thorn
thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2008 - 3:22 PM

Hi Andrew,
No it's not too dark i don't think anyway. I love the different colours /tones on it,the shading,3d look,angle,looks great with the black bg,fanastic detail and dof and you've done great.Take care,AnnSmile

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Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2008 - 1:12 AM

Lovely picture, Andrew, well done, I think that it is a perfect presentation.
Brian

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2008 - 5:33 PM

A fantastic image Andrew, the lighting and presentation are simply wonderful

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dianah
dianah  724471 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2008 - 6:09 PM

I think that your style is changing Andrew..this is brilliant and perfectly presented.
Di

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una
una  10 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2008 - 8:35 PM

This is beautiful and lovely presented.
Una

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KKmoments
KKmoments  8 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2008 - 2:01 PM

This is beautiful.... love the placement in the frame and the focus is perfect giving pin sharp detail.... the tones on the lily created by great lighting are beautiful on my laptop i can just see lovely earthy neutral shades... perfect...
I agree with Dianah your style is changing and i'm enjoying it.... oh master of lighting me thinks Smile
Karen

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Mikelane
Mikelane  7 Wales
4 Mar 2008 - 1:56 PM

This is stunning andrew ,one of the best i have seen well capt
Mike

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JimV e2 Member 8JimV vcard Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2008 - 1:13 AM

No Andrew.......it's perfect!
Rgds., Jim

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2008 - 8:44 AM

Oh my word...61 votes?? Good grief...

I reeeally love the comments...thank you all so much Smile))

A.
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nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
5 Mar 2008 - 9:43 PM

Gorgeous shot, great detail and well worth 62 votes now.

Nicky

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Paree
Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2008 - 11:45 PM

very beautiful, with a lovely ethereal quality
lovely composed
pareen

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2008 - 6:48 AM

Thanks, Nicky and Maureen Smile

And thank you soooooo much for the award, Hilary!!! *Mwah* Smile

A.
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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
6 Mar 2008 - 7:16 AM

Love the composition and presentation, great use of light and shadow

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Skye24Blue
6 Mar 2008 - 11:28 PM

Breathtakingly beautiful, A!
Mac

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ESP
ESP  726 forum posts England
10 Mar 2008 - 11:41 PM

Just simply a beautiful shot with your superb presentation Smile

Sara

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janty66
janty66  7 England
15 Mar 2008 - 4:24 PM

simply stunning..

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LisaRose
LisaRose  7172 forum posts United States4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2008 - 5:45 PM

Fantastic, love it!!

Lisa

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Possum
Possum  7148 forum posts England
17 Mar 2008 - 4:40 PM

I like what you saw; the light is amazing. And superb comp - deserves all this attention Smile
Allie

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krissyohme
15 Feb 2009 - 12:58 PM

Nice and simple. Great compisition, and the lighting is really good! Well done. Smile

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