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Took the first "roll of film" with my new Nikon D40, rather ran the D40 through its paces.

Still coming to grips with its settings and exposure system, I ventured out late last Sunday afternoon to test and perhaps bag a few worthy shots with it. Pretty much racing against time, I made use of the last fading daylight to manage a dozen or so shots.

The sun dipping low over the horizon inspired me to this pleasing composition ... with the evening glow serving as a generous backdrop, I added a touch of the Nikon's fill-in flash to illuminate these dainty backlit flowers in the hedgegrow, allowing the thistles in the immediate background fade into semi-silhouettes. The resultant frame didn't look too mean for my first serious shot with the D40, and opted to post. You will, naturally, be enjoying more shots as I explore and (hopefully) extract more of its potential in the coming days.

I hope you like the composition, viewed large if possible.

Joe

Specs -
f/29.0 @ 1/500sec.
48mm
ISO 200 RAW

Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:DX Nikkor 18-55mm G EDII Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:ISO 200 RAW
Title:Day comes to rest
Username:KingArthur KingArthur
Uploaded:28 Mar 2007 - 1:00 AM
Tags:Backlighting, Close-up / macro, Fill-in flash, Flash / lighting, Flowers & plants, Iklin sunset
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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8770 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1599 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2007 - 1:10 AM

I like this a lot, Joe, what a clever idea. The gold tones blend beautifully, it's quite magical.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2007 - 1:13 AM

Totally gorgeous use of the fading light and your new nikons fill flash-- A fantastic image!

Jennnnnn

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Skatershrew
28 Mar 2007 - 2:16 AM

Pretty sweet shot, good use of the fill flash and the fading light looks great.
What's the smallest F-stop of that lens then, I thought it was F22?

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hjalmar1886
28 Mar 2007 - 3:13 AM

Smashing good shot with superb colors and lighting. Seems like you did very well with the new camera.

Kent

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GlenD
GlenD  7 United States
28 Mar 2007 - 4:05 AM

Very nice effect Joe, like it
Glen

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stevophoto
28 Mar 2007 - 4:31 AM

The composition is Awesome the colors are out standing and the lighting is great. Well done. Click!
Steve

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2007 - 6:42 AM

Lovely start with the D40 Joe.
Ron

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Possum
Possum  8148 forum posts England
28 Mar 2007 - 7:13 AM

Looks like a very good first upload to me, Joe. I like the warmth created by the setting sun, and the contrast between the illuminated and the silhouetted plants.
Allie

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redstag
redstag e2 Member 8100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2007 - 7:23 AM

Like what you've done here, kind of created something from nothing. Good one.
Jon

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2007 - 7:26 AM

Beautiful shot, very good lighting.
Carol

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User_Removed Junior Member 8 England16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2007 - 8:49 AM

Nice back lighting effect.Well done.
Andrew

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dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2007 - 11:08 AM

This is so different..a really lovely shot..well done.
Di

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KKmoments
KKmoments  8 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2007 - 1:23 PM

Lovely lighting in the f/g combined with the wonderful golden tones of the sun which makes a perfect b/g setting... nice work. Karen

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
28 Mar 2007 - 7:04 PM

I really like the light. It makes the shot. JNC

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didgpix
didgpix  7
28 Mar 2007 - 9:20 PM

I love this, fabulously gorgeous composition, wonderful pin sharp detail, amazing light and excellent colour. A real masterpiece.
Les

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nolongeramember

This is truly stunning the light !!!Smile

woww

Nikki Smile

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MaryMac
MaryMac  8258 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2007 - 10:23 PM

really impressive veiwed large its a very good shot well done with getting the light spot on
Mary

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DolphinLady
28 Mar 2007 - 10:27 PM

A wonderful, almost 3D, image.
Well done on this great result with your new camera.
Hilary

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Billlee
Billlee  85531 forum posts England
28 Mar 2007 - 10:44 PM

Excellent idea Joe, a Macro-sunset! Works well here. Bill.

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Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2007 - 1:32 AM

A great angle, and an excellent effect with the sun. -Brian.

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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2007 - 3:36 AM

It's all been said Joe, a great first with the Nikon, nice work!
Rgds., Jim

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edcat
edcat  7
29 Mar 2007 - 12:24 PM

Yuppie.............new toy's at play!

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Malc_V
Malc_V  8 England
29 Mar 2007 - 1:35 PM

Lovely effective image Joe.

Nice one.

Malc.

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Ruthannette
Ruthannette e2 Member 7Ruthannette vcard England
30 Mar 2007 - 2:58 PM

Excellent Joe,
Ruth.

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BertC
BertC  829 forum posts Malta
30 Mar 2007 - 7:23 PM

Nice work Joe & welcome to Nikonland !!
Bert

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deavilin
deavilin  10322 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Mar 2007 - 1:25 PM

I missed this it is superb love it allSmile

Charlotte

PS Good choice of cam Smile

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Mar 2007 - 11:39 PM

A lovely image Joe, your use of fill in flash has worked really well.
Pete.

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alpha788
alpha788  8 Canada
1 Apr 2007 - 8:20 AM

Fantastic image Joe - love the light and its up to your usual high standards

Stan

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MikeEG
MikeEG  7 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2007 - 7:32 PM

Great shot.

MikEG

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BURNBLUE e2 Member 8BURNBLUE vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2007 - 6:33 PM

Really like this Joe, very nice image indeed!

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juldon
juldon  1178 forum posts England
2 Apr 2007 - 6:35 PM

Love the light on this shot Smile

Julie

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phototime
phototime  8 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2007 - 6:47 PM

Wonderful lighting and detail here,superb shot.



Mo.

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2007 - 12:05 PM

Clever and original.Works so very well.


~Alley~

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Libby_M
Libby_M  7 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2007 - 6:39 AM

this really took my eye what fab lighting

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