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Granted some of you might be scratching their heads, trying to figure out what this is and, more so, as to the title ...

Yesterday afternoon I went for a quick shooting spree in the nearby park, sporting both the Canon 350D and Nikon D40. Was experimenting really, comparing results between the two, and trying out a couple of lenses. Coming up to the fairly-sized pond in the middle of the park, five strong spouts were shooting jets of water about 2 storeys high. So far so good, but when you are lucky and chance one solitary sunbeam backlighting one or two of the water jets, then you are talking Joe's language lol! I quickly mounted an external flashgun onto the D40 (on which I had some decent focal length, since the 350D had only the standard zoom lens on) and grabbed a few shots. Lighting was already pretty low and although I wanted to freeze some droplets, I still wanted to convey a strong sense of backlit water movement. After a few lightning trials, I settled down for a 1/125sec. shutter speed. My poor flashgun was firing away like a strobe, but it still delivered reasonably well given my eagerness to bag a worthy capture. Doing away with about 3 or 4 screamers, I netted 5 good shots, this one being my best pick of the lot.

And now for the title ..... if you look carefully at the shot, you might just notice the figure of a headless gentleman wearing a coat and carrying something in his left hand, not to mention that weird thing sticking out of his chest ..... the shoulders, the arms, the limbs and the coat are all there, except the head ..... which is what enticed me to title the shot in memory of that classic film (for those of you who love the spooky classics) "Sleepy Hollow" ... and all from a simple spout of water may I remind you!

I hope you like the shot and my very fertile imagination lol! Viewing larger should give you that bit more spooks lol!

Joe

Specs -
f/6.3 @ 1/125sec
135mm
ISO 200 RAW
External fill-in flash
Handheld shot

Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor DX 18-135mm ED Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:ISO 200 RAW
Title:Sleepy Hollow
Username:KingArthur KingArthur
Uploaded:9 Apr 2007 - 1:39 AM
Tags:Backlighting, Black & white, Close-up / macro, Contre jour, Fill-in flash, Flash / lighting, Water spout
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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2007 - 2:18 AM

Brilliant Joseph, can see all that you mention and that it's a real photographers photo, well spotted, excellent work!
Rgds., Jim

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mairit
mairit  7
9 Apr 2007 - 2:30 AM

lov this ..my sort of thing.abstract and arty
diffrent..mairi

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hjalmar1886
9 Apr 2007 - 2:33 AM

Superb shot and story that explains it all. Sound like you're getting the hang of the D40 also.

Kent

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edcat
edcat  7
9 Apr 2007 - 5:15 AM

prosit..............science fiction

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2007 - 8:18 AM

Joe it sounds as if you might have been taking a spot of 'wacky baccy' in this trial!!!!!
As a matter of interest I can see your headless man.
A great fun shot.
Ron

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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
9 Apr 2007 - 10:15 AM

Well timed, a terrific capture

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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2007 - 10:40 AM

Hi Joe,

Yep you were correct, i had no idea what it was thats why i looked at it closer.
My conclusion is that you have taken a really great abstract shot and turned it into Sleepy Hollow 2 - lol. Well done Joe great image and such patience.

Glynn

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2007 - 11:34 AM

It sure looks like the headless horseman to me! You never know what will show up in your lens...I have had more than one surprise visitor.....spooky!

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BertC
BertC  829 forum posts Malta
9 Apr 2007 - 6:07 PM

Original & superb Joe !
Bert

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NeilM
NeilM e2 Member 8NeilM vcard England
9 Apr 2007 - 8:07 PM

this is great Joe, can see all the spooky thing now. How About an image of Jesus in a bunch of flowers next, lol.

Neil

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daffydill56
9 Apr 2007 - 8:39 PM

Spotted the headless gent before i even read your description Joe! Great work!!

Fran

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PaulaLey
PaulaLey  831 forum posts England
9 Apr 2007 - 10:10 PM

Hi Joe - this is fabulous - love the movement and the freshness of the water. Love it when there is loads of description about a photo too!

Paula

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KKmoments
KKmoments  8 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2007 - 11:41 PM

Great water movement capture... this is so unusual and imaginative you just have to view it large to absorb all the detail. Great headless man in mono.... Karen Smile

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pamelajean Critique Team 8798 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1612 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2007 - 12:40 AM

"Jeepers Creepers" comes to mind, as he drags his victim to his truck.
Or "Mimic" as he closes his wings to form a human head.
Or "The Thing" before it has completed copying the human form.
Or "Predator" as it becomes visible, dragging its victim's head by the hair.
Or..........must get to bed.....

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GlenD
GlenD  7 United States
10 Apr 2007 - 7:00 AM

Well what a sculpture Joe Smile I see the figure too
Glen

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Possum
Possum  8148 forum posts England
10 Apr 2007 - 7:22 AM

A wonderful luminescent water sculpture, Joe. I really like the way you are diversifying your portfolio, and the description is brilliant!
Allie

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