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Well, what can I say, my son has now had his 3rd offer for a university place. The email arrived this afternoon. Edge Hill, Bradford and now Bedfordshire.
When we sent the application to UCAS we were no doubt like other families venturing into this journey, nervous and hoping at least one offer came through, now he has 3 and amazingly it is the 3 universities he is most interested in.
I have a long drive on Saturday as Bedfordshire's open day is that day. 250 miles there, leaving at around 4.30 in the morning to ensure we get there for the start time of 9.30. Matchsticks packed already to hold my eyelids open.Grin

The saga with the rabbits has entered a new stage. Now that I have removed all the old plants and tidied up the garden there isn't any food for them. They arrived this morning, hunted around for a good 10 minutes, then left empty handed. I am expecting to see them coming through the garden with their suitcases and pushing a barrow full of furniture as they move home to find a new food source.
I think it is going to be a long winter for them now all my neighbors have tidied their gardens. Maybe my plan to relocate them won't be needed, fingers crossed.

This upload was taken earlier on this year whilst out with a few friends on a trip to Whitley Bay and Tynemouth early in the morning.
I really liked how I was able to frame it with the sun rising on one side and the lighthouse on the other. I kept waiting for the lighthouse to clock out as its nightshift was over and the sun was coming up to do its job for the day.
Once again we have arrived at the time of the year when the amazing sunrises begin to appear.
Cold, fresh mornings where the humble early morning photographer ventures out to capture the beginning of a new day, using a tripod, not only due to the lengthy exposures, but also because they are shivering violently whilst frost forms on their eyebrows. They wait for the show to play itself out, hoping they catch that perfect moment when the sky begins to display it's beautiful colour's, as if God himself were filling in the blanks. Truly the best time of the day.

Thanks for looking and for any comments.

P.S. I have uploaded a letterbox version.

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:25 Feb 2012 - 12:52 AM
Focal Length:22mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:6sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Custom
Title:Change of Shift
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:14 Nov 2012 - 9:27 PM
Tags:Causeway, Island, Landscape / travel, Lighthouse, Sea, Sunrise, Water, Whitley bay
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I remember those miles on the motorways doing the rounds of Universities!!

Lovely colour gradient from cold blue on the left to hot red on the right.



I wonder - if a letter box crop would suit this, there is an awful lot of sky doing nowt but a good shot no disrespect meant

14 Nov 2012 - 10:14 PM

No disrespect taken, it is good to hear others opinions. If you can't take criticism then don't show anyone your photographs, that's what I always say.Grin
I try now to take all my shots in camera, keeping cropping to a minimum and so I don't loose to much of the quality from the photograph. All my photographs are actually cropped to A3 size straight from the original and the crop goes right up to the borders of the originals frame.
The sky in this had more interest than the dark rocks in the foreground, that's why I tried to capture as much of it as I could.
I just love the magical colours caught by the clouds, no matter how wispy, that's what draws me to the sunrises, I could actually sit and look at a good sunrise all day without getting bored, if only they lasted that long.


Beautiful colors in your sky--A lovely image!

bunbeam  10 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 - 11:17 PM

superb image


"Lovely colour gradient from cold blue on the left to hot red on the right," says Dave. I agree, and I also like the little reflection which is a bonus. A fabulous capture! Congrats to your son for the offers and hope that those rabbits pack up and move to some other place and never come back.


A fine composition and works well as presented and I can also see the benefit of a letter box crop.



A beautiful composition, Andy, and I too think a letterbox crop would suit this image so well, but each to their own, as long as YOU like it, that's all that mattersSmile Carol

15 Nov 2012 - 8:17 AM

Stunning shot, excellent composition, great light too, I like both versions with a very slight preference for V2 Smile


Last Modified By morpheus1955 at 15 Nov 2012 - 8:18 AM
mrswoolybill Critique Team 9829 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 8:49 AM

Now don't be offended, I know how attached one can feel to a picture in a particular format, but I do think V2 is much stronger and more evocative. What it conveys for me is the warm light of day advancing towards the cold blues of night. Curiously, I thought at first that you had stretched V1 sideways as well as cropping - I can see that you haven't, but the sense of space is actually stronger in V2 for me. The top for V1 dilutes the effect.
Does that make any sense whatsoever??
Congratulations to your son, it's an exciting time. Bear in mind that for the next few years you will be running a permanent long-distance removals service...


The colour in the sky is magic - love the composition and the small reflection of the lighthouse. All good stuff Andy! I also like the letterbox crop.


This is quite superb, Andy. I want to retain every last detail captured. The letterbox crop may be considered to give more immediate visual impact, such as is required for an advertisement or a greetings card, but I would want the full expanse of sky in the A0 print on my wall - though I would need a room five times as long as any in Woolybill Towers to allow me suitable viewing distance, but I can dream . . . . The colour gradient from bottom to top is also important.

The endless drives to distant universities is long gone for me, thank goodness. They have been replaced by long drives to visit distant daughter Smile


KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94532 forum postsKarenFB vcard England166 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 9:44 AM

Version 2 for me - it's gorgeous!! Smile


I do like them both, each has something to give, excellent light good shot.



Although the big sky works rather well in v1, I agree with Moira that the letterbox/panoramic format suits this image down to a tee

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