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In the Still of the Night

By ChiliMan
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?


The shot's stats:

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

Tripod with 2 second self-timer


Hope you all have a good weekend!

A Smile

Tags: Flower Night Specialist and abstract Flowers and plants Floral Anthurium Flash and lighting Long-exposure

Voters: Buffalo_Tom, franken, pmorgan and 69 more

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Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
29 Feb 2008 8:30AM
Works for me Andrew.Love the light and detail.

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franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
29 Feb 2008 8:30AM
Superbly composed and presented. A beautiful close-up; the lighting is lovely.

pmorgan 9 217 13 England
29 Feb 2008 8:31AM

Artois 10 405 1 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 8:32AM
Beautiful compsition - stood out whilst looking at gallery
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
29 Feb 2008 9:00AM
This is a superb image, fantastic lighting, and not too dark in my opinion. Carol
trissie 10 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 9:24AM
Beautiful light and detail Andrew, lovely composition.

Trish x
29 Feb 2008 9:30AM
nice composition (I love square crops...)
velvety colours & feel
geniehawk 9 181 England
29 Feb 2008 9:34AM
My only thought is it's so good I would like to see it larger in the frame!

RobinF 10 83 1 England
29 Feb 2008 9:41AM
You are so good at this (in fact it's mildly infuriating Andrew) Smile
Definitely not too dark - I think it's perfect!
29 Feb 2008 9:54AM
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.
bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
29 Feb 2008 10:07AM
a real beauty
29 Feb 2008 10:08AM
Cool shot.
29 Feb 2008 10:15AM
This is beautiful,, the lighting is stunning.
luxaeternam 9 21 1
29 Feb 2008 10:20AM
This is a cracker. Very original lighting. Well done.
Smile Lucy
JulieTinton 10 39 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 10:36AM
Fantastic light and the detail is amazing! A very simple but striking image!

Rogerex 10 32 12 Australia
29 Feb 2008 11:06AM
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
Cabit 9 104 England
29 Feb 2008 11:33AM
Magic image, nice work.
Ridgeway 9 222 2 Ireland
29 Feb 2008 11:44AM
Just right.Lovely.
User_Removed 12 16 1 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 12:23PM
good one, like the diagonal

Strobe 9 1.3k United States
29 Feb 2008 12:35PM
Awesome image with great exposure
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
29 Feb 2008 1:15PM
Great work

proz 12 205 United States
29 Feb 2008 1:28PM
elegant Andrew, well done
microchip 9 1 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 1:53PM
Very very good, love the light and detail,
the presentation is spot on,
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
29 Feb 2008 1:58PM
It is BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!! What a lovely image, sophisticated and wonderful....Madam Elf would love to meet this!
Dotrob 10 Wales
29 Feb 2008 2:05PM
Looks great to me, lovely delicate image and presentation.
DolphinLady 10 54 1 Wales
29 Feb 2008 3:38PM
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.
bayleaf 9 8 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 3:42PM
Nice work Smile

GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
29 Feb 2008 4:02PM
Beautiful image. Lovely against the black
Marilyn x
BlueRoom 10 73 20 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2008 12:35AM
This is splendid. Beautifully placed and standing out so very well.

Diana 9 2.0k 19 Netherlands
1 Mar 2008 1:34AM
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
1 Mar 2008 1:51AM
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.
PLCimagery 10 77 1 England
1 Mar 2008 6:03AM
this is superb!
thorn 12 124 2 Scotland
1 Mar 2008 3:22PM
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
Brilane 10 5 12 Wales
2 Mar 2008 1:12AM
Lovely picture, Andrew, well done, I think that it is a perfect presentation.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
2 Mar 2008 5:33PM
A fantastic image Andrew, the lighting and presentation are simply wonderful
dianah 10 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2008 6:09PM
I think that your style is changing Andrew..this is brilliant and perfectly presented.
una 13 10 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2008 8:35PM
This is beautiful and lovely presented.
KKmoments 10 12 1 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2008 2:01PM
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
Mikelane 9 1 Wales
4 Mar 2008 1:56PM
This is stunning andrew ,one of the best i have seen well capt
JimV 10 6 3 Canada
5 Mar 2008 1:13AM
No's perfect!
Rgds., Jim
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
5 Mar 2008 8:44AM
Oh my word...61 votes?? Good grief...

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

nickyv32 9 135 England
5 Mar 2008 9:43PM
Gorgeous shot, great detail and well worth 62 votes now.

Paree 11 616 3
5 Mar 2008 11:45PM
very beautiful, with a lovely ethereal quality
lovely composed
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
6 Mar 2008 6:48AM
Thanks, Nicky and Maureen Smile

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

AlanBW 10 20 England
6 Mar 2008 7:16AM
Love the composition and presentation, great use of light and shadow
6 Mar 2008 11:28PM
Breathtakingly beautiful, A!
ESP 10 26 England
10 Mar 2008 11:41PM
Just simply a beautiful shot with your superb presentation Smile

janty66 9 3 England
15 Mar 2008 4:24PM
simply stunning..
LisaRose 10 172 4 United States
16 Mar 2008 5:45PM
Fantastic, love it!!

Possum 10 148 England
17 Mar 2008 4:40PM
I like what you saw; the light is amazing. And superb comp - deserves all this attention Smile
15 Feb 2009 12:58PM
Nice and simple. Great compisition, and the lighting is really good! Well done. Smile

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