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By ChiliMan
**** This was taken by my dad, not me ****


Alrighty…now you all know my dad turned 75 on Thursday and got a digicam as a present from my mum and I. Not only is this his first dip into the digital pool, but it’s been over a decade since he’s taken any pics at all…

…hence my title for this pic. ‘Cos of him getting back into photography. Big diff for him, though. His old cam was a Yashica Electro 35 (awesome cam) and this new one is like a little sliver of material in his hands in comparison. So he’ll have to get used to that.

But from this pic, I reckon he’s well on his way Smile

Now I didn’t want to process this too much ‘cos I want it to be “his shot” as much as poss. The only things I’ve done are increase contrast by 10% and decrease brightness by 10%.

This was taken in the evening of his birthday after a lovely dinner. We went for a drive and he caught this sky at a reservoir.

Nice one, Pap Smile


PS The title was inspired by Bill's (the woolly one) comment yesterday about it never being too late to resume.

Tags: Sunset Birthday Sunrays Rays Clouds Dad Landscape and travel

Voters: mrswoolybill, RogBrown, CarolG and 41 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1927 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 4:35PM
Get your Dad on the site! He has a great eye for light and that's what it's all about - not processing. Without light there's nothing doing.
I think experience is showing here, if not digital experience - the rays of light and the rim-lighting on the cloud are magic.

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
13 Mar 2010 4:44PM
WOW! Your dad just has to join ePZ, so that we can see more wonderful images like this. Absolutely amazing. Carol
13 Mar 2010 4:47PM
happy birthday excellent start to his digital world click
JdeNLucas 9 4 3
13 Mar 2010 4:50PM
Lovely image and a great souvenir ! Best wishes, John
Beautiful light. A superb capture.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 5:06PM
Beautiful light in this.

colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
13 Mar 2010 5:20PM
A beautiful composition and capture the minimal processing was a good move... wonderful light the detail along the edge of that cloud is superb and presentation is good..... shortlisted this one !
baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 5:20PM
Well done your Dad I say!! Gorgeous light here. Hope he enjoys his hobbie again.
cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
13 Mar 2010 5:28PM
wow sign him up on here Andrew, it is a cracking shot superb sky and light well done Dad
13 Mar 2010 5:32PM
Beautiful image indeed Andrew - well done indeed !

ringyneck 11 315 18 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 5:35PM

woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 5:40PM
A powerful composition and a very good one. The source of light is central, essential here to capture the rays on diagonals: that top right corner is perfection. My compliments to your dad!
I remember the Yashica Electro 35, always wished I'd had one. A much under-rated make.
borrower 8 4 England
13 Mar 2010 5:58PM
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
13 Mar 2010 6:00PM
lovethe mood....excellent

great presentation

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
13 Mar 2010 6:09PM
Well now, that Dad of yours most certainly has talent! Amazing composition.

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
13 Mar 2010 6:16PM
Wow....that is a powerful shot!!!!! I do hope we see more of him.
Thanks for the help with the orchid....much appreciated. I hope I can keep it growing for awhile. It is very difficult in our cool, dry climate. I have to take it into the shower every so often for some humidity treatmentsSmile
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
13 Mar 2010 6:26PM
nice one dad Tongue move over chili lol! lovely light rays. what no large version andrew? lesley Smile
sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 6:27PM
Well this certainly as the WOW factor - one of the nicest sunsets I have seen for quite some time - Elizabeth
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 6:29PM
oh wow..... he has not lost his touch.... this is one of the best I have seen today or even this week.... honest

I have it on my list

tell him well done and to get a membership

Linda Wink
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 6:57PM
Happy Birthday to Dad. Belated of course. Super shot and rays. well done A.

Marilyn x
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 7:17PM
That is certainly a dramatic composition, and to think after all the time not going near a camera...and this is his first, wow!
Time to join him up so we can see his as well as yours
13 Mar 2010 7:58PM
A stunning image with lots of atmosphere, keep going Chilimans dad.
andy_AHG 9 106 6 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 8:50PM
An truely beautiful image. If this is hos first shot in a decade, can't wait to see what he's capable of once he gets warmed up!

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
13 Mar 2010 8:56PM
I have already picked out his epz name--- Chileman'sDad--- am so looking forward to more inspiring images from him!
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2010 10:18PM
What a response so far.... bet you are so very proud of him
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
13 Mar 2010 10:31PM
Wow ! What an amazing capture, love the rays, congrats lovely Dad

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
14 Mar 2010 10:15AM
You have got competition on you hands here Andrew. What a great shot from Dad. Superb light.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
14 Mar 2010 2:52PM
What an awesome sky Andrew.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 4:10PM
Very well done Andrew's dad! A stunning shot - he really should get on this site in his own right!
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2010 4:53PM
just to say congratulations on the award this is so well deserved it is on my shortlist too....

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
14 Mar 2010 5:10PM
Oh my...first off, thank you soooooo much, Colin and Mari, for your superbous award!

And thank you all soooooo much for your responses and awesome comments SmileSmileSmileSmile

My dad is gonna be over the moon.

He's not a computer person but I'm gonna suggest to him opening his own account and I could always upload for him. Or if not, I can do what I'm doing now and upload his pics from time to time.

Jennnn, I love your idea for a username. Gonna run it by him.

A Smile
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
15 Mar 2010 3:55AM
15 Mar 2010 2:20PM
A wonderful image, love the light and sky, congratulations to your Dad, Andrew.
Cor 9 Belgium
16 Mar 2010 10:57AM
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2010 4:56PM
Superb shot by your dad; obviously what they say about riding bikes is true for cameras too
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
18 Mar 2010 1:54PM
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
19 Mar 2010 5:43PM
Wow what a wonderful sunset Andrew, you must get your photographic talent from your old man, sign him up now I say
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2010 1:21PM
Excellent stuff &mdash; get him signed up! Grin

I wonder if this would benefit from a little rotation, though, since the shore slopes down from the left-hand side to the centre of the frame, and the rest of the shore isn't really visible in the darkness. There are several possible causes for this:
&mdash; the shore being in receding perspective;
&mdash; barrel distortion from the wide end of the zoom lens;
&mdash; camera not held quite straight.
Whatever the cause, it creates the illusion that the horizon isn't straight, which is slightly uncomfortable and would be fixed by a rotation.

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