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Day comes to rest

By KingArthur
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.


Specs -
f/29.0 @ 1/500sec.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Backlighting Fill-in flash Iklin sunset Flash and lighting

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2007 1:10AM
I like this a lot, Joe, what a clever idea. The gold tones blend beautifully, it's quite magical.

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
28 Mar 2007 1:13AM
Totally gorgeous use of the fading light and your new nikons fill flash-- A fantastic image!

Skatershrew 13 52 1 England
28 Mar 2007 2:16AM
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?
28 Mar 2007 3:13AM
Smashing good shot with superb colors and lighting. Seems like you did very well with the new camera.

GlenD 11 United States
28 Mar 2007 4:05AM
Very nice effect Joe, like it
stevophoto 11 1 United States
28 Mar 2007 4:31AM
The composition is Awesome the colors are out standing and the lighting is great. Well done. Click!
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
28 Mar 2007 6:42AM
Lovely start with the D40 Joe.
Possum 11 148 England
28 Mar 2007 7:13AM
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.
redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2007 7:23AM
Like what you've done here, kind of created something from nothing. Good one.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
28 Mar 2007 7:26AM
Beautiful shot, very good lighting.
User_Removed Junior Member 11 16 England
28 Mar 2007 8:49AM
Nice back lighting effect.Well done.
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2007 11:08AM
This is so different..a really lovely shot..well done.
KKmoments 11 12 1 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2007 1:23PM
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
I really like the light. It makes the shot. JNC
didgpix 11
28 Mar 2007 9:20PM
I love this, fabulously gorgeous composition, wonderful pin sharp detail, amazing light and excellent colour. A real masterpiece.
28 Mar 2007 9:44PM
This is truly stunning the light !!!Smile


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MaryMac 12 258 1 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2007 10:23PM
really impressive veiwed large its a very good shot well done with getting the light spot on
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
28 Mar 2007 10:27PM
A wonderful, almost 3D, image.
Well done on this great result with your new camera.
Billlee 11 5.5k England
28 Mar 2007 10:44PM
Excellent idea Joe, a Macro-sunset! Works well here. Bill.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
29 Mar 2007 1:32AM
A great angle, and an excellent effect with the sun. -Brian.
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
29 Mar 2007 3:36AM
It's all been said Joe, a great first with the Nikon, nice work!
Rgds., Jim
edcat 11
29 Mar 2007 12:24PM toy's at play!
Malc_V 12 England
29 Mar 2007 1:35PM
Lovely effective image Joe.

Nice one.

30 Mar 2007 2:58PM
Excellent Joe,
BertC 11 29 Malta
30 Mar 2007 7:23PM
Nice work Joe & welcome to Nikonland !!
deavilin 13 344 1 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2007 1:25PM
I missed this it is superb love it allSmile


PS Good choice of cam Smile
Pegon 12 78 1 England
31 Mar 2007 11:39PM
A lovely image Joe, your use of fill in flash has worked really well.
1 Apr 2007 8:20AM
Fantastic image Joe - love the light and its up to your usual high standards

MikeEG 11 10 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2007 7:32PM
Great shot.

12 12 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2007 6:33PM
Really like this Joe, very nice image indeed!
juldon 15 78 England
2 Apr 2007 6:35PM
Love the light on this shot Smile

phototime 12 8 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2007 6:47PM
Wonderful lighting and detail here,superb shot.

AlleyCatz 12 274 6 England
5 Apr 2007 12:05PM
Clever and original.Works so very well.

Libby_M 11 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2007 6:39AM
this really took my eye what fab lighting

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