389 – Exposition

I had two candidates today, the one from in the morning is what you see here, the other, an evening image, was impossible to save.

In an only so very slightly winding street leading directly to the west, the last remains of a sundown were visible, the street lights were on and moving in an elegant arc, there was the right amount of traffic and some semaphores on red, all that photographed at 200mm and thus with considerable compression, in short words: I loved the image!

I could have lived with the noise, but shutter speed at f8 was already down to 1/8s, and even with image stabilization this is impossible to hold at 200mm. I had tried four shots along the street, but none of them was really usable. I know I should use continuous shooting mode in such cases, and shoot bursts instead of single images. Alas, I didn’t. Of course properly I would have used a tripod, but I hate lugging tripods to and from work, and thus I had none with me. Anyway, maybe next time 🙂

This image, shot with the Nikon 18-200 at 26mm, f8 and 1/10s is critically sharp. Small wonder. That’s the benefit of the short focal distances.

It’s some decorative light on an Italian restaurant. Actually it is one of many, and in reality there is no connection between the light and the boxes, but when I saw it, I immediately thought of a deliberate arrangement. Post-processing was done in Photoshop.

The Song of the Day is “Exposition” from Deep Purple’s second album “The Book of Taliesyn

One thought on “389 – Exposition”

  1. Awesome. You have a real knack for capturing understated urban drama in fully (though artificially) lighted scenes. They seem neither dark, nor blown out, and always with an engaging color palette to complete the compositions. Sweet.

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