Tuesday Photo Challenge – Dark

A shot in the dark!

Welcome to Week 74 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

The water was fine last week, as many of you jumped in with both feet to create some stunning posts!  As many of my themes tend to connect from one week to another, this week will be no different…  As last week’s post featured Nubble Light in Cape Neddick, Maine, I thought it would be nice to use the same lighthouse again in a very different shot to introduce the theme of Dark!

As always, feel free to take this theme into the direction that you like, which means that you don’t have to do an evening shot, but could also photograph something with dark colors, or a dark cloud, or, you’ve got the idea! I count on your creativity to make this another interesting week!

Here’s that shot of Nubble Light…

Nubble at Night

This is a rather straightforward shot with a manually calculated exposure of 131 seconds at f/18 and 100 ISO using a timer. The trick is to take a test shot at high ISO and wide open aperture to get a sense for the amount of light that is needed and then dial in for a nice long exposure to get the smoothness of the sea.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Let’s play safe with water during this week and try to surprise me!

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

86 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Dark”

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  2. Love love love this Frank! I’m in. I already have an idea …. hint: it has to do with my new home (I found one 🙂 ). Thank you for your wonderful challenge. And your photo is exquisite. Blessings to you and your wife. ~Debbie

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