Surreal Moments

Nubble brooding

The WordPress Daily Prompt gives us the theme of Surreal.  There are definitely some surreal moments among my collection of images!

I enjoy the process of creating something more than what is visible to the eye in my photography. Whether it is a straightforward (or not so) HDR image or combining many layers to create something otherworldly, there is something special about putting together an image that existed in my mind rather than the view through my lens.

This image comes from a beautiful, sunny June day…

Nubble Brooding

As there was a bit of cloud cover, I thought it might be interesting to use it in a much darker fashion.  Taking a series of shots across a range of exposures, I got the clouds dark enough to become menacing, while leaving a hint of brightness around their edges.  It took a bit of manipulation, but I got it to a point that I like.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lights

Lights are everywhere!

Welcome to week 36 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  After last week’s very lighthearted topic of Balloons (great suggestion, Debbie!), I knew exactly what I wanted to do for this week.

Of course, the holiday season made it pretty obvious to me that this week’s challenge them has to be Lights.  During this time of year, lights are every where to offset the shortest days of the year and the long nights that come with them.  As we approach the Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere, these lights fill us with a sense of joy, as all is clear and all is bright.

Your challenge is to provide some interesting photography of lights in any kind of environment.  Capturing lights can be a challenge, but with a little trial and error, you should be able to get the result that you want to achieve.  An example of experimenting a bit is this long exposure that I took a couple of years ago:

Nubble at Night

This image of Nubble lighthouse on Cape Neddick, Maine, was taken during the holiday season when the entire complex is lighted beautifully.

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • 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)!!

Have fun going out there (or staying indoors) and finding the light!  I’m looking forward to the great images that you’ll come up with!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII using an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at f/18 and 131 seconds with 100 ISO.  This long exposure was done using a timer.

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