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UploadedSeptember 12, 2007
TakenSeptember 9, 2007
ModelCanon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Exposure436 sec at f/9
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length18 mm
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My Favourite fence from Strand, South Africa, once again.....a lot of people have got more than one deviation in their galleries of the exact same location,with the exact same composition, just different weather.and i hate that so i try to avoid that....this is a 7 minute exposure......i lost my damn circ. pol filter for this photo... so please give it a :+fav: to make me feel better. just joking(but i did really lose my filter:)) the lights are Cape Town, South Africa....

some FAQ's on this. It's not sunset, this was taken at midnite, it's a city 80km(about 50miles) away. The colour fade is due to low hanging clouds in the middle of the photo that kept the light from getting to the left side.i brightened the right side up, a lot by: brightening the whole photo up with levels,curves,the RAW tool exposure, and decreasing the black of whites(for that pure white flare)with selective colour.then i opened the original again and blended the two with a gradient mask.all in cs3:)

50 responses

  • Tj Watt

    Tj Watt said (12 Sep 2007):

    This is really beautiful. I'm curious of you method to get the long exposure when its still fairly bright out. Even at a low iso with high f-stop I wouldnt think you'd get this. Neutral density filters maybe??
    either way, I love it. :)

  • Azhar Ahmad

    Azhar Ahmad gave props (12 Sep 2007):

    Wow! Amazing!!

  • hougaard malan

    hougaard malan said (12 Sep 2007):

    circ. pol. filter got rid of the glare and i reduced the blackness of the white wiht photoshop's selective colour tool.....and i know you people on jpg are against editing but i believe photography strives towards representing the world on a 2 dimensional plain as we see it with our eye.
    and sometimes we have to manipulate the image our camera produces to achieve that which the human eye
    sees. we may never imitate the dimensions of human vision, but with modern technology we can attain
    the lighting and colours. thats my own definition what modern digital photography is

  • Ryan Nosbush

    Ryan Nosbush said (12 Sep 2007):

    absolutely amazing. . .

  • Terri Martyn-Boles

    Terri Martyn-Boles gave props (12 Sep 2007):


  • Tim Roberts

    Tim Roberts said (13 Sep 2007):

    Great shot. Really nice.

  • Howard Seelig

    Howard Seelig gave props (13 Sep 2007):

    Awesome shot.

  • Lesha Patterson

    Lesha Patterson said (24 Sep 2007):

    How AWSOME.

  • Adele Downing

    Adele Downing said (26 Sep 2007):

    even the great master printers of the past "manipulated" the final print in a similar way, they just did it all in a darkroom, dodging and burning etc , so photohop manipulation to produce what the human eyes sees to produce a masterpiece is ok.
    Where is this ?? Absolutle beauty, well done

  • hougaard malan

    hougaard malan said (15 Oct 2007):

    for any questions on this visit

  • Ryan Tran

    Ryan Tran said (1 Nov 2007):

    So this is probably one of the most amazing light pictures I've ever seen. Right on.

  • Rachel Mckinnie

    Rachel Mckinnie gave props (9 Nov 2007):

    It's all been said. Amazing.

  • Andrew Spearin

    Andrew Spearin said (9 Nov 2007):

    This photo looks like a nuclear weapons testing ground perimeter! Gorgeous!

  • judy fouse

    judy fouse gave props (9 Nov 2007):

    very interesting. Manipulating colors is fine by me. Love the result

  • Martín Alex. Carmona Selva

    Martín Alex. Carmona Selva said (10 Nov 2007):

    One of the best, if not THE best, picture EVER!
    Great work! BTW, what camera did you use?

  • Kevin Cloutier

    Kevin Cloutier (Deleted) gave props (10 Nov 2007):

    excellent photograph

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (16 Nov 2007):

    Amazing shot!

  • .Derek Wood.

    .Derek Wood. gave props (16 Nov 2007):

    wow! i'm almost speachless. the colors are absolutely amazing

  • Cyril Hou

    Cyril Hou said (16 Nov 2007):

    Those photos are plain amazing, but ..isn't that the wrong contest (emotion capture)

  • cody blakeman

    cody blakeman gave props (20 Nov 2007):

    i love it

  • Johannes Raebel

    Johannes Raebel said (21 Nov 2007):

    did anyone say HOW amazing that is?
    oh...yeah.....just a couple times...
    I'm sorry about your filter, but he need filter xD
    yes 7 min are awesome!

  • Sally Garner

    Sally Garner gave props (26 Nov 2007):

    Mmmmmmmm... : )

  • Matt Hobbs

    Matt Hobbs said (28 Nov 2007):

    Wow! Very nice. Very creative!

  • Gabriel Hernandez

    Gabriel Hernandez said (1 Dec 2007):

    I really like this pic, I love the colors and the composition but it is really hard for me to grasp an emotion from it, I can't really define what I feel when I look at it. Can you tell me what is the emotion you were going for?

  • Ben Warren

    Ben Warren said (1 Dec 2007):

    I agree 100% with you on photoshopping. I dont understand why many people look down on post processing. To me it is a digital darkroom and as long as you dont go too out of control, It is perfectly fine.

  • Lizzie Morrison

    Lizzie Morrison said (2 Dec 2007):


  • Marianne Greig

    Marianne Greig gave props (3 Dec 2007):

    man....thats awesome - just beautiful

  • Prabhu Karthikeyan

    Prabhu Karthikeyan said (4 Dec 2007):

    absolutely stunning...

  • Jason Seda

    Jason Seda gave props (4 Dec 2007):

    absolutly stunning, muy bueno

  • Calvin Sun

    Calvin Sun gave props (4 Dec 2007):

    Exceptional Color!

  • Lina Palmerin

    Lina Palmerin said (4 Dec 2007):


  • Alicia Aguirre

    Alicia Aguirre said (6 Dec 2007):

    This is so amazing. I love it!

  • Bridget Badore

    Bridget Badore gave props (7 Dec 2007):


  • Vivian Martin

    Vivian Martin gave props (9 Dec 2007):

    jeez, this is pretty breathtaking. amazing job!

  • geraldine gallagher

    geraldine gallagher said (7 Jan 2008):

    fantastic technique

  • Mojca Savicki

    Mojca Savicki gave props (7 Jan 2008):

    I so love it! Great work!

  • Kyle Wilkins

    Kyle Wilkins gave props (29 Jan 2008):

    crazy color

  • 1 2

    1 2 (Deleted) gave props (31 Jan 2008):

    amazing colors. I don't think your form of manipulation is what JPG is talking about. They don't want obvious teen/photoshop editing.

  • Brandon Przepiorski

    Brandon Przepiorski said (4 Apr 2008):

    This is an amazing picture it really captures a mmnet in time that shows the beauty of even the most overlooken places on earth.

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (29 Apr 2008):

    Absolutely Amazing Capture !!!

  • bill keane

    bill keane gave props (3 Jun 2008):

    wonderful image.

  • Abellan Antonio

    Abellan Antonio gave props (9 Jul 2008):

    I admire your work, congratulations. 7 minutes exposure, wow! :D

  • Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman gave props (22 Jul 2008):

    Great shot!

  • David Baker

    David Baker gave props (1 Aug 2008):

    Sick............So sick Man!!!!!!

  • Anna Chipman

    Anna Chipman gave props (25 Sep 2008):


  • Ray Kenn

    Ray Kenn gave props (27 Oct 2008):

    Beautiful shot. Thanks for sharing the details of how you did it.

  • :) L P

    :) L P gave props (6 Nov 2008):

    whoa!!! awesome!!

  • Andres Garcia Lachner

    Andres Garcia Lachner gave props (24 Nov 2008):


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