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© Paul Lavallee
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Photo Info
UploadedAugust 13, 2008
TakenAugust 9, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D40
Exposure1/640 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length70 mm

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Photo license: © All rights reserved

The last glimmer of light over Wesquage Pond in Narragansett, RI on 8/8/2008 at 8:08 PM.

I will fully admit that I got entirely lucky with this one. I certainly don't consider myself a digital photographer by any stretch. My forte is putting musty film in crappy cameras, cross processing it, and hoping for the best. This photo makes it look like I knew what I was doing.

On top of everything, there was no photoshop done to this at all. I pulled it into photoshop since I shot in RAW, played around with levels and curves, and it only made the photo look worse! I always shoot in "+" saturation with my D40 and -1.0 exposure compensation (thanks, Ken Rockwell). This darkend the foreground and brightened the reflection of the setting sun against the clouds.

I was also lucky that this summer we have had very unsettled weather in New England. It seems that every afternoon we get a band of thunderstorms that produce the most amazing looking clouds. The lucky night of 080808 was no exception to this interesting phenomenon.

This image was captured from Nicole's beach house deck with my D40 on a tripod. I took a few test shots before the fateful time of 8:08 PM and was very happy with the results. My favorite exposure was at 8:08:11 and is the one seen here.

I'd like to dedicate this one to my good friends at 15x100.com. Please check out our group collaborations (such as the 080808 project) at blog.15x100.com.

Nikon D40 perched on a tripod with Nikon 70-300mm VRII lens @ 70mm f/5.6 ISO 200 1/640 sec. Honestly, no photoshop manipulation.

© mylatehope.com

In the story Sunset for me at JPG.

53 responses

  • Marcelo Prieto Moffat

    Marcelo Prieto Moffat gave props (12 Aug 2008):

    a great one!

  • Kendra Flynn

    Kendra Flynn gave props (12 Aug 2008):


  • Ian Maclellan

    Ian Maclellan gave props (12 Aug 2008):

    Very nice!

  • Susanna Kirk

    Susanna Kirk gave props (12 Aug 2008):

    wow. you should definitely toy with digital more often.

  • Kiwi ana

    Kiwi ana (Deleted) gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    Thank You Paul for all you have been for me. You were one of the first to introduce me to the fun side of this social network with your wonferful Mr Potatohead scan for Suzette I will miss your personality and your skill here. Best of luck with 15x100 Hugs Karen

  • Céline Chhuon

    Céline Chhuon gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    Beautiful Paul ! well done

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    Gorgeous shot and great entry!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    excellent shot - now do you love digital?

  • Christopher Long

    Christopher Long gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    Fantastic shot Paul!!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    Paul- You are a class act. Just read your goodbye. TY for your support and sharing your unique photos..

  • rizky nurfa'ni

    rizky nurfa'ni gave props (14 Aug 2008):

    yeah! it's Rock!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (14 Aug 2008):

    Beautiful Capture !!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Aug 2008):

    Oh yeah! It rocks! So you're leaving JPG...I'll have to dedicate a photo to you and Nicole.

  • Stéphane Heinz

    Stéphane Heinz gave props (16 Aug 2008):


  • j dixon

    j dixon gave props (18 Aug 2008):

    all the best to you, Paul! Every comment and favorite you gave me was such encouragement.

  • Emma Brahas

    Emma Brahas said (21 Aug 2008):


  • Patrick .

    Patrick . (Deleted) gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    Wow, this is very nice

  • Michael Goermann

    Michael Goermann said (27 Aug 2008):

    Just saw your farewell letter. You were the first who left a comment on my very first picture. Thanx and good bye!

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (31 Aug 2008):

    beautiful shot and title

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2008):

    Yeeees, it rocks! Wonderful shot! My vote

  • Howard Simpson

    Howard Simpson gave props (21 Sep 2008):

    Great shot. I voted. Love the light.

  • Maria Gonzalez

    Maria Gonzalez gave props (22 Sep 2008):

    Superb!!! love loooove this!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jose Antonio González

    Jose Antonio González gave props (29 Sep 2008):

    Great shot! my vote!

  • 1 2

    1 2 (Deleted) gave props (3 Oct 2008):

    That's so beautiful Paul

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (16 Oct 2008):


  • Andrew Bowman

    Andrew Bowman (Deleted) said (22 Oct 2008):

    awesome shot dude.

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (29 Oct 2008):

    Beautiful image Paul ! You will be missed :)

  • Oriel Banne

    Oriel Banne gave props (31 Oct 2008):

    beautiful indeed!

  • Casey Chiles

    Casey Chiles gave props (31 Oct 2008):


  • markus zundel

    markus zundel gave props (6 Nov 2008):

    Pure art...

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) gave props (7 Nov 2008):

    gorgeous shot, well done!

  • Janice Mezzacappa

    Janice Mezzacappa (Deleted) gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    Amazing work!!

  • Erasmo Wong

    Erasmo Wong said (10 Dec 2008):

    this is great stuff!!!

  • Bentzion Elisha

    Bentzion Elisha gave props (12 Dec 2008):

    very nice!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (15 Dec 2008):


  • Lesley S

    Lesley S (Deleted) gave props (3 Jan 2009):

    What an incredibly beautiful shot. Absolutely perfect!

  • Roberto Noto

    Roberto Noto gave props (31 Mar 2009):

    stunning !

  • francesco scipioni

    francesco scipioni gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    .unbelieveble!!!!I have a picture shooted in the same moment and the same title!!!!

  • nema' etebar

    nema' etebar said (22 Apr 2009):

    you have tons of great photographs all around..

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (30 Apr 2009):

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Eric J Henderson

    Eric J Henderson gave props (4 May 2009):

    whoa! just... whoaaaa!. thanks, man.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (4 Jun 2009):

    Fantastic!! What a sky!!

  • Donna Weston

    Donna Weston gave props (4 Jun 2009):

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  • Christopher Smith

    Christopher Smith gave props (9 Jun 2009):

    Great shot!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner gave props (19 Jun 2009):

    Doesn't get better than this,great job Paul!!!

  • Bev Davy

    Bev Davy (Deleted) gave props (27 Jun 2009):

    Wow... Fantastic shot. Really like this.

  • Katie Johnson

    Katie Johnson said (2 Jul 2009):


  • lora oksman

    lora oksman gave props (11 Aug 2009):


  • sara martin

    sara martin gave props (20 Aug 2009):

    This is amazing Paul. 8:08 is the number I always happen to catch when I glance at the clock. I have an 8 tattooed on my thumb. 8 is great.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (27 Apr 2010):

    Paul, this is an outstanding image. The colors and composition are wonderful. This is really nice work...

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2010):

    Methinks he doth protest too much - it's not the camera, it's the guy behind the finger....

  • Muhammad Qurban

    Muhammad Qurban gave props (29 Jun 2010):

    Yeah , pretty awesome love the sun light. well done

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (23 Sep 2010):

    very beautiful!

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