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Members Choice - Dusk at the Park by Gavin Tow

October 2020 - Members Choice - Dusk at the Park

About the Image(s)

I took this near a park in August. I had planned to do some nighttime photography, but I was getting so bitten up by bugs that I decided it wasn't worth it. It was taken on a tripod with a 18-400 Tamron lens at 18mm. It was a 80 second long exposure with a ND 10 filter.

7 comments posted

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
How interesting that this is such a long exposure! I wouldn't have thought to do that at dusk. I like the calm feeling and serene colors. I think the amount of sky sets off the tree silhouette well. If this were my photo, I would edit the sky and sun to be more vibrant although I know less realistic. It seems that photographers nowadays enhance their colors a little on the unrealistic side! I don't like the untruth but I like the look! I tried not to go overboard in my edited example. Did it look sort of like this in person?   Posted: 10/09/2020 16:51:59
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Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
The colors were not as enhanced. The Neutral Density filter and long exposure was able to capture the colors.   Posted: 10/15/2020 07:56:39

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
I recently watched a webinar on long exposures, both daytime and night. I like the more muted colors of your shot because quiet simple images appeal to me. Carole's brighter version is very pretty, so this comes down to what the viewer prefers. But how can we ever predict the viewer's thoughts? The water is quite smooth. It would be interesting to know if there were any ripples in the water at the time the photo was taken.   Posted: 10/10/2020 14:19:55
Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
I saw that webinar too !   Posted: 10/15/2020 07:58:55

Kerstin Köneke   Kerstin Köneke
That's hard to decide - more or less color. I like both ways - it depends on my daily mood. Good shot so, Gavin.
I only wonder, if the exposure could have been even longer as 80 seconds and if there could be more tree structures in it then.
  Posted: 10/11/2020 01:56:57
Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
I started having trouble with anything longer, and sometimes often do. If there is the slightest dust on the lens it is very noticeable and either has to be cropped out or fixed post processing.   Posted: 10/15/2020 07:58:26

Ally Green   Ally Green
Very peaceful scene and the warm colours of the sky reflecting in the water add to the tranquillity. You did well to capture this before being eaten alive! For me i would have cropped off a bit on the right as this area is too dark. Agree with Carole about lighting up the sky a bit more although maybe between the 2? is very subjective. Good shot though.   Posted: 10/14/2020 13:26:26


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