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light - rain

Posted by
Margie (Auckland, New Zealand) on 5 May 2008 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

It rained ferociously last night. I stood on my porch in the dark and waited for passing cars, clicked the shutter, held my breath and tried to stay as still as I could.

NIKON D80 2/1 second F/5.6 ISO 400 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

Any hints, tips, constructive criticism or comments are welcome and appreciated.

Saeed from ahwaz, Iran

wow! so nice!

5 May 2008 5:11am

@Saeed: Thank you!

shahab from Qazvin, Iran

Nice idea!Good work!

5 May 2008 6:30am

@shahab: Thank you!

Silvia from steyr, Austria

Wow, traumhaft!

5 May 2008 6:40am

@Silvia: Thanks!
(and to google for the translation...)

Rhys from Darlington, United Kingdom

brilliant, you've turned something quite mundane into something really beautiful and intriguing.

5 May 2008 7:24am

@Rhys: Thanks Rhys! Next item on my photographic shopping list is a tripod!

ruben latre from Terrassa, Spain

Hold on a second,... are you telling me you didn't use a tripod ??!! just hold your breath for 2 seconds and get such a nicely capture !! that's impressive !! I really love the light trails and the wet pavement surface looks amazing, great job Margie !!

5 May 2008 8:22am

@ruben latre: Well I was bracing myself against the porch wall...
Thanks Ruben!

pierre from athis mons, France

Really nice, looks like neons ! and ghosts cars !

5 May 2008 10:01am

@pierre: Merci Pierre!

Zorilla from Kew, United Kingdom

Great shot - here's what happened when I tried exactly the same thing...

5 May 2008 10:21am

@Zorilla: Haha! Your shot has a lot!?

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

And it worked.... it's a brilliant take, from something simple into abstract Art. Well done.

5 May 2008 10:57am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

The textures and framing are pleasing!

5 May 2008 11:38am

Cheryl from Boerne, United States

wow, I can't believe you didn't use a tripod! nice trails!!

5 May 2008 11:45am

Henry from Boston, United States

This works because you didn't use a tripod. The darker elements have a nice ghosting that adds intrigue to the image. You may want to try this method again with a definite subject in the image I think that would probably be a great shot. Nice one Margo.

5 May 2008 12:33pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Very good considering that the exposure is 2 seconds without a tripod... I like the lightening on the wet road.

5 May 2008 1:08pm

Anthony from Bielefeld, Germany

What no tripod,get one quick...Who knows what you can produce then !!!

5 May 2008 1:23pm

@Anthony: :)
Thanks for the visit!

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

You're more steady than I. Not sure how to describe it, but you've captured some emotion of the night here, like part of a movie scene.

5 May 2008 2:56pm

@Twelvebit: Well it helped that I didn't have a glass of wine with dinner that night!
Thanks for the comment.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

nice effect here. A very interesting shot.

5 May 2008 4:29pm

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

That two seconds has done the trick! Really captures the mood of the moment.

5 May 2008 4:40pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks!

Pied Crow from Nairobi, Kenya

Very steady hands, and a nice idea, I love rainy photos.

5 May 2008 5:20pm

Alun Lambert from Cheshire, United Kingdom

very good image

5 May 2008 5:28pm

Betsy Barron from Glenmoore, United States

This is gorgeous - I had no idea what it was before reading your description - an incredibly good shot for being hand held on a 2 sec exposure!!

5 May 2008 6:49pm

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Wow a fantastic abstract shot, you did a brilliant job with this Margie.

5 May 2008 7:58pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Wow, good job for a hand held, long exposure. You must have steady hands. Everything about this shot is just great, in particular the natural framing and the lighting. Great work.

5 May 2008 8:01pm

@Graham Russon: Thank you very much Graham!

standley from brou-sur-chantereine, France

Excellent shot. You have a very steady hand! Well done.

5 May 2008 8:22pm

Andrew Gould from Sydney, Australia

A very impressionistic shot. Great image!

5 May 2008 10:23pm

@Andrew Gould: Thank you Andrew.

gene from patterson, United States

wow, this looks like a sunset on mats.. great shot

6 May 2008 12:11am

@gene: Thank you!

Kelela from Upland, United States

I am so impressed. And, I am learning some things from you. Thanks!

6 May 2008 4:12am

@Kelela: Blimey..that's miraculous!
Thanks for the compliment and the visit!

Rags from Plano, United States

cool. Wonderful image.

6 May 2008 5:59am

@Rags: Thank you!

Mikey from Australia

Wow! That's really neat, good use of the lense to capture something quite far away that turned out really interesting!

7 May 2008 9:33am

@Mikey: I know! Who'd have thunk huh!

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

What one can when using imagination!

7 May 2008 5:26pm

@António Pires: Thank you for your comment and visit!

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

I can`t believe it worked! But it did! Great shot, Margie! What a dedication, and it paid off.

8 May 2008 6:18am

Eleftheria, 9 years old, from Athens, Greece


8 May 2008 3:08pm

2/1 second
ISO 400
157 mm (35mm equiv.)