Weekend Photography Challenge #411 Lights

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  • #377784

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    A lot of us have Christmas stuff going on, so there's plenty of opportunities there.
    For those that aren't into Xmas light, theres neon lights, lamps, streetlights, candlelight, moonlight ….. but show the source of the light in your shot!

    https://www.lightstalking.com/clipping-the-highlights/ by Dahlia Ambrose

  • #377788

    MichaelK
    Participant

    My image is the front porch of a lodge in southern Ohio. I can't wait to go back and rock on the porch with my favorite beverage, listening to the birds in the woods. Mike

    • #377806

      Pamela Winter
      Participant

      What a wonderful memory this image has for you, Mike.  And it's a great image, too!

    • #377824

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Looks like a very comfy place to relax with a beverage.  I like the contrast of the yellowish porch lights and the blue light that surrounds it.

    • #377954

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Nice use of symmetry Mike.

    • #377987

      Gray B
      Participant

      Mike, the inviting steps leading up to this very comfortable looking cottage makes we want to spend a long weekend here. Perhaps a hot beverage sitting next to me in that rocker.  Good work.

    • #378008

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Such a lovely place to sit Mike, love the blue and gold light.

    • #378032

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Very inviting, Mike. Love the blue and gold tones as well.

    • #378153

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      I like this too, Mike. It has a wonderful mood.

    • #378335

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Very nice and inviting spot Mike. I really admire the way you always keep control of the whites and highlights in your pics, just slightly blown but not too much. Works really well. John Denver could've written a song about a place like this 🙂

      • #378405

        MichaelK
        Participant

        Thank you, guys for your kind comments. Mike

  • #377794

    SimonParks
    Participant

    LED lights throw a pool of luminosity beneath the beach brolley as night approaches:

    If you should need me tonight

    • #377822

      MichaelK
      Participant

      This looks like a wonderful spot to watch the setting sun. Very serene, with a perfect sunset. Hopefully you had a Corona in hand and toasted the end of a beautiful day. Mike

      • #377960

        SimonParks
        Participant

        Estrella de Levante – Local beer from Murcia

    • #378009

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Gorgeous colours Simon, a really good place to watch the sun set!

    • #378033

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Great colour and beautiful sunset, Simon. I almost feel warmer looking at this photo!

    • #378336

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Love this one Simon. I like the way the umbrella mimics the mountain range in the distance which then leads the eye to the setting sun. Great compo. Feel like a beer now.

  • #377807

    Pamela Winter
    Participant

    I was utterly entranced when I saw the late afternoon light filtered through this tree on the banks of the Suwannee River in northern Florida. I didn't think the picture did any justice to the actual scene, but it's close. (This is NOT enhanced)

    • #377821

      MichaelK
      Participant

      Pamela, the multi-colored light rays are amazing! What a beautiful effect to be able to capture. Mike

    • #377826

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Just what Mike said. Those colored streaks of light are amazing. And the highlights of the moss in the tree PLUS the green glow of the plants at the bottom make for a Fantasia like image. Wow.

    • #377938

      Holly K
      Participant

      Such a beautiful shot!

    • #377955

      Bobbie
      Participant

      The rainbow effect is intriguing. I wonder what caused it. Good eye leading to a beautiful image, Pamela.

    • #377991

      Gray B
      Participant

      Yes, and the light filtering through the leaves give a warm, and perhaps mysterious, feeling.

    • #378010

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Beautiful light Pamela, so unusual!

    • #378034

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Wow! That is really interesting. Great catch.

    • #378211

      Preston
      Participant

      The rainbow light streaks are amazing! Great shot.

      • #378307

        Pamela Winter
        Participant

        Thank you ALL for your wonderful words.  I wish I knew what caused the rainbow streaks – I'd duplicate the effort.  When I saw the result of the image, I was pretty awed, too.

    • #378337

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Fascinating Pamela! Never seen rainbow spears before. There must have been a lot of moisture in the air for the light rays to be defracted in this way?

  • #377818

    Erik Fransman
    Participant

    Mobile shot. Galaxy S7 edge.

    • #377995

      Gray B
      Participant

      … and a true definition and illustration of this week's challenge.  This is a fun image Erik that made me smile.

    • #378011

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Love this Erik! 🙂

    • #378035

      LeanneC
      Participant

      That is so fun! Where are these lights?

    • #378150

      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      The Lamp is an object at this year's Amsterdam Light Festival. It is designed by the Dutch artist Jeroen Henneman. I was in my hometown Amsterdam on a location recce with a producer of Discovery for a shoot we had this week. We passed by these lamps and I remembered this weeks challenge. Took out my Galaxy and here you go. It's not me in the image. It's the Discovery producer.

    • #378154

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      This shot is awesome, Erik!

    • #378305

      Ann Wheatley
      Participant

      Super composition with clever use of angles and the the tiny light in the background in the mirror image position.  Love it!

    • #378338

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      What a cool shot Erik! Like the spot colour effect of the green jacket too. (That must be Neon Leon 🙂 ).

  • #377823

    MichaelK
    Participant

    Very whimsical shot, Erik! Looks like there is another desk lamp further behind you, or is that a reflection?

  • #377853

    DSC08411 re-edited

    • #378012

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Great combination of lights David!

    • #378036

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Beautiful! Love how you combined the light painting and Christmas lights.

    • #378339

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Terrific image David. Neighbours must think your a bit kooky spinning light balls in the front garden?

  • #377854

    And to prove that it is not ALL lightpainting in my photo's…

    DSC09256_

     

    • #377939

      Holly K
      Participant

      How long was the exposure in the bridge photo?  The light and colors are beautiful.

    • #377951

      Tom M
      Participant

      Maybe you didn't light paint this David, but you did a masterful job of painting the light…

       

    • #378340

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      What Tom said. Fantastic image David.

    • #378669

      samet
      Participant

      Nice shot David.

  • #377855

    city

     

    • #378016

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Wonderful light display, great shot!

    • #378038

      LeanneC
      Participant

      That is stunning!

    • #378341

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      What a smorgasboard of light. The rooftop lights are brilliant but I'm loving the interplay of the light and water below. It looks like the light show here is projected onto the waterjet sprays? So cool.

  • #377945

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    Tugboat.

    • #377946

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      A beautiful shot Graham. The tug in muted colors in one corner and sunset colors in the opposite corner. The contrast of these colors from upper left to lower right gives the tug a perception of movement. Thumbs up.

    • #377952

      Tom M
      Participant

      Nice Graham…

       

    • #377956

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Totally agree with Dave. It looks like the tug is coming home after a hard day of work.

    • #377996

      Gray B
      Participant

      From a great perspective Graham, we you on a bridge?

    • #378017

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Love how you've caught the rays of sun hitting the boat Graham!

    • #378040

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Interesting perspective! A nice sense of movement created when your eye goes first to the bright sun and then to the tug. Great effect.

    • #378086

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Thanks everyone. This was taken from the deck of a cruise ship somewhere in the South Pacific – New Caledonia? The tug had just accompanied us out of harbour to see us on our way.

      • #378617

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        New Caledonia? Did you see any sign of Quinton McHale or Captain Binghamton?

    • #378155

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      I agree! Wonderful shot Graham!

    • #378390

      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      Great shot Graham. Is it a drone or just close to the shore?

    • #378736

      Preston
      Participant

      Excellent shot Graham.  I love how you captured the sunbeams.

  • #377957

    Frogdaily
    Participant

    I put my Christmas tree up for the last challenge but it fits better here for this Theme … so I’m going to repost it here … a little light painting around the tree

    O Christmas Tree

    Long exposure Christmas Lights

    Christmas Extravaganza

    • #378018

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Glad you reposted this Frog, I thought of it when I posted the challenge, lovely lighting!

    • #378043

      LeanneC
      Participant

      That is one “blinged” out tree! Fun shot. I love it.

    • #378109

      Tom M
      Participant

      I love the cat just laying there perfectly comfortable there in the 1st shot Froggy…

       

    • #378237

      Sensational! I love these

    • #378342

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Love it! A Christmas tree with a sparkly halo. Now if you could market that effect, you'd sell a million!

      • #378406

        MichaelK
        Participant

        Love the second one. Very psychedelic! Reminds me of my college days! 😉

    • #378563

      Frogdaily
      Participant

      Thank you all for your kind comments!

    • #378571

      logos189
      Participant

      Wow! Amazing work, Frog. You did some great light painting.

      • #379074

        Frogdaily
        Participant

        Thank you so much Logos

  • #377958

    Bobbie
    Participant

    Noticed this construction site while on a trip with our students.

    • #377959

      ElinL
      Participant

      Great image Bobbie !The lines, different textures and lightning add up to a perfect unity.

    • #377997

      Gray B
      Participant

      There is a great story here Bobbie and it looks like all work.  Your students didn't stick their hands into the plaster? 🙂

      • #378464

        Bobbie
        Participant

        Thanks Gray.
        No idea if they even saw it – we weren't together. They're adults and were going through the city in small autonomous groups doing a scavenger hunt to learn about it's history and uniqueness.

    • #378019

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Great image Bobbie, simple and well composed!

    • #378045

      LeanneC
      Participant

      I love this Bobbie! The balance of light and dark is lovely. I agree with Gray…there is a story.

    • #378110

      Tom M
      Participant

      love the lighting and compo in this Bobbie…

       

    • #378156

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Great image Bobbie!

    • #378343

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      A great rendition of light and shade Bobbie. I agree with the others, there is a story here, maybe several. Nice rendering (metaphorically speaking).

      • #378408

        MichaelK
        Participant

        I love the various textures and how they are emphasized with the lighting. Very nice! Mike

    • #378465

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Thanks so much to all of you for your comments. It's always a wonderful feeling to hear from people whose creations often inspire me.

      Admins – I wish there was a forum situated between the non-critical challenge forums and the totally critical shark tank – a place where we could get some “friendly suggestions”.

  • #377986

    Gray B
    Participant

    From a recent trip to Scotland – Cawdor Castle

    Cawdor Castle #1

    Cawdor Castle #2

    • #378020

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Elegant, and lovely gold light, good shots Gray!

    • #378344

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Lovely shots Gray. The first one is straight out of the set of ‘Midsummer Murders', a TV show I was watching recently. Lovely golden hues.

      • #378467

        Bobbie
        Participant

        We really liked that show Graham but unfortunately we haven't had it for years.

    • #378466

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Nice work making the lighting the focus, Gray.

  • #378021

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    lamps ….

    lamps .....

    • #378121

      ElinL
      Participant

      Love it !

    • #378345

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Makes me think of the battle of light over dark Diane. Light always wins!

    • #378468

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Very effective Diane. The lighting on the … (I don't know what it is) makes the scene look ready for a seance.

  • #378046

    LeanneC
    Participant

    I can't resist sharing this guy (I photograph Frosty every year) from our Country Christmas Parade:

    Frosty

    And here is one straight into the sun on a foggy morning:

    Another Beginning

    • #378112

      Tom M
      Participant

      Great compo and mood in the horses through the fence Leanne…

      • #378122

        ElinL
        Participant

        Agree with Tom.

    • #378115

      Tom M
      Participant

      Christmas tree lights bokeh…

       

      • #378225

        Tersha
        Keymaster

        I really like colourful bokeh Tom,cool shot!

    • #378172

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Seems Frosty may have a bit too much egg nog. 🙂

      Horses framed by fence is a really nice image.

      Don't know why this showed up under Toms. Hit reply three times on Leanne's post and all three showed my text box under Tom's. Third time I went ahead and submitted my reply.

      Nice colorful bokeh Tom. 🙂

      • This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by  Dave Watkins.
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    • #378346

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Did frosty fall over or are there too many low-hanging cables along the route Leanne? The horses/fence pic is great. Nicely framed and who would have thought barbed wire could hold such an important place in the compo?

      (My reply is in the wrong spot too?)

      • This reply was modified 1 week, 3 days ago by  Graham Hart.
    • #378437

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Both of these are awesome Leanne! Very nice.

    • #378469

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Love the image with the horses Leanne. The composition, large sun and the color (pp?) work together to start a story.

    • #378664

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Thanks for kind comments all of you! Graham and Dave: Frosty is ‘tipsy' as he is ‘made' out of a cement mixer. If you look closely at the right you can see the front of the truck, in red. He parks in front of the local Redi-mix until Christmas. My favourite float in our little parade.

      Bobbie – no crazy PP in this one…the fog is responsible for the sun looking larger. The colours were barely tweaked…just enhanced a touch (I am a minimalist in that department typically). It was a pretty awesome morning for interesting light. I always try and get out when there is fog.

      Funny thing…I found out after sharing the horses on Twitter, that the horses belong to a friend. They were very friendly and I had nose smears on my lens to prove it. This shot was taken just before they came over for visits!

      • #378666

        LeanneC
        Participant

        This is “Chimp” just before a lens kiss!

        Chimp

  • #378069

    bucweeet
    Participant

    Shot this last summer in available light, hand held.  Just had a chance to look at it.

    • #378348

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I really really like this bucweeet. Feels like every photon has been used to maximum efficiency with none wasted on unimportant peripheral stuff. The yellow lights against the pale blue window curtains, hovering above the table setting make for a dark mystery thriller story ambience.

  • #378108

    Click
    Participant

    Fireworks

    Light up the night

    • #378349

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Very cool image Click. Reminds me of an electron microscope image of a virus or something.

    • #378436

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      I really like this too! Nice.

  • #378143

    MichaelK
    Participant

    Vishal, your post started out with some great suggestions, but ended with advertising for services. I don't think that this is allowed on this discussion group. Mike

    • #378147

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Mike, you were right, I’ve spammed it!

  • #378158

    Kent DuFault
    Participant

    Downtown Seattle at dusk.

    Seattle, Washington

    Shanghai Skyline at Night

    Shanghai, China

    Both shot with the iPhone 8+ and hand held.

    • #378350

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Nice colourful pics Kent with some similarities. Two big buildings with a taller tower between them. I'm struck by the thought that despite the traffic in the first pic and the lack of traffic in the second, the sky remains the same colour in both parts of the world. Is pollution just a big hoax 🙂 LOL!

      • #378434

        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        I always love your comments Graham. I was actually struck by the similarities as well, which is why I posted both of them. Of the two places… China definitely has WAY more air pollution. Although, the locals told me it's getting far better than it was 15 years ago.

  • #378202

    Holly K
    Participant

    On the Porch

    • #378352

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I like the ‘welcome home' feel of this shot Holly. I reckon nighttime porches would make a good throwdown.

      • #378458

        Holly K
        Participant

        Thanks, Graham.  I thought of the motel commercial where the narrator says, “And we'll leave the light on.”

  • #378226

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    I got some new aperture plates for my Petzval lens, they have different shapes in them, so I played with xmas lights yesterday ….

    flower bokeh

    plus extension tube
    flower bokeh

  • #378308

    Ann Wheatley
    Participant

    Car lights and street lamps on Rocks Road, in Nelson, New Zealand

    https://www.eyeem.com/p/116743007

     

    And a question for Rob:  Why is it that Tersha's link to a photo on flickr works, while my link to a photo on EyeEm doesn't?

    • #378514

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Is EyeEm a commercial site Anne? I couldn't see any links to grab.
      We need @admin to answer this?

    • #378561

      That is a function of WordPress. They coded WordPress to do that for Flickr, but not other sites.

  • #378351

    Preston
    Participant

    These are the work lights in the basement of a barn.  I'm drawn to how they aren't straight.

    2018-12-03_09-44-34

    • #378435

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Interesting insight, Preston. They do have a lovely curve. Don't they.

      • #378739

        Preston
        Participant

        Thanks Kent.  When everything is built square, some assymetry makes for  fun time

    • #378515

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      I like this too, it works really well!

  • #378356

    Robert Apple
    Participant

    Low Light Mountains at Jackson Wy
    This was a high res shot which is composed of 9 exposures total, total shutter time of 6 minutes. There was a meteor shower going at the time and if you look close there are five captured in this scene through the foggy sky.

    Low Light Mountains at Jackson Wy

    • #378460

      Holly K
      Participant

      Beautiful overall lighting plus the light trail.  The photo conveys a mood.

    • #378726

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      The car lights make this Robert, although the overall light is lovely too!

  • #378370

    Click
    Participant

    Where too much is never enough

    Las Vegas

  • #378389

    Erik Fransman
    Participant

    Thersa, thank you for this challenge. So much creativity. o many great pics. Enjoying it!

    • #378516

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Glad you're enjoying it Erik, so am I.There are so many different interpretations of the challenge, I love seeing them al! 🙂

  • #378587

    Holly K
    Participant

    How Do You Decorate a Palm Tree?

  • #378802

    Mostahfiz
    Participant

    zayd_christmas_lights

    Just managed to grab the shot as my boys were drawn to the festive shop window display.

    • #378811

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      That is a wonderful shot!

      • #378842

        Mostahfiz
        Participant

        Thank you so much for your kind words

    • #378872

      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      Very Nice.

    • #378888

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      You've captured a moment in time that will last forever. A very special memory. Thumbs up.

    • #378892

      Robert Apple
      Participant

      Embodies the magic of Christmas and the wonder in a child's eyes.

  • #378868

    Erik Fransman
    Participant

    This is an image from the Amsterdam Light Festival.
    Parabolic Lightcloud. I like the form. But the description of the Light Festival / Artists what it means and is supposed to convey give me goose pimples  (or in Dutch, kromme tenen).
    Galaxy S7 edge:
    Click for flicks, bigger is better:
    Parabolic Lightcloud, ALF 2018

  • #378873

    Mostahfiz
    Participant

    Thats very nice, pleasing symmetry and colours.

  • #378875

    Rob Eyers
    Participant

    Lots of great posts in this thread!

    This is part of a light/water display in Puebla, Mexico.

    Took a lot of images there with the intent of doing some blending once I’m back to my computer.

  • #378886

    Robert Apple
    Participant

    Night Skiing at Jackson Hole.

  • #378908

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    Murano glass Christmas tree. Circa 1956.

  • #379015

    Donna
    Participant

    Tempe Lightrail

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