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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year!

Nikon D70 @ 62mm, 1/8 sec, f/8, ISO 200
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Happy New Year Everyone! Hope you all had a good one!

I entered this shot in the latest fujimugs open challenge - Nature in Black and White - and was delighted that it won first place! Here is the original entry together with all of the very generous comments. A very nice way to start the new year!

About the shot itself...

I was driving home on Boxing day and the was mist starting to gather in the surrounding fields. I'm always on the lookout for a new photo, but when I saw this scene - as I was going round a roundabout no less - I just had to stop my car. Luckily I had my camera and tripod in my boot, as well as my newly purchased 3 stop grad ND. Excellent, I thought. But my battery was extremely low... not so good.

I managed to pop a few shots off before the battery died, but I wasn't happy with any of them. I knew the shot had a lot of potential, so for the next 15 minutes I waited for a while to give the battery time to get some juice back, then fired a shot off before it died again. Eventually I got one that I liked - and just in time too.

I said to my girlfriend (jokingly at the time) that I'd buy myself the sigma 80-400 OS if I won the challenge, so I might just have to now :)


Blogger DGAF said...

Amazing picture. Congrats on the award. Love the contrast and that ND filter seemed to do the trick with the sky.

11:55 pm, January 03, 2006  
Anonymous Jem said...

Absolutely stunning John! Great job on first place too! Go you! :)

3:21 am, January 04, 2006  
Anonymous Dougie said...

happy new year John , Stunning shoti just love the layer of mist and the dark moddy sky it's magic .


4:49 pm, January 04, 2006  
Anonymous Otto K said...

Beautiful picture. You certainly deserved an award for it.

2:37 pm, January 05, 2006  
Anonymous steveo said...

Not surprised this picture won, its fantastic. Really nice B+W.

3:55 pm, January 05, 2006  
Anonymous Jason Dale said...

Dam fine photo and all the post processing paid off.

1:02 pm, January 12, 2006  
Anonymous weirdaily said...

One of the best landscape photo I've ever seen. good job

9:26 am, January 14, 2006  
Anonymous andy said...

Beautiful image. I gotta start carrying a camera in my car too as opportunities like that are too good to miss. Congrats on 1st place.

11:23 pm, January 19, 2006  
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2:49 pm, January 27, 2006  
Blogger bomax said...

I love depressing nature, this one takes the cake. Thank you again. Pictures like these give me (amature) the insparation to learn how to capture and PS to get a result that can stop a foot step,turn a head and make a smile.

2:50 pm, January 27, 2006  

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