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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

University of Glasgow

Nikon D70 @ 18mm, 30 secs, f/3.5, ISO 200

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Somehow - I'm not quite sure how - The Daily Exposure has managed to become a finalist in this year's Best of Blogs Awards in the Best Art/Photography/Poetry category. So firstly, a massive thank you to whoever nominated me, and secondly, another huge thanks to the judges at BoB who shortlisted me. It has given me a great feeling that all the time spent building and maintaining the site has been worthwhile!

Anyway, if you're interested in voting then please have a look around the site and see what you think before recording your vote. I can honestly say that I'm not expecting a great result, as I'm up against some other fantastic (and much more popular) blogs, but any votes would be very much welcomed and appreciated! As far as I'm aware the voting should open at some point today so I'll keep you informed.

Onto the photo…

I took this shot of the main building at Glasgow University when I went back home for Christmas. It was one of the rare times in Scotland when the sky was completely clear, so I felt that I should make the most of this opportunity and include the stars which were shining very brightly. I was actually quite lucky to get this shot (and another one which I'll post sometime soon), as it wasn't long before they switched on the spotlights to illuminate the building. While the spotlights make the building look very impressive at night, it's an absolute nightmare to photograph – the dynamic range of the scene is just too much. So in this picture it was only a few streetlights from below that were providing the right amount of artificial light to balance with the ambient light.

Because I was trying out a number of compositions, I didn't want to take any super long exposures. But next time (if there ever is a next time) I think I'll opt for the star trail effect and see how it works out.


Blogger Keir Ayres said...

Congrat's John, I remember nominating you and Jem for a few awards on different sites (that one included) but I don't think it was that specific award >.<

6:50 pm, January 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have just checked out your 'competition'. You should win no problem. Have been checking your site for a while and really like the pictures. Nice to see such great shots of places I know. Keep up the good work. You are inspiring me to get out there and take more pictures.

7:26 am, January 11, 2006  
Blogger John said...

Keir: Thank you for the nominations!! I think I'd only ever heard of the Bloggies until now, so I'll have to check out the others.

anonymous: Reveal yourself! ;) Thanks for the comments very kind comments. I wish I could share your confidence about the results!

12:19 pm, January 11, 2006  
Blogger erusan said...

John, John,... about to bag some prizes now eh? Going "big" now are ya?

Well, it must be great to get some recognition for your work. You deserve it I think. Hope you're doing fine, I'm off to check out that contest site and see if I can drop in a vote for you.


12:24 pm, January 11, 2006  
Blogger erusan said...

Sorry John, it appears you are at the mercy of the JURY... hang in there ;-)

12:26 pm, January 11, 2006  
Anonymous Iain said...

Good luck John - the site is great and deserves recognition!
Found it while searching for D70 stuff, then the great photography caught my eye, then it also happens to show many of my old haunts - Glasgow to Edinburgh, trips with mates up to Glencoe etc with our cameras...
Inspirational Stuff!

9:36 pm, January 11, 2006  
Anonymous shudder said...

You're not so hot, ya little punk.

Wait... did I say that out loud?!?! (dammit -- must self-edit more!) O_o

Congrats, John -- I hope you bowl them over at the BoBs! That would be most excellent. And your blog and photos are more than worth it. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you (tho I don't think you need it...).

12:57 am, January 22, 2006  

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