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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Pretty in Pink

Nikon D70 @ 70mm, 1/15 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200

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I managed to escape from work at 8 o'clock tonight. Not the best, but it was a glorious night so it felt like it was still the afternoon. I dashed home and straight back out again with my gear. I planned on getting a nice shot of the castle with the moon in the background, but it didn't quite work out.

Instead I saw the opportunity of getting a shot of some of the lovely trees mid-bloom on Princes Street, and the bike here seemed to finish it off. I did take a load of shots with people walking past, but they were more distracting than not. I think keeping this shot simple works best.

It's not quite as dark, contrasty and depressing as I'd like... but it is pretty, isn't it? :)

P.S. I thought I'd treat you to a bigger version of the picture... the resizing wasn't very favourable to the image.


Anonymous Phil said...

Very pretty! I really like the big one, and you're right about the bike, it seems to finish it off nicely.

12:59 am, May 11, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Very cool : magnificent.GREAT GREAT SHOT!

1:58 am, May 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're totally right about the size. The bigger version has much more in it. Nice composition!

3:16 am, May 11, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

The bigger version is simply amazing. This is, I think, your best work. I don't say that lightly. I think all your elements combine here for a very effective and emotional shot. I always thought your best work was in urban night photography. Regards, Brent

12:03 pm, May 11, 2006  
Anonymous Paul said...

Yup - in this instance size matters. The big shot is simply beautiful.

2:26 pm, May 11, 2006  
Blogger Jem@shutterjunkie said...


9:54 pm, May 11, 2006  
Blogger Mimi said...

Gorgeous! Looks sort of like Japan with the pink blossoms. One of your better recently in my opinion.


2:09 am, May 12, 2006  
Anonymous virividox said...

i like this a lot, much more than your darker protester and street scenes.

10:47 am, May 12, 2006  
Blogger Vol-au-Vent said...

Quite wonderful, I am glad when you're not overly depressive/-ing... ;)

7:59 pm, May 12, 2006  
Anonymous Mackan said...

This is a beautiful, happy shot! It wouldn't be the same without the bike. Well done! :-)

8:51 pm, May 14, 2006  
Blogger WordyDave said...

This is, indeed, one of your better grabs, John. The movement in this shot is amazing. If you're looking at the tree on the right, the light colored one in the background turns into a stream bed, giving added depth. The darker pavement squares, the little bit of blue on the bike and the sidewalk petals all perfect the foreground. The second tree on the left perfectly arches into the main one. Wow. I could go on and on. Art is all around us, waiting for that keen eye, sharp lens and creativity to show it to the rest of us awe-struck admirers.

12:11 am, May 19, 2006  
Anonymous Mike said...

Love this shot. Perfect with the bike and all the pink of the trees.

9:06 pm, July 22, 2006  

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