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When the evening falls

When the evening falls
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Copyright: Dilshan Mahdi Hussainmiya (dilshan74) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 66 N: 1214] (6696)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-10
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Experimental, Abstract, Mood
Camera: Nikon D300s DSLR, Sigma 50-500mm HSM APO DG f/4.0-6.3 OS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-12 17:02
Viewed: 2605
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A lone egret perches on a coconut palm branch as the light fades into night..I was finishing up some birding/landscape work on this day when I noticed all the egrets starting to return to higher ground. I wanted to capture an abstract like image given the lighting conditions and decided upon creating a silhouette of the palm leaves and bird with the fading evening backdrop. Shooting handheld using ISO 400 still only gave me a shutter speed of 1/100 at 500mm (750mm equiv in 35mm terms). This was a potential recipe for disaster if camera shake/or strong winds were prevalent to introduce blur. This is where OS (Optical Stabilizing) came to the rescue and is definitely useful in these circumstances. The OS takes about a second to fully settle and that is why I only use it for static subjects in low light when setting up a tripod is not an option. I liked how this turned out in the end and wanted to share this with you. Hope you like it.

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Pleasant work on the contrast between strong red and the coming dark; the heron is a nice touch.

Hi Dilshan,

A great silhouette here with a nice DoF too. The ornace contrast to the black works really well and the sharpness of the lines is good.

Nicely captured,


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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-11-20 20:30]

A very well done silhoutte set against a vibrant orange sky.

Very Nice


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