Friday, August 15, 2008

SKYWATCH FRIDAY - ILL MET BY SUNLIGHT IN RAMSEY

Yes that is sunlight. Nothing complicated at all about the shot. Have all your setting on for the sunniest day, fooling the camera, which will compensate by underplaying the light needed therefore you get this night time in wonderful Ramsey feel.

I did have another shot prepared but then why should a shot be prepared for skywatch? Isn't skywatch all about just taking the sky on the spur of the moment to share and say, hey, this is my beautiful, dreary, sunny, rainy blue, grey sky today. Just a thought! You know I think too much!

I took this literally along the road we live. Firstly I saw the oil droplets and the prism colours thrown out by the sunlight, next the adjacent cloud. Rain or wet surfaces can actually be a bonus for the photographer( by that I mean the person holding the camera, professional and non professional.) Anything photographed over by or near water automatically becomes reflective or textured. Note the wetter parts of the path and road have the most tonal value. Finally it was just noticing that chip in the kerb/sidewalk and how the puddle hadn't risen above it. The oddest part of all for me with the downpour we'd had.

Now I know a lot of people would have cloned the chipped kerb back in, cropped it slightly, and boosted the prism colours but to me there is no need. It's just the sunlight, cloud and sky
in a puddle. Why make it complex, it's odd enough as it it and real. What's wrong with realism in a shot. It's a blog, not a tourist guide. Saying that if the I.O.M Tourist Board want some excellent pretty, pretty shots of Ramsey, you know where to come, but you still pay the going rate.

"We are all in the gutter, some of us are just looking at the stars" - Oscar Wilde

Some of us also have a double ear infection which is really annoying them this week, but I can most definitely see those stars! I have nothing to declare but my (photographic) genius!

Today if you leave a comment my challenge to you is not to use these words, the most over used words when describing a photograph. Go on you can do it, be brave.

Juxtaposition
Perspective
Angle
Composition
Contrast

Also go to this link BARKER BITES BACK! and do the same.

To join skywatch go to SKYWATCH
The concept was Dot's, the next host WIGGERS WORLD the guardians of skywatch now are Tom, Imac and Sandy

114 comments:

Leora said...

The juxtaposition of the angle is in perspective with the composition and creates great contrast.

On the other hand, nice photo. Like the reflections and the oily looking water.

Hope the ear infection goes away FAST.

Texas Travelers said...

Great photo.
I like this a lot.

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Troy and Martha

Abraham Lincoln said...

I liked your post today and enjoyed reading it.

Nice photography too.

Abraham

Brad ,Boston said...

Oh Lady Babooshka, you have banned the best words!

Ingenious. Yes that's the one. Brad jnr will be fascinated with this.Keep those stars in focus.

Hildegarde said...

A daring shot, hahaha, I like your attitude and humour a lot, and it's original.

Neva said...

This is a beautiful shot.....nice....

Judi~Gmj said...

Awesome Sky Watching! Oris that gutter watching? :)

JumpBack! said...

Wow! Nice job...and thanks for sharing the how.

CaBaCuRl said...

Looked & looked for ages trying to work out what it was! A fantastic picture...eery & kind of spooky!

Carver said...

I'm looking at your list as I type. I don't see surreal on it. Can I say it's surreal, ha. I like the effect a lot. Does look like a somewhat abstract painting to me. I hope the ear infections are short lived. BTW, I love the Oscar Wilde Quote.

Tammy said...

That is absolutely amazing! I LOVE IT!

KEISHA said...

You are the most creative photographer and writer on my blog round ups. Why do you live on an island? NYC move now.

My favourite skywatch of yours to date. It's just spooky.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

This is very nice. I like it:)

marley said...

I thought this was the moon that I attempted (and failed) to capture tonight. But the sun! Brilliant.

No danger of me using the banned words. I don't know what they mean! Lol. I should ban myself from using nice, good, interesting, and other boring words that mean the same thing :)

Anonymous said...

Very cool

kjpweb said...

Very creative. Yes and it pays off, leaving what the camera tells you is right, to arrive at what you think is.
Cheers, Klaus

Ann said...

That's brilliant. I still don't understand quite how you got the colour.

Virginia said...

Babooska,
I know I have said it many times but, you crack me up!
This is a great photo. Period, the end.
Keep on doing what you do so well. We love it.

Luiz Ramos said...

Good work. Great picture.

kelly said...

Your'e a star. Twinkle on.

Ces said...

Hot dang! That is some cool image you got there. I like that you share how you captured it.

Wren said...

Very nice photo - a bit different, very atmospheric. And I agree with you on taking it au naturelle

napaboaniya said...

Great one and thanks for introducing the hows of creating it.
Have a good weekend!!!

Photo Cache said...

It's very artistic in its presentation.

Brenda said...

Wonderful effects, awesome photograph!

Louise said...

Cool! I love it!

Barbara said...

lovely babooshka..i will try it..

Jaykay said...

Noice! (see I didn't use any of those words!!)

Carletta said...

I think this is a wonderful image!

Gretchen said...

Really neat effect!

JC said...

This picture is well just WOW!!! Thanks for such an informative post. All I know to do is just point and click. I'm trying to learn more.

Thanks for coming by for a visit earlier.

Buck said...

Gleaming, hot and wet,
the purple sky beckons me;
I look down to see.

Katney said...

I have to say that I will not use those words as I completely do not understand this photograph. I'll read its explanation again when I am fresh.

Raven said...

I love this. The colors are wonderful and it's just very cool and unique.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

I admire how you used your camera to make it capture what *you* wanted to see, not just what was there. The results are great. Wonderful Sky Watch.

Is "creative" on the banned words list? :)

Joyce on her Justified Journey said...

Not sure what I enjoy more - viewing the photo you chose or reading the prose. Great addition! Happy SWF!!

SandyCarlson said...

I like what you did here. I will have to try that, too!

Juliana RW said...

cool shot

Mine in here : Up and Down Thanks

Lilli & Nevada said...

very nice

chrome3d said...

It´s a tricksters EVIL EYE.

Huh, challenge completed...

Blue said...

That puts my muddy puddle shot to shame - brillent!

ilanadavita said...

Great shot.

Aileni said...

Used to call that 'stopping down'. I did a lot of that as my monos show. Love the picture.

Zsolt72 said...

very special photo!

syel said...

your photo is amazing! at first i thought it was the moon until i've actually read the title. i love this photo!

Marit - "Som Mine Dager Er" said...

How cool is this picture. Like it a lot!

magiceye said...

:) loved your post! brillaint picture too! very creative indeed!


Do check out my Independence Day SkyWatch post here

Laurie said...

I love your prose almost as much as I love your photography.

I must try this trick. I love the results and I agree with your stylistic choices. Then again, I'm a sucker for realistic shots. I enjoy all the pomp and fluffy hyperreality that can be achieved by tweaking with Photoshop but I'm drawn to more natural images.

I really love your blog!

Laurie said...

I love your prose almost as much as I love your photography.

I must try this trick. I love the results and I agree with your stylistic choices. Then again, I'm a sucker for realistic shots. I enjoy all the pomp and fluffy hyperreality that can be achieved by tweaking with Photoshop but I'm drawn to more natural images.

I really love your blog!

Mo said...

Thanks again for sharing how to achieve the effect. I really like this one. I am still trying to get the sun ray effect. Don't seem to be able to get it like yours. Maybe you could give another lesson? In the meantime I'll try the sunny puddle.

John said...

Great reflection shot and fun reading too!

Luke Wiley said...

Very nice camera trick! like the resulting shot!

Hilda said...

Wow, I really thought it was the moon and was ready to howl!

Jules said...

leora said what I was going to say so i guess I'll have to think of something else? Nice? Surreal? Great colours? Stunning ? Pick one!!!!

Greyscale Territory said...

The depth of colour in this pic is absolutely amazing! I love it so much!

Dirk said...

Great picture of the reflection. Had to enlarge the photo for the details. well done!
Dirkjogt, Belgium

Gail's Man said...

A moody shot & a great idea for SWF. Don't think iv'e seen the oil on water idea before. I agree about keeping the broken kerbstone. It adds character.

RuneE said...

What I appreciated most by the picture was the prism colours of the oil in puddle. Noticing that, and make use of it, is one of the most important facets of photography in my opinion.

(No, I wouldn't have cloned in the chip in the kerb - it is the irregularities, the broken symmetry, that very often makes the picture - in MHO)

Pearl Maple said...

How cool, to see the potential in that angle, reflection and all, thanks for sharing and thanks for your kind comments on my post earlier.

Jim said...

How about creepy. Looks like what they show right before the pretty cheerleader gets it in the horror movie.

Irredento Urbanita said...

I like the soft brightness on that road. Is it ok? This is my description.

Valery


Barcelona Daily Photo

Irredento Urbanita said...

I like the soft brightness on that road. Is it ok? This is my description.

Valery


Barcelona Daily Photo

Julie said...

I always thought the most overused words were "Wow! Great shot!".

Merisi said...

"Once upon a midnight dreary,
while I pondered .... "


Yes, Edgar Allan Poe came to my mind, while looking at your photograph. "It was a dark and stormy night" came next. *giggle*


Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comment (sorry for not being more creative here!).

PJ said...

You were shooting day for night! I love it.

Rambling Round said...

What a challenge not to use at least one of those words!
Your photo looks like the light at the end of a tunnel - trite, I know!

brian said...

looks like a night-time photo, i like it! happy skywatch!

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

Gawd, that's lovely. It just love the way the light is reflecting and all the blue shades.. melting...
Ciao

Scarlet x

Lake Lady said...

Folks, be sure to click and enlarge! What a treat, Babooshka...thanks! I decided on the "take the sky at the spur of the moment" for my GBCCDP but I certainly didn't get anything like this!

Dewdrop said...

Somehow, you always gets a purple color to your shots! I am amazed that, that is sunlight. How incredible... tricking your camera like that. Terrific shot! Like that you left the jagged curb in the shot. I didn't use any of the no-no words. I'm so brave.

Anonymous said...

Just well, spooky.

imac said...

Hi, er, its a SALUBRIOUS photo, such striking and mind bending colour.1st class photography.

Steve Buser said...

Babooshka, when all is said and done, they will say "His greatest feat was turning day into night."
;-)))

Kim said...

Great job, it definitely looks like night time.

Dusty Lens said...

Wow, 74 comments, I doubt I can add anything that hasn't already been said. However, I found your focal point interesting. The monochromatic color of similar tones sets this photo off like a B&W, yet there is color however minimalistic. and that catches the eyes.

metromanila said...

a magical photograph of a magical moment

Dragonstar said...

I love the way you've done this, with no messing about. Very moody.

Ear infections are the pits! Be well.

Knoxville Girl said...

very clever. shine on you crazy diamond.

Anu said...

Beautiful pic. Till I read your post, I thought it was the moon.
Wow, that's cool. What we think is the moon is not, it's the sun.
Happy Skywatch Friday.

In Mumbai, we had dark clouds last week, followed by heavy rain, but today was clear sky as we celebrated India's 61st Independence Day. Check out Mumbai Skywatch & Independence Day here

Daryl said...

Now that looks like an eye peeking out at us .. a little scary but quite good!


:-Daryl

Phyllis said...

Nice pix!!

Baruch said...

Interesting and different. Thanks for sharing the info

q said...

Inventive!

laura said...

Great photo. I like the way you think! :-)

~~Randi~~ said...

I reaslly like this photo - great job! And thank you for the nice comment on my blog. Have a nice weekend:)

babooshka said...

Thanks folks for playing the game today. You've given me a lot of fun with your choices of words and as usual a lot to think about. As you know I take my photography seriously, but I like to keep the writing light. I would hate you to be bored when you stopped by. It seems I am still annoying some folks, but not island ones.Envy really is a very nasty thing in people. That's why I haven't been around much.

Cheers

Celeste said...

Spectacular shot, looks like a view from another galaxy!

HANNAH said...

It does rain a lot there. Strange shot, but I like it.

Kelly said...

Stunning shot! I love it and such a fabulous view! Well done!!

Lily Hydrangea said...

What an amazingly creative idea! I love it.
I really like your white flower in your profile shot too.

starnitesky said...

I would have left the kerb in too, it gives the photo some foreground interest and shows where the photo was taken.

Lapa37 said...

That is very cool I love it.I just joined today so I will be seeing you again.

B. Roan said...

Until I enlarged the photo, I thought I saw moonlight peeking through a stormy night. After enlarging I found a marvelous shot, which made me want to sit down and write a thriller. Fantastic, as usual!

piedmontperspective said...

Spectacular photo! Thank you for sharing it with us.

brad downtown said...

I don't use big words. Good. funny.

brad downtown said...

I don't use big words. Good. funny.

Inkivääri, Finland said...

Beautiful reflection - sometimes you can see the sky in unexpected places:) Fine SWF-shot!

Old Wom Tigley said...

I will not use the words Juxtaposition
Perspective
Angle
Composition
Contrast

As I would not know what they mean.. I have loved the comments here today.your picture was a cracker and warrented all these visit.. catch up again soon.
Tom

Coca Cutie said...

I dont know nothing about that, but I like its color!

juliana said...

i think this is a very clever shot and have enjoyed the acconpanying text.

system operator said...

I try to limit my comment about the composition, but in general isn't that what photographer does?

You have to choose all these things and edit the visible world for others to see what you have seen. Maybe there is a story, maybe there is a catch, maybe it's just the visual and conseptual experience?

For example I somewhat tought I liked my first photo in my sky watch post this week, but I had my doupts about it. Then I got all these comments about forest fire, I somewhat felt disapointed about my ability to capture the moment and let others see it (it was about the strange storms we have had).

I don't think I would change anything, but perhaps there was a failure. It is so fine line between marvelling and flopping.

Then if we get back to you photos, these just are so great and fun to see, that it is somewhat hard to comment anything witty. I think most people don't know any proper terms, they just enjoy seeing this level of work!

Sorry for the somewhat long post, or if it is total nonsense, try bare with me. I just defend myself, it is the language difficulty:)

Great work, I really love coming to your blog!

Kahshe Cottager said...

Eerie sun! Could be a sci-fi shot!

My Sky Watch Photos are posted Here and Here

i beati said...

you inspire me to save for this camera if I had your eye sandy

Ming the Merciless said...

Oh wow! You have 103 comments.

You are a SUPERSTAR!

Awesome reflection photo.

Ming the Merciless said...

Oh wow! You have 103 comments.

You are a SUPERSTAR!

Awesome reflection photo.

The Urban Buddha said...

That is a very different angle! Love it. Very clever. :) Have a great day.

Arija said...

The rainbows, or are they Newton rings, around the sun I found entrancing, sucking one through the centre into the far beyond.

fishing guy said...

Babooshaka: Lovely shot, sorry for getting around late, this is a busy time.
Thanks for the visit.

Professor said...

I'm not very smart, am I? I don't think I ever use those words to describe a photo! But I love this and the neat trick you pulled with it! It's very cool and the next rain we have, I'm gonna try it! Thanks for the picture making education!

Mary said...

beautiful, imaginative, creative, realistic... totally wonderful!

mirage2g said...

Thats a big big eye!!!!! =D

Great image that conveys mystery...I always remind myself to take somthing like this a reflection on water...but just like fireworks, I dont have the chance....Glad that I can see it here though from your part of the world!

Lew said...

The most common objects become beautiful when a photographer sees that beauty that others ignore. You have a great eye for the unusual beauty! Thanks for visiting my Sky Watch.

Torsdag said...

Sorry, I’m a little late because I was sailing this weekend.
So I stop by and say thank you for this wonderful SWF. I' ll read all the comments next days.
Hallo from Germany
Hartmut

Tina Coruth said...

Wow! This is a great sky photo! I never would have thought to use the all the sunniest settings. Thanks for the tip.

Thank you for visiting my dragonfly skywatch! :-)

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