Friday, September 05, 2008

RAMSEY, MOODY BLUES SKYWATCH


MOODY BLUES
BABOOSHKA
copyrighted

September already! What happened to the British summer wet, wet,wet. Blue sky days have been few. I could fill a skywatch year of Fridays full of clouded skies or arty shots to cover up for the fact we have had hardly any sunshine or blue sky days. Today though was the put his hat on and game out to play. For a little while anyway.

This image was taken today along Sulby River, Ramsey. Due the rain it's still quite high, but with little breeze the water was fairly still. Again it's a manual shot. Remember if you do try a manual shot you will need to change both your camera body and your lens setting. The more you practise focusing with a manual the better you will get. Time for the wide angled lens again. No alterations. The image as taken. The more you compose your image first and learn how to use your camera setting, the better your image will be, and you can ditch(almost) the photoshop.

I don't like posting shots I'm not happy with, but next week I might post a manual and an auto shot of the same subject so you can see the difference. It might be easier that way for you to see why I say manual beats digital software. What do think?

Just wanted to show a very straightforward image tonight, busy on other projects.

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127 comments:

Photo Cache said...

The blues surely do get you in the mood. I love the deep blue shade here. Happy skywatching.

Reader Wil said...

I always love skies that are reflected in water! Wonderful.

Leedra said...

Like the reflection, it is soooo blue!

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Wonderful shot and a wonderful reflection!:)

marley said...

Cool sky/water photo. I love the deep colour on the water.

I would really appreciate a manual and auto shot comparison. I've had my Sony camera since christmas and have still not braved any manual settings! I was talking with Knoxville Girl about us both being afraid to give it a try, as we don't know what settings to use when. I'm sure she would be grateful for some advice too.

I'll await the tutorial with eager eyes :)

me ann my camera said...

Your photo holds an incredibly, beautiful fullness of blue! Lovely!

Lisa Wilson said...

Breathtaking!! I'd love to see the manual and auto shots.

Suzanne said...

Great title and the photo says it all. Very clear and sharp. Happy SWF.

JM said...

Looking at this photo, I can only say: ''On the Threshold of a Dream''... (The Moody Blues, 1969).
:-)

Carver said...

That's so beautiful and I love the reflection. The title fits perfectly.

raf said...

Wow, a stunner, Baboosh! Moody blues indeed, but of the brighter nature. Wonderful reflection image with great color and balance. Thanks for the notes too!

Pearl Maple said...

Love the depth of blues, beautifully captured for Sky Watch Friday, thank you for sharing and your kind comments on my post earlier.

Michaela said...

That's spectacular! That shot stole the breath out of my chest.

Fish Whisperer said...

Nights in white satin comes to mind. Nice shot
Cheers

ellen b said...

This reflection shot is so rich. I like it...

Abby said...

Oooooh. Aaaaaah. I want to go.

Pierre said...

Bravo! It swells in blue.

Wren said...

True blue, indeed, and a great photo. Simple is elegant.

Small City Scenes said...

Now that is a beautiful pic. Love the blues.
I didn't know anything about a manual shot until you mentioned it. I have a Canon power shot Sx100IS. I tried the manual and had to figue out different thngs and now know a teensy bit more. I don't have Photoshop or anything else. What I shoot is what you see but now I am going to try to be adventurous.
Thanks so much. MaryBeth

david mcmahon said...

Thank you, I'm glad you liked my sunset and sunrise sequence shot from both flights on my way home.

This is a great reflection and what a stunning blue.

Knoxville Girl said...

What Marley said!!! I'm a visual learner and would appreciate the help too! I've had my Fuji for a year now, and still haven't messed with the manual. It's time. Guide me, sensei-san.
And what a beautiful image here.

kaye said...

I'd appreciate an auto shot and a manual shot. My photos always look grey even when the sky is blue.

Louise said...

Perfectly titled. I love the moody these blue create. The colors are so deep and rich. Beautiful.

Bradley Myers said...

Great blues and a very nice reflection.

mannanan said...

The Sulby at it's STUNNING BEST, Superb capture. Looking forward to the tutorial...

Ann said...

WOW. That takes my breath away.

ken m said...

Mood Indigo anyone? Perfection.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Your straight-forward, manual photograph is stunning, Babooshka! Beautiful Sky Watch!

Brad, boston said...

LB,

Autto and manual would be useful. I only shoot auto.

That's looks like a painting honey, it's so in a ya face. My favourite photographer has done it again. Hi 5.

alicesg said...

Beautiful photo for SWF. I love the way it was reflected in the water.

Larry D said...

Super photo!

Eddie D. said...

Absolutely magic!!

SandyCarlson said...

Now that's blue!

Kelly said...

I think this is absolutely gorgeous!! It is breathtaking! It is very magical!!! Well shot and well done!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It's such a beautiful shade of blue maybe you'll forget the gloomy summer. ;-)

Deborah Godin said...

That's is just lovely. Makes me want to go put on Nights in White Satin!

Jim said...

Hi Bab, it was rainy while we were there too. We took the train up and had an hour and a half to catch one back down to Laxey.
Your picture is sooooo pretty, I don't think we saw this lake. We walked around town and over to the harbor, the town is very quaint, a lot like the typical Maine small town here in the U.S.
..
Did I ask you if you knew any Corkills? My Mom was a Corkill. We meet a Corkill lady (maiden name) at the visitor center in Douglas. :-)
..

Baruch said...

Looks like an awesome spot. Love the blueness of the pictures. Happy SWF

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

Like you, I shoot with mostly manual settings, although once in awhile I use one of my camera's programmed settings. I don't use photoshop. I do crop and resize my photos before posting them on the blogs, but otherwise, what you see is what I shot. Glad to know I'm not the only one like that!

I do love your Moody Blues -- both the image and the title!

mirage2g said...

That blue is so cold!!! another lovely foto from you...the photo from yesterday is a lovely one too!

Louis la Vache said...

As you know from the 'blues' "Louis" has been posting, he certainly approves of your choice of subject matter today!

arlene said...

i love the reflection of the blue sky!

wonderful!

happy skywatching!

naturglede said...

I love that photo:)

Lynette said...

Thanks for the memories! I saw the Moody Blues back in the late '60s, early '70s, in Kansas City, Missouri. What a concert--it took me to other places, much like your beautiful photo.

Virginia said...

Gorgeous B,
I shoot almost entirely in manual but have a lot of throwaways. It's more work but I like the results most of the time. Love your comments.
V

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

so this was taken with a wide-angled lens? in any case, you captured the serenity of the water and how the sky is reflected in it very well

Lawstude said...

Perfect reflections. Visually stimulating photo. Great job babooshka.

Anu said...

Beautiful blue reflection.
Happy SWF.

Mumbai Skywatch

Olivier said...

chez toi c'est pas la vie en rose, c'est la vie en bleue, magnifique.
among you is not life in pink, that's life in blue, magnificent.

Aileni said...

A mood picture indeed. Very good.
I am thinking of starting a Monochrome Monday Meme - would you be interested?
I am also pondering loading my 35mm just to give it an outing.

Webradio said...

Hello !

The MOODY BLUES sang "Nights in white satin..."

Good shot ! Pretty sky !

evlahos said...

excellent work here. great reflection and use of light

Blue said...

How could I not love it it, with it being so blue.

Do like the idea of the two shots to compare settings

Blue

~~Randi~~ said...

Love the clear, blue colour. Beautiful!

CrazyCath said...

That is a beautiful shot - I love the deepness of the blue.

I'd love you to show us a manual vs autofocus. I am relying more and more on auto as my eyesight is failing me... :(

imac said...

Beautiful reflections, its just like glass.Love the bluness too.

luna miranda said...

the reflection on water is bluer than blue...beautiful.:D

fishing guy said...

Babooshka: Very lovely shot from your Blue period, nicely done.

magiceye said...

brilliant! love it! the pic and the commentary

John said...

Lovely shot and wonderful colors and reflections.
You did a great job as always!

Julie said...

Yes, please to the manual and the P&S comparison. See ... what you have here is full of beauty but not my favourite stuff - but I suspect you know that. Would you pop over to Snapper's Gabriola site and tell me what you think. I am confused again ... not hard to do.

The Urban Buddha said...

Simply beautiful. I love reflections in water!! :) Happy weekend.

Jim said...

I love the reflection, and I look forward to the lesson next week. I want all pointers I can get.

kia said...

Golly gosh so blue.

Inkivääri, Finland said...

What beautiful colours!

Marie said...

Beautiful blue!

Luiz Ramos said...

Great shot. The best one. Beautiful sky and colors.

B. Roan said...

Perfectly captioned. Love the colors, and would love to see both a manual and auto shot for comparison.

Eki Akhwan said...

May be "blue" - but the tranquility has a very reflective mood about it, Babooshka.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I don't think I have ever seen anything more blue than this. Amazing.

Here is a shot I took at Shiogama, Japan 54 years ago when color film first came out Thunder Maker

Catherine said...

Wonderful reflexion!How can the nature create such a nuance in color reflexion?
Now I'm waiting for next week, to see the difference between a manual and auto shot, Im curious.
Thanks.

Mo said...

Now I just cannot understand why you would not be happy with this one. It just takes my breath away.

Steven (Cavite Daily Photo) said...

BABOOSHKA! Stunning Photo! Best Skywatch I've seen this week so far! Love it! I always want to try shoting water reflections but I still haven't got the chance! I'll try it sometime! And thanks so much for the tips! I hope someday I'll get to own an SLR too! Hopefully if I already have work. I really love your post! Hope to see you on my blog again!

Steven^^

Hilda said...

The almost still water and the reflection are wonderful, but the blue of the water is absolutely amazing! Love it.

Kelly said...

Beautiful! Like something I might have seen "...once upon a time in my wildest dreams..." ; )

Tanya said...

wow Babooshka, that is stunning! Love the blues with the black. Happy skywatch :)

Dewdrop said...

I really like this "straight forward shot". The twilight blue of the lake/pond is amazing... almost entrancing. I am not a big fan of altering my images either.

vincibene said...

What a deep blue! Fabulous!

Jilly said...

beautiful shot. I'd love to see you post the same shot taken in Manual and in Auto. Did you enhance of the blue of the water in this one? It doesn't somehow look real but perhaps it's just how the light was at that moment?

chris said...

Did you take an auto of this? My manual images are always too dark.

PJ said...

That mood is definitely blue!

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Daryl said...

Moody blue indeed .. it really pulls you into its depths


:-Daryl

CrazyCow said...

Stunning pic. I love the blues and the reflection and the composition, in fact everything about it.

Lily Hydrangea said...

Amazing shot you have here! Beautiful blues alright, Nice job Babooshka!

piedmontperspective said...

Spectacular photo! The only way I can get decent shots of wildlife is by using manual settings.

Snapper said...

Now THAT'S a colour photograph! Bravo!

RuneE said...

Considering the weather on this onr - maybe "Blue Hawaii" would be appropriate?

A very nice mirror.

Positive Images Surround Us said...

I love that shot! Great job!

chrome3d said...

That was a clear looking sky...no water shot. Show some good grey sky then, I would like to see good ones of those as that´s the way it´s going to be soon for a looong loong time.

Marie Reed said...

Gosh that is just gorgeous! It is such a relaxing shot... I'm drifting off to sleep ...guioabfyuiapbyr_"ç vpy_opfyubtyi.. ooops I guess I took a nap on my keyboard!

Becky and Gary said...

That blue is my favorite color. Good choice, and have a super SWF. Thanks for stopping by.

Lapa37 said...

It's a lovely Moody Blues very nice

Christopher said...

wow, beautiful colors!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Another stunner from my favourite Ramsey resident.. :O)

Tom

Lauren said...

I will be looking forward to comparing the shots next week. Thanks for your beautiful picture.

enitharmon said...

It's not fair! You are so close to here, and yet here it's been pissing down all day, without stopping!

nonizamboni said...

Moody blues indeed! Lovely image and refection. Thanks for the mini-tutorial too.
Happy weekend!

keith said...

Blue is my favorite color so I can't help but like this one. I'd also like to see the manual and auto shots compared.

Anonymous said...

Today has just been awful weather.

Toni said...

The blue is so brilliant! I'm looking forward to seeing the manual/auto comparison. :)

Thiên said...

This is such a lovely, lovely shot. :)

Dragonstar said...

I love that shot, the colours in the reflection are beautiful. You're right about manual shots, much more control - but auto is easier!

Shimmy Mom said...

Gorgeous colors. It looks like such a peaceful beautiful place to sit down and breathe for a while.
Thanks for sharing.

starnitesky said...

Nice shot and a gorgeous reflection. I agree using manual gives you much more control.

Susie of Arabia said...

This photo is absolutely stunning. I must start playing around with doing manual shots if I can get results like this! Well done!!!

D.C. Confidential said...

Wow! That's breathtaking. I could stare at that for hours and hours.

Celeste said...

Great intensity of colour - very dramatic. Thanks for sharing.

Dar's Foto Faze said...

It is a sensational photo.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

excellent colors! Love it

Kerslyn said...

i love it! it's so calming...very serene.

BTW, i just read you are a photographer. I am a frustrated one...just starting as a hobbyist. Can you share some tips on taking a good photos? Tnx!

Lew said...

The reflection of the blue sky in the perfectly still water is worth the wait for this photo! Just gorgeous.

Gattina said...

We are neighbors, lol only separated by the sea so it's normal that we have the same skies and the lousy weather ! Fortunately the week I stayed in Eastbourne the sky was blue !!

Joyce said...

To savor the moment manually is a wonderful thing. That is what makes a superb photographer. This is an excellent shot and it probably could not be as precise digitally. Would be interesting to see the difference as you said. Have a wonderful weekend!

Roses and stuff said...

I love, love, love this shot! Fabulour colours.
/Katarina

Dulce said...

This shot is really great. I read your explanation about manual and auto and I think I'm going to learn with your experience.
Thank you for visiting me. Have a nice weekend.

Mike said...

Oh yes! Definitely my favourite this week.

pantteri said...

What a beautiful blue color in the lake. Nice.

syel said...

wow! lovely reflections on the water.

Yrsa said...

What really interesting, intensive blue!

Max-e said...

Hi Babooshka, what a lovely tranquil scene. Nice shot.
I have become very lazy with my fully automatic camera, but you have inspired me. I will have a go at the manual operation for a while and check out the resullts.
I am often not happy with the results of my pictures.
When using my old slr I enjoyed playing with depth of field and different shutter speeds.

Carole said...

What an absolutely perfect reflection! Wonderful photo, as usual.

Catherine said...

Beautiful 'Moody Blues' indeed!
A gorgoeus sky capture for skywatch!
You have some fantastic images~love your ground level image!
Happy weekend to you!
And, Happy sky~watching!
Cat

Katney said...

Lovely!

Bbsato said...

How beautiful! This picture is amazing…

Bbsato said...

How beautiful! This picture is amazing…

Misty Dawn said...

The water looks like glass it is so calm... what a very peaceful setting.

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