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Night Falls at Great Falls

Great Falls, Virginia

I waited for the sun to set to minimize the contrast between the sky and the Potomac river. It also reduced the overall contrast, so I decided to go to town with the curves, dodge and burn tools in post.

265mm, f/5.6, 5 second exposure at ISO 100.

Larger version here.

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    This si pretty amazing! – jrista Nov 30 '11 at 3:37
  • @jrista Thanks! In moderate doses, long exposure of flowing water == instant magic :-) – user2559 Nov 30 '11 at 3:45
  • I love this, especially the post work! – seanmc Dec 1 '11 at 5:19
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    I would like to compare this image with the original before the edits. – JD Isaacks Dec 1 '11 at 15:32
  • @Kim: Indeed...but I love the mood...the water effect is great, but the cool tone and dark atmosphere are really what make it such an awesome photo. – jrista Dec 1 '11 at 21:33
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    @JohnIsaacks I'm toying with the idea of writing a blog post that shows the transition from raw to finished image. Perhaps if I end up with a lot of time on my hands during the holidays, but no promises yet :-) – user2559 Dec 2 '11 at 1:14
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    A before after blog post would be really interesting. – Vian Esterhuizen Dec 2 '11 at 3:04
  • I would really look forward to that blog, Kim! – jrista Dec 2 '11 at 3:40
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    I didn't realize how huge the falls were till I looked at your other images. I thought this image covered maybe 10-15ft across at first, but it looks more like maybe 75-100ft! Awesome! – dpollitt Dec 5 '11 at 0:07
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    @dpollitt You're right. Thanks to the line-drawing tool in Google maps, I estimate the foreground to be about 110 feet wide, taken at a distance of almost 500 feet. – user2559 Dec 5 '11 at 3:23

After Sunset

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Taken just after sunset near Cape Town, South Africa

Canon 30D, ISO 200, EF70-210mm @ 70mm f/4, 1 second exposure



Brule Bay Sunrise

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I used to think that I needed to travel across the world to capture interesting images but lately I am discovering what's in my own back yard.

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    Beautiful colors. I'd like to see some depth to the skies color as well, but even though, like it very much! – ysap Nov 28 '11 at 20:02
  • Thanks @ysap. The sun is solely responsible for those colours. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Nov 28 '11 at 22:10
  • I often like shooting with overcast skies, but I hate having them as a background. Good shot none the less. – Vian Esterhuizen Nov 29 '11 at 1:51
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    Yeah, if that's in your back yard. :) – mattdm Nov 30 '11 at 13:25
  • @mattdm - I am not a native speaker but I thought the expression ”in my back yard” could be used to refer to the nearby areas of where I live. This particular location is 15min away. Last week’s submission was the same location facing the other way. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Nov 30 '11 at 15:04
  • Yes, it does mean that. I was making a little joke. But in any case that's pretty nice to live so close to. – mattdm Nov 30 '11 at 16:56

Dad's Obsession

Dad's Obsession

Full size image on Flickr, though it doesn't get any better bigger! ;)

Shot with a Nikon D90, Sigma 70-200mm, at 200mm, F2.8, 1/50", ISO 1600, hand-held with no VR, so not as sharp as I would like.

This was taken at Winterfest 2011 (a Synchronized Skating Competition). Lots of Dads bring cameras to shoot their daughters skating. I thought this was too funny not to capture.

BTW, I know all 3 of these Dads (my daughter skates with their daughters). I was actually sitting behind them, but when I saw them line up like this, I ran around to the other side of the rink to capture the image.

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    Synchronised shooting :-) – Vikas Nov 28 '11 at 14:08
  • Just Hilarious! – blubb Nov 28 '11 at 14:44
  • Funny shot. I think the WB needs a little adjustment though, it's a bit yellow. Too bad there isn't a shot of all four of you. – Vian Esterhuizen Nov 29 '11 at 1:50
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    Great capture! Have you considered a black and white version? – user2559 Nov 30 '11 at 5:20
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    Hmmm, maybe I'll try the black and white version next week (and that will solve my WB problem too!). Thanks! – seanmc Dec 2 '11 at 4:46

Hug me!...


You can see the original in flickr, google+ or 500px

  1. Camera: Nikon D3100
  2. Focal Length: 55 mm
  3. Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec
  4. Aperture: 8
  5. ISO/Film: 400

Pocket Wizards and flashes at St. Anthony's

Pocket Wizards and flashes at St. Anthony's

Link to full size image
Canon 1D Mark III - 24-70mm 2.8L
1/3200 sec @ f4 ISO 100
Hypersynced via Pocket Wizard MiniTT1
2 flashes (580ex & SB28) at full power fired remotely with pocket wizard receivers one on either side of me about 3 feet out.

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    This needs to be resized according to our rules, as our header can only accommodate images up to a certain size. If this is not resized, we'll need to delete it from this weeks contest. – jrista Nov 30 '11 at 3:37
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    I'd upvote it if you re-size it :) – fahad.hasan Nov 30 '11 at 5:48
  • It also needs a title. – Vikas Nov 30 '11 at 13:24
  • I second @Shutterbug – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Nov 30 '11 at 15:06
  • Sorry for the oversized image post at first. And thanks for your patience. :) – campeterson Nov 30 '11 at 22:54
  • As promised: +1 Nice shot & lighting – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Dec 1 '11 at 19:20

Fall Colors

Fall Colours

  • This is a magical photo. I'm completely unable to tell why I'm so much in love with it. It is actually a picture I would usually ignore after a brief look, but somehow I just couldn't let go of this one. – Mihaly Borbely Dec 1 '11 at 3:24

Finding the present in the past..

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Full size on flickr.

  • Ajanta Ellora caves? – Aquarius_Girl Nov 29 '11 at 5:09
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    No.. Qutub Minar – Sridhar Iyer Nov 29 '11 at 6:13
  • You went "inside" Qutub minar? I thought that's not allowed? Also, I have never been there :) – Aquarius_Girl Nov 29 '11 at 6:32
  • :) .. Qutub Minar stands in the middle of some ruins.. This was shot there.. – Sridhar Iyer Nov 29 '11 at 6:55
  • How many years before did you shoot this? Is it safe to go there with a big camera? – Aquarius_Girl Nov 29 '11 at 7:28
  • Took it this feb.. of course it is safe to take your camera there.. all the touristy places are swarming with tourists and cops.. And New Delhi is much safer anyways.. – Sridhar Iyer Nov 29 '11 at 18:03

The Face-off

The Face-off

Canon 500D - Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8

50mm | 1/200 | f/25 | ISO 800

Strobist: Minolta 280PX at approx 1/4th power (Low setting) to the left of the subject through a snoot. Triggered using a Cactus V5.


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    +1 I like the tension in this image--between subject and negative space, between peaceful and drama. Do you have a link to a larger version? – user2559 Dec 2 '11 at 1:23
  • Yes i do. but its a facebook link.. Would that do? link – Rameez Kakodker Dec 2 '11 at 17:41

Redmond Library at Night

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A larger Version

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    Great shot! Love the perspective! – jrista Nov 28 '11 at 22:49
  • I would have liked to see the shrubbery at the bottom not be cut off, so that it could complete the corner, and maybe just a tiny bit more room at the top but overall I like the colour and perspective. Great shot indeed. – Vian Esterhuizen Nov 29 '11 at 0:27

Oil Painting Sunset

Sunset with vivid reds and yellows

Larger version. Taken October 14, 2011 from the Safeway parking lot in Spearfish, South Dakota, USA.


Birch juice

Birch juice

Larger version

  • Ooooooh!! My kind of pic! Hope this gets some visibility! :) – jaxxon Dec 1 '11 at 9:20


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