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Silent Wheel

Silent  Wheel
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-17
Categories: Experimental
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-06-13 5:34
Viewed: 3143
Points: 33
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back in CApe Town last March. The fluffy white clouds were ideal for playing with my ND3 filter...

This was shot from down at the V&A Waterfront looking - obviously - towards Table Mountain! The Wheel waiting for darkness before the rides begin.

Thuis was a 30 second shot (in daylight) at f16 and ISO100. The FG was full of shoppers, but with the long exposure it looks like a ghost-town.

Only PP was to remove dust-spots and tweak the exposure.

PS I know. A bit of railing showing at bottom right, but a crop wouldn't have worked. I don't think ;-)

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Hello David

Now I like the idea of using the nd filter. Awesome sight to see the streets bare in daylight. Now that is an idea I can use from TL. Thanks BTW........awesome shot. The image is do unusual, it is full of study....wow


Well now, isn't that interesting ... that all the people disappear in this 30 sec. exposure. I've learned something new on TL again today :) Love the colors and the movement in the clouds. It feels like it has a slight lean to the left, but that could just be because of the way the street curves, and also the top of the mountain.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-06-13 6:06]

Hi David,
Stunning clarity in this landscape shot. A splendid postcard of this amusement park! Good light management, and a lovely atmosphere. The railing can easily have been cloned out without any crop.
Very neat work.

Francis Xavier

WOW! this photo is a PRIME candidate for a fake tilt shift process! The cloud motion is awesome here! It gives an eerie feel to it! Everything is deserted and empty, quite scary!! I may do a WS!

Hello David

Some compositional flaws here, imho. Too centred, & too cluttered. Also, some slight oe in the highlights. Hope you don't mind, but I tried a workshop. Maybe a higher pov too, to separate that post at left from the Ferris Wheel. Anyway, we always look fwd to your uploads here. Never a dull moment!

Hi David,
Great to see you got your ND3 filter. The result is one I know well. i believe you've got the B&W as the result does show some of the redish color. The movement in the clouds is nicely captured and brings a nice contrast to the silent wheel.

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-06-13 9:34]

Hi David.

A very clinical, clear-like image, the edges of muh are so defined, only the clouds show signs of movement. Nice touch to have the ferris wheel take center stage, the shadows give much appeal. Neat work. TFS

Stv :0))

Hello David, these enormous wheels seeem to be everywhere these days, but one situated with Table Mountain as a backdrop, you do NOT see everyday.
What strikes me the most, is just how clean and tidy it is.
A very colourful scene,the clouds are really moving.
Your notes are very interesting,especially about the disappearing people.
Regards Jean.

Hi David...beautiful shot..excellent light and tones. Perfect focus. Nice work on the long exposure.


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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2012-06-13 21:48]

Hi David,
What an interesting photo. Not just the scene, but the use of ND filter also. I did not know that you could make people disappear using one of those filters! As someone already said, nice to learn something new. As for the WS, I like the original image better. One minor complaint is the street lamp at the right bottom corner.

The place looks very much like a film set. No people, spotlessly clean and perfect in every sense. Too perfect to be real in a way!

Dear DAvid,

A nice view with superb details and an idea of daily life scene!

Good sharpness and well clarity as most of your pictures bear in them.
The colors are natural and exposure is quite nice, however, I do agree with Chris over the issue of of visible OE, but that is a minor factor which doesn't affect the quality of the picture that much.
Overall, it is a lovely work to enjoy!

Kind regards,

you are too hard on yourself, David. I don't give a hoot about the bit of railing although I could easily have taken it out with a bit of PS manouvering. And you know, this is actually PERMITTED in Tlens blessed terms of service.
nicely seen image with the famous Table Mountain in the b/g. Best Janos

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2012-06-14 11:52]

HI David, a very good result of your experiment.You captured this scene perfectly, very nice details to look at.
Regards Rose

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2012-06-27 10:44]

Bonjour David,

Nice sharp image except for clouds showing the wind effect at long exposure. Exposure is well manage showing good details in high lights and shadows. Nice work and TFS


Amazing capture for such a long exposure! I do like the effect on the clouds. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Very well done, tfs.

Hi David,
Nice tone of colors and light with a beautiful contrast,
Nice POV. and Dof. well presented and composed.
nicely done and great shot in a long exposure.

Hi David,I find this image interesting,as I'm hoping to try some daytime long exposures soon.Did you set your focus initially on autofocus & then once set, change over to manual focus? before putting on your ND3 filter? Also did you manage to set your exposure the normal way or did you have to set it to BULB then do some trial & error to get the exposure you wanted? Is that a lone figure on the 2nd. bench from the top bench or? I couldn't resist trying to clone out the railing using content aware brush of Adobe PS.see small change in WS.
I'm not sure about the cloud movement,not to much one can do about that I guess.Good shot well taken.

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