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Late Night Contrasts

Late Night Contrasts
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-05
Categories: Nocturnal, Mood
Camera: Nikon D-70s, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3)
Exposure: f/13.0, 3 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): City Lights [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-28 4:32
Viewed: 1412
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On these cold Canadian nights, a bit of warmth is welcome, even if it is only warmth of a candle.

This is the result of me "playing around" in a restaurant after dinner one evening. Our host is waxing eloquent about politics and the economy and my fiancé responds in kind. Two water glasses and a candle draw my attention. I move them around on the polished table and set up my camera on the table as well, using the lens hood to keep the camera pointed in the right direction.

In fact, I never look through the viewfinder at all. I calculate the distance from lens to subject, set the camera on manual and adjust the focus by the numbers. Then I take 6 shots of varying exposures and hope that all is well then I get home.

I hope you like the result

Tech: captured in RAW, adjusted levels, white balance and contrast in RAW, converted to jpg, cropped out some distracting background elements, resized and sharpened edges for TL

Repost: Thank you Kilted Arab, Boonie and Janice for pointing out that the original had some distracting reflections in the lower left corner. I used the burn tool to remove out some of them and then cloned out the rest. I welcome your reactions to this repost.

Have a peaceful week.

eqshannon, JohnTulip, WMcK, chrisJ, Viking, Refugee, jusninasirun, PakoJones, milas, harpya, Trigger has marked this note useful
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  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-28 4:45]

Hello Silke.
Nice result of that play on table.
Think wat people were talking about, what is this 'Girl' doing ? haha
Best regards from Jan

Hello Silke! Nice still life, very nice lightness. Original composition. Beautiful shot. Good luck!

Beautiful atmosphere Silke!
Nice soft light.
Good work!

Hi Silke - actually, I think that makes a huge difference and I stand further behind my earlier comment that this is a classy and graceful image - would look very good framed and on a dark, wood panelled wall, something along thos lines. Maybe in that restaurant you were in! Lovely picture and the frame enhances the shot.

You are so good at these "still life" images...I wish I had the time and props...it is getting old sitting here in the snowbound apartment...nice image Silke..

Hey Silk
A repost?
To be honest I do NOT remember the old one .. but sure will remember this!
Welldone my dear
all ok ?

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-01-28 7:20]

I do like the results a lot Silke. I am very impressed that you could do something like this without ever checking the view finder. It just goes to show how truly talented you are. Love the light and the reflection on the polished wood. Super job.
Warm Regards

Bonjour Silke,
Nice composition of this nature morte, glass and light and reflection are great, Excellent presentation and lovely soft colors very well done.

Nice colors, composition and presentation. TFS

Bonjour Silke
I love when people experiment in photography (as in life), happy to
know that there is someone else doing the distance estimate
manually. When not sure I just add a few fstops to get more depth of
field. Great photo with the very low pov and a nice mood. Cropping is
a little tight on the glasses but hey you did it without the view finder!!!
I bought a little "bean bag" you screw on the camera (just like a
tripod) to stabilize the camera or to get different angle shots, in many
cases it can replace the more cumbersome tripod. Keep
experimenting. TFS


Hello Silke,

This is really classy in composition and presentation. Soft light good enough to create the mood and the reflection is well complemented.


hi silke, certainly very warm feeling of being indoors here, good composition and color tones, also good to always have your camera with you! thats for sure, well done, thanks,scott

I like John didn't see the original Silke but I went and looked. It has improved the look of the darker background and draws the attention more to the main subjects. I feel you should do another of these but one with some of that Canadian fluid in one of the glasses :). TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Tamar Tides III’

Wonderful experiment
Excellent lighting.
:) later

Hi Silke,

Preciosa composición con esa atmósfera tan agradable, me gusta mucho la iluminación y contrastes y perfecto reflejo. Buen trabajo.



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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-01-29 5:01]

merhaba myfriend Silke...
verynice comp..and shot..superb colors and reflections..bravo...selamlar

Hello Silke,

The late night contrast works well here and paid off, I like the light the colors bg pov well composed and great PPwork

TFS kyle

Hello Silke

Beautiful composition of glasses
I like this lukewarm light illuminating the others.
Cozy and romantic the post!
Original composition,
very nice lightness.


Great work on the repost Silke,
I didn't mind the reflections before,
but now it's perfect!
- Vincent

Hi Silke,
Wonderful creative job....
Nice reflection and good compo. Perfect POV. Tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Very attractive warmth and I agree, this is better than the original

Best regards

Hi dear friend,
yes, I like the result.
Lovely warm light and great tones for the BG and frame.
Special mood in it.
Best wishes,
:) soon

Hi Silke,
Nice arrangement and beautiful shot of this subject,good light and reflection.The picture very sharp and clear..Good job and well done..

Best Regards,

Thanks on "NIGHT MARKET 3"

Hello Silke,
This is an attractive still life arrangement!
Not the easiest exposure as the light source itself is in the frame and an important part of the image...
Creative, skilful work!
Pablo -

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-01-30 1:40]

Hi Silke

A nice warm vs cold colour contrast, between the orange & blue magenta bg. Good sharpness & dof, & tfs!

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-02-02 15:10]

Hi Silke. You have a knack for seeing everyday things and making them special and this is another example. Good lighting and frame make this a good contribution. TFS. Murray.

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