Well its time to jump into something different from the usual landscape theme. Sort of anti-climactic but then again an illustration for perhaps some fresh ideas.
This one of many photos I took at the Enchanted Garden Christmas Lights that are put on each year from Brian Minters Country Garden location. The link says there are a million lights here. After you see it you will believe it.
When I got here I was told I had to stay inside my truck while driving through. I responded by saying.."I want to take time exposures"... and persisted until the lady called her supervisor for permission to let me in. I knew I was getting somewhere.. and I did manage to get in on foot with tripod and all.
The workshop shows the non zoom in manger scene while this one shows the result fo zooming in and out for 8 seconds. Shooting photos like this is a real creative way to play with your camera. I also used a minus one full stop exposure compensation because its a night scene. This is also image 3440 on my Rebel 300D which is actually 13440 plus photos taken already.. still going strong. Enjoy and Happy Post Christmas.. See workshop for contrasting image.
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sothy81 (9546) 2007-01-03 22:09
Hi Paul, how creative you are on this picture. Very beautiful. A very well done one. The lighting is great. Sothy
Ann75 (0) 2007-01-03 22:48
Now this is different and very interesting. I love how you were able to capture the lights as if they are moving, but yet we can see the outline of what the lights are. It's like a 3D shot which I really love! Well done and excellent balance of the light! Keep up that awesome work of yours, Paul!
singuanti (15250) 2007-01-03 22:54
Hi Paul. I've never seen a Christmas light picture quite like this. This was a great idea and well executed. It's amazing how orderly everything is and well organized the composition is. Excellent catch Paul!
robertosalguero (246) 2007-01-03 23:12
I am glad to see your non landscape pictures are as good as your landscape ones. You truly catched the magic and colors of the season in this garden. Very good exposure to capture this awesome lights arrangement. Nice work Paul.
pboehringer (770) 2007-01-04 0:19
Hello Paul, that is probably the most creative and artistic christmas photography that I saw at TE during this holidays. I learned something and feel stimulated to try myself something again that I already tried, however unsuccessfully.
Your composition could be an award winning photography at any contest!
Santiago (77) 2007-01-04 0:19
excellent experiment!... i like to work with this kind of "strange" tips I get from diferent photos, or i mix them to get the one's I do... congratulations... ill try to do this ;D ... excellent idea....
greetings from colombia...
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2007-01-04 1:28
Nice exposure in this composition. I like it.
GLEM (3004) 2007-01-04 7:09
très bon effet donné avec la rotation du zoom pendant le temps d'exposition, ça recentre et dynamise l'action. Bonne lumière et bon cadrage.
tjanze (5674) 2007-01-04 12:04
Zoom explosion.I try this few times.Somethimes we can get excelent results.Like you.
Anyway,photo with zoom explosion look better then normal in Workshop.
More dynamics and some sort feeling of speed..
I like it. Regards!
jwmunro (286) 2007-01-04 13:46
Hello Paul -
Of the two images posted this is the show stopper. I have never tried a zoom image and after seeing yours it might be worth the experimentation. I like this artistic technique as it adds life to the image. Well done!
Thank you for sharing
capthaddock (28790) 2007-01-04 14:00
Hi Paul - it's different indeed, I've never tried this technique, this is quite successful, an unusual take on the holiday theme.
Cormac (26545) 2007-01-04 15:56
Great effect Paul! The zoom gives a Star Wars type of look to the lights (how was it in Hyperspace?) that is unusual and beautiful. Great work!
prezntime (3946) 2007-01-04 22:47
I'm zooming through space towards Christmas...it is an amazing effect. Here I feel as though I'm flashing into the future. The deep black background here really helps to highlight the lights.
Nice persistance in accessing the forbidden "old foot" tour.
jmcl (14535) 2007-01-05 12:39
engaging warp drive . what a cool and wonderful effect.
riclopes (35577) 2007-01-05 14:01
I can see that you decided to let your imagination go wild, Paul. I support this kind of experiences, once in a while for refreshment and it seems that you were in a perfect place for it. This dynamic result is quite interesting and I enjoy very much how straight the converging lines are. The tripod is of course a must and this also would be quite diferent before the non digital era ;-) The shelter and explosion of the star is great. Thanks for the normal image in WS, for comparison.
john_c (24662) 2007-01-08 11:02
Happy New Year! This is a first rate timed exposure shot, and I am glad you persisted in demanding to walk around with your tripod...The WS shows the difference with a straight on shot at fast speed, and after comparing the two, I feel embarrassed with my lack of proficiency. The photo here is mesmerizing and really represents joy and light. Very fine work, Paul. All the best.
- Copyright: Paul Enns (PJE) (20758)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-12-30
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 F4L, Digital ISO 100
- Exposure: f/11, 8 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Festival of Lights [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-01-03 21:58