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Moogerah Dam ......This is a single exposure of 15 minutes with the subject being painted with light for an additional 99 seconds..
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    Very creative and engaging image. I love the color and tone, also.

6/2/2008 4:02:08 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Wow!! Amazing!!! I can't even type! Love Love Love this!!!!!

6/2/2008 4:14:39 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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Amazing....awesome job!

6/2/2008 5:13:58 AM

 
Murry Grigsby
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I agree with the others Nick, this is very well done and appealing! I love your control of the light--it is perfect!!

6/2/2008 6:12:36 AM

 
Christina N. Seuser
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Wonderful use of night techniques. Stunning image!

6/2/2008 8:32:44 AM

 
Guy D. Biechele
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Beautiful creative shot, Nick. Very cool!

6/3/2008 10:24:40 AM

 
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Wow... Fantastic shot, Nick!! Very, very beautiful!!

6/3/2008 11:11:33 PM

 
Elizabeth J. Bernier
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This is outstanding creativity...to even attempt a shot like this with such a long exposure and having a living subject is just mind blowing to me...the star trails are excellent,and the idea to use a flashlight/torch on the subject all created such a fabulous result!!!!!

6/7/2008 8:29:30 AM

 
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Nick, What a fabulous shot...it has to be a winner in the next round....wow....beautiful! Patricia

6/8/2008 3:45:19 PM

 
Rajeev 270293 Kashyap
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Gorgeous............

6/10/2008 8:47:36 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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WOWieeee, Nick!
Spectacularly creative and just plain OUTSTANDING!
WTG!
~♥~Lisa

6/14/2008 9:57:47 PM

 
Nick Lagos
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments and for stopping by

6/16/2008 1:04:03 AM

 
Sharon F. Morris
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I love this image Nick.

6/17/2008 9:57:03 AM

 
Carolyn M. DAlessandro
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Outstanding!! The lighting,location,color all make an exceptional image...Bravo,well done!!

6/17/2008 9:58:35 PM

 
Daniella Puente
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EXCELLENT work on this beauty ++++

6/19/2008 7:35:34 AM

 
Lynn Haack
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Fun and wonderfully beautiful! Love this night scene that maintains color and vibrancy! Lynn

6/19/2008 8:00:37 AM

 
Amber Blewett
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beautiful work...love this!

6/22/2008 1:55:14 PM

 
Kristi A. Howson
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Such an amazing image that really captures the magnificent heavens from an earthly view. Great work matey!

6/30/2008 8:51:05 AM

 
Jillian Danielson
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I have always wanted to try this with the stars! You did an awesome job!

7/3/2008 8:38:37 PM

 
Derrald R. Farnsworth-Livingston
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Great effect, and great idea with the light painting.

8/12/2008 6:43:51 AM

 
Andre Goldstein
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Fantastic shot Nick!

8/17/2008 6:23:47 PM

 
Aleksandra Miesak
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Very cool! I still have to get out there and play with painting by light! Thanks for the motivation!

8/21/2008 6:11:56 PM

 
Sharon Seaward
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Absolutely stunning!!!

10/2/2008 4:45:57 AM

 
Susan Heath
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My word! What a talent!

10/5/2008 1:06:07 PM

 
Robert Baer
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nick
what a great, unusual image. love it!

10/9/2008 5:40:45 AM

 
Sandy Powers
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Ohmygoodness! This is beyond fabulous. It is magical! Thank you for including your techniques in how you got the shot. I love being able to learn from such masterful work!

If we aren't congratulating you again when this one reaches the winners circle, I will be very surprised (and disappointed)!

10/9/2008 7:16:15 AM

 
Angela Burns
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I think I stared at this piece of art about the time it took you to capture it!! Amazing!

10/23/2008 3:09:46 AM

 
Kathleen M. Rinker
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This is beyond WOW!! Outstanding work!!

1/1/2009 4:19:06 AM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Very very cool shot! Good job!
Gord

1/1/2009 4:36:24 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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Clearly a big winner. I am in love with it. But how did you get the man to stand there motionless for so long?

1/1/2009 7:29:51 AM

 
Randy A. Myers
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Nicely done. Well executed. Good job!

1/1/2009 7:30:22 AM

 
Erica Murphy
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Very cool image Nick!! WOWZA!

1/1/2009 10:53:32 AM

 
Glenn E. Traver
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Excellent ~ GT

1/19/2009 8:06:22 AM

 
Linda A. Braddock
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Nick, This is so gorgeous, and such fine photography, I don't know what painting with light is, but what ever you did, you are a master at it. I love it! Linda

5/5/2009 1:42:09 PM

 
Glenn E. Traver
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One of the Better Star Trail Photo's Iv'e Seen ~ GT

5/14/2009 11:50:01 PM

 
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WoWzer Nick. Awesome star trail capture.
Ken taught me how to find the North Star and how to do the star trails (he didn't tell how to "focus" in the dark. LOL) But what is this "painting with light"? Do you put a spot light on the capture for the last few seconds? How strong of light does it need to be? I'm very interested in this technique. Please teach me oh great one.

7/1/2009 7:25:46 AM

 
Melissa A. Olsen
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Wonderful creativity and fabulous outcome.

7/1/2009 10:11:44 AM

 
Nick Lagos
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Thanks everyone for the very generous comments....Ann,finding the North star is a good start...I use a big spotlight to try and get a vertical tree for framing as it's so dark you can't see the horizon...For the "painting" I use a very small single leadlight ( a small flashlight would be fine) which emits a softish light..as it was almost impossible to have the subject perfectly stationary for 15 minutes...so he came in at the very end and was painted for that last 99 seconds....hope that helps

7/2/2009 6:23:09 AM

 
Lynne Morris
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Wow this is stunning work Nick, I love it!

9/1/2009 1:27:18 AM

 
Joanne E. Bohenstengel
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Truly a masterpiece. Joanne

9/1/2009 1:37:12 AM

 
Raymond Pauly
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Fantastic work, Nick!

9/1/2009 1:53:41 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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I thought I remembered seeing this before. Thrilled to see it again, and I believe it is a true winner for you!

9/1/2009 2:41:46 AM

 
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Wonderful, Wonderful work!!! Very inspirational!

9/1/2009 10:13:27 AM

 
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Inspirational to me. I aspire to get some gorgeous star trails like this someday. I did get some mediocre ones in Big Bear. Maybe I'll post some for you this month. I need to bring foreground into the picture. Someday I dream of this capture as the cowboy is dreaming of.......... Winner in my book and by the 20 favorites I'd say winner in a lot of people's books. Awesome work Nick...as always.

9/1/2009 5:50:47 PM

 
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nick
i ditto what ann said. I love this from the moment I saw it. It is a huge winner in my eyes.

9/22/2009 6:28:28 AM

 
Usman Bajwa
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That man really adds that special touch to an already wonderful exposure, Nick. Hope to see this again!

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1/26/2010 3:15:49 AM

 
Jane Hirst
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Great shot...wonderfully creative...alot of work......which was so very nicely done. Love it.

2/15/2010 4:08:33 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Glad you re-entered, Nick. Good luck!

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3/8/2010 4:25:58 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Terrific capture, Nick. Favorite for me. Just saw this in Editor's Picks -- congratulations.

3/16/2010 7:24:49 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Nick, you know, I like your perseverance. But this has already won BIG in the March '10 contest, lol! or so I really really hope! GOOD LUCK again!

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4/1/2010 9:59:08 PM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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Awesome work!

4/2/2010 8:02:35 PM

 
Ken Smith
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Superb, Nick...we'll see this one again!

6/1/2010 4:17:18 AM

 
Ivan Chacon
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Great image Nick!!!

6/1/2010 3:10:40 PM

 
Renata Gusciora
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Awesome image,Nick!

6/1/2010 6:23:06 PM

 
Gina Cormier
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Love it Nick!!!!! :-) Another winner! Stop it!!! LOL

7/1/2010 5:42:00 AM

 
Nick Lagos
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NO !!!!!!!! :)

7/1/2010 5:44:15 AM

 
Liz Bullock
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Awesome image!

7/1/2010 12:01:47 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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I would have no earthly idea how to accomplish something like this. It is truly awesome! I'm filled with wonderment!

8/1/2010 3:21:54 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Sweet capture Nick, great exposure and comp!

8/1/2010 3:35:16 AM

 
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I'm speechless, Nick. Absolutely spectacular -- in every way. Magnificient work.

8/1/2010 5:25:39 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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A perfect resubmission for the Center MT, Nick -- wonderful capture that will surely score this time. Still a favorite :) Good luck.

8/1/2010 5:59:37 AM

 
Ken Smith
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28 people have picked this as a fav..and it's just an EP...hard to believe...good luck this time, Nick!

8/1/2010 8:44:01 PM

 
Susana Heide
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A WINNER!!! Intriguing and fascinating capture! Amazing skill and patience! Best of luck, Nick!

8/1/2010 10:42:55 PM

 
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This is just stunning, Nick! Should go all the way my friend!

8/2/2010 6:28:14 PM

 
Carol A. Grady
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Absolutely breathtaking Nick. It's a winner for sure!

8/3/2010 8:03:03 AM

 
Phyllis A. Houghton
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Great star trails and perfect lighting for the person there. I am in awe.

8/9/2010 8:37:24 PM

 
Gina Cormier
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CONGRATS ON ANOTHER GORGEOUS IMAGE NICK!!!!

8/13/2010 2:38:02 PM

 
Phyllis A. Houghton
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congratulations! I hope this goes far.

8/13/2010 2:45:25 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Love this, Nick, and expect to see it again -- am I looking at the next Grand Prize winner? Congratulations on the finalist and good luck in the next round.

8/13/2010 4:10:39 PM

 
Carol A. Grady
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I just knew it Nick - this is a winner up till the very end!

Love it!

8/13/2010 4:50:32 PM

 
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WOW this is amazing, congrats!

8/13/2010 7:36:41 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Good to see this again, Nick! CONGRATZ and good luck!

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8/13/2010 8:50:21 PM

 
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Congrats on a superb finalist, Nick!!! Very best luck!!!

8/14/2010 4:48:11 PM

 
Liz Bullock
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Congrats on your beautiful finalist!

8/14/2010 10:42:33 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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I ditto ALL of the above and then some!!! WOW what else could be said truly MAGNIFICENT Nick!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

8/15/2010 7:06:41 PM

 
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Congratulations on such a wonderful finalist, its really beautiful :-)

8/16/2010 6:50:41 AM

 
Karen E. Baumann
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Wonderfully creative! Love the colors of the gentleman painted with light against the warm colors of the night! Congratulations on this fine image.

9/2/2010 12:17:43 PM

 

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This should have been Gold 2 plus years ago.. This is a stunning image Nick... I hope the judges see that this is a winner like all the rest of us do.

Brian

10/6/2010 12:38:18 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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I will always adore this work, Nick.

11/1/2010 3:22:01 AM

 
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Still love it!

11/2/2010 3:31:06 PM

 
Rita Smith
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AWESOME! Nothing else need be said...

11/10/2010 9:38:22 AM

 
Michael Howe
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Inspired...Truly great work,Nick!!!

12/2/2010 7:41:02 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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I will rave about this image every time you post it, Nick! It is that extraordinary!

1/1/2011 4:35:36 AM

 
Carolyn M. DAlessandro
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Here I am again...just cannot help myself. Each time I see this image I feel like it needs to be LARGE and hanging on the wall...I will say it again NICK,Bravo,well done!!!! I love it!

1/8/2011 6:35:39 AM

 
Jeffrey M. Smith
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FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC shot! You obviously put some thought into this one and it came out very well! You certainly deserve the "Gold" on this one!
Jeff

1/28/2011 4:21:04 PM

 
Jeffrey M. Smith
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FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC shot! You obviously put some thought into this one and it came out very well! You certainly deserve the "Gold" on this one!
Jeff

1/28/2011 4:21:04 PM

 
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Still awesome.

3/1/2011 7:30:23 AM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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Well, I managed to miss this previously, but holy cow, Nick, this is sensational!!! Hope to see it go all the way this time!

3/1/2011 9:08:43 PM

 
Charles F. DIorio
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Simply put an exceptional photo and I may I add a real wall hanger. Awsome, should win!

7/7/2011 2:32:46 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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I adore this image and every time it comes back my adoration grows. It should definitely be a Grand Prize winner. Maybe this time will be the charm!

9/1/2011 3:31:37 AM

 
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Fingers crossed for ya, Nick; this is terrific!

12/2/2011 9:37:12 AM

 
Jeffrey M. Smith
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ABSO-@&#%-ING-LUTELY OUT-BLOODY-STANDING shot! Surely one of the BEST I have seen on this sit in a very very long time. Certainly deserved of the finalist if not the GOLD!
Very well though out and creatively put together. Hard to believe the stars "rotate" so much in just 15 minutes! Our earth must REALLY be spinning!
Superior Composition, perfect PoV, and just an all around great idea for a shot that could not have been done better!
May I ask what ISO you were set at for the star trails?? 100!?!??, 200??, tremendous job in "painting" your subject with light, you could not have timed that better either
Jeff

12/2/2011 9:59:58 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Way to hang in there with an image you have faith in -- you will sure have a lot of cheering members when you get the gold on it, Nick. Good luck and thank you very much for your generosity in explaining your technique in the discussion so others can try to create their own masterpieces.

12/8/2011 4:02:57 PM

 
Ivan Chacon
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Fantastic work,Nick. Congrats! :)

1/1/2012 11:06:36 PM

 
Michael Howe
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Fantastic work....Beautiful!!!!

2/2/2012 5:40:14 PM

 
Gina Cormier
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Stunning of course Nick!!!! Love the stars! Very creative!!! How's things??

5/1/2012 5:06:53 AM

 
Melissa Wynn
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WOW! very cool image!!! Love it!

6/5/2012 12:33:31 PM

 
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