Golden Twilight 2

© Bob Cammarata

Golden Twilight 2

Paul Michko 7/25/2006 1:59:41 AM

Wonderful composition, Bob. #490663

Carolyn M. Fletcher 7/25/2006 3:14:11 AM

I love love love this!!!! #3074363

Bob Cammarata 7/25/2006 5:09:12 AM

Thanks Paul and Carolyn for your comments.

This is a different version of a similar photo I submitted last month.

Bob

(p.s...Carolyn, I like your new mini-pix.) :) #3075197

Colette M. Metcalf 7/25/2006 5:12:21 AM

This is GREAT, Bob!!! #3075231

Bob Cammarata 7/25/2006 2:33:10 PM

Thanks Colette. #3079719

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 8/26/2006 6:47:20 PM

This is excellent, a real winner!! Congratulations! #3221747

Christopher J. Budny 8/26/2006 7:41:53 PM

Beautifully done! The background is marvellous! #3222346

Leonard Pierce 8/26/2006 9:45:08 PM

Congratulations Bob! #3223355

Paul Michko 8/27/2006 2:02:39 AM

Congratulation on a great finalist, Bob. #3224052

Paul Parent 8/27/2006 8:04:00 AM

Great composition, superb. #3225775

Virginia Leone 8/27/2006 8:20:43 AM

OOOh, so pretty...I love this. Congrats! #3225893

Bob Cammarata 8/27/2006 2:33:47 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind words.

The setup for this photo and others like it were created on one of days when there was "nothing to shoot".

I've used this same background in the past for other subjects.
A wide aperture setting...and how you direct the auxillary light source are the primary factors in creating these out-of-focus halos of light.
A simple prop found lying around in the woods can be turned into a work of art when light is utilized as the primary point of interest.

Bob #3227720

Claudine Grove 8/28/2006 10:22:58 AM

So pretty! These are my favorite colors and kind of pictures. Congrats! #3233312

Christopher J. Budny 8/28/2006 2:02:54 PM

And now, an amended Congratulations, on this winner! #3234639

Kay Beausoleil 8/28/2006 3:28:11 PM

Fun with light and DOF! Congratulations, Bob, on your win for this cool image! #3235286

Bob Cammarata 8/28/2006 5:04:19 PM

Thanks Claudine Christopher and Kay for your nice comments.

It's definately fun to play with light.
It's subtle nuances and intricacies is what makes photography so intriguing and challenging...(for me, anyway).

Bob

#3235720

Janine Russell 8/28/2006 7:16:47 PM

Bob, excellent detail, lighting, exposure and composition; congratulations on your Second Place Win. #3236550

Bob Cammarata 8/29/2006 5:01:45 AM

Thanks Janine!
(...love your hummingbird photos!)

Bob #3238395

Sheila K. Floyd 8/29/2006 5:52:56 AM

This is one of my favorite shots out there! I love it... Love the lighting! I am always working on this beautiful type of in-camera lighting...Have you ever heard of Bokeh form of photography... This depicts is to perfection.. Congrats on your win!! It's so well deserved, even if it WAS with a Nikon (lol, ;0) #3238627

Colette M. Metcalf 8/29/2006 7:30:18 AM

Congratulations on your WIN, Bob! #3239080

Nadya Johnson 8/29/2006 11:18:25 AM

Awesome and amazing, Bob! Congratulations on your VERY stunning WIN!! #3240072

Deborah Sandidge 8/29/2006 1:05:46 PM

Very creative work, Bob - a beautiful winning image! Congratulations! #3240559

Bob Cammarata 8/29/2006 4:38:06 PM

Thanks Sheila, Colette, Nadya and Deborah for your comments.

Actually,...I'd never heard the term "Bokeh" before. (I had to Google it to see what it was.)
I've been experimenting with this technique for a few years with macro subjects and studio shots...and with each session I'm becoming even more fascinated in this process of playing with light.

Bob


Bob #3241282

Sharon Day 9/2/2006 7:30:10 PM

Big congratulations on this gorgeous win, Bob!!! Well done! #3259448

Bob Cammarata 9/2/2006 10:03:39 PM

Thanks Sharon! #3259774

Glenda H. Travis 9/4/2006 4:43:00 PM

Wow! This is awesome and better yet, created 'in camera'...I am so jealous! Wonderful Bob and well deserved WIN!
#3266549

Gen Nagase 9/22/2006 2:20:26 PM

Wow, fabulous shot!!!
Many congrats, Bob!!!
...what's keeping this from the 1st?..., just superb!!! #3346583

Bob Cammarata 9/22/2006 3:10:47 PM

Thanks Glenda and Nobi for your nice comments.
Sorry for taking so long in responding but I just returned home from a road trip and I'm trying to get caught up.

These types of in-camera background effects are not real difficult to create.
A wide aperture setting, a close-focusing lens or accessory and an auxilliary light source are all that are required (and of course, a subject to place in the foreground).
You also need to be aware of the color temperature of the light you are using to create the background highlights and be extra careful not to let it spill onto the subject.

In this particular scenario the aux. lighting was a simple flashlight...which I always carry in my pack. The background was a flat slab of granite encrusted with mica crystals.
A smaller piece of mica-encrusted rock was utilized as a base to display my subject, a dried out snail shell which, like the rocks, was found lying around in the woods at the scene.

...As to "what's keeping this from the 1st?"...:
Maybe Sheila F. was on the right track...I did use a Nikon ;)

Bob #3346760

Usman M. Bajwa 11/10/2010 11:41:05 PM

Belated CONGRATZ on your stunning Winner!!

UB. #9027066


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Effects created in-camera.
(Nikkor 180 mm w/extension tube, Provia 100,...mixed lighting.)
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Uploaded on 7/25/2006 1:48:57 AM

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner


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