Solitude 2

Uploaded: August 02, 2007


so Alone

Exif: F Number: 4, Exposure Bias Value: +0, Exposure Time: 13/1, Flash: flash did not fire, ISO: 500, White Balance: manual white balance, Focal Length: 17mm, Camera Model: NIKON D2X


Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict August 02, 2007

Lovely image and great use of effects Marvin...Dominick #704350

Paul G Slate August 02, 2007

This is awsome!!!! I love the contrast!! great tones! vibrant colors! nice work Marvin! #4590023

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe August 02, 2007

Nice work Marvin! Jeff #4590048

Colette M. Metcalf August 02, 2007

Gorgeous!! #4590135

Marvin A. Rivera August 02, 2007

Thank you Dominick. I used available light from a nearby street light plus pre-sunrise light (background) plus a tiny flashlight as fill light.

I adjusted the in-camera's color balance to 3200 Kelvin. That made the color balance between available light and street light to accentuate their color temperatures. I cleaned up the sand with photoshop clone stamp.

I had to get up at 3am.....(that's the bad part) Exposure was based on the Street light to the left, the fill light fell right into place by chance.. and I just waited for the sunrise light to come up into place. The Light was so dim I could not use my spot meter to check the clowds behind so I used the good ole brown eyes to predict light balance... and I captured about 5 frames on this day.

Thank for stopping-by

Marvin #4591906

Marvin A. Rivera August 02, 2007

Hi Paul! The Colors came up from adjusting the in-cameras color balance to a temp in between both lights ambient and available light. Here in Hawaii the street lights are really really orange/yellowish. This time I used 100 iso for better tonality and less noise. The key adjusment here was the exposure for the tree. that made the colors pop-up

Marvin #4591922

Marvin A. Rivera August 02, 2007

Thank you Jeff and Colette for your making a pit stop here. I love the photo too.

Marvin #4591932

Karolyn J. Seeley August 02, 2007

Magnificant brilliance - love this, it's fabulous. This just must win! #4592760

Marvin A. Rivera August 03, 2007

Oh wow Karolyn, I really appreciate your support. I am smiling now. Thank you sooo much.

Marvin #4594411

Marvin A. Rivera August 03, 2007

Oh wow Karolyn, I really appreciate your support. I am smiling now. Thank you sooo much.

Marvin #4594412

Alexis Yobbagy August 18, 2007

WOW!!! AMAZING work!!! Good on ya'!!!!!! #4667495

Lester A. Garcia September 22, 2007

Hi Marvin! Good luck on this one. #4827120

Cindy Bendush level-classic October 17, 2007

Wow! GORGEOUS image Marvin - the color, comp. and lighting are outstanding! Congrats on your POTD!!! #4937085

Evy Johansen level-classic October 17, 2007

Wow... Awesome image!! Big congratulations on your POTD, Marvin! #4937088

Janine Russell level-deluxe October 17, 2007

Marvin, great colors, composition, lighting and effects; congratulations on your finalist and POTD. #4937104

Pradeep K. Kaushik October 17, 2007

Excellent work Marvin,colors,lighting and composition are superb,congratulations on your finalist and POTD. #4937177

October 17, 2007

Beautiful photo! Vibrant colors! #4937192

Mary K. Robison October 17, 2007

Striking image with wonderfully vivid colors.
Congratulations on your well-deserved POTD, Marvin! #4937266

October 17, 2007

Great image... I love it! #4937352

Michelle Alton October 17, 2007

It's all been said above. You have really mastered your camera and the various light sources. Bravo!
Michelle #4937400

Bill Houghton October 17, 2007

This is such a beautiful photo Marvin. Just a great job. Have a great day. Congratulations. Bill

My Personal Photo Gallery:

Bill Houghton Photography #4937447

Joy Rector October 17, 2007

congrats on the POTD #4937473

Barbara Mason October 17, 2007

Congratulations a well deserved POTD - amazing rich vibrant colours - a work of art !! #4937719

Josselyne Klecanda October 17, 2007

Fabulous colors, congrats #4937756

Carol Teal October 17, 2007

Wow, such stunning color and such great comp. I love that tree; it has so much character. Congrats on your POTD. #4938202

Nikki McDonald level-classic October 17, 2007

Congratulations on your finalist and I'm so glad it made POTD--loved having it pop up on my screen this morning. #4938259

Donna R. Wageman October 17, 2007


Sheila Faryna level-addict October 17, 2007

Congrats Marvin. What a stunning image!! #4938426

Hurk (Steve) Hurkett October 17, 2007

Congratulations, Marvin ... Well deserved ........ #4938487

Jim Britt October 17, 2007

Very nice. Colors make the shot. Nice balance as well. Congrats on your POTD. #4938495

Laura Clay-Ballard October 17, 2007

beautiful image. congrats! #4938546

Denise Denomy October 17, 2007

I love the surrealism! Great shot! Congratulations!!!! #4938624

Cindy K. Bracken October 17, 2007

Congratulations on this stunning POTD!

Join the photo community fun! #4938640

Cheryl Meisel October 17, 2007

BIG WOW, this is soooooooo beautiful! Vivid color, composition from heaven. Super shot! BIG CONGRATS on this wonderful winner!
Cheryl #4938917

Daniella Puente October 17, 2007

Congrats on this POTD Marvin, is really GREAT!!! #4938979

Sara Dunn October 17, 2007

WOW!!! #4939134

Donna La Mattino Pagakis October 17, 2007

A stunning seascape, great colors and serene feel. Congrats on your potd and finalist wins!! #4939150

Kathleen R. Struckle October 17, 2007

Absolutely gorgeous seascape. Congrats on POTD and your win. #4939209

Polina Mi October 17, 2007

great! so beautiful! I was thinking you use one of the "fancy" filters, but you did not. very interesting to learn that color balance can create such rich colors.
thanks a lot! #4939264

Diane L. Thomas October 17, 2007

Whow, what a shot and your creation of colors are wonderful. Lighting and placement all perfect. I just love this one. Diane Thomas #4939452

Vikram Jamwal October 17, 2007

This is fantastic Marvin, congrats on POTD!!! #4939920

Mary Clarke October 17, 2007

Congratulations on POTD Marvin, great image #4940288

Debra P. Chenault October 17, 2007

Stunning capture! Congrats on POTD! #4940353

John Connolly October 17, 2007

Brilliant work Marvin, and congrats on your POTD! #4940920

Patricia Ronan October 17, 2007

Beautiful image, congrats on your POTD:) #4941004

October 17, 2007

Fantastic shot Marvin .. congrats on contest finalist .... and photo of the day :-) #4941254

Lindley Johnson level-classic October 17, 2007

This image is stunning in its color, clarity, and lighting. Thank you for describing how you achieved it - your efforts certainly paid off! Congratulations on your finalist and POTD! #4941402

Kathleen K. Parker level-deluxe October 17, 2007

Lovely vibrant photo of solitude. Congrats on your awards, Marvin.
kk #4941606

John T. Peters October 17, 2007

Marvin, I am not sure how you came up with idea for the photo but congrats! I love it when an idea hits and you are able to make it come to reality. You paid price by getting up early but it is really a special photo! #4941954

Marvin A. Rivera October 19, 2007

Thank you so much everyone for your terrific support. I really appreciate every single one of you for taking the time to leave me some feedback.

John P. I came up with the idea after trying to get a correct color balance for the Waikiki Street lights. The Light Temp is well below 2000 Kelvin. My D2x only goes to 2.2 Kelvin so best I could do was fix the white color balance with PhotoShop. After a while I began to wonder how I could take advantage of it... Mixing light colors by shifting the in-camera color balance and then Bam.. It all snapped into place one day... Daylight temp is about 5200 kelvin. I could make the background look so cold and lonely if I reduced the Temp setting and at the same time I could warm up the street lights color by increasing the camera's Temp setting above 2200 kelvin. I put the 2 and 2 together and went for an in between setting. Now I had to scout for a recognisable subject that would stay put for the 30 seconds or so that it would take to explose it (use small aperture for depth of field). Bingo I found this three next to the Ocean. The water is as flat as a lake on a calm night in this side of the Island. The first capture wasnt quiet balanced in between. On the Fifth One I got it just the way I wanted. That's it this is the fifht frame. Oh I use a 99 cents two battery flash light. I exposed for the Street light, Fill with the flashlight and waited for the firt rays of light to come up till they look pretty even (exposure wise). My D2x did the rest of the Magic.

I had dragged my Fiancee with me that morning and she was sleeping in the car just a few feet away when Capture this moment.

She asked me... Oh my, when did you do that? I replyed... It all happened while you were sleeping... (smiling).

Marvin #4947276

RC Fritz October 23, 2007

Awesome work! Congratulations! #4969628

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