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peaceful nighttime in Colonia

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay; Apr 22, 2005
© 2005 susan & grace

-- comments from readers --


This one almost looks "too" perfect in the color composition. Is it photoshopped in any way? If not, it's an amazing shot. Anything different on this one? Long exposure? That's what I'd think from the headlight on the left, or a filter.

--Matt S. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvia, USA); Feb 13, 2006

Yes, to all your questions. To start off, it's a long exposure (25 seconds). We hung out there for a while and it just so happened that near the end of this shot (at about 23 seconds I think) that car appeared. If it had appeared any earlier then it would have really changed the picture (probably for the worst). Later, when prepping it for the site I did crank the exposure a bit to bring out the blue of the sky somewhat, but it wasn't an extreme move since the color was basically there already. Here are the in-camera full specs of the shot:

Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR
Aperture: f29
Shutter: 25 secs (didn't have a tripod, just put it on a wall)
ISO: 200
Focal length: 38.0mm
White balance: auto
Filter: none

Hope this helps!

Grace; Mar 2, 2006