04 January 2008

Glowing beads in gloom

The beads I refer to are stuck on poles, marking (more than illuminating) a gravel road through the local forest. With dense fog and temperatures just above freezing point, "gloom" is just the middle name of the mood.
Norwegian latitudes doesn't make things better either. In December, sundown is at four pm. here in Oslo, making an evening stroll a Deed in Darkness all together.
But as clichees go, a man's got to do what a man's got to do. In my case, there's more of me to do more after a good share of Christmas food. So gloom aside, this body needs to burn calories like hellfire.
Weather conditions didn't exactly invite to photography that night, but I brought the K10D nonetheless. But no bananas this time (grin). I was unsure whether the lamp-posts provided enough light for a hand-held exposure, but I wanted to give it a try. Hopefully the shot below convey some of the mood that night.

Gear: Pentax K10D with DA*16-50/2.8.
Exposure: 1/8s, f/2.8 at ISO 1600.

Shake reduction is a Good Thing.

This is also my first attempt at applying matting in Photoshop. I guess I'll have to experiment a little before finding something I really like.


Boris said...

Not knowing exactly what matting is (seems I don't know great many things really), I do like what I see. I most probably told you that before, and may be even not once and not twice. Yet, you have impeccable sense of lines and leading the eye around your frames.

Alunfoto said...

Hi Boris,

A mat is the cardboard you surround an image with, to fit it into a larger frame... :-)

You might know it by it's French name, passepartout.

Thanks for the comment, mate.

cog said...

cool photo