Deco Tower

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Another sample from my torch illuminating night shots in the forest above Heidelberg. This one shows nicely why torch illumination and standard flash usage differ. with the torch I could illuminate very selective - just the tower. With a flash you would have got an ugly shining snow and also the tree in the foreground would have been bright and by this have lost the dramatic look.... A flash foto would also not have result in a 30 seconds shutter speed so the background would have been completely dark and not showing the aurora of the city of Heidelberg.
11/02/2011 - 08:03AxelLuther
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter Speed20 sec
Focal Length18mm


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Link Posted 11/02/2011 - 09:12
Clever stuff, effective; enlightning (no pun intended)
Best Regards, Larry.

All the gear & no idea.


Link Posted 11/02/2011 - 11:44
This is lovely and I found the information very informative, thank you.
regards, June:


Link Posted 11/02/2011 - 12:38
I like it - very effective and something I've been thinking about for a bit.
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Link Posted 11/02/2011 - 13:25
I like the torch illumination very much, gives it such atmosphere and an interesting background.
Kind regards Maria


Link Posted 11/02/2011 - 14:24
Another nice one Axel, great effect, how long did it take you to create this shot.
Regards John/Jumbo


Link Posted 11/02/2011 - 14:32
Jumbo48 wrote:
Another nice one Axel, great effect, how long did it take you to create this shot.

Hi John - the required steps where
Walking through a dark forest (2 min - felt 10min)
Mounting tripod and camera: 5 min
The shot itself 30 seconds (actually - the first one was already OK for me so no series of shots required)
Postprocessing was not that much - mainly perspective corrections (took the picture with 18 mm so it was quite distorted) and cropping - nearly no sharpness or color adjustments this time - all together perhaps 5 min.

Colors are the lack of darkness

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Last Edited by AxelLuther on 11/02/2011 - 14:32


Link Posted 11/02/2011 - 15:19
Nicely done Axel!
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Link Posted 11/02/2011 - 16:54
Thank you for the info Axel.
Regards John/Jumbo


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Link Posted 11/02/2011 - 22:01
For me this is a class shot really works for me brilliant work
All the best



Link Posted 12/02/2011 - 12:46

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