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Not a Sunrise, not a Sunset

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 21 December 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

Two auspicious events happen today:-
1.It's my Birthday
2.It's the darkest day of the year(In the Northern Hemisphere)
So, what shot to celebrate with? Having grizzled and whined at myself about lack of light, and how unfair it all was, I thought I would take on the challenge of no light, so this is shot taken 4 hours after sunset. The illumination is from local towns, and the streak is a flight manoeuvring away from Heathrow.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV 30 seconds F/5.0 ISO 1600 16 mm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

stunning LIGHT!! Happy Birthday from over the big pond too!!
x suzanne:))

21 Dec 2011 5:24am

@Suzanne: Thankyou!

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful starlight - Happy Birthday!

21 Dec 2011 5:36am

@MissT: Thanks!

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Love it! a little star trail as well. Have a great birthday or perhaps you already had one?

21 Dec 2011 6:26am

@J.R.: I've already had many more than one!!!!!!!, but, in terms of this one, I'm going to celebrate when my kids get back from work and University, so some time next week

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Happy Birthday, Chris! A marvellous 30 second exposure and the light trail from the plane is an excellent detail.

21 Dec 2011 6:27am

@Stephen: Thank you!

David from Avranches, France

Joyeux Anniversaire Chris, Happy Birthday. What you fantastic shot. The stars are out.

21 Dec 2011 6:53am

@David: Thank you, Sir

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you have a great day!
This is one beautiful image. I love the tones and reflections in the water. Superb lighting.
Does that mean it's the longest day on our side of the world today - hopefully not, because we are still waiting on summer to arrive!!!

21 Dec 2011 7:06am

@Anina Botes: Thank you! I'm afraid it does mean that today is the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere. I hope your bad weather sorts itself out soon

mayoline from Enkhuizen, Netherlands

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!!!!! I hope you have a nice day!!
What a beautiful picture, I love the light and the reflections!!

21 Dec 2011 8:10am

@mayoline: Thank you!

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! what a wonderful shot
well done

21 Dec 2011 8:16am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Beautiful...many many stars to celebrate special day & 5* for image.

21 Dec 2011 8:19am

@PRASHANT: Thank you!

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A beautiful achievement. Bravo on your birthday !! :-)

21 Dec 2011 8:22am

@DULCIE: Thank you!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Happy Birthday Chris........born on the shortest day of the year - anything significant in that ? Tremendous shot - well done.

21 Dec 2011 8:38am

@Nigel: More time to drink in the dark!

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Fantastic image Chris, what a great idea and title. Happy Birthday

21 Dec 2011 8:49am

@Doug: Thank you, Sir

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Firstly Happy Birthday - same month as me:) And the shot is wonderful - the lighting is great and the stars totally magical. LIke twinkling birthday candles in the night sky.

21 Dec 2011 10:02am

@kiwisa: How kind, thank you!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Happy birthday Chris, this is one of the most amazing pictures that I think you have produced. Love the stars and the illumination, also the blurred movement of the clouds and the total lack of noise!
Brilliant shot.

21 Dec 2011 10:17am

@Curly: How very kind! Thank you!

vrinda from abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

nice mood !wish you a very happy birthday and many many more!

21 Dec 2011 10:33am

@vrinda: Thank you!

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

amazing what 30 seconds can give you. congratulations oh equinoctial one

21 Dec 2011 10:40am

@grouser: It kinda worked out better than I expected, it was absolutely pitch black and I hadn't taken a torch(Stupid boy), so the manual focussing had to be done by feel

Helen from Melbourne, Australia

Happy Birthday Chris!
I understand how you felt here ... I felt this way and posted ... just like you ... and hit the spotlight image on 15 June 2007 ... sometimes challenge brings out the best in us?

21 Dec 2011 10:56am

@Helen: Thanks Helen! It's odd how sometimes a challenge produces better results than the run of the mill stuff

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

Happy Birthday Chris - what a great challenge and the result is just incredible - fantastic work

21 Dec 2011 11:01am

@Jules: How very kind, thankyou

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I really like the color in this image. Take heart now, Chris. The days will start to get longer!

21 Dec 2011 11:14am

@Julie L. Brown: Yep, it's all uphill from here!

Sam from Chennai, India

Happy Birthday Chris. So beautiful image. Excellent results. A challenge to celebrate your birthday. All the best. :)

21 Dec 2011 11:31am

@Sam: Thankyou Sam, I appreciate it

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It is really fine. Fanyastic reflectons.

21 Dec 2011 12:12pm

@Jypyä Pop: Thankyou

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

happy birthday, squire. a lovely shot for it.

21 Dec 2011 12:16pm

@Philip: Thank you kind Sir

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

5***** What a marvelous capture ! I'm speechless... Happy Birthday Chris, all the best :)

21 Dec 2011 12:19pm

@Tamara: Thank you!

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Good and light news ... Congratulations Chris! Both were born the same month of December. a good time! The image is perfect for a special day ... Also thanks for your text. I've written a poem ... you have a gift for a photographer d'admire your work ...
The years do not go ... or months, nor days, nor hours.
Only the good times with them and spend our time.
While the recall struggle to stay alive
forever in our life ...
... forever ...
A hug, Adela

21 Dec 2011 12:20pm

@Adela Fonts: What lovely words, thank you so much

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

1. Happy Birthday, Chris.
2. Phenomenal image!

5. Stars ... and 50 if that many were allowed!

21 Dec 2011 2:44pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you so much!

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

I've dropped my jaw and it hurts!

21 Dec 2011 3:00pm

@Francisco Romero: Lovely, thank you!

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Superbe ciel et reflet fnatastique compo quelle doucuer quelle ambioance grandisoe.

bravo et belle soirée

21 Dec 2011 3:19pm

@Nicou: Thanks

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

You made the best of it here with this beautiful shot Chris, and I love the stars above the clouds. We haven't had much in the way light here either for the past month or so - a day here or there, but for the most part, it's been dull and dreary. It's not been good for photography I'm afraid. Oh, and happy birthday, of course! :-)

21 Dec 2011 3:48pm

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much!

Don from Spokane, United States

Your experimental shot turned out extremely well. Excellent nighttime colors and details. You must try more of these.

21 Dec 2011 4:46pm

@Don: I do have some ideas I might try out over the Holiday break

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Happy Birthday!
That picture there, it is absolutely fabulous. I'm giving it 5 stars, but would like to give as many as there are in the picture itself.

21 Dec 2011 5:14pm

@ursulakatariina: Aw, what lovely words! Thank you!

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Happy birthday mate, i owe you a pint now.
Great shot, love the clearness of the shot, just a brilliant birthday shot.
Can i just add, does shaahin say anything else?

21 Dec 2011 5:36pm

@The Mouse: Ctrl C, Ctrl V !!!!!!!!

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente captura de larga exposición, a quedado preciosa, buen trabajo!!

21 Dec 2011 5:38pm

@Isidro: Thanks!

Mandar from Kudal, India


21 Dec 2011 5:54pm

@Mandar: Thanks!

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Absolutely super, Chris! This may be belated but may I also wish you a very happy (belated?) birthday sir! I always enjoy your work and your words! Cheers - Denny

21 Dec 2011 6:04pm

@Denny Jump Photo: You haven't missed the boat, it's still my Birthday now. what lovely words to cheer me on this dark day!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Happy Birthday Chris!
That's that sorted then.

Your best work by a country mile! Leave those 'mash' or 'mosh' pits alone and get out more if this is what you come up with!!

21 Dec 2011 7:35pm

@Ted: Whilst I love the sentiment, and your very kind words, I'm afraid that I am wedded to mosh pits and Rock 'n Roll.... Thanks for your Birthday greetings!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Fabulous photograph; a great way to celebrate the day!

21 Dec 2011 8:55pm

@john4jack: Aw, Thank you!

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Woweee! Happy Birthday first of all! And fantastic shot! What a way to celebrate! Hope you had a great one!!

21 Dec 2011 9:30pm

@Bettina: The big celebration happens when my kids are back from work and University....My liver is in for a kicking next week!

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

Happy day Mr E, great shot, and the days are getting longer........

21 Dec 2011 9:46pm

@CATCHLIGHT: Thank you, kind Sir, and yeah, the sun is coming back!

franz from Baden, Austria

a brilliant star-lit image, the best way to celebrate a special day! happy birthday, chris, and many happy returns !!!

21 Dec 2011 9:50pm

@franz: How very kind, thank you

Oiva from Turku, Finland

Great shot!HAPPY BIRTHDAY Celliot HALEJA!!!

21 Dec 2011 10:34pm

@Oiva: How very kind, thank you

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Happy birthday to you Chris! Wonderful shot...superb! two thumbs up!

21 Dec 2011 11:07pm

@Dokmateo: and 2 thumbs up to you for your lovely words

Baldwin from Venezuela

STUNNING VIEW !!!! you couldn`t have done better. Great night shot. Your own birthday gift!! Feliz cumpleaños !!

22 Dec 2011 12:37am

@Baldwin: Thank you! I appreciate your kind words

myky from Ontario, Canada

Happy Birthday to you!
Love this beautiful image with a fairy tale quality. 5* and auspicious too!

22 Dec 2011 1:56am

@myky: Aw, that's lovely, thank you!

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Belated happy birthday, This is a fabulous shot

22 Dec 2011 8:42am

@Christine: Belated or not, how kind of you!

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe lumière.

22 Dec 2011 11:32am

Elora from Genoa, Italy

Oh wow. Happy belated Bday and Happy early Christmas. This is a really amazing shot! 5 stars from me!!

22 Dec 2011 7:34pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Fantastic shot..Greatly done.
Birthday wishes to you...You could have had the world celebrate your birthday had you waited for a few more days...All the Best.

23 Dec 2011 2:48am

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Magical with the stars
I love this image.
:) Aly

24 Dec 2011 12:20am

Fraucha from Біла Церква, Ukraine

Lovely Image Chris!

29 Dec 2011 3:58pm

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
30 seconds
ISO 1600
16 mm