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Old Dec 5, 2009, 5:02 PM   #1
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"The Blue Hour" is what we call the sunset-hour here in Norway when the sun has set and the warm and friendly colors are going mellow, ending up as a cool, cool blue, almost turquois in the shadows. This is the Nordic way sunsets ususally go, quite different from the Tropics or warmer climate.

Anyway, here are a couple (4 to be exactly...) of shots from one of those wonderful, mellow evenings, shot here ultimo October.



While the sun was still shining, just touching the treetops on its way down...



After a while the mood is getting "blue'er"....




Way out there on the horizon (but still within reach of my tele-lens) there is this tug towing a barge south, to some unknown destination....



After the sun has dissappeared, the evening-blue is spreading in the shadow-areas, while the areas on the 'bright-side' are still warm with reflections from the clouds...

All shots done with my Panasonic FZ-28

Have a nice Sunday, everyone!

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Old Dec 5, 2009, 5:46 PM   #2
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Nice series, Walter. The light and detail in #1 is exceptional.
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Your first shot is a stunner. The next 2 are really good. The last shot Im not liking the mud in the foreground. Cropping that off would make the overall impression of the scene cleaner. If that is your intention. If not then its fine as is. But Id sooner remember a scene without the mud.
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these are actually in order of which i prefer. for me the first 2 are just steller. great lighting, good compositions. just a couple of lovely images.

the 3rd one is pretty good, but the dock is too short, giving it no perspective, and then adding nothing to the scene. i could do without it.

the 4th, i agree with Bynx, the mud and tire tracks are distracting.

wonderful set, thanks for sharing these and making us jealous of the lovely area surrounding your home!!!!
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Thanks, Walter C, Bynx and Hards80 for your enlightening comments.

About the mud (which is wet sand, BTW) it is quite clear to me now that it was not a good idea to show it. My thoughts where miles away when posting this picture, and I thought 'how nice, I even got some details in it as well' - so, I was kind of 'pround' to be showing off the texture of the mud (sand) and all these different values from the brightest bright to the darkest dark - but you are right, of course.

It is more distracting then it is interesting!

Lesson learned today - thanks for putting my head straight!




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No sand: Without the mud, it would look much like this.

Cheers everyone!

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That's an absolutely stunning series, Walter! Sensational colours and a beautiful composition, especially in the first one!

With the last one, I have to say it looks way better without the wet sand - now the photo is much more calm then it was before.
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Thank you, maggo85 - I appreciate your kind comments!
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As usual some well crafted shots and I have to agree that the first is the strongest. The modification to the last shot has really helped it although I still find the foreground distracting.

Your work certainly shows that you don't have the highest level camera (not saying the fz28 is bad) to get really good shots but rather it is the skill of the photographer.
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....but rather it is the skill of the photographer.
Thank you so much, Mark1616 - that's very kind of you.


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...although I still find the foreground distracting...

Regarding the dominating foreground on this picture. It's a alost case. I have tried different crops, but the foregruond takes up too much of space - if I cut it away, there is nothing left. This is the drawback of hard cropping on a P&S-picture. There is not much left to be looked at when you cut deep....

In fact I have now tried to upload another, more cropped picture for the past 30 minutes - Every time the "Manage Attachments"-window freezes after a minute or so....I give up!
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