Thursday, October 9, 2008

Moonlight Becomes You


Those of you that live in cities like Paris, Madrid, New York, Monte Carlo and San Francisco, probably won't understand what it's like for the rest of us who struggle every day to make our cities look, shall we say more "photogenic".  Putting a positive spin on our hometown is why we are all here. Heaven knows if you want to see the seedy side, folks can just open the newspaper or click on the tube!  Last night when leaving the museum, I realized that this waterfall between the  Birmingham Museum of Art and the Boutwell Auditorium, not the most glamorous by day, had taken on a very  dramatic look when lit up for the evening.  It reminded me that maybe I need to be out and about more at night. The Minneapolis DP delegation is my inspiration!


Not as sharp as I would like, but it was hand-held,  braced on a wall.  f/5.6 , shutter speed 1/8,  34mm, 800 ISO for you photojunkies out there.  I am sure there were numerous setting errors.  I am sticking with my usual excuse - haste and in this case- darkness.

The Tune du Jour is "Twilight Time" by the Platters.

  By special request, Michael Dulin's "Siren Song" has been added to the line up today !
                                                                
Discover The Platters!


Discover Michael Dulin!

42 comments:

Wayne said...
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Blognote said...

What a fine photo this is, Virginia!!
The effect is really as it should be: a waterfall of golden light.
Michael's music would have underlined this beautifully!

Olivier said...

superbe photo et composition. La lumière est magnifique, bravo. Personnellement je la trouve réussie.

superb picture and composition. The light is beautiful, bravo. Personally I find it successful.

Webradio said...

Hello Virginia !
Your photo seems very strange, but beautiful...
Great shot !
And the tube du jour, hummmmmmmmmmmm !
See You later...

Wayne said...

Let me jump right in here.

I definitely need to get out more at night. This is a great shot V. But I've come to expect nothing less.

Here is where things get a little dicey. Far be it from me to question music choices made by the doyenne of the 'tune de jour'

But immediately I read the title I thought, 'What A Little Moonlight Can Do'. (I like the Emilie-Claire Barlow version).

I've got nothing against Twilight Time, it's a fine song. I'm just sayin'........

Probably I should have waited until you actually left the country to express my opinion. I'd feel much more comfortable with 5000 miles between us instead of just 3000 while you cooled down V.

Tash said...

Gorgeous shot, Virginia! You are definitely providing us with the beauty of Birmingham. Love the rich gold colors!

Laurie said...

Come join us nightcrawler shutterbugs! I love this shot, V. It's everything I adore about night photography -- interesting light, great contrast, mystery and those beautiful deep glowing colors that the sun just bleaches out.

You know how I love prowling around in the dark. Glad to see you've come over to the dark side, hee hee.

Abraham Lincoln said...

This is a nice photograph, Virginia. I like the lines in the composition.

Migs CFL fan said...

Fantastic pic, thanks so much for sharing. Alabama is definately a state I must visit

Cheers

http://reginainpictures.blogspot.com/

Sally said...

That's really fabby! Thanks for visiting me at Sydney Daily Photo while I was away. I’m back from Queensland now and transmission should resume as normal.

Bergson said...

A wall of magic light

alice said...

I have absolutely no idea about what Birmingham looks like but I do enjoy your town through your eye (or your prism, like yesterday!). Don't you think we often become attached to a place because of a person who lives there? (even if I amn't part of the blogs you follow on your profile...;-)
Now, I'm going to listen your voice, I have more time today than yesterday!
A last thing: do you have some difficulties to connect you to Blogger since yesterday or am I the only one?

Virginia said...

Diederick and Wayne, the music is so hard. I wanted to use Michael again but thought you all migh need a break and want something livllier. Wayne, I love requests! I am not familiar with your tune though. Also I am working with limited resources with Deezer. Every song they list cannot be played. Go figure.

Alice, no problems with Blogger yesterday but it was very slow loading photos the other day.

Thanks everyone for your nice comments!

JM said...

Virginia, your photo is absolutely awesome! I don't believe you have done any settings errors.
I'm with Alice: from what you have shown us, Birmingham surely is worth a visit!

tut-tut said...

Beautiful photos you've put up the past few days! I always feel a bit better when I stop by.

Birmingham is worth a visit; plus the art museum is host to some traveling da Vinci works, if I'm not mistaken.

Virginia said...

T,
Yes indeed. In fact I am a volunteer for the exhibit. Excellent! "Drawings from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin". da Vinci's drawings are amazing. I''m off to the BMA in a few hours as a matter of fact.

Diederick as a lot of pull around here so Michael Dulin is tinking the ivories now as well. Take your pick.

Wayne has a lot of clout as well but alas, Deezer doesn't have his artist! We could have had a real battle of the bands today!

PJ said...

Gee Virginia, I just learnt about the TV setting on my camera for just such occasions. Thanks for confirming my suspicions and leading by example. You don't need to apologize for a thing. It looks luscious and Big City to me and you have expressed a sentiment very near and dear to my heart. And I can forgive everyone but the Italian contingent for their spectacular homegrown subject matter. I thiink they should be handicapped somehow. It sometimes keeps me up at night trying to figure out how to enforce it...

Virginia said...

Oh throw France in there with Italy. You are absolutely right. THey should have to take their photos with one arm tied behind their back OR always have to shoot on AUTO! I confess I have NO CLUE what the TV mode is. Email with that explanation. One of these days I am going to make friends with my tripod and actually use the darn thing like I should. Right now it is so cumbersome I just hate it! IT's like wrestling a bear everytime I do drag it out.

marley said...

Very nice. It looks like a bejewelled curtain.

I'm still not brave enough to mess about with my settings. I don't know why. If it goes horribly wrong I can just delete it. I must start to play around with my camera!

Anyway...beautiful photo :)

Halcyon said...

I think it's a lovely photo Virginia. And Amen to making our rather dull cities seem exciting and glamorous. I think you're doing a great job! I only wish I had more time to get out and snap up Jackson.

babooshka said...

It is a delicious study of light, colours and textures. Night photography can be so tricky but this is so superbly excecuted and the hint of green is the icing atop the golden cake. Me liiiikey so much!

Eki Akhwan said...

My first reaction when I saw this was a spontaneous "WOW!!!"

It's beautiful, V!

tr3nta said...

It's a pleasure to come and visit your blog and see your nice photos...

Thank you for your nice comments...

USelaine said...

I like how the time exposure smoothed the falling water - very nice!

Sara G said...

WOW, your site is wonderful. I have really enjoyed my visit!
Take care

Hope said...

Just stunning! Just another reason why your blog is in my favorites list!

PJ said...

V,
I learned how to embed my comment form! Look at it on my blog and if you're interested go to:
Blogger in Draft
sign in at the top right hand side of the screen, go to settings, go to comments and chose imbed comments. It's fabulous! And then pass it on.

Carrie Hayes said...

How mystical!

Chuck Pefley said...

Given the reproduction size of your intended use on your blog, no apologies needed. It's lovely. The 1/8 second shows just the right amount of motion in the water.

Dusty Lens said...

Bravo! A visual masterpiece!

Our cities takes on a whole new visual experience at night. You don't need a tripod, (although it is handy) , there are so many other things to steady the camera out there.

Louis la Vache said...

Nice drama with the lighting. Very fine capture, Virginia!

Strangetastes said...

You nailed this - amazing result for handheld. That may have added to an overall softness. Really works for the subject.

Marie-Noyale said...

IF you bring back a photo like this each time... Yes ,do go out at night more often!!!

jill said...

Beautiful Virginia. I know you are practicing for all those gorgeous night shots you will be getting in Paris.

Kris said...

Just wanted to add my thoughts that it is a great shot!

Judy - So California said...

Virginia, After seeing this as I was headed to bed last night and sitting down this A.M. to "comment" and pffft - down goes the computer BUT worse then that -it was ALL our neighborhood power until this eve. Makes me among the last to say that this is a fabulous shot - looks like spun sugar to me. Talk about spoiling us - two "tune" choices. I love them both! Thanks for your extra effort.

Bibi said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Bravo!!

Therese said...

Virginia, Bonjour!
I discovered your blog through Olivier (er's) one...
So much to look at, I will definitively spend some time on you blog very soon.

D.C. Confidential said...

You do Birmingham a great service. Your photos make me realize many of us have probably overlooked an American treasure that begs to be seen and looked at more closely and with an appreciative eye.

GrandAnglais said...

This photo is absolutely stunning. like something out of another world. I would love to see ut myself.

Ming the Merciless said...

Awesome photo! I can feel and hear the water cascading down the wall.

Jilly said...

You make a very interesting comment here, Virginia. I believe, with the right eye, anywhere in the world can be interesting. All your photographs are beautiful - I love this one.