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First of all, thanks for your comments on yesterday's entry – there have been plenty of times when I've seriously doubted that I'd make it to 1000 images, so it was good to hear that the majority of them have been appreciated :-)

So, no we've got that milestone out the way, here's entry number 1001, a composite of two exposures – one for the sky, one for the moon (i.e. two shots of the same scene at different exposures, rather than the moon from one and the sky from another).

Having taken this one I really wish I had a very long lens, or a 2x converter, or even a telescope, as I'd really like to try a much closer shot than this one. This one's ok, and does show quite a bit of detail, but it would be nice to be able to capture a full-frame image.

Oh, and a couple of people (in yesterday's comments) asked about how we pronounce chromasia:


... with the emphasis on the "m": chroMasia. "Crow", as in the bird, "maze", as in the crop, and "ea" prounced as a long "e" (i.e. the letter name) and a short "a" (the letter sound, as in "bat"). Out of interest, let me know if you've been pronouncing it differently.

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comment by Mike at 08:02 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

Like it!

comment by maria at 08:16 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

This a very dramatic presentation. the colors in the photograph make it look either Halloween is coming or some cold lonely night.

comment by ialas at 08:19 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

Beautiful picture! I've been visiting your blog for a few months now, but this is the first time I've decided to comment. So thank you for inspiring me with your work!

I've been pronouncing "chromasia" as (crow-MAY-zhuh). Like Asia.

comment by Sarah at 08:20 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

brilliant, feel as though i'm in the clouds!

comment by Justin at 08:28 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

Nice image. I've been pronouncing it crow-MAH-zea

comment by wesley hargrove at 08:31 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

wow. stunning picture.

comment by Jarama at 09:00 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

I hope you don't mind the musical references, but this one makes me think of "When It's Cold I'd Like to Die" by Moby:

"Someone flying only stolen
I can't tell this light so old"

And I had been pronouncing "Chromasia" by rhyming it with "Asia". I'll try to stop...

comment by Robert at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

Depending on the monitor, i see two things. On my LCD, there's a warm, touch of pink tone on the right side of the cloud that gives the photo romance.

On my CRT monitor, it's cold and grey, with almost no tone. Is it either one on your screen or print?

comment by djn1 at 09:14 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

Robert: the pink tone on the right side is present on both my CRTs.

comment by carole benson at 09:31 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

Not usually a fan of composites but love this one. Am so looking forward to the tutorials and learning how you consistently produce images such as this. I too have been pronouncing chromasia as chrome + asia.

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comment by djn1 at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

carole: it's only a composite insofar as I combined two exposures of an identical scene. In the shot that was correctly exposed for the sky the moon was blown out, so I dropped the exposure by a couple of stops and used the moon from that one instead. In this case, unusually for me, the composite is a more accurate portrayal of the scene than either of the originals.

comment by Angel at 10:20 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

Congrats 1001 great pictures.
I like this one to much, its different.
Great Job

comment by Arthur at 11:14 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

Lovely. Beautiful palette on this one.

The cloud at four o’clock from the moon looks almost like it’s out of registration... was that a natural phenomenon?

comment by Geoff at 11:27 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

Nice. It looks like it was taken from a plane window, as you appear to be above the clouds. But was it taken from the ground? The cloud at four o'clock that Authur is talking about does look strange - almost like a cloning error. I'd be interested to hear it was natural.

comment by Ash at 11:45 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

Oh that's cool.

comment by Mark Palmer at 11:54 PM (GMT) on 30 September, 2006

I was pronouncing it - chrome-asia

comment by djn1 at 12:21 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Arthur/Geoff: well spotted, it was out of registration, though I'm not sure quite how I managed to do it. The version that's up now has been corrected. That said, the cloud in question still looks fairly odd, but it's now naturally odd rather than "photoshop error" odd.

comment by nogger at 12:27 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

I've been pronouncing it (in my head, of course) like this http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=2&q=achromasia but without the a, obviously.

comment by Trish at 12:27 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

I didn't get to comment yesterday, so I'll say Congratulations! today. I really enjoy your photos and you make me want to "get into" photography. Someday!
I love today's shot. The blues and grays are lovely and the clouds are just fantastic.
I was so close on pronunciation- I've been saying crow MAY zha.

comment by nogger at 12:28 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Wierd! Where did all that double spacing come from?

comment by Arthur at 12:34 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006


comment by emily at 12:53 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

I've been saying Crow-may-zsha If that makes sense.

Great shot!

comment by nferreira at 01:00 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

If there is something that I really like is a well taken photo of clouds. This is simply one of the best photos with clouds that I've seen. Fantastic as always! :-)

comment by Dave F at 02:41 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Alright, I have to buy the beer...I've been pronouncing it "David J. Nightengale's really cool photo blog," with emphasis on the blog. ;-) I have been pronoucing it, crow -may-sha. My friends had crow-may-zia, and crow-'masia.' We are currently debating who was closest. I know it wasn't me. This just reinforces to me one of the immunable facts of life: beer tastes better when someone else buys it :-(

As for the image, I like it, it looks as though it was take from a plane. I like the fact the the shadow appears to be the reciprocal of reality.

comment by Stuart at 03:00 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

This is very nice indeed. Quite an angry looking sky. I always thought of "Chrome Asia" pronounced just like the two words would normally be pronounced, but as one word. I think it's the same as you're saying it is, but I have a scottish accent...

comment by Ben at 03:43 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

This is beautiful. Your past few shots haven't impressed me all that much, but this one is really stunning.
And I have also been pronouncing it "Chrome-asia"

comment by geckonia at 04:21 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

This is a fascinating photo. I like the composition and tonal range very much. I've been pronouncing it Chrom-a-sea-a because I thought it had something to do with "chroma."

comment by cw at 06:40 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

I've been calling it "Chrome-asia" as well. Maybe our pronunciation instincts are different in the States.

comment by John Zeweniuk at 06:56 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

I often line up a number of photoblogs that I like to keep up on in tabs in my browser, that way I can go through them at my liesure without waiting for images to load. Invariably when I get to yours I don't always realize its Chromasia, and I often go wow, whose is this again, then I look up at the heading and am like.. "right, Chromasia. That makes sense... stunning as usual."

comment by doreen at 07:25 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

yay! i've been pronouncing it right.

comment by Jennifer at 09:05 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

A very beautiful shot. Crow-MAH-zea like Justin!

comment by thomas at 09:46 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

brilliant shot, but the light of the cloud irritades me. i think the clouds need more light on their left side. what do you think, djn? regards

comment by Karl Baumann at 09:50 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

nice work

comment by CurlyToes at 10:49 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Great shot -- It reminds me of that Dreamworks logo on those films. ..
It seems I must've been the only one pronoucing it Crow-Mass-EE-AH. Oh well, sounds less American to me, like that :)

comment by Louise at 11:23 AM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Congratulations for first 1000. The next 1000 promise to be wonderful if this is anything to go by... :D

comment by Geoff at 12:25 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

I've been calling it bloody brilliant to anyone who will listen :). Chro-ma-zia, Chrom-asia you sat tomato I say tomayto etc etc. The beer still tastes as good no matter who buys it ;)

comment by Zebigleb at 12:58 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Wow ! A great time looking at your work - Bravo !!!!

comment by Lunares at 02:26 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Very nice picture! congratulations :)

It's so cool (my english is no very good... i'm sorry!)

comment by John at 04:16 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

I'm not a fan of composites, but that said, this is well done.

comment by F at 04:25 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

I really like this one. It seems like it could go on the cover of lullaby tales or something similiar. Very dreamy looking and a good capture.

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 04:26 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

That last comment was by me..

comment by Sysagent at 04:27 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Great tones and masses of detail on this shot Dave :)

I think it looks natural enough here to me for a composite shot.

comment by Roy at 04:39 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Maybe next time call it a 'blend' of two exposures, to avoid all those who fail to read beyond the word 'composite'...

It's a nicely rendered scene and no doubt, just like Ansel Adams when he shot 'Moonrise', you already knew that 'the luminance of the moon at that position was 250 c/ft2, placing it on Zone VIII'
Let's hope that one day Krowmazeea prints fetch as much as Mr Adams' version... ;-)

comment by Jane at 04:40 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

I've been pronouncing it Crow-MASS-ia and I will carry on pronouncing it like that. I always find it a let down when I find out I have been saying something in my head the wrong way for ages. keep up the good work!

comment by Kevin H. Stecyk at 04:45 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Wow, wonderful photograph. I thoroughly enjoy coming to your site to view your latest photograph.

To answer your question: Chrome' asia.

I'll try to adapt to your proper pronunciation. :-)

comment by Craig (mars-hill) at 05:37 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Pronunciation I've been using has been: crow MAY ji a

comment by Lee at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

This is just spectacular!! Love the idea of a double exposure. I've got to try this now :-)

I've been pronouncing the name: Chrome' asia as well. Good to know the proper ponunciation.

Cheers to another 1000!

comment by Free Spirit at 07:50 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Chro-MASS-ia! But having just read everyone else's pronunciations I'm not even sure if that's how I thought it was... if you get me!

comment by Tom at 08:31 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Been pronouncing it Chrome'-Asia. Sorry. Now my wife will not know what I'm talking about when I rave about your photos using the new pronunciation. You will definitely have to post another 1001 to catch up.

Love this photo. Seems more accurate to term it almost an HDR image, or a bracketed combination. I have a difficult time understanding why the illumination seems to come from the upper right side of the clouds when the moon is in the upper left corner of the image. What was so bright in the upper right?

Congratulations on your milestone, and your consistently enjoyable and thought-provoking photos.

comment by marco's light opinion at 09:04 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Stunning shot, Dave. The toning is very interesting, the global atmosphere is almost unreal (and it recalls me the leading trailer for Dreamworks productions). Very nice work.

About the pronunce: crow-ma-zèa

comment by suvir at 09:56 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

David, I have been checking your blog for ages now. While I can see that quality of your work is excellent, most of it has not ben quite to my taste. This is the first shot in a long time that has hit home. I really like the lighting on the clouds and the restricted palatte. I am also surprised because I am not a big fan of post processing but this time it has been very tastefully done.

comment by JD at 10:21 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Judie Tzuke or Julie Christie?

comment by Urvi at 10:22 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

I too said Chrome-asia

comment by djn1 at 11:47 PM (GMT) on 1 October, 2006

Thanks everyone (and I don't think it much matters how you pronounce chromasia ;-)

comment by navin at 11:43 AM (GMT) on 2 October, 2006

Great shot Dave, The clods are superb Congrats on completing 1000 posts.

comment by Mark at 01:52 PM (GMT) on 2 October, 2006

Huge congratulations on 1001 images! That's amazing. I've only been around for the last 50 or so, but Chromasia (pronounced just like you suggested) is on the top of my list when it comes to sites I must visit every day! Cheers mate. Keep 'em coming.

comment by James Darling at 01:06 AM (GMT) on 3 October, 2006

Quite often I'll for some reason add an extra s in my head and come up with crosmazeia. no idea why

comment by jezblog.com at 03:07 AM (GMT) on 3 October, 2006

No thats all wrong......... its pronounced........ chromosome-ia ............ er.........at least in my household...........mind you I develop my own internal pronunciation for web based stuff that I rarely articulate ......... like the photoblog listing site ..... VFXY........( lists all our photo blogs) ....... I for some reason I always call that Vixy ............ anyway Im not sure I can accept this..... Crow Maze eA??........No...... its not right after all these years........ you need a good honest straight forward name......... like jezblog............ Jez ... blog ........ totally lacking in romance and finesse but hey ....... after hours and hours of loyally checking out those amazing pics no one is gonna find out at the bitter end....... they've been saying it wrong all these years. Jez XX PS....... fantastic picture as ever Dave (pronounced Dyaviiaaee).

comment by Ryan at 02:11 PM (GMT) on 3 October, 2006

crow-MAH-zhia. boy do I feel dumb.

comment by Kayleigh at 03:16 PM (GMT) on 3 October, 2006

Beautiful shot. I've been pronouncing it chrome-asia.

comment by Kennie at 07:07 PM (GMT) on 4 October, 2006

One word - surreal.

comment by Rob at 03:52 PM (GMT) on 5 October, 2006

Gorgeous shot, lovely tones, great double exposure

comment by max at 01:56 AM (GMT) on 9 October, 2006

that's incredible!!!

comment by Rick at 02:56 AM (GMT) on 13 October, 2006

I'm the first to comment on it, but I couldn't be the first one to notice that the smaller, left-of-middle cloud looks a heck of a lot like Pegasus flying to its left. It was the very first thing I saw in this photo, and is so obvious to me that I questioned whether it was natural.

Anyway, long time lurker. Thanks for sharing these first 1001.

comment by Akanksha at 09:47 PM (GMT) on 4 January, 2007

Amazing Image ... Mesmerising