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This was taken a few days ago from one of our bedroom windows and, while it's a bit of a compositional mess – it seemed like a good idea at the time – I do like the colours. What I should have done of course is gone outside with my tripod and found a better angle, but it was just a bit too cold. So, instead, I rested my camera on the windowsill, snapped a few shots, then went and stood in front of the stove for ten minutes to warm up again :)

Oh, and in case you're wondering, the dark object (top left) is the roof and guttering of the house next door.

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comment by Eugene at 07:03 AM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

Beautiful shot.

Did you focus on the houses across the street? It's interesting because the clouds appear out of focus (it appears more than just motion blur from a long exposure), and I can't visualize this happening unless you blurred them in post-processing...

How cold was it outside when you captured this photo?

comment by Catalin at 07:05 AM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

Very strange perspective... It almost looks like a tilt-shift photograph. There's something about it that I really like, but can't really put my finger on it. As you said, maybe it's the colours.

comment by djn1 at 07:36 AM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

Eugene and Catalin: there is a reason this shot looks odd, but I'm just about to go out so will explain it later. In the meanwhile, feel free to speculate :)

comment by Jason at 07:39 AM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

They are fantastic colours indeed and a quaint little place. As Eugene and Catalin said, there is something about the focus of the buildings against the sky that makes you stop and study it and even after that I still can't work it out...

comment by Megha at 08:23 AM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

I loved the play of purple. It makes the whole pic look different.

comment by rady at 09:07 AM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

Very cool, where was this taken?

comment by Robbie Veldwijk at 09:21 AM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

Nice shot, great colors!

comment by Carlos Garcia at 12:49 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

"The purple pale light of the frosty moon gave the secret agent the perfect cover for his mission..." (you guys can take it form there)

Very cool "cinematic" image. I happen to love the angle and "crowded" image. Nice.


comment by Kevan at 02:36 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

Thanks for posting this, despite not being 100% happy with it, David.
Photoblogs so seldom put up experiments, only their most polished work, and I agree with you both on the composition, and that it was worth putting up for the colour.

Also, there's a weird contrast in texture between the top and the bottom which gives it an abstract feel, even though it isn't.

comment by Tracy at 02:39 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

Very nice image David. I like the different light sources and the shadows hide just enough to create more interest.

comment by Shawn Bierman at 02:48 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

Awesome mood. Love the sharpness.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 03:47 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

I'll join the "intrigued group" and wait for Dave's "behind the shot" explanation.

comment by djn1 at 04:15 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

OK, here's the explanation ...

The reason that the sky is more blurred than you would expect is because the final image is a combination of two originals: one focussed on the buildings along the street (in which the sky was also sharp), and another focussed on the roof/guttering of the house next door.

My reason for this was because neither of the original shots worked. With the buildings and sky in focus the roof/guttering looked a mess, while with the roof/guttering in focus the background was too blurred. So, rather than throw the whole lot away, I combined the best aspects of both.

What I should have done is use a much smaller aperture from the outset ;)

comment by Mindy at 04:30 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

Great shot. I love the clouds and long exposure shots.

comment by Brooks at 05:42 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

Love it. The gutter looks like a cartoon dog's head (ie nose and mouth on the left, eyebrow raised). Just a random observation ;) Well done Dave :)

comment by Laszlo at 10:01 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

Great shot...reminds me so much of the streets in Romania where I grew up. What's the story about your family moving to Bulgaria? Would be interesting to hear it - you probably already told everything about it in a previous post way back, but I must have missed it.

comment by Nick Lewis at 11:26 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

Very surreal and I feel that it works well as simply being a moment in time captured. I also am curious to see how the same scene may look at other times of the year, throughout the seasons - Keep warm!

comment by Jason at 05:28 AM (GMT) on 3 February, 2010

Thanks for the explanation of how this was done. I would never have guessed this as I would never have thought of doing it in the first place! Very creative :)

comment by Catalin at 06:04 AM (GMT) on 3 February, 2010

David, the thought passed my mind about this being 2 separate exposures, but then I disregarded it because I thought it must have been too cold for you to fiddle with the focus points on different exposures ;)

As I said before, very interesting shot...

comment by Jess Kehrli at 03:32 PM (GMT) on 3 February, 2010

This caught my attention. Even though the composition might be off, it is still very attractive and the sky is really awesome. Colours are great and the buildings are nicely lit and crisp for a night time shot. I like it!

comment by john at 06:54 PM (GMT) on 23 February, 2010

what's crazy about this is that it looks like the building on the left is being lit by the photographer but it's really just that light on the right - so cool.

comment by Charles at 08:03 PM (GMT) on 24 February, 2010

I love this.

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comment by minimodi at 10:06 PM (GMT) on 10 March, 2010

this is intense, kinda horrormovie feeling...