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The cold light of dawn

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 1 January 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The sun rises over the snow covered Cleadon Hills in South Shields, casting the old mill into silhouette.

Straight forward shot, underexposed by one stop, but with some dodging and burning of the sky and foreground.

PENTAX K100D 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ravi from Singapore, Singapore

This is an amazing shot. Equivalent to a high quality HDR! A very Happy New Year to you...

1 Jan 2010 5:22am

Krishna Muroor from Bangalore, India

creation is very attractive.

1 Jan 2010 6:42am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Beautiful shot, great colours! Happy New Year!

1 Jan 2010 7:14am

GABRIEL from Albufeira, Portugal

Very nice photo. Congratulations

1 Jan 2010 7:20am

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Beautifully shot image Curly - a stunner to start the New Year

1 Jan 2010 7:39am

PATRICK from miramas, France

very nice capture and traitement
happy new year

1 Jan 2010 7:52am

Kaushal from Groningen, Netherlands

Wow, beautifully done!

1 Jan 2010 8:09am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A fantastic image! A perfect illustration for this type of literature. A deep image! Color and light perfect! Excellent editing!

1 Jan 2010 8:48am

Nadu-Dosenöffner from Köln, Germany

Interesting dramaturgy.

1 Jan 2010 9:01am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

first shot of 2010: top one 5 stars

1 Jan 2010 9:08am

AG from London, United Kingdom

Love the roiling drama you have squeezed from that sky . . a well-balanced image, this.

1 Jan 2010 9:17am

Mohammadreza Rezania from Tehran, Iran

I like that dramatic sky, very beautiful.
and thanks for your wishes my friend, a Happy 2010 to you and yours!

1 Jan 2010 9:22am

lare from kangasala, Finland

Thanks Curly for comments...your'e right just a little fill flash and that's it. Of course from 5 images
one is acceptable but anyway. On the other hand there was -14 Deg C when shooting and snow
crystals are quite icy, so reflecting easy.
Snow is really very different on the crystal level in different enviroment, there are something obout 25
basic crystal shapes dependeing on the humidity and temperature of the air.

Have a Happy New Year 2010, let's make this planet still more better place for us all.

1 Jan 2010 10:29am

El pare from Barcelona, Spain

A very beautiful sunset picture. Well done!

1 Jan 2010 10:44am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Looks on fire to me. Nice one

1 Jan 2010 10:59am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

like a big fire far away - happy new year to you and yours

1 Jan 2010 11:09am

Martine from Brest, France

Très bonne année 2010 !

1 Jan 2010 11:14am

Amir Taheri Kondar from Bandar Abbas, Iran

very nice shot.

1 Jan 2010 11:33am

Christophe Esnard from Angoulême, France

A very nice picture for the firt day of the year. Best wiches !

1 Jan 2010 12:13pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Wow! That was worth getting up for!
Happy New Year Curly!

1 Jan 2010 12:22pm

Fade ToBLACK from tehran, Iran

woow nice shot
Happy New Year

1 Jan 2010 12:58pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

wonderful,so beautiful :)

1 Jan 2010 1:12pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Happy 2010 Curly! I'm looking forward to seeing more of South Shields through out the year.

1 Jan 2010 1:53pm

Arvind from Delft, Netherlands

Very nice! I like the subtle tones in the grass.

1 Jan 2010 2:29pm

payam from tehran, Iran

great shot ! happy new year my dear friend.

payam azadi

1 Jan 2010 2:39pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Wonderful image......Keep em comin' in 2010 !!

1 Jan 2010 3:16pm

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

Absolutely gorgeous, Curly! Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful 2010!

1 Jan 2010 3:28pm

sakshi from Boston, United States

Wishing you a ver happy and joyful 2010. Loved the shot as always :)

1 Jan 2010 3:32pm

Mr. Gilbert from from north to south of, Philippines

wow great toning!

1 Jan 2010 3:36pm

Line from Chambly, Canada

Happy new year.
Splendide image comme toujours.

1 Jan 2010 3:36pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Beautiful beginning to 2010, Curly!

1 Jan 2010 3:40pm

Paul Hartley from Toronto|Bancroft, Canada

Beautiful image

1 Jan 2010 3:44pm

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Beautiful !! Follow the road......!!
Happy New Year!!

1 Jan 2010 3:52pm

Diane Chesnel from Rueil malmaison, France

I like ti follow this roac until the light.
Happy new year

1 Jan 2010 4:11pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Great capture! Happy New Year!

1 Jan 2010 4:20pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Feels cold...Merry New Year! best...jerry

1 Jan 2010 4:27pm

Michael Rawluk from Canada

That is a wonderful dramatic sky. A great way to bring in the New Year. Stay Happy and Healthy.

1 Jan 2010 5:13pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Ámazing shot and a very nice editing.

1 Jan 2010 5:32pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

great shot - love the composition of the wall and path balanced with the tower - and the sky is amazing.....the only drawback for me is the bit of halo around the tower......

1 Jan 2010 5:42pm

@Chris: A result of the dodging brush I'm afraid, should have done it on a separate layer, I was trying to lighten the old mill a little).

Barbara from Oakland, United States

BRRRRR! Happy new year, Curly!

1 Jan 2010 6:29pm

Manel from Girona, Spain

Great processing and better result!!

1 Jan 2010 6:34pm

lydia from Paris, France

Great picture !! Happy new year !!

1 Jan 2010 6:47pm

Blue_Berry from Mably, French Southern Territories

Terrific ! It looks like it would be the day of the end of the world ! Bravo !

1 Jan 2010 7:10pm

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Amazing and fantastic shot!

1 Jan 2010 7:23pm

PANAMEPHOTOS from Champigny Sur Marne, France

Un ciel de feu pour commencer cette nouvelle Année 2010 que je vous souhaite prosper et bénéfique

1 Jan 2010 7:23pm

Lillee from -, United States

Wow, what great depth and mood of light and dark heavy skies

1 Jan 2010 7:24pm

BJ from Murfreesboro, United States

this is stunning

1 Jan 2010 7:55pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

One of your best to date, in my humble opinion!

1 Jan 2010 7:56pm

Piia from Helsinki, Finland

The sky looks so aggressive, but the same time so beautiful! Happy new year to you Curly.

1 Jan 2010 8:06pm

cristina from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

nice shot!! Happy new year Curly

1 Jan 2010 8:13pm

Emilio Garcia from Pleasanton, United States

Absolutely gorgeous composition and glorious light. Congratulations! a magnificent scenery as well.

1 Jan 2010 8:15pm

Romi from Arad, Romania

Happy New Year!!!

1 Jan 2010 8:17pm

Hilde Morin from Portland, United States

Very artistic shot! Best wishes for the new year Curly!

1 Jan 2010 8:25pm

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

Very impressive. Nice colours and rendering.

1 Jan 2010 8:26pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Excellent!!!
Wishing you and your family all the best in the New Year!

1 Jan 2010 9:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Awesome! The sky seems to be ablaze. Very nice work.

Have a wonderful 2010!

1 Jan 2010 9:10pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Curly,
this beautiful representation of the new year starts very well. The colors are excellent. I really like the sky. Happy new year for you and your family. Dear greetings Christel

1 Jan 2010 9:11pm

Elseneur from Montréal, Canada

The tones are fantastic ! Great mysterious atmosphere.
Happy new year !

1 Jan 2010 9:50pm

Kate from Guelph, Ontario, Canada


1 Jan 2010 9:53pm

BEHZAD noorifard from Shi, Iran

amazing very nice picture happy new year

1 Jan 2010 10:42pm

Fred from Manila, Philippines

That is an angry sky you got right there!

1 Jan 2010 11:05pm

Richard Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

Terrific capture, that looks really cold out there, but that shot must have made it worthwhile

Have a great 2010.

1 Jan 2010 11:08pm

Zeinab from Tehran, Iran

what an aflame scene. Well done Curly

1 Jan 2010 11:22pm

manos from Athens, Greece

Lovely scenery , nice shot ! - Happy new year !

1 Jan 2010 11:32pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

wow! very spectacular! best wishes for you in 2010!

1 Jan 2010 11:33pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

5 stars Curly....a very beautiful scene with the stone fence line and the brush of snow.....those clouds so ominous....very nice!

2 Jan 2010 12:58am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful capture and post-processing. The sky looks like it's on fire. Happy New Year!

2 Jan 2010 2:55am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Breath taking shot ! The sky looks amazing. Happy new year !

2 Jan 2010 3:15am

Martine Lapointe from Québec, Canada

An extraordinary image!!! Bravo!
Happy new year to you!

2 Jan 2010 4:40am

Bonvilston from Cardiff, United Kingdom

great combination os colour and composition. I really love the way the dramatic sky makes the tower stand out

2 Jan 2010 4:02pm

Stefan from Oberaach, Switzerland

Very nice and dramatic scene. Love the way the building is near the sun. The tower is a little bit with a halo arround but not too bad. I know its hard to make it perfect with this high range. Happy new year to you, Curly.

2 Jan 2010 4:55pm

MMC Photos from THE COLONY, United States

So many comments! The angle and composition are superb.

3 Jan 2010 4:35am

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

I wish you the best of the life to you and your family !
Happy New Year !
Enjoy and Cheers :-))))

3 Jan 2010 1:50pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

wonderful composition. I like the way you used leading lines to lead the viewers' eyes to that nirvana-like light.

3 Jan 2010 2:46pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Happy New Year !

3 Jan 2010 2:57pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I always shoot with my camera set to -1 stop. Another evocative shot.

3 Jan 2010 10:48pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique !

4 Jan 2010 9:37pm

Madagasca from Singapore

you never fail to delight us with your capture!

5 Jan 2010 2:07am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

composition, post editing, tones, light - all fantastic! bravo

5 Jan 2010 6:48am

Martin from North Platte, United States

looking through youor portfolio, looks like you and I are cut from the same cloth, for the love of landscapes, cept Im stuck in Nebraska, and would rather be there :)
This one in particular is one of my favs :)

7 Jan 2010 10:45pm

Lisa from Stockholm, Sweden


8 Jan 2010 1:53pm

jacqueline from Montréal, Canada

superb !

1 May 2010 2:03am

1/125 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)