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Venus and the moon

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 24 December 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Taken on the forecourt of South Shields Town Hall, the nymph's lamp was lit digitally.

It's these clear nights which are keeping us frozen solid for the past month, but at least a white landscape makes a pleasant change.

Oh, and another confession - it wasn't taken at night either!

PENTAX K100D 1/180 second F/5.6 ISO 200 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

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trilliana from Munich, Germany

great composition. who really keeps the light? merry christmas, curly.

24 Dec 2010 5:41am

barbod from rasht, Iran

very nice

24 Dec 2010 6:37am

Uistnomad from North Uist, United Kingdom

Nice picture. The camera never lies of course. Merry Christmas

24 Dec 2010 6:48am

Amir Taheri Kondar from Bandar Abbas, Iran

nice capture !

24 Dec 2010 7:12am

Monik from PARIS, France


24 Dec 2010 7:34am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Très bien saisi

Bonne journée

24 Dec 2010 7:40am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Very nicely done Curly

24 Dec 2010 8:13am

behrad from kerman, Iran

well done ...

24 Dec 2010 8:30am

Florence from Paris, France

Spectacular rendering then ! Well done.

I wish you a lovely Christmas night !

24 Dec 2010 9:23am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

any which way it makes for a good image! a lovely silhouette against the sky with the radiant lamp

24 Dec 2010 9:44am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Excellent B&W, Curly.

24 Dec 2010 10:10am

philip earl from hood river, United States

very good photo ~ well done !
Merry Christmas

24 Dec 2010 10:16am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

...and now your gonna tell us that the moon wasn't there, and that she had clothes on! Lovely shot! Have a cool yule, as us old hippies are prone to saying!

24 Dec 2010 10:41am

@CElliottUK: No the moon was there, but she hasn't had clothes for a hundred years, doesn't look bad for her age does she?

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

They make 'em curvaceous oop north:)
Nicely done
Have a good one

24 Dec 2010 11:04am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Oh Curly Venus would like you very much...how striking, and Merry Christmas :)

24 Dec 2010 11:13am

jhcibils from Berlin, Germany

well done! Merry Christmas

24 Dec 2010 11:16am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I like the strong contrasts and the beautiful composition. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. All the best :)

24 Dec 2010 12:02pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Merry Christmas to you and your family, enjoy the holidays and stay happy!

24 Dec 2010 12:05pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

beautiful with a great light !

24 Dec 2010 12:43pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great image !
Merry Christmas, Curly :)

24 Dec 2010 12:55pm

STEED from France

Venus for Christmas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cool !!!!!!!Thanks for us and Happy Xmas for you,Curly....

24 Dec 2010 1:03pm

Gerard from Dieren, Netherlands

A nice light in these "dark" days, a Happy Christmas.

24 Dec 2010 1:40pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great composition and processing! I love the highlighting around the torch. Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2010 2:09pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Superb composition and tones. Really beautifully done.

24 Dec 2010 2:13pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

WOW! Superb composition and creative! Merry Christmas Curly! 5*****!

24 Dec 2010 2:17pm

mohammad from ilam, Iran

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24 Dec 2010 2:34pm

Dgs from Paris, France

bien joué! et joyeux noël à toi!

24 Dec 2010 2:46pm

philedmond from Angers, France

Nice composition.

24 Dec 2010 2:59pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super shot Curly - Compliments of the season.

24 Dec 2010 4:55pm

JB from Lyon, France

I likr the technicals here, a very pleasant result.

24 Dec 2010 5:02pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

very great capture

24 Dec 2010 5:11pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A nice job, even if it's not a night shot ! I like the framing, too
Merry Christmas to you

24 Dec 2010 5:33pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

wonderful image, felices fiestas

24 Dec 2010 5:40pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful night shot!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

24 Dec 2010 6:01pm

k@ from Paris, France

A great light above here too to celebrate, have a very sweet Xmas time, Curly !

24 Dec 2010 6:11pm

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

Curly, merry Christmas to you and yours!

24 Dec 2010 6:21pm

Barbara Manners from Toronto, Canada

Lovely, Curly.

24 Dec 2010 6:30pm

Stephanie from Chicago, United States

Hi Curly! Thanks for the warm wish... Merry Christmas to you too!! :)

24 Dec 2010 6:41pm

Bill Brown from California, United States

Awesome capture Curly! Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2010 7:19pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

simply stunning!

24 Dec 2010 7:28pm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Great shot, Curly! Merry Christmas!

24 Dec 2010 7:39pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

marvelous shot
merry Christmas

24 Dec 2010 8:01pm

apodromos from chalkida, Greece

Merry Christmas to you

24 Dec 2010 8:18pm

Chris from Haute Loire, France

Thank you and merry Christmas Curly !

24 Dec 2010 8:30pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

I discovered South Shields has a favourite son today...Phil Brown...but I never hear you mention him Curly?
It's fair to say that he hasn't put South Shields on the map as much as you!

Have a great Xmas!

24 Dec 2010 8:44pm

@Ted: Probably the most tanned son of South Shields I ever saw (and that was only a week or two ago). At least he's still a Sunderland fan.

Krisu from Tampere, Finland

Awesome photo! Merry Christmas to you!

24 Dec 2010 8:52pm

Valischka from Pamplona-Navarra, Spain


24 Dec 2010 8:54pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Merry Merry Christmas Curly!!!

24 Dec 2010 8:58pm

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

Something like the statue of liberty but naked! (:-)

Merry Christmas Curly,
thanks for your visit at my blog,

24 Dec 2010 9:03pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Superbe statue de cette belle Vénus !!
Joyeux Noël à toi !

24 Dec 2010 9:08pm

Branko from Toronto, Canada

Marry Christmas, Curly, and Happy New Year!

BTW, nice lighting and reflection on the statue emphasizes the shape/

24 Dec 2010 9:36pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Well seen. Merry Christmas.!!

24 Dec 2010 9:40pm

Iris from Assen, Netherlands

really loveeeee this one!!! Merry Christmas!!!

24 Dec 2010 9:45pm

Jud from Disney World, United States

Happy Christmas Curly! :)

24 Dec 2010 9:59pm

matt from Sydney, Australia

Happy Christmas Curly, thanks for visiting my blog this year. Happiness and good health to you and loved ones.

24 Dec 2010 10:20pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Thanks to u too, dear! Have a nice one (Xmas)!

24 Dec 2010 10:45pm

Henk van Rijssen from Utrecht, Netherlands

Hi Curly,

very late, only less than an hour left here before X-mas begins.
I wish you a very nice X-mas and hopefully a very good 2011. Thanks for so loyal following my blog while I'm not such a constant poster here myself.

24 Dec 2010 10:50pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Merry Cristhmas.

24 Dec 2010 11:04pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

exquisite. Wishing you a joyous Christmas!

24 Dec 2010 11:51pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

fabulous comp and light. happy holidays to you Curly!!

25 Dec 2010 12:32am

Martine Lapointe from Québec, Canada

Beuatiful shot!
Merry Christmas for you too!

25 Dec 2010 12:32am

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente b/w, saludos!

25 Dec 2010 12:59am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Sweet! Merry Christmas.

25 Dec 2010 1:03am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Beautiful capture and wonderful treatment!
Joy and peace to you! Happy holidays!!!:-)

25 Dec 2010 2:16am

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Superb composition and processing Curly. That's another gem of a picture from your treasure chest of pics. Thanks for your comments and continuous patronage. Merry Xmas to you and your family and great year ahead! Keep those wonderful pics and those comments coming and it's been a wonderful photographic journey with all of you. Cheers!

25 Dec 2010 2:36am

Julie from Easton, United States

Great shot, I would have thought it a nighttime shot! Merry Christmas!

25 Dec 2010 2:39am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

She lit the torch for this great festival!!! Happy Christmas!

25 Dec 2010 3:09am

parisa from shiraz, Iran

It's so nice I like this :)

25 Dec 2010 4:02am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Gracious photo! Merry Christmas Curly!

25 Dec 2010 4:54am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan


25 Dec 2010 7:30am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Clever use of light, I like this a lot!

25 Dec 2010 7:43pm

Thaïs from nice, France


26 Dec 2010 9:58am

Franz from Baden, Austria

very, very nice take! you could have fooled me about day or night! superb angle as well!

26 Dec 2010 10:30am

domlortha from Roanne, France

Excellent BW and huge composition, with a discret moon...
Have a nice day.

26 Dec 2010 2:40pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


27 Dec 2010 8:40am

Carton Gris from Barcelona, Spain

Great! I love this shot!

31 Dec 2010 7:18pm

1/180 second
ISO 200
82 mm (35mm equiv.)