Mini Challenge #140 -- After Dark

ghinsonghinson pǝuɹnʇdnPosts: 933Registered Users Major grins
edited April 28, 2012 in The Dgrin Challenges
Welcome to Round #140 of the Dgrin Mini-Challenges.

This challenge is open to any Dgrin member. It will run from now through Tuesday, April 17 at 9 pm EDT. (2 weeks)

The topic ready for your interpretation: After Dark

Your Judge:
-ghinson (Greg)

We've done this topic once before, 2-1/2 years ago. Danny Seidman hosted it and posted some inspiring images. I learned a lot from that challenge by simply learning to copy his techniques--Thanks Danny! Looking back at the thread, I am embarrassed by my own entry and am excited to show now what I learned.

As Danny wrote then: "As day turns to night, a whole new array of photographic opportunities present themselves. This is a time that calls for experimentation and creativity that often yields highly unique photographs. It seems all too common that photographers will pack up their gear and head home once the sun has set and darkness moves in. For those of you who have stayed behind, I’d love to see what you’ve produced."

Most of my shots are celestials. But you are welcome to make the subject whatever you'd like as long as it's apparent that you were shooting under the conditions of night, that is anything from twilight to midnight to twilight. Light painting would be great to see. And, if possible avoid repeating photos from the thread from 2009, which is located here:

Mini Challenge #83 -- Nighttime

Now, for some examples...

Lyrid meteor shower
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This photo was picked up by Nat Geo and is currently being used by NASA. The latter link will give you more info about catching the next show on April 21.

Night Skies over Sesachacha Pond, Nantucket
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Sesachacha in Moonlight
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Sankaty Star Trails
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Milestone Road and Orionid meteor
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Serengheti Stars (Nantucket moors)
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Milky Way over a Misty Harbor
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  • dave6253dave6253 Major grins Posts: 229Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 3, 2012
    Great theme!
    I think I'll just quote ic4u from her reply to the host of the 2009 contest...
    ic4U
    I think you just won your own contest WOW!
    __________________
    Karin
  • PedalGirlPedalGirl Major grins Posts: 794Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 3, 2012
    I'm not all that proficient at the night time stuff yet... but when in San Diego I couldn't help trying my hand at the skyline after dark.
    1. From Coronado
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    2. Forth of July 2011 ~ San Clemente, CA
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    3. Tiller Days
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    Pho-tog-ra-pher (n) 1. One who practices photography 2. one obsessed with capturing life with their camera. 3. One who eats, sleeps and breathes photographs. 4. One who sees the world in 4x6.
    www.lisaspeakmanphotography.com
  • PedalGirlPedalGirl Major grins Posts: 794Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 3, 2012
    BTW, Greg, your photos are awe inspiring. One of these days I'm gonna take a trip to somewhere dark and try my hand at shooting the stars.... but I know they won't be like yours. Just awesome!
    Pho-tog-ra-pher (n) 1. One who practices photography 2. one obsessed with capturing life with their camera. 3. One who eats, sleeps and breathes photographs. 4. One who sees the world in 4x6.
    www.lisaspeakmanphotography.com
  • byoshibyoshi Major grins Posts: 353Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 4, 2012
    Most of my after dark shots are cityscapes/architecture. Here are three around my home in SoCal.

    1. Downtown Los Angeles
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    2. Long Beach waterfront Pano
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    3. Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro
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    Landscape and Nature photography
    site - http://www.bay-photography.com/
    blog - http://bayphotos.blogspot.com/
  • ghinsonghinson pǝuɹnʇdn Posts: 933Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 4, 2012
    PedalGirl wrote: »
    One of these days I'm gonna take a trip to somewhere dark and try my hand at shooting the stars....

    I feel so lucky to live someplace dark! The night skies here can be incredible.

    In several of my example photos, when you see the rim of color above the horizon, colors that almost make the photos look like combined sunset/starscape photos, those colors and light are ambient light from Cape Cod, which is 30 miles to the north. So, if I am out on a moonless night, and photograph looking north, I will get that light along my horizon. If I look up, I just see the infinity of stars. I cannot imagine seeing all of that if I were on the Cape (which still is not metropolitan) and had to look up through that light pollution!
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  • KinkajouKinkajou Major grins Posts: 1,240Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 4, 2012
    I'm also learning to work with the dark and to just let things happen... it's been fun (and a little scary!), especially in a social setting. The last two images were from a wedding where the pocket wizards AND the STE2 crapped out. Oy. Creativity, here we come!

    Window
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    Swingin'
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    Hands in the air
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    Webpage

    Spread the love! Go comment on something!
  • doingcooldoingcool Major grins Posts: 265Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 4, 2012
  • ghinsonghinson pǝuɹnʇdn Posts: 933Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 6, 2012
    Where is that hippy truck? I've seen that somewhere before...
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  • doingcooldoingcool Major grins Posts: 265Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 6, 2012
  • DsrtVWDsrtVW Light Stalking Posts: 1,990Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 6, 2012
    Long Exposure
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    Lake Tahoe under Full Moon
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    San Francisco Twilight
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    Chris K. NANPA Member
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  • PedalGirlPedalGirl Major grins Posts: 794Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 7, 2012
    DsrtVW wrote: »
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    Tahoe is one of my favorite places...and this is amazing!
    Pho-tog-ra-pher (n) 1. One who practices photography 2. one obsessed with capturing life with their camera. 3. One who eats, sleeps and breathes photographs. 4. One who sees the world in 4x6.
    www.lisaspeakmanphotography.com
  • billseyebillseye Major grins Posts: 847Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 7, 2012
    Hard to pick my favorites for this mini.... For today, at least these three are speaking to me:

    After dark at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
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    Sir Edward Scissorhands by Lamplight
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    San Diego Skyline from Harbor Island
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    Bill Banning

    Check out billseye photos on SmugMug
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 8, 2012
    Just joining in the fun ...

    Brighton Eye

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    Brighton Pier

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    Evening Light

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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 9, 2012
    I'm not anything like as good as you guys. Wonderful photos

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    Hampton Inn in Nashville TN 2011 with Kodak DX6490

    and two from Belize in 1998 the moon with a point and shoot film camera
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    and a sting ray on a night dive at Hol Chan also with a film camera which I lost on a dive in Cozumel
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    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • richterslrichtersl Major grins Posts: 3,322Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 9, 2012
    Alans Grin wrote: »
    Just joining in the fun ...

    Evening Light

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    I love this one!!!!
  • red_zonered_zone n00b Posts: 533Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 10, 2012
    Here are my entries - I think each has seen the regular challenges, but are fun!

    Camping
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    Backyard Party
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    Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
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    ________________________________________________
    Jake
  • hschlessphotohschlessphoto Major grins Posts: 207Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 10, 2012
    These photos are unreal. I think I just found a new branch of photography to explore if I can get anything like these shots.
    www.hankschlessphoto.com

    Follow me on Instagram! @hankschlessphoto

    Nikon D90, 85mm f/1.8, 18-70mm f/3.5, 70-300mm f/4.5, Nikon SB-800, MX-600 tripod
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 10, 2012
    richtersl wrote: »
    I love this one!!!!

    Thanks Linda

    Alan
  • senorjaxsenorjax Major grins Posts: 298Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 11, 2012
    This is a tough one for me to narrow down to three, I love shooting at night. Don't have any fresh ones this time so we'll be dredging up some archived shots.

    SE Oregon river in flood stage. 89.1 seconds exposure. Sure glad it wasn't 89.2, that may have ruined it. :D
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    Late night hula hoopin'
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    Probly just shouldn't put a title on this one
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    Jay
  • chrisdgchrisdg Major grins Posts: 366Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 11, 2012
    #1
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    #2 - the Pantheon, looking out.
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    #3 - the Thames
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    #4 - the Bonfire
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  • chrismoorechrismoore Major grins Posts: 1,083Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 11, 2012
    Beyond the Invisible
    This is an offbeat area of Death Valley with Joshua trees everywhere! We took advantage of the clear night sky to photograph the milky way which was present in all its glory. Single exposure 14mm f/2.8 ISO 3200. I used a pocket flashlight to paint a touch of light on the tree. Thanks for looking!

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  • DsrtVWDsrtVW Light Stalking Posts: 1,990Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 11, 2012
    ghinson wrote: »
    Where is that hippy truck? I've seen that somewhere before...
    Salvation Mountain @ Slab City CA. That is the best shot of Leonard's old truck I have seen
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  • A-1 BossA-1 Boss Major grins Posts: 120Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 13, 2012
    Night Skiing at Brighton Ut.
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    Pine Valley Mountain

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    Ventura Pier
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  • michswissmichswiss Stuffed Animal Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 2,235Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited April 13, 2012
    Gosh darn it! :D

    I shot in twilight and darkness for so many years that I actually had problems getting used to adequate, much less bright light. Not that I have many good ones, I'm trying to decide between people stuff, cityscapes, fireworks, just fire or just weird. The one thing I'm certain I don't have are star shots. In the sky, at least.

    Time to just decide: Concept :: Person :: City

    1) Dusk light
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    2) Chair
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    3) Something HKG
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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 13, 2012
    Here is my contribution:

    1. Fitting the snow on Christmas night (Canada)

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    2. Silent Night (Germany)

    Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany, Europe Germany-Bavaria (Bayern)  - January

    3. Night time snacks (Guatemala)

    Night time snacks
    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
    TravelwaysPhotos.com ...... Facebook
    VegasGreatAttractions.com
    Travelways.com
  • dave6253dave6253 Major grins Posts: 229Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 15, 2012
    1. WWII Navajo Codetalkers Statue - Phoenix, Arizona
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    2. All Alone Under the Stars
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    3. San Diego After Dark
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  • rainbowrainbow Major grins Posts: 2,765Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 16, 2012
    1 Mummified
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    2 Companionship
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    3 Jupiter
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  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,692Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 17, 2012
    Greg, thank you for giving us such a great theme for this mini! Here are a few of my "after dark" shots...

    Cairnwood Mansion Gleaming (freezing rain covered the snow with a sheet of ice)
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    Bryn Athyn Cathedral
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    Before the Dawn in Hana (Maui, Hawaii)
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    The first shot is another view of the building that I photographed for my "1912" entry.
  • ghinsonghinson pǝuɹnʇdn Posts: 933Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2012
    OK. Thread closed.

    I am on vacation this week. In a cottage, on the Chesapeake Bay. And I did not realize how dead this area is for wi-fi-, broadband, and even cell service.

    I cannot do this challenge justice judging and replying from a cell phone. So I am going to have to do it Saturday.

    So hang in there with me.

    Even lookkng through the pics on the iPhone however, I can tell I have my work cut out for me.

    Greg
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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2012
    ghinson wrote: »
    OK. Thread closed.

    I am on vacation this week. In a cottage, on the Chesapeake Bay. And I did not realize how dead this area is for wi-fi-, broadband, and even cell service.

    I cannot do this challenge justice judging and replying from a cell phone. So I am going to have to do it Saturday.

    So hang in there with me.

    Even lookkng through the pics on the iPhone however, I can tell I have my work cut out for me.

    Greg

    Blame it on Verizon and everyone going digital. That's the effect that changing over has on rural areas. Makes no difference in the city but down here .... I used to have an analog bag phone (with a big battery) on our boat with an antenna on top of the mast. I could call on it from the middle of the Bay. Now with those tiny cell phones, I have to be really close (too close) to land. People accept inferior service that is cheaper for the phone company because they have forgotten how it used to be

    Depending on where you are, some marinas have wi-fi and it is often free. I could probably tell you where if I knew which side of the Bay you are on. On my side, you could come to my house.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
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