Top Tree - canon 20d w/17-40

Sorry for the lack of updates, it's been busy. This shot was f/4 and 340 seconds, I have no idea what the sky is so red but it was a very long exposure, I could barely see my hand in front of my face while I was up there. It was windy, as you can see from the top of the tree, so I was surprised how steady my tripod, that cost all of £8, was.

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  • Jordan

    Very nice picture... my guess is that the red is "skyglow" -- faint illumination from any nearby cities, invisible to the naked eye but easily discernable once it accumulates on your CCD for six minutes.

    2005-11-09

  • James

    Gorgeous shot. I do really like the tree blurring.

    2005-11-09

  • armeen

    2005-11-09

  • armeen

    the blurred tree is really kewl. the sky is gorgeous. what color was it anyways? the tree with no leafs behind the blured tree is really wicked. nice shot.

    2005-11-09

  • peter

    interesting color of the sky!

    2005-11-09

  • matt

    w-o-w. i'm not usually much of a fan of night exposure stuff (looks plasticky), but DANG i love the movement in the treetop. has a very powerful, nervous, haunted feel. cool.

    2005-11-09

  • R

    Beautifull

    2005-11-09

  • frisky?

    interesting. i thought the red sky was post processing.

    2005-11-09

  • Jordi Anton

    A magnific red sky. Very nice.

    2005-11-09

  • Kelly

    WOW, the sky is incredible! I looks like it's on fire (or something very far off in the distance we can't see is).

    2005-11-09

  • Andy

    Oh my word, that is odd. I like the blur on the tree, adds a little something IMO.

    2005-11-09

  • Patrick

    I find this image much more interesting than the previous tree entries. It's much more ethereal.

    2005-11-09

  • nathan

    would be interested in seeing an uncropped version. like frisky? i thought it was post processed sky too. great shot miles!

    2005-11-09

  • zac

    nice shot miles. i really dig the color of the sky... it works so well with the green grass. and that treetop - wow! looks like a great spot for photography.

    2005-11-09

  • Joe Lencioni

    I agree with Jordan: the red is most likely light from a nearby city. I achieved a similar effect on this shot of Wahlstrom Hall at Gustavus Adolphus College - http://shiftingpixel.com/photo/39 - because it was so cloudy that there was no light from the moon or any stars.

    Cool shot.

    2005-11-09

  • Joe Lencioni

    uhh.. I didn't realize that html wouldn't work. sorry. feel free to edit out the garble.

    2005-11-09

  • michael

    That's a terrific shot. I love long exposures, and being relatively new to photography I've never seen a long exposure with such a nice red or yellow to it. Way to go.

    2005-11-09

  • susan B.

    very nice.
    exceptional colors.
    And (of course) I love the blurry treetop.

    2005-11-10

  • prasoon

    ultimate shot..
    awesome again - the colors are just too good.. and the long exposure, that jus was an icing on the cake..

    2005-11-10

  • dan

    I love long exposures for this very reason--you're never quite sure what colors, shadows, etc. are going to appear in the final product.

    I love this shot. The tree blurring and the colors are amazing. Did you Dodge the ground a bit?

    2005-11-10

  • Dan

    Pretty much love this photo. The sky's colour is wonderfully contrasted by the green grass. I'm surprised at how steady YOU were in the TREE, with WIND - wow! Great photo.

    2005-11-10

  • Mystery Me

    I hope this is the start of a series. Great work Miles. I'd still like this shot even if you hadn't made me Shot of the Day! :oD

    2005-11-10

  • 6oh

    sweet redness. this image is spectacular !! the red, the motion, and the green are brilliant.

    2005-11-10

  • Miles

    Thanks all, the sky is 'natural', but I did duplicate the layer and use a 'hard light' blend to bring out some detail on the ground, but masked out the sky and tree. I guess the long long exposure brings out colours that you can't always see.

    More than anything I was impressed that my £8 tripod was so stable in the gusty wind :)

    2005-11-10

  • EOS Chaos

    Amazing shot, all that colour from a night shot. I am impressed indeed. May have to try something like this too, thanks! - [Chuks]

    2005-11-10

  • nathan

    miles, were you in canada for this shot? or somewhere up north? could the long exposure have picked up the northern lights - maybe it was too faint to see with the naked eye.

    2005-11-10

  • clea

    This sky is natural?! Amazing. And congrats to your sturdy £8 tripod! :)

    2005-11-10

  • Daniel G

    Nice effect...I like the sky..i looks surreal...The only thing that bothers me is the color pallete....the orange is too intense and doesn“t matches well with the greens...

    2005-11-10

  • Miles

    Daniel, the colours are natural in the shot and all I could see when I took them pitch blackness :) That's kinda the fun of night shooting, you just don't know what's going to come out of the black.

    Nathan, I'm in England at the moment, this is shot a mile or so from where I'm staying, but not very far north, near Cambridge. I should mention that it was bonfire night, so there were lots of fireworks going off all around but behind the hill, maybe over the 340 seconds the flashes off the clouds built up to a colour I cropped off the right side which seemed to distract from the tree, placing it awkwardly on the left instead of towards the middle.

    2005-11-10

  • Alec Long

    Dang, Miles. This one really grabs me. Love the sky colors. So incredibly surreal.

    2005-11-10

  • bob

    it's red because the end is near...

    2005-11-10

  • Robert

    Ethereal, a bit surreal, yeah big words, its just good.

    2005-11-10

  • jasonspix

    That's insane! Wow.

    2005-11-10

  • picturegrl

    Man, you manage to make trees look like the most interesting thing in the world. I shoot trees and they just turn out boring. Your night stuff is rocking. I tend to not be a big fan of night photography because a lot of it starts looking the same, but you're managing to pull something totally different out of that genre. Great, great stuff. The kind of stuff I'd hang on my wall (or, ahem, nab for my dekstop.) I wish my D1H could handle long exposures. I'd love to try my hand at some of this. Nice work!

    2005-11-11

  • Jonathan Greenwald

    What a fascinating shot. The movement at the top of the tree and the long exposure is incredible! Just lovely.

    2005-11-11

  • Miles

    Thanks again :)

    If anyone ever wants desktop sized versions of the pics I can usually do that, drop me an email.

    2005-11-11

  • TAKASHI IWAMOTO

    This photograph is mystical color.
    I like this!
    Thanks.

    2005-11-11

  • marc

    Gorgeous colours, almost look like a radial blur effect on the tree.

    2005-11-11

  • Shane J Montgomery

    Gorgeous colors, but you've heard that :) I love the green

    2005-11-11

  • nuno f

    The sky it's just amazing. It's so surreal. And the top of the tree that's moving add an extra dose of complexity.

    2005-11-11

  • Robb McAulay

    Hi Miles, I stalk your photoblog ever other day and i'm usually happy to take your images at face value and be amazed but I have to comment on this one. The sky, of course is amazing (and definately unlike anything we see here in Scotland) but it's the motion of the tree and the star trails that complete it for me. At a glance it passes as a daytime shot, but there's something in the light that screams nighttime, but I can't put my finger on it.

    And can I ask why you're talking £s and not $s? You have a large UK fanbase? :D

    2005-11-11

  • JamesK

    Magnificent, as per, Miles. Great stuff.

    2005-11-12

  • Sakana

    great colors and contrast. nice motion speed too!

    S.

    2005-11-12

  • Patricia

    Woww.. i like it a lot!

    2005-11-12

  • Andy

    Top stuff, perhaps this is how owls see the world?

    2005-11-12

  • Maria

    Wow! Very inspiring.

    2005-11-12

  • Smoove D

    Love the contrast between the green and orange. Very post apocalypse!

    2005-11-15

  • Phil

    Love this shot.....the movement gives it everything. Great stuff

    2006-01-28