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Aljustrel Service Station by AndyMumford Aljustrel Service Station by AndyMumford
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Ironically the only time I saw great skies was when we were driving on the motorway. Just before sunset clouds appeared from nowhere, but the only place I could find to stop before the sun went down was a motorway service station. It’s not exactly an ideal place to shoot from, surrounded by high wire fences, tall lighting structures and dusty grass with lumps of concrete. The one picture I did take is pretty weak, but I couldn’t let a sky like that go to waste.

Handheld, no filters. I just metered the sky and let everything else become silhouette..the foreground really was too ugly to include and behind the tree there are lots of high wire fences. I cut as much of them out as possible by getting close to the ground and hiding them behind the slightly raised bank that the tree was on.
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mucek Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
Beautiful silhouette Andy, amazing clouds, interesting shape of the tree and the composition suits the square format perfectly! Well done as usual! :clap:

I don't think silhouettes are not full-value photography. The lack of information in shadows gives space for imagination and gives silhouettes some kind of unique atmosphere. And this could be the perfect example...

:peace:
Vl.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
Thanks so much, I'm glad you like it
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Adriaan-DeJongh Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Student
Hmm Andy, I dunno about this... I have the feeling that it lack's originality mate :/
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
It's a scrap....taken from a motorway service station.
I wrote in the description that it was a crap shot, taken just to show the sky
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Adriaan-DeJongh Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Student
Ahh okay, that explains that, but why is this your submission for hougaard's contest then?
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
Lol...I'm not submitting anything to his contest because I'm one of the judges.
I don't know why it's in his journal...I guessbhe saw it in my scraps and decided to put feature it...not sure why.
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Adriaan-DeJongh Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Student
ahhh lol, okay :D
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Infinity1986 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Professional Photographer
:omg:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
:D
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mharteens Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
wow,, It's great..
without any editing, right!?
I love sunset..
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Thanks a lot....The only editting is the crop...and I probably increased contrast a tiny bit in the RAW converter to make the blacks blacker.
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cg-sinope Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
Nice shot !
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Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
beautiful shot. the colours look awesome, and the tree looks great as a silhouette against the colour
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
Thanks again...I'm glad you like it :-)
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Xerces Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
no problem :-)
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SensoryCore Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Professional Photographer
featured [link]
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switch-sgfx Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008   Photographer
Loveliness. :D :+fav:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
:-)
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Camila-N Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Very good work... as usual... no matter the circumstances :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Thanks so much
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thisislaw Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Thankyou
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xavierrey Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Photographer
beautiful !!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Thanks mate
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AndreasResch Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Photographer
Amazing shot my friend.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Cheers Andreas
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pestilence Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Photographer
Silhouettes are always welcome...especially in front of dramatic and lovely skies! :) Yet again...a scrap...but I would say a wonderful photo! :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Thanks again mate...I'm glad you like it :-)
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mariaper Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
not at all a scrap!!!! :clap:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
:-)
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bada Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Nice and lovely composition. So peaceful!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Thanks again :-)
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thetopcrusader Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Gorgeous color and lighting - what a stunning view!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Thanks again :-)
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thetopcrusader Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
No problem at all, Andy!
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cherrypudding Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008   Traditional Artist
waw, nice nice!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
:D
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dialac1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
why in the world will anyone upload this as a scrap??? OMG...I wish I had places like this around me...I always drive hundreds of miles looking for landscapes so I decided to settle with the city for sometime till gas prices drop and I have a higher paying job to fund my hobby :-(
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Lol...thanks a lot.
To be honest, if you'd seen how ugly the place was where I shot this, you'd see why I wanted everything except the sky to underexpose to silhouette. It really was ugly, there were big lights on each side of the tree (which is why it's a square crop) and an ugly fence behind it, which I had to hide behind the earth by almost lying on the floor. Just the tree and the sky was nice...and that's all I wanted in the shot.

I know what you mean about living in the city though. I used to live out by the coast, but moved to the city when I got married last year. Now I have to drive an hour to get to the countryside or coast...and it really pisses me off.
In a couple of years we're moving back to the country though...I simply can't wait. I'm sitting here in our apartment with the noise of roadworks outside and my upstairs neighbour shouting on his phone....I'm just not a city person
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dialac1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Awesome...dats great so you will be producing more and more masterpieces...YAY :dance:
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Hello-Sleepy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008   Photographer
wow
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Thanks :-)
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Hello-Sleepy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008   Photographer
welcome ^-^
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Maurya2 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
beautiful!!!..but you should come to australia for amazing landscapes..!!!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
I'd love to visit Australia some day...I've got family in Melbourne, and my mother visits Australia a lot :-)
Glad you like the shot
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JohnnyCadillac Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008   Photographer

very beautiful shot...the colors are amazing...
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Thanks so much :-)
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JohnnyCadillac Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008   Photographer

you're very welcome...
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Break-Pioms Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Aljustrel

:D
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Ooops, missed that one. It's corrected now
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