The power of light... to astonish
OK, here's the deal -- I don't know what these el-cheapo... 'things' are called in English, but here's a rough description: take a bunch of translucent (or lightly colored, whatever), spaghetti shaped plastic fibers and stick them into a plastic holder, so that they flow in the late night breeze, or maybe in front of the A/C. Sounds dull? Just stick a lil' bulb at the bottom of the holder, and watch the euphoric colors fly. Seizure for a dollar, anyone?
I know I should have used a tripod, but I don't usually take one when I'm going out for a walk at night -- this wasn't a planned shot in any respect. I also know that I should have applied an unsharp mask or similar to emphasize the individual fibers, but that's a no-no for this month's assignment, so here goes...
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: AF-S Nikkor 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 DX
Focal length: 135 mm
Exposure Program: Manual
Shutter speed: 1.3 seconds
Metering mode: Center-weighted
White Balance: AUTO
Post-Processing: RAW conversion only
(by CaptureNX 2)
Call it cheating, but I've set the picture controls on my D40 to give a sharper, more vivid image prior to this shot. They don't reflect well to the EXIF data, so here goes:
Color mode: IIIa (more vivid colors)
Tone Compensation: AUTO
Saturation: Normal (setting 'High' with IIIa blows the reds into oblivion)
I also tried shooting with HIGH contrast and sharpening, and will probably post some results in the 'comments' thread.