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DSC07106 Capitol Reef National Park at night - 5/25/08 E view

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Comments (9)

Liceo Piovesan on June 6, 2008


Andreas Czieborowski on June 7, 2008

Dear Volkan,

really fantastic, looks awesome and somewhat like from the end of time. Please submit to contest - I want to vote.

Bravo, Andreas

Volkan Yuksel on June 7, 2008

Thank you Liceo and Andreas for your encouraging words. This is the South most point I've been in the Capitol Reef National Park. The photo from back in 2006 is further South of here.

I used my LED flash light to illuminate foreground objects during 30 second exposure. On the left rear lights and on the right the head lights of the car had some influence on the scene. I now posted it to June contest in Travel section.

Best wishes from Chicago, Volkan

Andreas Czieborowski on June 7, 2008

Hi Volkan, interesting aspects how the shot was taken. I'll wait for the voting option, maybe in 2-3 weeks and will be patient in the meantime. Hope you're doing fine my friend. Greetings to Chicago, Andreas

Volkan Yuksel on June 10, 2008

Andreas thanks again. So far, I am doing great and happy to be back home alive :) However, I must admit that I was so afraid while taking this long time exposures in the middle of such darkness, I started seing faces on the rocks ;). I hope you are doing good too. Cheers from Chicago, Volkan

Andreas Czieborowski on June 11, 2008

However it succeeded perfectly. Volkan, during sunlight everybody can shoot good pictures - sometimes also I can. Your skill is, to manage the difficult lighting conditions and I guess it must be a challange for you. Congratulations from Germany, Andreas

P.S.: I'm fine so far

Volkan Yuksel on June 11, 2008

Andereas, thank you. I like collecting rare photons in dark and taking pictures with the lights of the stars. It makes me feel what I what my true identity is; an alien, in the lands that I am living now ;) Glad to hear that you are OK too :) Cheers, Volkan

Sue Allen on September 27, 2008

Very spooky Volkan! You are very brave to be out alone in such places. I'm flat out going across to the other side of the garden to turn off the pool pump at night. I keep almost torturing myself and imagining something about to attack, or watching me from up the hill, in the thick undergrowth. I always end up running by the time I get back to the house, and it's only a distance of a hundred meters!

Thanks for your spooky link, I wonder where the next one will take me!

Cheers, Sue

Volkan Yuksel on October 4, 2008

Thank you much Sue, I am not as brave as it appears:) there are many times I rush to the car as soon as long time exposure ends ;) But my logic tells me that we mankind destroyed most of our natural enemies so precisely to provide feeling of comfort in the places we live, (generally speaking) nearly noting left in the nature to be fearful from. I would consider facing a natural enemy such as big cat or wolf a privilege. It is a privilege because only with such experience, one can completely feel the true meaning of having a human brain no matter what the outcome might be. Cheers, Volkan

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