Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lucifer In Starlight

That is the title of the closing chapter in Shelby Foote's narrative history of the American Civil War. I never thought I'd get to use it in a blog, but it seems to fit here. This is the last light of the day, taken last week on the Bank Street Bridge. I saw the twilight sky over the Canal, wanted to take a shot, and liked the result.


By contrast, this view from yesterday afternoon has the water in the Canal at its summer level.



44 comments:

  1. Wow, what a difference. Very nice.

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  2. From your title, I was expecting a portrait of your friend Mr. Harper.

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  3. What a beautiful twilight scene.

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  4. This first picture is wonderful, it can be presented in a contest.

    Tomás.

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  5. That is a truly fantastic sky in the first picture..well captured

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  6. A great photo that first one of the night sky.

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  7. Wouldn't mind a stroll along the canal--during the day. :-)

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  8. Love the night shot William, those night clouds look the complete opposite to my say clouds yesterday's post :) Gosh the water level is high in the canal.. is that run off from winter's snow?

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  9. What a scene in that top photo, William !

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  10. both good shots but the twilight one is more dramatic would make a lovely picture.

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  11. I understand your quote for the first image, but the second one is so more relaxing...

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  12. love the night shot. that is elegant. that is the 1st word that popped into my head. i went with it.. ( :

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  13. i like the comparison! that first shot is awesome!

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  14. William, I love both pictures, but the one at night is haunting.

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  15. That's a very interesting contrast.

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  16. @Whisk: thanks!

    @Linda: thank you.

    @Halcyon: nice thought, but not this time!

    @Stuart: thank you.

    @Tomas: I'll have to keep it in mind for a year end best of theme.

    @Geoff: I got out there at just the right time.

    @Marianne: thanks!

    @Revrunner: oh, I've strolled by at night with no problems.

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  17. @Grace: no, the water is linked to the Rideau River itself, and over the winter the waters are kept low. Over the weekend the gates were opened and the water levels were topped up to allow for boating season.

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Gill: I really liked that sky, and the camera was close at hand.

    @VP: that Canal is quite relaxing.

    @Beth: it fits.

    @Tanya: I was so pleased with the result.

    @Linda: very much so.

    @Red: I figured yesterday since I was there, I might as well take a comparison shot.

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  18. oh, i do like that night shot!

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  19. Both are beautiful photos, William!

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  20. Excellent night shot. Nicely done!

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  21. I liked halcyon's comment! (as well as the photo)

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  22. I like the title of your article ! Nice shots

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  23. @Tex: thanks!

    @Molly Jo: thank you!

    @Sharon: it turned out beautifully.

    @EG: a good sunset shot appeals to me. I rarely see sunrises, however!

    @Hamilton: thanks!

    @Anna: thank you.

    @RedPat: very much so.

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  24. I like your photography and your picture number one is a keeper and can be a selective in a contest alright. Your last picture is special as it has a walk way to left it seems as I brought it up close to look. What a view for people.

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  25. Nice twilight! And what a contrast between the setting in daylight!

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  26. Great night photo, William!

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  27. @Carolann: yes, there are bike and walk paths along both sides of the Canal here. Part of an extensive network through the city.

    @MB: thank you!

    @Cheryl: I thought it fitting to add a contrasting shot.

    @Marleen: thanks!

    @Ciel: I was really happy with how it turned out.

    @Norma: thank you!

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  28. It is quite a pretty shot William!

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  29. Amazing sense of when to take the right shot.

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  30. LOVE your night image. The darkness, the blue, the clouds, the light...

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  31. Love that time of day between day and night.

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  32. twilight gives a special look to the landscape. rather nice.

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  33. That first shot is stunning.

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  34. There is a difference between in the day and night. Lovely photos both, but the upper is more dramatic.
    Hugs

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  35. Clouds are always good value!

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  36. A big change. I like the daytime shot.

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  37. I'm just catching up today! I have my feet up!
    These are striking contrasts. Well done.

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