K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Nighttime Reflections

San Francisco Yacht Club, water reflections at night

A still, warm night on the piers allowed for this photo of moored boats reflected on calm marina waters… – K’lee L. © 2015


Good Morning, Monday. Time for the start of a new week. Along with starting a new week, I feel a new challenge starting with ‘K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge’.

The challenge for this week, as mentioned on Friday, has to do with REFLECTIONS… NIGHTTIME REFLECTIONS to be precise. As always, the door is completely open as to how this challenge is defined and created.

As you can tell from the photo above, I decided to go with a photo I took last year  at one of San Francisco’s yacht clubs along the piers. It was one of the few times I’d been out and about with my Nikon at night in this area of the city. Luckily, the night was warm, the water completely still, making for a good chance at some reflections photography. I took a good number of shots at different speeds from a quarter of a second (when a little light was still in the sky), to six seconds (when darkness was full on). This was and remains my favorite shot.


Here’s a very creative take from Marie

And a nighttime Bali shot from KG

My buddy Dale’s got something very cool happening right here

Sue’s answer to the challenge was nothing less than sublime.

Know what one piece of equipment will help you get a great long exposure shot?

A tripod. I admit, I needed the tripod even on the quarter second shot. I don’t know any photographers who can get sharp photos at so slow a speed without one. Zooming in close on this and the quarter second shot and you’ll see some ‘movement’, but it’s acceptable with the majority of the shot looking pretty clean and clear.

This one’s received some treatment to smooth out the look and give a dream-like quality. I also darkened down the colors just to experiment.

Considering adding your voice and creativity to the challenge?

It’s not too hard. Create a post with a similar title to the one above. Your NIGHTTIME REFLECTIONS can be expressed in any way you want. In your tags don’t forget to use #CosPhoChal, AND lastly, you can pingback by copying the URL of your completed post and pasting it into the comment section of this or Dale’s post  linked above.That way anyone reading our posts can read yours too.

easy, right?

K’lee L. © 2016



24 thoughts on “K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Nighttime Reflections

    1. Thank you, Diana. I like that phrase you used, ‘a sailor’s milkyway’. At no other time will the camera show you things you didn’t expect to see. I was very pleasantly surprised by most of the shots that night

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  1. Love it 🙂 The effects add a magical effect.
    And I agree. A tripod is a must. But sometimes I am very lazy and go with high ISO because I didn’t bother carrying my tripod (even the small spider one)

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    1. I only recently got a camera that allows me to use higher ISO with almost no noise in some night shots. I’m still at a stage where I doubt the camera can do it, but it continually proves me wrong!

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  2. For one, this photo has me daydreaming of star speckled summer nights listening to the serene sounds of water and creaking boats. Secondly, loving the whole concept of reflection…in an alternate sense, some of my best self and life reflections emerge in the evening, when all is calm, and the weight of the world eases. This photo embodies that. Night time reflections are deep. In a visual sense, they’re a stunning contrast to the norm. Great shot.

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    1. Thanks, brother. You know what you’ve said here… it qualifies as much as any photo… as a ‘nighttime reflection’. I’d be totally cool with this being your answer to our prompt? Either way, you captured it perfectly in your words.

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        1. You know… We could turn that into a photo beget story kind of challenge? Could be something very cool… Like two or three sentences, then it’s challenged to another of our brethren here on WP…

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          1. “She was done with husband number three and wanted a seafaring man. She wanted the ocean and I wanted her money. But I needed a boat.”
            It feels noir to me, but it could be fun. Feel free to alter it. 🙂

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          2. Excellent, Steve! It does feel noir-ish… very much so. Here’s what I was thinking:
            Instead of me altering it… it’s strong as it is, I could add on based on what it seems to say to me. You as the originator of the ‘prompt’ get to say yea or nay to the proposed new direction. We could then invite others or just run it back and forth between us? I almost feel like this should get a page of its own- as a beginning of something new should… I’ll leave the ball in your court… so to speak.

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          3. I’m just catching up with my emails… we’ve been without internet for a couple of days so I’m behind. I did a longer version of the original last night (but still a flash piece). I like your idea. I don’t think it’s necessary to have a veto over what the other contributes. It’ll be more fun if we adapt. I probably won’t have a chance to get it started until maybe Friday?

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          4. No problems here. I know how slow or no internet goes.
            Nice. You’ve done a longer version. I really like the feel of this. Yes, again, your idea sounds good. No need for a veto on any ideas that come about. I was thinking to add if not a new site, a new tab on the main page just to set the writing as something new? Might make it easier for people wanting to contribute to find the posts. Friday’s fine. The last thing either of us need is to make it pressured. It should be fun and easy – going all the way.

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          5. …a continuation possibility:

            “Let me get this straight. You’ve fallen hook, line, and sinker- no pun intended, with this woman and her money. For the third time this year, I’m suppose to let you pretend my boat is in fact your boat?”

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