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Cold-hearted orb that rules the night
Removes the colours from our sight,
Red is grey and yellow white
But we decide which is right
And which is an illusion.

Pinprick holes in a colourless sky
Let insipid figures of light pass by.
The mighty light of ten thousand suns
Challenges infinity, and is soon gone.

Night-time: to some, a brief interlude,
To others the fear of solitude.
Brave Helios, wake up your steeds!
Bring the warmth the countryside needs

One of my favourite Moody Blues tracks, particularly for the spoken quote above (it comes about 4 minutes into the song… enjoy the intro first!).

I have to admit this is not a dawn shot, it was taken around 3pm in March, but the Infrared response to the strong, low sunlight, created some crisp reflections more reminiscent of a moonscape than a sunset.

Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes, UK

[Konica-Minolta 5D (720nm IR conversion); Sigma 10-20@20mm; f:7.1, 1/400sec, ISO-100; CS3 & LR3]


moody blues, blue, moonscape, bright, ir, infrared

My grandfather was a serious amateur photographer in the ’20s and ’30s, leaving me a legacy of stereoscopic pictures and equipment. The bug passed through the genes to my father and to me. I started taking pictures seriously when I was 11 and I spent most of my teenage years in and out of the darkroom. University, work and kids put photography on pause but my first digital camera in 2006 re-kindled my interest. RB has given me a vehicle for sharing my work and for learning so much.

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  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetabout 3 years ago

    This is awesome, George! Love the mood and light flare! :-)

  • Many thanks Johanne, I had forgotten all about this shoot, until I stumbled on it again today, looking for something else! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Andrew Jones
    Andrew Jonesabout 3 years ago

    magnificent light, a moment captured beautifully

  • Thank you Andrew, much appreciated! Thanks for favouring it! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Janie. D
    Janie. Dabout 3 years ago

    my kind of shot! LOVE IT

  • Many thanks Janie :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchabout 3 years ago

    wonderful work George

  • Thank you Lissy, glad you like it! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 3 years ago

    Sweeeet!!! Love it.

  • Thank you so much for favouring it Wendi, always good to hear from you! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 3 years ago

    Superb combination of the written word and the image – stunning !!

  • Thank you very much for the kind words Mattie, I wish I could say the words were mine but they really belong to the song :-) Huge thanks for favouring it!

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work :)

  • Many thanks my friend :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoabout 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Anthony! Much appreciated! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • JanT
    JanTabout 3 years ago

    Love the sparkling reflections and lens flare, and you found an apt quote, George.

  • Thank you Jan, I’m glad you like it. Infrared can be quite a bit unpredictable… You just have to make the most of what you shoot! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature on 28/06/2011

    Keep the great work coming.

  • WOW! Thank you very much my friend! I’m honoured! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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