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Amateur Photographer

Moonlight sonata - 40pts, Second place

Lee Jeffries, Lancashire Nikon D3, 300mm, 1/125sec at f/2.8, ISO 3200 Lee says his image was inspired by Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Taken at night in a bedroom, Lee used only a small table lamp to give the illusion that his subject was bathed in moonlight. ‘Handholding with a 300mm lens at such low light is not easy,’ he says, ‘so it was important I maintained a high shutter speed. Using a high ISO inevitably leads to some grain. It doesn’t have to be a negative, though.’ Judges say 'Lee has shown a remarkable consistency for stunning imagery in this year’s contest. His carefully crafted compositions show clever use of light and perspective, and he has been a great competitor.'

Moonlight sonata - 40pts, Second place
Amateur Photographer, May 17, 2011