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Maldivian Night

February 4th, 2010

I took this photo during a full Moon night at the Huvafen Fushi Resort, North Malé atoll, Kaafu, Maldives. It was so bright that you could have easily read a newspaper that night!

I got rid of some human elements on the beach via Photoshop. Other than that, there has been no alteration. The original can be seen here.

Nikon D700, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED at ƒ/2.8, 30 second exposure.

4°22'19.51"N, 73°22'17.42"E

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: gcarter
about 14 years, 4 months ago
I like it... very relaxing and soothing image as wallpaper :)
Thank you
Posted By: Simtech
about 14 years, 4 months ago
It's amazing that this is a night shot. Great capture.
Posted By: lerch84
about 14 years, 4 months ago
It's incredible how bright was taht night..when i saw thin on the loupe i thought this was a midday shot..i didn't see the stars :P..anyway great work again Dominic :)
Posted By: Chuck
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Just incredibly awesome.
Posted By: Ben Gustafson
about 14 years, 4 months ago
I was just looking for a Maldives shot yesterday..but this is way better than the one I found!
Posted By: Köttel
about 14 years, 4 months ago
simply fascinating!
Posted By: Philippe Clairo
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Why do you have to brag about your holidays here, Macindows?? ;-)
Posted By: jman
about 14 years, 4 months ago
wow this is one of the greatest wallpapers I have ever seen...the colors are amazing, I love how smooth the left side is
Posted By: LTD602
about 14 years, 4 months ago

Reminds me of the scene in the movie Contact when Jodie Foster lands on that lovely beach on the alien planet. Sans her stupid dad, of course.
Posted By: Calmly Traveling
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Very nice. Good to get it filmed and photographed before it's underwater.
Posted By: Lenegal
about 14 years, 4 months ago
One of the most breathtaking wallpapers I have ever seen.

Posted By: knaim2
about 14 years, 4 months ago
This was seriously at night? SO HARD to believe! I remember leaving my house at 4am for work some weeks ago and seeing a BEAUTIFUL full moon...it lit up the sky like crazy and it looked to be SOOOO close to Earth, but it wasn't that bright! I really love this picture though...the Nikon D700 made it happen! Thank you very much for sharing.
Posted By: express49
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Brilliant dynamic capture of nature beauty , my wallpaper now . Thanks!.
Posted By: Clyde
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Lovely and vibrant but can I ask what the white flecks are ? Stars ? If so, why are they elongated ?
Cheers :)
Posted By: nbocch
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Great photo!

@Clyde: I could be wrong, but I think the stars are slightly elongated because of the slight distance they would have shifted during the 30 second exposure. Same reason why the clouds are elongated.
Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 14 years, 4 months ago
First of all, thank you very much for all your kind comments!

@ Philippe Clairo:
You're one to talk! =D

@ knaim2:
Yes, it was indeed very hard to believe for me as well. Since I'm living in London, there's no moon light hitting the streets ever, due to all that stray light.

@ Clyde:
The white flecks are indeed stars. They seem to be streched since this picture is a long exposure of 30 seconds. Although the moon light has been very strong that night, it obviously didn't light up everything as it can be seen in the picture. The vibrant colors and brightness has only been achieved by leaving the shutter open for such a long period so that the sensor can collect all that light. Hope that clarifies it for you. ;-)
Posted By: Yorkie X
about 14 years, 4 months ago
This is the type of thing I spend so much time on the net looking for when I first saw it I said to myself WOW then WOW once more after looking at it in full detail ... WOW
Posted By: Frostmint
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Wow! Nice job!
Posted By: solardog
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Posted By: lcg
about 14 years, 4 months ago
An amazing photo, Macindows. I love it, and it's my new wallpaper.
Posted By: Smallpicturebox
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Google earth the location very nice!
Posted By: ilovemyking
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Spectacular photograph!
Posted By: Tel Me Later
about 14 years, 4 months ago
I chuckled at the phrase "human elements" :)

Lovely picture and it is my wallpaper right now.
Posted By: Toivemursu
about 14 years, 4 months ago
absolutely amazing!!! thanks
Posted By: Danny
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Incredible - that's all I say.
Posted By: MustafaMoshref
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Posted By: NeoElNino
about 14 years, 4 months ago
wow by all means, if u have more Maldives wowing pictures, dont hesitate to upload them! will for sure vote ur great pics! thanks
Posted By: gui0010
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Perfect capture. Love the motion blur.
Posted By: jogo
about 14 years, 4 months ago
blue perfection
Posted By: Four Symbols
about 14 years, 4 months ago
Nice work!
Posted By: deepdish7
about 14 years, 2 months ago
is there a not blurred version of this pic? really great anyway!
Posted By: deepdish7
about 12 years ago
pls can you reply? have you got this one unblurred? absolutely amazing

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