Part 4 : Light – Exercise 9 : Outdoors at night

Part 4 : Light

Project – Available Light

Exercise 9 : Outdoors at night

The photographs for most of this exercise were taken during a Night Photography workshop some time ago in London. It was tiring having to carry a tripod as well as all my camera paraphernalia plus trains and underground journeys.  However, I was pleased with the results as it wasn’t as difficult as I’d anticipated.  I felt much safer being in a small group whilst carrying expensive equipment around at night. I used ISO 100 for all the images and so used a tripod with cable release.

One of the first ones I took at 7pm. f/11 @0.4.  I got hung up at first at being on manual and making sure it was a good exposure – not really having taken on board that it needed to be balanced in the best way for the scene. The workshop leader couldn’t understand why I was worrying so much about highlight clipping! The sun was just setting and, as the Handbook suggests (p. 127) Tower Bridge appears much more clearly with the hint of light.

f/9 @2.0. The skyline is less distinct against the dark blue sky.

Once on Tower Bridge itself the workshop leader suggested I try 8 seconds @ f/11.

First attempts at light trails from the cars

I then set the tripod up at the side of the Bridge overlooking the other bank.

The sky was very dark by now at around 8.15pm.

Last week I went to my grandson’s school to their outdoor ‘Enchanted Enclave’. The children had to take torches/lanterns. They sang songs to us first and then each had a fairytale book to take to read with their guests. I didn’t think it appropriate to take my large camera and mainly I just wanted to enjoy it all. I couldn’t resist taking a couple of shots with my compact Ricoh though which I left on Program with auto white balance.  The lighting was from a wind-up lantern and torch which give a white light.  The exposure could have been much better as there is loss of detail on the book, but it was the atmosphere I liked. The auto white balance gave 6250K.  The flash WB in Photoshop is 5500 and shade is 7500. I adjusted the images to shade because it seemed the best.

 

29th November 2011

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