Night

Every year around Memorial Day, you will find in the city of Eagle, Idaho a field full of our country’s flags to honor those military people who are serving or have served to keep our country free.  Thanks to you all!

It is an amazing site to see.

 

Here is an image of the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC, taken obviously at night.

Next time you are visiting a city, head out at after the sun goes down and try your hand at capturing some very dynamic images.  I like this one best after converting it to black and white.

Don’t forget your tripod.

 

 

Earlier this year, several of us from where I work were given the opportunity to spend a few days in Chicago.  One of the things we were able to do while there was to attend a Cubs game.  It was the first time I had ever attended a major league baseball game and I had a blast.  Of course I took my camera to get a few shots.

The lighting was interesting after the sun went down, as the field was quite bright, but the stands were very dark.  A situation like this would fool a light meter if I did not pay attention to what was happening.

To get the correct exposure I put the camera in manual mode and zoomed in on the field, adjusting the camera for the “field” exposure.  When I zoomed back out to compose the shot the light meter in the camera said I did not have enough light.  That was okay, as I knew what I wanted to see in the final image.

Next time you have high contract lighting situations, try a trick like this and see what you come up with.

Keep on shooting!

When I looked outside this evening I saw the full moon with some very interesting light clouds that were dancing in the moonlight.  I grabbed the camera and 200mm lens and took a few shots.  I tried several exposures because with the very dark sky and the very bright moon the light meter in the camera gets confused.  This one turned out the best of the bunch.

I did have to do some editing in Adobe Lightroom to bring up the clouds and to tone down the brightness of the moon just a bit, but this is about what I saw with my naked eye.  I also cropped the image to about 1/6 of the frame to make the moon larger in the image.

 

 

 

 

 

A Night at Friday HarborOne night while staying in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, I grabbed the tripod and camera so that I could do some night photography. The scene of the lighted marina was very nice and I wanted to capture it.

Keep in mind that the sun does not have to be shining to take some pretty nice photos. You will need a tripod, or at least a fence post or other stable object to steady the camera. In order to for the camera to capture enough light for the film or image sensor you need to expose it for a longer period of time. In this particular image, that was 8 seconds. In addition to a tripod, I set the camera in the “self timer” mode so that my hands were totally off the camera as it took the photo.

You may have to try different “white balance” settings, either in your camera or later in your photo editing software to get the look you desire. Different types of lights cast a totally different color of light. Our eyes and brain tend to ignore some of these color casts, but when you look at a photograph in regular light, you will see what the camera captured.

Next time you have a free evening, head downtown or other artificially lit location and see what you can photograph.

Canon 20D, Canon 17-40 f4 L at 17mm, 8 seconds at f5.6, ISO 100