Posts Tagged: Night

Sunset on Inch Beach

Shortly after the sun dipped below the horizon on Inch Beach, Co Kerry.

August, 2015.

The Pool at Hotel Los Fariones

Hotel Los Fariones in Puerto del Carmen is now closed for renovation for the next year and a bit but you wouldn’t know it from their website which still allows you to attempt to book a room, but fails to return a room.

It’s only if you scroll to the end of the homepage that you’ll see the following notice!

When Santa came to Blarney

Santa came to Blarney on Sunday night for the switching on of the Christmas lights in the village and I was there to take a few photos. As also seen on the Muskerry News page.

Some dragging of the shutter may be involved. I love that effect!

* Dragging the shutter means to use a long shutter speed and a flash. The long exposure means you get more light from the dark background and lights. The flash illuminates the foreground. I usually set the exposure to -1 or -2 at f/8 so the exposure wasn’t too long.

Santa in Blarney

Santa in Blarney

Santa in Blarney

Santa in Blarney

Santa in Blarney

Santa in Blarney

Santa in Blarney

Santa in Blarney

Santa in Blarney

Santa in Blarney

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 28mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/5s

Lost Lake in Black and White

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 483s

Street Lights by St Pancras International

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 5s

Sunset over Lanzarote

The view from Puerto Del Carmen looking south towards the hills.

Aperture ƒ/14
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 28mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 25s

Light Painting with the Moon

The Moon over Lost Lake, Canada. A long exposure shot with a series of quick movements of the camera to draw a W for WordPress, of course.

Thanks Dennis for the help drawing it in the right direction. 🙂

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 5s

Lost Lake Fence

At Lost Lake, BC, Canada.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 483s

It’s clear outside!

Clear Outside is a handy Android app that will display weather information about the current location or a location of your choice.

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It’s really useful for astrophotography, landscape or sunset/sunrise photography as it will display the cloud cover too. The first time I used the app was on a sunset shoot with Blarney Photography Club at Garrettstown Beach where a member of the club told us about it.

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We were hoping to shoot the Milky Way later that evening but the sky was mostly covered by thick cloud. The app said that cloud would disappear by 10:30pm so after the sun set we went off to a local pub for some refreshments. I’m glad we stayed around. Later in the evening I looked out the back door and saw stars twinkling and we drove back down to the beach where we were presented with a beautiful Milky Way and a really dark sky!

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Other useful Android apps to have with you are:

  • Golden Hour will help you plan your sunset or sunrise expeditions. Also check out Golden Hour Calculator,
  • The Photographer’s Ephemeris are both apps that will show you sunrise and sunset times. I only have the former as I used Amazon credits to buy it but from using TPE for desktop I can see both have similar functionality. Give both a go, you can always get a refund within the Play Store time limit.
  • Phototools is a useful app that I’ve used in the past to calculate the DOF (depth of field) of various lens settings but it also does more, including calculating ND filter times and sunset/sunrise times.

And further reading on astrophotography:

  • My friend Marcus has written a great intro to night photography you should read.
  • Avoid star trails using the 500 rule.
  • This article suggested stacking consecutive photos which I haven’t tried yet.
  • This is a comprehensive article on night photography. I like his suggestion on focusing. Stars are at “infinite” distance so you’d think that setting the focus at the infinity symbol would get crystal clear images but I find I have to move the focus back a little. I never thought to shoot at infinity during daytime and check where the focus marker was so I could replicate it at night.
  • I have a “nifty 50”. It’s the Canon 50mm f/1.8 which takes lovely sharp photos but 50mm isn’t quite wide enough for Milky Way photography. It never occurred to me that shooting a panorama using overlapping photos would produce such nice photos. The same site has a useful Milky Way exposure calculator, and an astrophotography 101 guide.
  • Nightscapes is a huge repository of information about night photography. I processed the Milky Way photo above with these tips in mind.
  • You could try exposing to the right (over exposing) but I’m not convinced that will help too much.
  • If you don’t have any lens filters then consider using bracketed photos to create a HDR sunset. The sunset photo above was created this way and while I think it’s a little too sharp and not perfect I still like it. I used the free Nik software to do this.

Phew. It’s raining outside, there’s been nothing but cloud for the last few days but I’ll be keeping an eye on my apps to see when it’s clear outside and I can shoot more stars!