Here are some shots taken at night to show how to shoot night shots. This will be a 4 or 5 part post as I have several meetups to post photos from and they show different types of scenes. I think I have enough to make an e-book, maybe if I have the ambition I’ll write such a book.
This is taken around Shoreline Village in Long Beach Calif. We started at sunset and took pictures of the sun behind the lighthouse there. Here we were lucky enough to get there when the light was going though the windows on the bottom of the lighthouse, kind of a solstice look.
The meta data is as follows f/ 6.3 1/3200s ISO 800 lens 55-250@154mm
As you can see the windows are clearly defined almost as if it was a bright light there. So here is a later shot of the lighthouse with the sun peeking out from behind. Different meta data setting
Meta data: F/6.3, 1/1600s, ISO 400 Lens 55-250@123mm
Shots were taken on a tripod. We sat at the same spot for close to an hour I guess as the sun went down and the scene changed constantly. And yes with a group of 25 photographers all shooting the same direction, people passing by asked what all the fuss was about.
Here is a shot I took while waiting for the sun to go down that I think is one of the best of the night.
Meta data: f/6.3, 1/100s, ISO 2000 Lens 55-250@240
Notice that by raising the ISO to 2000 I was able to stop action the birds flying on the left while getting the colors of the bridge and sunset’s orange sky.
In this next shot I again used a fast ISO (not as high as the camera will go) to keep from blurring the lights on the boat.
I did not want the lights of the boat to blur or draw a streak, so I shot at 1/25 of a second and that let the light show up but most of the scene is dark like night time. Digital camera see much better that the eye does in the dark that it is easy to lose that night time feel.
In this next shot I let the car lights blur just a bit to show some motion but most of the scene is sharp. This shot got tried several times to get the right effect.
This next shot is a nice repeating pattern shot.
With a high ISO and slow shutter speed I let the colors saturate the photo, reflections fill in. The f.16 f-stop keeps everything in focus.
In this next shot I wanted to show the water going up as it moved around the curved wall. Hence the closer water is lighter than the water in back that was up during more of the shot.
And of course what trip to Long Beach wouldn’t include the Queen Mary. shot from across the channel, the dark side, I had to slow down the shutter and wait for a boat to cross out of the picture. But the result is a great back lit photo of the Queen Mary.
I should make note too that I shoot with a Canon 7D which is a 4/3 sensor so the lens are tighter than would be expected at the range noted. So a lens on a 4/3 sensor is about 30% magnified over the setting. So 41mm is closer to 55mm.
I also noticed that Canons tend to take pictures with more red in them than Nikon cameras seem to shoot, kind of like the difference in different films. Some are hotter and some are colder in color. I also shoot with a UV filter on so that makes a little difference in the colors shown by the camera. White balance was set auto for most of these shots. However I also use daylight white balance too, to keep the night lights colors.
On my next post I will show shots from Downtown Los Angeles where a light orientated program was going on at a park. It required me to change setting a lot as there were things to shoot that were bright and others that were dim. Places that had moving pictures to stop action and others to blur. A challenge to keep the night time theme evident in the pictures.