Did I mention this before?
Last night I was up late. I looked outside, and I stared into this absolutely breath-taking view. It was close to midnight. Overcast to some extend, very foggy at the ground. But there was an almost full moon lighting up the fog and cloudy part of the sky. That in combination with the light pollution coming off the city and some of the street lights along the path…
I stood there (on my balcony 😉 ) for quite awhile, just looking at it.
The picture below is a panorama of 5 pictures stitched together in Photoshop.
5x D800, ISO100, 30sec @ f/8, Nikkor 70-200mm
I guess you can say I’ve gotten myself into the night photography stuff a bit. I know the pictures with the light trails are pretty much as cliché as clichés come, but I always try to look at it from… well… a different angle 😀
I’ve tried that with the images you’ve found here that I took from the window of my apartment. I’ve tried that with for example the dead badger (talking about different angles, if any 😉 although that wasn’t really about the light trails, I had completely different intentions with that one). And I’ve shot a few mushrooms with light trails in the background, so I guess in many ways I’ve managed to get it a bit un-cliché.
My aim is always to not go stand on a straight road. Not to shoot at that “normal” angle. That would be plain boring. I usually try to find a point of view or a location where several roads collide. And then it usually still takes some post-processing, because I think it’s virtually impossible to get light trails to actually visibly cross in one exposure of say 10-30 seconds.
D700, ISO200, 10 sec @ f/22, Nikkor 14-24mm
Late nights can be just aswell.
D700, ISO200, 1/4 sec @ f/8, Sigma 170-500mm, 1.4x teleconverter
They’re a pain in the arse. Especially when you’re in them. But sometimes, when you’re NOT in them, and you have a nice overview of what’s going on, a traffic jam can be a very inspiring thing. When you’re a photographer, at least.
D700, ISO200, 30 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm, Singh-Ray VariND filter
The cool thing is that you can take a whole series of shots and they all turn out differently. And then you can combine stuff. Take a car from here, a tram from there, some tail lights from a third, etc. etc. And “minor” details like a biker and/or pedestrian from a few others to set the mood.
Now all I’m waiting for is ambulances, fire trucks and police cars to race by so I also get some blue lights in there still. Since that happens pretty much on a daily basis, it’s just a matter of time.
To be continued…? 😉
It was one of those nights again. Had a good many of them in the past months. Only now there was something different: there’s a lot more snow outside 😉 It was in the wee hours of the night. I was about to finish up when I looked outside. A scene I’ve probably unconsciously looked at a million times before. But again: now there’s a lot more snow outside.
This morning I looked at the scene again, and it’s surprising how different things look in a different light. Somehow that magical glow of the street light didn’t make it into the picture. It looked a lot nicer when I looked at it last night…
D700, ISO200, 1/2 sec @ f/13, Nikkor 70-200mm
D700, ISO200, 1/60 sec @ f/13, Nikkor 70-200mm
Ok, maybe some of these aren’t really oblivion, but I’ll keep on counting anyway, so I don’t have to put up two posts a day 😉
Or then… Maybe this is somewhat oblivion. Roaming the town in the middle of the night… Anyway… Not the perfect conditions, weather-wise, for shooting a full moon, as it was all hazy in the sky, but with some post-processing I did get this old-fashioned kind of feel to it, I think. It’s not an Ansel Adams, I know (we don’t have Yosemite in downtown Helsinki, sorry to say), but it’ll make-do (and no, those are not dead pixels, they are stars, the big bright one must be Jupiter, the rest I put in for good looks 😀 ).
D700, ISO800, 20 sec @ f/19, Tamron 28-75mm
by Don McLean. Well, really by me, but we needed some music to go with it 😉
And it was the first thing that popped to mind.
It wasn’t really such a starry night at all, since it was raining, but well… Sometimes we can help, can’t we? (no filters were used here.)
D200, ISO100, 10 min 39 sec @ f/27, Tamron 28-75mm
Myeah… when you live up north and most of the day is dark, you get quite some opportunities to shoot during the “night”.
We went to an old part of the railway area and there’s lots of stuff to shoot. If not old wagons or other equipment, it’s old buildings.
This we ran into just before we left. Notice the train that passed in the background during the 91 sec exposure… Happy coincidence at a railway area 😉
D200, ISO100, 91 sec @ f/27, Tamron 28-75mm
Yah, I have something with darkness. And lightness.
If only I had my camera with me last night. Don’t you just HATE that? Always when you go out and you don’t take your camera you see something that’s worth shooting and you can’t recreate it.
There was a snow storm going on and the world was dark. Not only because it was night, but also because the snow was coming down so bad that you couldn’t really see anything.
And then it started thundering and there was lightning. Never seen that before during a snow storm. The lightning lit up the sky and because of all the snow in the air the sky had this neon blue-ish purplish color. Absolutely gorgeous.
But owwell… No camera… And even if I’d had it with me, I’d probably be too late anyway… *sighs*
But I got something else, that night that I went out shooting. While my buddy was lying on his stomach not 10 meters to the right of me shooting lights there, I got these.
It’s light, like in my previous post, but a whole different kind of light.
In color it looks totally boring, but in black and white it’s really dramatic, I think.
D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/6.7, Tamron 28-75mm
It’s something everyone should try. It’s a whole different world out there when the lights are out. Or on, actually 😉 And especially now with the snow and the cold weather when everything looks (and feels) crisp.
Note that you don’t need a star filter to create the star effect. A small aperture and a long exposure time do the trick very well.
D200, ISO100, 267 sec @ f/27, Tamron 28-75mm