Camping - How I got the Shot
So you have got a little time off and penciled in a little weekend away camping. You have even booked a camp site... Yes you have to book some camp sites now! It kind of takes the fun out of finding a site but if that's what you have to do to get a site then that's what you do. You just have to change the way you do things now.
We ended up going to Lake Brockman in Western Australia. Its a great place to camp! Great sites with fire pits, surrounded by trees and the lake!! Just a tad cold to swim this time of year though! There is loads of tracks around for walking, you could go fishing in the lake and the Munda Biddi Trail is just down the road so you have a huge path to ride you bike or go for a trail run if you're like me.
I have wanted to do a shot with the tent and people moving around the camp site for a while but haven't been in a suitable spot and don't get out camping nearly enough. I wanted to get the glow from all my friends preparing tea around the camp fire. We had a roast lamb with veggies cooking. Campfires are great to sit around but have you done it while there is a roast cooking :D So good! It's the best camp food!!!!!
Sorry I got distracted thinking of the food.
Back to the photo. I had the glow from everyone around the fire but the tent was looking a bit dull and I wanted it to stand out so I placed a lantern inside to give it a bit more punch. I also like to add as much colour as I can to my photos so I made sure I was just taking the photo just after the sun went down. It was dark enough I could get a nice long exposure but still enough light enough to give off some colour in the sky. I set the tripod up off to the side, bumped the ISO up to 800 to make the most of the low light and opened the F-stop up to try and keep the ISO as low as possible to keep the noise down. I tried a few different compositions until I found one I liked!
It would be great to see your camping shots! If you are thinking of trying a long exposure but don't have a tripod you could find a log or mound of dirt to balance the camera on. Also use the timer on the camera it will also help reduce any camera movement.
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