Long Exposure Lantern

June 28, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I first discovered the spot on a group trail run, when I was running up the hill I could see a large rock. It is quite impressive. As I made my way up I thought it would look really cool if someone was on top at night with a lantern. 

I decided to rope my partner into it. We headed back out there at night, lantern and camera gear in hand.  

She stood on the top of the rock with the lantern while I found the shot I wanted. It was cold and this was difficult as it was so dark apart from the lantern in the viewfinder. To get around this I turned up the ISO loads and used a shorter shutter speed of only a few seconds so I could quickly adjust my shot to get a composition I liked (Thanks Paul Zizka for the tip). 

Once I got a composition I was happy with I reduced my ISO and focused my attention on the rest of my camera settings. It's a tricky location as the sky is lit up with all the light pollution from Perth but the valley is very dark. I used the lantern light to focus on so the image was sharp where I wanted it and there you have it.   

 

 

It still needs some refinement from my side but it's all a learning experience.   

 


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