Night Photography In Newark With Guy And Steve
Having spoke to Guy in the week gettimg advice on the Goose fair now i am working in Nottingham he said they were going to Newark Sunday to a Power station for some night photography something of which all though i am no expert.. (wedding photography is my thing and rather busy this year with 42 weddings completed) along with my day job as a service engineer i am quite passionate about photography in the evening and a difference you can make with a photo using long exposures,
The tools for Night photography Tripod essential to stop camera shake on long exposures, Warm clothing, and a torch and if possible a wired or wireless shutter trigger for longer exposures and if affordable a wide angle lens( i use a sigma 10-20mm then you can get more dramatic skies
Having finshed work in Nottingham around 4.30pm i drove to Newark to meet Guy at the deignated place
Whilst in Newark after a short walk around the town we grabbed a few shots by the bridge then we set off to meet with Steve at the car park of Newark Marina near the power station
So off we treked from the car park where we parked through dark fields probably about 1 and half miles away but with my dodgy hip it seemed like 5miles lol to the side of the trent on arrival the first thing i realised i had done is left my wireless remote in the van(what an idiot)so it was the camera timer for me.
Just one thing i would say to get some of the effects below never use your camera in Auto mode
I know this is not a night shot but whilst walking around the grounds of the Castle some girls in the distance caught my eye so grabbed a quick photo
To show how setting different shutter speeds can produce different results although most of you will know this. settings were Manual f/4.5 ISO 200 38mm Focal length 1/10 Second
By setting the shutter speed to 3 Seconds you can see the difference its the same photo as above but a lot brighter.
That also applies when setting the aperture the smaller the aperture number i:e f/4.0 the more light you let in and the brighter the photo and you can also see a difference with the water it gives it an almost ice or mirror effect
This was taken wide angle at 2.5 Seconds at f/3.5
i really like bright quirky night photos so i always use long exposures 30+ seconds at around f/4.5 - f/9 but a lot of people will tell you to shoot at 30 Seconds around f/11 onwards smaller aperture
Again looking for nice reflections in the river and using the weed in the foreground to give the photo some interest settings were Manual 30 Seconds at f/9.0 Focal Length 18.0mm
Arriving at the Power Station the first thing we noticed was a lot of growth around the river now shooting long exposures could cause problems because the greenery would become blurred to try to find a spot where there was little or no movement settings for this were 30 seconds at f/5.7 you will see this is a little darker than the next image so remember larger the aperture the more light you let in and the brighter your image will be
Same settings as above apart from the aperture down to f/4.0 to bring in a little more light
And taking about removing the undergrowth and grassy banks from the picture here is Guy doing it his way shoes and socks off straight into the Trent
Again you can see this one is slightly darket than the previous two setting the shutter speed to 25 Seconds and f/5.7 darkens the photo
After a few River shots i looked round and thought the Farmers field would make a nice image with no light pollution from lots of street lights settings on this one were 30 seconds shutter speed and f/4.0 now i explained earlier about using a wide angle lens for the dramatic skies here is a prime example this was taken at a focal length of 10mm the only problem trying to get this shot is focusing it was pitch black apart from a street light in the distance that i focused on
you can see the difference from the photo above same shot aperture was f/5.7 and it just darkens the picture slightly and changes the sky color it is all about experimenting
Of which i did with this one set the camera to 30 seconds put on a 5 second timer then round around in the filed light painting Guy and Steve must have thought i was mad but then they had a go photography it's all about fun
Time to go so wanted to get one more shot of the power station settings on this one were 30 Seconds at f/4.0
As we were coming back to the marina Steve said the reflections on the boats looked good so it was Camera out and and another long exposure this one was taken at 16.0mm focal length at 30 Second shutter speed at f/5.6
In this one i used the bridge and asked Guy to stay still for at least 30 seconds because if he would have moved he would have just looked ghostly or you would not have seen him at all you can also see the moon is blurry this is because in 30 seconds it was abviously moving with the earths rotation
While the moon was in view i grabbed this last shot of the bridge taken at 30 seconds at f/4.5
Anyway that is that i hope i have been some help to some people regarding night photography i am not too good in putting it in words i am more of a hands on person as Guy will tell you if anyone in the near future wants to go out doing some night photography contact me and i will gladly come along within a reasonable travelling distance as i say i prefer hands on sometime in November i am hoping to go to Liverpool waterfront i am told it is nice down there anyone is welcome to join me by the way i live in rotherham South Yorkshire
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