Low Light

Shooting New York City at night in 30 minutes

I shot all images in that album while walking back from a +Rick Sammon workshop at the Explorer's Club to Grand Central Terminal within 30 minutes. All pictures were shot handhold and using fairly slow lenses - the Canon 24-105 f/4 and the Canon 16-35 f/2.8 - I probably shouldn't call an f/2.8 a slow lens, I know...

The weather was absolutely fantastic as it stopped raining just a few minutes after I left the Explorer's club giving me awesome, wet reflective roads.

I was using poles and dumpsters as tripods and all are single exposures = no HDR.

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30 minutes of NYC at night

Bar Harbor in Purple

I'm back from the off-line outback of Maine. I was without Internet access for a few days, that's why I failed to upload the daily posts...

This is an HDR I created just 45 minutes ago while staying at the Best Western in Bar Harbor, ME. I shot 4 bracketed exposures 2 stops apart - I actually shot 9 exposures, 1-stop apart but just used the 4. The sky was so bright red, I had to desaturate it slightly. I wanted to shoot a second set of exposures with a slightly wider focal length but the magic was already gone - it lasted for just around 2 minutes....

Exif Info:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

  • Exposure Time: 3.2s (32/10)

  • Aperture: f/14

  • ISO: 100

  • Focal Length: 23mm (23mm in 35mm)


Golden Alley in Blue Hour

This picture would not have been possible without HDR. The road was heavily lit by the street lamps while everything else was almost pitch dark. You can even see the stars in the sky.

Exif Info:

  • Date Taken: 2011-07-04 22:21:22

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

  • Exposure Time: 8 exposures between 1/8 and 30 seconds

  • Aperture: f/4

  • ISO: 400

  • Focal Length: 24mm