Well I have been mucking about with night photography for a few months now…. I feel like I have gone through the initial experimental phase… I now know how to optimise my camera for the conditions and I have got a pretty good feel on how to read the conditions to capture the effects that I want.
Went out last Saturday night and captured this image.
While there were still some technical aspects that I wasn’t happy about with this photo, for the first time I felt that I started to capture the image that was in my head… In my mind that is a pretty big milestone.
I have shot this location before at dawn, but focused on the swirling waves…. this time I wanted the focus to be on the sky contrasting with the gorgeous pool sitting in the blur of the ocean.
I pretty much achieved my result….. at last….. shows that it does pay off to stick with it.
Got a few more images in my head that I’d like to take this full moon…. I just wish the damn clouds would play ball…. it’s been crystal clear nights the last few.
Incidentally, this image was actually taken at dusk (15 min after sunset), with a 10stop ND filter on. Sure helps with the composition and focus when there is a bit of light around. I stopped down to f11 and almost 5min for this exposure.