Daily Archives: February 19, 2012

Sunday night, originally uploaded by ken.udle.

I’ve been waiting longer than I wanted to post this one. My blog will be moving to a new location very soon. In fact I transferred the files today but managed to mess up the data base in the process. It isn’t the end of the world though, I’m sure it’ll be sorted out soon enough.

In the meantime, I needed a photo for this weeks P52 theme, Skylines. I figured everyone else in the group would be doing daytime shots, so I elected for an evening shot. For this one, I found a very dark spot on a bridge over the highway with Ottawa in the distance. A few clouds would have been nice but star was a nice compromise.

I anticipated a 30 sec exposure and so went prepared, at least I thought I was. Once I was set up, I realized I’d left my remote cable release at home so longer than 30 seconds was not going to be possible. Instead I increased the ISO and and opened the aperture one stop to bring me closer to where I wanted to be using 30 sec.

I didn’t have a lot of time for this one, and only took two other shots. Something you’ll want to consider if you’re going out on a cold night for a long exposure shot. Remember to keep safe. Bring a flash light, park off the road but leave your flashers on. Dress for the cold (a hat would have been nice tonight) but also pre-visualize the kind of shot you want, including what exposure settings you’ll need. setting those while in the warm car will reduce your time in the cold.