Shooting after Dark

Out with the Camera

So with the dark winter evenings upon us, trying to capture landscape photography can be fun when it comes to looking through that viewfinder or seeing details on your screen display due to the sky being dark and overcast this time of year. With the lack of light in the mornings or after 4pm in the evenings (UK time) you ask yourself why not just stay indoors with my camera and wait for spring.

Well here’s why!

Heath Lake after Dark

Heath Lake after Dark

I for one am still new to photography and after seeing other peoples images of Nightscape photography, I decided to get out during the evenings and try-out taking photos in the dark. The above image was taken between the hours of the only 7pm – 8pm so not that late and using the Bulb setting on my Nikon D7000 took approximately 12 minutes to capture.

So was it easy? No without a torch I couldn’t see a bloody thing (so lesson one learned, always take a torch) looking across the lake all I could see where lights from the houses on the other side of the lake, the sky and the trees were just a dark outline. Looking through the viewfinder or on-screen display seemed to view and pick up even less than what my eyes had adjusted too, this made setting up the composition and depth of field great fun NOT!

However after finally setting up my camera to what I was hoping would look ok, I took to take my first shot, 5min exposure just came out pitch black so I increased to 10 minutes etc, and finally, I managed to capture the above image.

Next trip out saw me setting up my camera a little better, and taking my first shot using an exposure time starting at 20 minutes using an ISO setting of 100 with a f/14 – 16 stop, different location this time with cloud and skies not so good, but still happy with the final outcome in the end

ISO 100, f/16, 25min (bulb)

ISO 100, f/16, 25min (bulb)

So go on, get outside with your camera in the evenings. Yes, people will look at you as if you are strange, and yes getting the image you picture within your own head is not going to be easy. However what you learn and the skills you gain will pay off in the end

 

 

 

 

Summers Evening

Out with the Camera

So with the British summer finally arriving (well nearly) it’s time for those lovely evening walks round Heath Lake in Petersfield just chilling out and taking photos. So with my D7000 set to Manual Mode, I started out taking shots and trying to practice using my Cokin ND and GD filter sets.Β Which I’m slowly getting the hang of, however still need more practice πŸ˜‰

ISO 100, 14mm, 1/25 sec, f/5.6

ISO 100, 14mm, 1/25 sec, f/5.6

The above photograph was taken free hand and not using a tripod due to the brightness of the sky and my current set of ND & GD filters not being that Dark, however looking at the above photo closely the use of a tripod would have made this photograph much sharper along with setting my D7000 between f/9 – f/14 so lesson learnt for next time..

ISO 100, 14mm, 1/20 sec, f/18

ISO 100, 14mm, 1/20 sec, f/18

Continuing our walk around the lake we watch the clouds go by and the sun start to think about setting, with the camera still in hand but this time shooting towards the remaining sunlight I was able to capture the above photography which made a lovely way to end our evening walk.

Family Wedding

Out with the Camera

So after my attempt at taking photographs at a total strangers Wedding, this time I got to take photographs at my sister-in-law’s Wedding. To be open and truthful I found this so much easier as the guest and the family all knew who I was lol!!

The Blessing

The Blessing

With the camera set to Manual Mode and ISO Sensitivity setting set to ON (minimum ISO 100 Maximum ISO 3200, I set about trying to capture images from inside the church, getting the white balance correct was a challenge as an amateur but managed it towards the end.

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom

Switching the white balance between Day Light and Fluorescent Light I managed to capture a range of nice photography both inside and outside, however by setting my Nikon D7000 to shot in NEF (RAW) it did allow me to edit and improve the photos when I forgot to switch between the two white balance settings πŸ˜‰

Mirror MIrror on the Wall

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

A great trick I also learned, is that converting Wedding Photographs to Black & White works really really well, it adds style to the photograph whilst also helping to hide those silly mistakes you make as an amateur photographer with still so much to learn.

Happy Couple

Happy Couple

Congratulation to the Bride & Groom,

 

 

Vintage Cars on Track

Out with the Camera

It started out as just when of then days when you get called into work to fix an issue, but this time the caller said make sure you bring your camera?

That’s was a very strange way to finishes a phone which started with I need your help to fix my computer, so with camera gear packed and on idea what IT issue I was turning up at work for on a Saturday I arrived to see these amazing vintage racing cars on track

Number 10

Vintage Race Car

So IT issues all fixed, I sat down by the side of the motor circuit and set my Nikon D7000 onto Shutter Priority Mode, using our new 70 – 200mm 2.8 VR lens I practised capturing these vintage motor cars racing around the circuit.

Classic Racing Car

Classic Racing Car

By using Shutter Priority to capture these type of shots, you control the speed the image is taken whilst allow the camera to control the required Aperture setting. This allows you to add blur when required or capture a clear sharp image.

 

Classic Car Classic Shot

Classic Racing Cars

 

 

HMS Victory Using Auto ISO

Camera skills

HMS Victory located within Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

The Victory was built back in 1860 and due to the age of the ship and the artifacts onboard, you are NOT allowed to take flash photography. This restriction on using flash, therefore, made this trip the best time to practice using my D7000 with the following setting enabled, Auto ISO turned On and set ISO 100 – 3200 with a minimum Shutter Speed of 1/15 sec. You can set the ISO level to your cameras maximum ISO, however, this will increase the digital noise within the image which you don’t really want.

ISO 3200, 14mm, 1/20 sec, f/4

ISO 3200, 14mm, 1/20 sec, f/4

Thanks to using Auto ISO on my D7000 and by slight also increasing the exposure level by +1.3 I was able to capture the above image in very poor lighting conditions without the need of a Tripod.

ISO 160, 20mm, 1/250 sec, f/11

ISO 160, 20mm, 1/250 sec, f/11

With Auto ISO enabled, once back outside I didn’t need to worry much about the overcast weather, as once again Auto ISO allowed the camera to increase the ISO level when needed, as the above image shows

Using and setting up Auto ISO on a Nikon camera is easy it’s not cheating, it’s a great camera function for when shooting in poor lighting when a flash gun isn’t allowed to be used, but you want to capture that action

What you waiting for, find the Auto ISO setting on your camera and give it a try.

Fields of Gold

Camera skills

The evening skies are blue and the countryside has broken into colour, so it’s a great time to get out and practice using Aperture Priority and different ISO settings to capture the colours of spring.

ISO 200, 24mm, 1/3200 sec, f/4

ISO 200, 24mm, 1/3200 sec, f/4

The above photo was taken whilst driving home from work using my Nikon D7000 set to Aperture Priority. However, this image was also taken with my camera set to a function called Auto ISO. This camera function allows you to set a minimum and maximum ISO and Shutter Speed setting on your camera.

With Auto ISO set, your camera will Automatically increase or decrease the ISO and Speed levels you have selected if need and therefore helping you capture the image using the best exposure levels.

Also Comes in Red

Out with the Camera

Just got to love working at Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, yesterday I was lucky enough to capture a Spitfire burning off excess fuel, and today’s lunch break has been spent watching people test drive Ferrari’s.

Which provided me with the opportunity to practice Shutter Speed Priority, whilst trying to add that slight blurring motion to the background, as I hope the below image shows

ISO 100, 70mm, 1/160 sec, f/11

ISO 100, 70mm, 1/160 sec, f/11

Just a shame I only got to practice with my Nikon D7000, and didn’t get chance to test drive this lovely looking Ferrari πŸ˜‰

Spitting Fire

Out with the Camera

With the weather being warm and sunny, it’s been a great couple of days just to get out during my lunch break a practice playing with Shutter Speed & Aperture Priority on my Nikon D7000.

And as the photo shows below, being in the right place at the right time can also help when it comes to capturing a great shot.

ISO 800, 300mm, 1/6400 sec, f/10

ISO 800, 300mm, 1/6400 sec, f/10

Above image clearly shows where these great World War II aircraft, might just get their name from πŸ˜‰

Shutter Priority, Hangers Way Walk

Camera skills

Today has been spent going for a lovely walk around Hangers Ways just outside of Petersfield Hampshire, during our walk we came across a couple of lovely little waterfalls which allowed us to practice using Shutter Priority,

ISO 100, 24mm, 2.0sec, f/22

ISO 100, 24mm, 2.0sec, f/22

The above and below images aren’t amazing, however, you can see by just slowing your Shutter Speed down by 2 seconds you can start to slow down the motion of the flowing water, and by just upping your Shutter Speed to 6 seconds the image starts to look just a little softer.

ISO 100, 24mm, 6.0sec, f/22

ISO 100, 24mm, 6.0sec, f/22

Hints and Tips into using Shutter Priority to be written shortly,