Night Lights

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It is the full moon, and the clouds glide past overhead, buoyed by winter breeze. Continue reading “Night Lights”

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And So The River Rushes

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and so the river rushes

and so the dark descends

and so each breathless

eternity is hummed into

the next. one by one by

tumbling one.

and so the moments

f a l l.

This image is really one from the archives, dating back all the way to last October’s trip to Kullu, in Himachal Pradesh – the result of experimentation with long exposures, makeshift tripods composed of stray pebbles, and cameras dangerously close to the fast, fast river. Timing, too, was an issue – it had to be when it was getting dark, because neural density filters are a bit of a dream, but not too dark. Still, I’m happy with the result, as first attempts go.

Please note that for the next week-ish I will be travelling, again, hopefully to return with lots of lovely stories to share.

Exposed Sunset

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I’ve been experimenting a bit with long exposures lately. This is one of the results. The biggest problem I face is, lacking an ND filter (and remote), my exposures are limited to 30 seconds – and I need to make sure nothing is overexposed. But I loved the pink clouds that day so I decided to give it a go.

Note: this post is scheduled.

Center of the Moon

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The other night the wind was quick and the sky full of clouds, so I did a bit of an experiment with a long exposure and the moon. Not possessing a neural density filter, evening time (at somewhat respectable hours) is the only time I can do long exposures at if my pictures aren’t meant to turn out all white. Even so, striking the right balance between exposure compensation, ISO, shutter speed, and aperture was quite the challenge, with raising the shutter speed (through exposure compensation) producng only a white blob for a moon (which was not what I wanted), surrounded by smoky, blurred clouds (which was what I wanted). Going the complete other direction, with a low shutter speed, merely ended up with a black sky and a lone white dot indicating our grey satellite. Couple that with the fact the edges of trees kept intruding on the photograph, and impending clear skies which would destroy the premise of the photograph all together, and you have quite a conundrum, for which I present what was, in the end, my best compromise. What do you think of the result of this test? Any suggestions? Tell me in the comments!