First attempt at night landscape photography.

As it was almost a full moon tonight, and the weather was wonderfully clear, I decided that I’d have a go at some photography by moonlight.

I re-read an article in a photo magazine and armed with a little knowledge headed down to Portland to have a go.

First subject was the classic view from the Red Crane towards the lighthouse.  I estimated the exposure by setting the camera to f/8 and the ISO to 1600, which gave a shutter speed of 30s.  I then decreased the ISO to 200 (3 stops) and tripled the exposure time (1.5 minutes).

The first images came out a bit too dark, so I gradually increased the exposure time, until I was happy with the result (2.5mins @ f/8).  The magazine article recommended setting a manual white balance value of about 3000K, which was what was used in these shots.

Portland Bill by Moonlight

Red Crane by Moonlight

Beach Huts by Moonlight

Portland Swings by Moonlight

Overall, I’m very pleased with these images, I had great fun creating them and can definitely see me doing more of these.

Photo365 – 18 Mar 2011



Today was a wet and miserable day, but it did give me the opportunity to grab an image of raindrops on some iris leaves.

This was shot at about 1:1 with my Canon EF 100mm Macro lens.  I used natural light for this, as I didn’t like the twin specular highlights that I was getting from the flash.