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 – 17 Mar 2011

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

By the Light of the Moon

Todays image is one of only two taken today, and my first attempt at shooting a scene lit by moonlight.

The moon was almost full, and so gave plenty of light, though the light cloud cover meant that it wasn’t as bright as I would have liked.

I took a guess at the exposure, which was 4 minutes at f/5.6 at ISO200.  Due to the light cloud, there is a bit of an orange cast, and I really didn’t know what to do with the white balance.

In the end, I opted for daylight white balance, which has given a bit of an orange glow, which at least stops the image from looking like it was taken in poor light on an overcast day.

I did also try using tungsten white balance, which gives a slightly more natural colour, but a slight bluish tinge, but to my eyes that made it look like the shot had been taken under poor light, rather than at night.