Headed to the coast to catch the moonrise, with my camera, tripod and set of fairy lights.. it was Unlikely I was going to catch a goof frame considering I had no clue what I was doing at all.
How I got the shot: Shot with a Nikon D3300 – standard 18-55 mm lens at 35 mm… shutter speed 13 seconds, Aperature f/4.5, ISO 200.
Sticking my camera on a ten second timer allowed for the image to be crisp enough. Removing physical contact when taking an image (if on a tripod) allows for the camera to be as still as possible. Using the 10 second timer to my advantage I ran out into the frame on the rocks.
In order to gather as much light from the moon and the few stars that there are I set the camera to a shutter speed of 13 seconds, meaning that any movement at all would blur the image (blurry clouds) meaning I sat dead still, barely breathing for 13 seconds. Also because of the long exposure and not wanting the fairy lights to be really dominant in the image I turned the lights on for about half a second during the 13 second exposure.
The decision to take my camera on a quick walk in the evening the other week proved to give me many of my favourite pictures that are currently in my portfolio.
If you’re like me, and love walks (with your camera in hand), try and wait till sunset for your daily walk or even better go at sunrise. At this time of day the light is softer than during mid day, and adjusting your settings appropriately. In this picture I was kind of just messing around with the settings (1600 ISO, 1600 shutter speed, F10 aperture) and managed to grab the sun just peaking over the top of the building. I find that using a high shutter speed is the key camera setting for an urban landscape. Urban areas are busy and most of the time we are not gonna be with our tripods on our walks so using a high Sutter speed eliminates motion blur allowing for crisp photos, this is one of the best urban landscape photography tips for any beginner. In fact this tip is most useful for camera settings needed for lots of outdoor photography.
The sun at this time of day allows for a completely different feel to our image than at midday. When shooting large components, like the building in this instance, I try to make sure the sun is not the main component of the image. Using the sun as an unique, extra element to the picture allows us to focus on the bold outlines of the building in this case.