Digital 102 Assignment: Night Lights and Light Painting

My very first attempt at getting night lights!  You can't tell from this picture, but it was just after sunset and DARK!!  The only light was the passing lights of the cars.  It made me so happy to get this one first time out!! Settings: ISO2000 1/24sec f/18
My very first attempt at getting night lights! You can’t tell from this picture, but it was just after sunset and DARK!! The only light was the passing lights of the cars. It made me so happy to get this one first time out!!
Settings: ISO2000 1/24sec f/18

So I never updated you on my last week’s photography homework assignment. It was Night Lights and Light Painting. Of course it was the coldest week we’ve had to date in January since I started class, which made getting outside not so much fun. However that fact did give me an opportunity to use my new fingerless gloves that a friends surprised me with a couple weeks ago!

Also the fact that my husband was still fairly immobile made it a little hard to wander too far from home and be adventurous. I really would like to head into the city and try these again! Even still while I felt composition lacked some on the interest factor, I was thrilled to finally be able to understand the “technical” side of Night Light photography, and Light Painting.

The key ingredients are: tripod (so you eliminate camera shake with the low shutter speeds), wireless remotes or exposure timers, and low shutter speeds. The lower (or sometimes called slower) shutter speed allows the shutter to stay open longer and therefore capture as much available light as possible. For the newbies, it is also the thing that causes the streaking of car lights that you see in “city” night pictures. Since the cars are moving, the camera is capturing the light AND movement.

I was thrilled to discover the bulb setting for my shutter speed on my camera that let me determine the time elapse of my open shutter. Using my new wireless remote allowed me to really eliminate the need to touch my camera  and therefore I had almost no camera shake.  It made it so much easier!!  It amazes me how completely dark settings, can look like daytime with that option.

And for the record, my wireless remote is my new favorite photography toy!! Couldn’t have purchased it at a better time!!

Next weeks assignment is “Panning”, which is where you track a moving person or object, and capture the movement while keeping the subject in focus (more or less). Right after class my hubby and kids picked me up (they took a mini field trip to a local museum) and we headed over to a local park in the city and I already got some great shots. Can’t wait to post them. Be sure to check in Monday night or Tuesday for those.  We also have our “Field Trip” outing to a local train museum on Saturday morning!  I can’t wait.  I will be sure to post those pictures too!

Nightlights Settings: ISO 200, shutter speed 5.3 seconds, aperture f/22
Nightlights
Settings: ISO 200, shutter speed 5.3 seconds, aperture f/22
Nightlights Settings: ISO 320, shutter speed 2.9 seconds, aperture f/20
Nightlights
Settings: ISO 320, shutter speed 2.9 seconds, aperture f/20
Silhouettes Settings: ISO 200, shutter speed 1/25 seconds, aperture f/11
Silhouettes
Settings: ISO 200, shutter speed 1/25 seconds, aperture f/11
Silhouettes Settings: ISO 200, shutter speed 1/10 seconds, aperture f/11
Silhouettes
Settings: ISO 200, shutter speed 1/10 seconds, aperture f/11

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