Get convinced by reading a little story about me and Night Photography (below)
June 1st, 2014 - Homer Alaska 1:30 a.m.
This is it I guess, I've been waiting for the sun to go down entirely for a few hours now, and while I still see a shimmer of light in the background I know this is what passes for night time up here.
It's my last night here before making my way back home and I am trying to capture the magnificent scenery just outside the "Land's End" hotel (a very appropriate name if you ask me). The hotel building is the last remnant of civilization, once you pass that point it's all just pebbles, a river and the mountain ridge beyond. I wonder what I'd be able to find out there...a pristine natural world maybe? Unfortunately, I won't find out, at least not this time around.
My hands are numb from the cold wind and I can barely see the controls on the top of the camera, I've been trying to figure out the right number of seconds I need to keep the shutter open to get a proper exposure of the landscape at f/14 on ISO 100, however my mind keeps slipping. No big surprise though, I've been having 21-hour long days during the last week and at this point it's hard to figure out the result of 1 + 1...yet, I must say, I've never felt so alive in my life. Looking at these amazing scenes really does put things in perspective...
A soft quiet voice in the back of my head reminds me that I'll be lucky to get three hours of sleep if I go to bed right now, it also reminds me that I will have to drive 200 miles to the Anchorage airport when morning comes, yet I am still not satisfied with the image I have, I am sure I can do better, one last try I promise to myself...in reality it will take at least another half an hour before I pack up and leave feeling fully satisfied.
Night Photography is probably my favorite kind because it's quite therapeutic. It provides a chance to slow down, pay attention to what needs be done, feeling the shape and size of the buttons on the camera with my fingers, looking...no, feeling the scene through the viewfinder rather, as the eyes are easily fooled in a low light environment.
The day is out, people sleep, the surroundings are quiet, it's the perfect time to combine knowledge, skill and practice to produce something new, something different, something amazing...no hurries, no distractions, just a camera, a tripod, a landscape and the dark night.
Talk to you soon.
P.S. Check out my low light/night-photography landscapes right here! They will help you create a more relaxed environment to work and live.
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