As discussed in an earlier post, I went back to take a dusk/ night time shot of the unique property situated on the outskirts of Bradgate Park.
When shooting at night the minimum equipment you need to have is a sturdy tripod and a cable release/ remote. I use a remote with my Nikon, they are really cheap and available on eBay (search IR Remote Nikon). It is ideal to have sandbags too to hang off your tripod to minimise any camera movement.
It is best to shoot at f16 as this will give you the starburst effect from the outdoor lights. An example below can be found against shooting at f8.
Shooting at f8 – 13s exposure:
It is perhaps a little over exposed through the windows, but what we are looking at is getting the starburst effect from those outside lights. The effect is there, but it is a little muted. The centre of the light, the bulb itself looks a little like a bright splodge (non technical term!). It bleeds into the starburst.
Below is shot at f16, 25s exposure:
You can see in this image that the starburst effect is more prominent and more dazzling!
Here is the final image:
This was taken at f16 with a 30s exposure. I have just brought out the detailing in the grass slightly in Adobe Lightroom 4 and added a slight vignette. Another shot I like from the shoot is below:
Because I was much further away and on full zoom, this was shot at f8 and just quickly edited in a fun way.