Mar 8, 2012

The Gazebo

The gazebo across the street from our house continues to be a photographic inspiration/challenge. I'm not sure how many more ways I can shoot this thing, but it certainly has been good practice for shooting in a variety of conditions.

This time I went for the night shot under a full moon. The gazebo itself is very brightly lit inside, but even with the full moon, the roof is completely dark. I wanted to show the sky in some detail without turning the moon and gazebo into giant blobs of white light. I was using my 50mm prime lens on my Sony A580. I don't technically know anything about night photography, but my thinking was to go with ISO 100 to minimize noise and shoot with a slower shutter speed (since I had a stationary subject). The clouds, though, weren't stationary and I didn't like the look of them with a really long exposure. So I opened up the aperture all the way to f/1.8 which let me fire the shutter at 1/4. It took an hour of editing tweaks (and lots of trial and error), but I'm pretty pleased with the end result.

And here are the other pictures in the "series."


Anonymous said...

All very awesome. When is your book coming out?

- Curt

Just Me said...

Those are really beautiful pictures. I wish I had that kind of view, but mine is of a parking lot.