is special. I enjoy walking/hiking when it is dark and making night-photography is a great way to observe better and look at things from a different perspective. The idea of long-exposures is that a camera can make an image that cannot be seen with the unaided eye. The camera has the “ability” to record light additively, while we humans only have the ability to imagine additively. When I show long-exposure night-photographs, I often get these three remarks:
- wow, it is so bright. That’s not possible.
- wow, look at the colours. They are not real.
- wow, you must have a great camera.
I tend to stop listening after the “wow”. Obviously, we cannot see the rich colours present at night. However, go outside in a full moon and look at a landscape. Can you identify any colours (black, white and grey are not colours)? Let’s say you can see a fade of blue. Well, if you set a shutter speed of 5 minutes, the camera will record for 5 minutes additively that minute amount of blue. The resulting photo will look considerably more blue than what you saw with your eyes.
The following photo shows part of Tryphena Harbour, part of the Coromandel Peninsular, the Colville Channel, Channel Island and you can clearly see in the horizon parts of Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island, Auckland Sky Tower and light “pollution” of Auckland City at twilight. I made this photo when the full moon was high and behind me.
So yeah, get out there and do night-photography. Use a cheap d-slr camera, a point and shoot camera or even your smart-phone. Put it in manual mode, focus for infinity, put the camera on a tripod or similar and choose a long shutter speed. Best wishes, Ben