Category: Lights 'n Shadows
Brindavan gardens in Mysore is a beautiful place, especially once the lights are turned on. I was there recently with some of my relatives and had a gala time shooting the lights and fountains:
I used the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L wide angle zoom lens for this shot, mounted on my Manfrotto 728B digi tripod. I've noticed that the camera meter usually does not give the optimum exposure for these long exposure shots. So, I started of with the Av mode and then ended up adding an exposure bias of -2 steps. This pic comes at f/10, ISO-100 for a 3.2s exposure.
The same settings were retained for the second pic as well, but this time, the exposure time was 8s. I also cropped the lower portion of the image to remove some over exposed regions of the image.
Note: Thought I'll add some notes seeing the first two comments querying about tripod, trigger mode ... etc
- Tripod is a must for long exposure shots.
- Even with tripod you need to be very careful to avoid motion / blur.
- I usually use timer or remote trigger for long exposure shots
- Remote is suited even for telephoto action/candid shots since there is no time lag and there is almost zero movement. A Canon RC1 is good enough for most Canon entry level SLRs.
- ISO-100 or lower is best for long exposure. Noise gets accumulated with long exposure and with higher ISO, this can reach unacceptable levels.
- A not-too-wide shutter is better for night / long exposure shots, since its tough to get the focus right in dark. I usually opt for something like f/10 - f/16, not too thin to allow diffration to reduce the sharpness.
- For exposure times higher than the camera allows, use the Bulb mode. In Canon SLRs, set to Manual mode and increase the exposure time until the camera settings show 'BULB'. In this mode the shutter will stay open as long as you keep the button pressed. For practical usage, use Canon RC1 or a cable release for both opening and closing the shutter.
Hope the notes helped :)