When people think of photography, and night, they assume that the flash needs to come out. But they are usually left with red eyes, and flat images. But with only limited equipment and a sense of imagination, any DSLR can create some stunning images. The resulting image can then be edited or left as is. This series of images does not use a camera flash, rather I have used some other common lighting sources:
- A simple LED torch
- Tea Lights
- Glow Sticks
- The Moon
- Car lights
- Light Pollution
These images were created using a combination of light sources, long exposures and a tripod. But if you don’t have a tripod something to keep the camera steady is all that’s needed. With the camera steady, and your light source sorted out, all that’s needed now is to work in ‘manual mode’ on your camera. This mode is something that scares many people – but it is an essential skill for any budding photographer. As part of ‘The Road Less Travelled’ we will be exploring the skills needed to be able to shoot at night.
Located in the Colac Botanic Gardens, the Old Canon now operates as a reminder to the past, and a climbing platform for adventurous kids. But of a night time the canon can be given a life of its own. A torch was placed into the canon, the full moon lit the background and another torch was used to highlight the front of the canon…
Who knows your movies… Unlike my cousin, the 1958 Plymouth Fury, I am not able to regenerate myself – and inflict death and destruction. Probably just as well, as being a much larger vehicle, the international truck would inflict much greater destruction. To create this image the full moon provided the background light, and a simple small LED torch provided the foreground light. Selective areas were then edited to create the final works.
On a balmy winters night, the thin film of water on the lake was still, and reflecting the milky way and the lights of the town in the distance. But what can you make of those footsteps, walking into the scene and then disappearing into the lights – perhaps its not a town after all. Light pollution from Colac provided the glow on the horizon, which was then reflected on the thin layer of Salty water on Lake Cundare. The dark clear night then presented a stunning view of the milky way.
A bit of imagination goes a long way, this image was captured using some tea lamps, and a green glow stick. So a simple bunch of mushrooms with some creative lighting and some ‘Alice in Wonderland’ editing created this piece.
Smythes Creek, Candle Play
The stones were already stacked, I bought along the tea lights and the bright moon provided the additional lighting. The use of long exposure has created some really interesting effects within this image, such as the wax seen ‘dispersing’ into the sky.
Are we alone in the galaxy, or is there life out on other planets? Maybe it is all a big conspiracy theory and the stars are just fabricated to make us think they are real. If that was the case, then surely there must be star factories – maybe this is one? Once again, the light pollution from Colac was used to provide the background light, and in this case a passing cars headlights gave me some great light on the foreground.
Up Into The Darkness
Looking into the blackness of total darkness can be daunting. What will I find when I get there, is it dangerous, should you follow the path? But then if you don’t follow, what will you miss out on? Whilst staying with the safe path takes away the risk, are you missing out on the potential rewards? To create this image only one small LED torch was used to ‘paint’ the steps at Red Rock.
This buggy is one I have driven past many times. One evening I spent some time looking at some old farm relics and decided that this buggy was too good not to capture using light painting techniques. Amazing what some creative editing and LED torch can do!