After Dark Art

Tonight I pulled out the new tripod and headed to the marina for my first attempt at after dark photography.  Long exposures, low light…what fun, right?  Yeah….I have a LOT to learn.    I played around until a herd of skateboarders came barreling through and disrupted my quiet concentration. 

This shot was probably the best attempt, but had to cropped because of some lens flare I just couldn’t live with.  I know, David will hate be annoyed by this because the entire reflection of the large boat isn’t captured!   

Anyway, considering the slow shutter speed, how do I combat the flare from the lampposts and other light sources that will then become over exposed?   Suggestions from those with experience with low light photography?

Rust Canvas

This week I have been playing with my first DSLR, a Canon 40d, thanks to my friend David.  Up until now my Nikon Coolpix 100 has served me well, and it’s taken amazing photographs considering it’s “only a point and shoot”.   But I needed additional capabilities.  The Nikon D300 I want is going to run me around $1,300, so until I save my hard earned dollars to splurge on that, David is allowing me to use his Canon. 

There are several people within our circle of friends who love photography as well, so David had the idea of starting sort of a “fan page” on Facebook for us to post our work.  The page became “Sunny 16 Club”.  (Sunny 16 being a term to describe the right aperture to use on bright sunny days.)  It’s a good opportunity for us to share work and inspire each other.

One of my favorite things to do right now is go on photo walks.  Last night David and I hit up the marina in Bellingham in search of subjects during the “golden hour”.  I was looking for rust, he was looking for still water and perfect skylines.  This picture is of the bow of a ship I found towards the end of the walk.  I loved how the rust seemed to form an abstract painting within these bright blue boundaries.

Camera:  Canon 40d
Location:  Marina; Bellingham, Washington