I call this a ‘hyper nocturne’, in other words, an under exposed low ISO night shot recovered with levels and HDR treatments. This tree shows typical signs of lightning damage which is not an uncommon sight in remote field trees that often attract lightning strikes due to their prominence above ground. The result is usually a dead and maimed tree – but not always. It was quite a windy night and so the branches were moving and generally swaying about a lot, hence the curious blurring effect that gives them an almost pom-pom like appearance; similar to a north American Joshua Tree.
I’m quite interested in night shooting at the moment and I am also trying to get the best effects I can with now quite aged camera gear. I don’t have access to ludicrously high ISO capabilities at the moment so don’t expect to see perfectly exposed milky way’s over well exposed ground from noctoluminescent ambience etc.
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Nikon D200, 14mm, 100iso, f4.8, 55sec, Aug 16th 2016 – 21:39
A 77 second (bulb) exposure taken near to Manchester Road in Macclesfield. I quite like the new LED street lights on this road and wanted to see how they would work with a long exposure. The colourful effect in this shot, which is due to sodium light glow from distant Manchester is very interesting I think, it is also a phenomenon that will eventually disappear when the whole area switches to LED lighting.
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Nikon D80, 17mm, 100iso, f5.6, 77″, Mar 11th 2016 – 19:32