Light is Everything!

Nighttime Photography

Night Mode

S20 Night Mode, no edits

The S20 has several modes, including night mode. I tried it out on a walk last night. This is a challenging photo regarding dynamic range. With the naked eye, I couldn’t see the foreground detail when I took the photo. It’s mind blowing that a cell phone camera can ‘see’ more than the human eye can!

The results of night mode are very impressive. Clean, sharp, good colour, detail… what’s not to love?! 😎



Street Lamp in the Snow



The girls had their splurge party on Moir Dr. Monday night. BBQ & Movie in the backyard was the name of the game. But after the sun went down the real fun started. Jimmy brought the kids over some glow sticks and soon enough I setup a flash on a stick! πŸ™‚ This is why point and shoots just don’t cut it and DSLR cameras rock the set. The fancy term for this is “dragging the shutter” – meaning you use really slow shutter speeds to capture motion in the photo, but then use flash to keep some of it sharp. Β It makes for a really cool photo that I never ever grow tired of. The kids too find it awesome to see the colors from the glow sticks caught on camera. Super fun! 😎

Blue Fog!

Wow! What a crazy night. At about 11PM I decided it would be cool to venture out into the intense fog that had saturated the valley. Grabbed my camera, cable release and tripod and away I went. It was thick, barely could see past the car hood. I knew there would be some sweet sassy photos down by the river as the folks in beaver park had some yard lights that could work to back light some trees and then use the moon light as ambient fill. It was long exposures 30″ or more at tiny f/22 apertures. And while those 30 seconds tick by, all you hear is leaves crackling around you. What’s out there in the foggy darkness?!!?! 😯 Turns out it was deer. Whitetails were surrounding me all round which was very spooky! I finally scared them away and went back to the car. It was so calm too. Geese flying over head sounded like a roaring crowd of 30,000 people. Then a great horned owl flew overhead of me while I was doing the bridge exposure. I could have had a silhouette shot of the owl in front of the moon if I had another camera with me! That would have been cool. 8) Oh well, I was mid a 3 minute exposure so I didn’t want to goof it up. And I’m glad I didn’t.

More photo geek tips: When shooting at night, lock your white balance into tungsten. It makes everything have a really cool blue look, especially when you have fog. White fog is rather boring, but blue or pink looks ethereal. πŸ™‚


We struck another summer bucket list item off the roster tonight: watch a movie outside! So, we hooked up a projector, shined the image onto a bed sheet tethered to the swing set and away we went! It worked out really well and everyone loved it. Nice weather too, which is nice, not having water flowing into all of my electronics… 8) Rio is a pretty fun little movie too! Makes me want to travel to Brazil! πŸ™‚

Waning Gibbous

Everyone loves the moon! So here it is! πŸ˜†

I heard a really cool trick to know weather the moon is waxing or waning (getting fuller or going away). It’s DOC. If the moon is full on the right side, like the letter D, then it is waxing and getting fuller. Full moon is the O (no duh) and if the moon is full on the left side it is waning, like the letter C. So the next time you see the moon in it’s various lunar phases, just remember DOC and you’ll know what’s happening with our little pal the moon. And, you’ll be able to impress all your friends with your way cool knowledge of moon phases. 8)



Star Trail

I’ve got a new favourite photography subject! πŸ˜‰ This is my first ever star trail photo. 1186.7s exposure! hehehhehe… I noticed it was a clear night so I setup the camera on the tripod and after my first screwed up photo, I got this one. Manual mode on bulb setting with a cable release at f/8, ISO 200. White Balance set to Tungsten. The tree is illuminated from the town’s yard light across the ravine from our house. A nice serendipitous coincidence. πŸ™‚Β 

Nighttime Fun!

So we had a Valentine’s Family Fun night at our church tonight and Phoebe won a heart based princess wand glow stick – which she won on the merit of being under 5. πŸ™‚ All that ran through my mind was “Wicked! We can take super rad pictures with that thing!” And, so we did. πŸ˜‰

I love crazy shutter stuff. And glow sticks make the very best night shots, especially when kids are fired up to try it out. Grab your camera, your tripod and your fun shoes and give this a whirl. Manual Mode dialled into 30 seconds at f/8, ISO at 200 or whatever (mine was at 320 I think). Make sure your focus is on manual and set your lens to infinity. Then get your kids to go in front of the camera and start whirling around like crazed psychos! The more excited the better! She had the best time!

Whirling Dervish!?


Who's having all the fun? There she is!


But then, it get’s even more fun when you get more people to join in the madness and, add your flash. It ends up giving you the coolest Ghost images! Fun! πŸ™‚

Then, at the end, I couldn’t resist. I had to get in on all the madness myself – I’m not sure who had more fun, me or Phoebe?! Hehehheh… πŸ˜‰

Check out the rest of the shots in the slideshow. They are all single images edited only to pump up the saturation. The ghost images come because of multiple flash fires while the people move around to different spots.

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