A couple weekends ago I was talking with my friend Shannon from SeeingSpotsPhoto about her lighthouse project, and that inspired me to shoot the Avery Point Lighthouse in Groton, CT tonight. The moon was just under 1/2 and I wanted to try my new-to-me 75-300 mm zoom to try and make the moon larger over the lighthouse. However, the moon was not in the right place (I would have has to be swimming to get the angle I wanted, lol). However, the constellation Orion was in the perfect location to shoot with the light house. I tried several perspectives, trying to keep the shutter speed at 25 seconds or less to minimize star trails while having a sufficient exposure. And during one exposure a meteor blazed almost directly over the top of the light house, and IN THE FRAME!!! It’s intensity changed as it flared in and out before dying. It was one of the most spectacular meteors I’ve seen, and I got it on the image!!!! I was (still am) so excited I texted Shannon and some other photog friends right away (past 10pm, lol). So, here it is for you to see, as well 🙂
18 mm, 25 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100 (Avery Point Lighthouse Meteor)
This is one image, no layering, not combining, just some minor tweaks in Lightroom. A bucket list shot, if I do say so myself 🙂
I came across this old building. What it was in a former life I do not know. But it’s decay drew my eye, each time I drove this stretch of road. The contrast of the brick and white paint. The tall grasses growing through the pavement. The closed doors hiding it’s past.
I got to campus about 30 min before class started today because there is a huge red-painted sculpture on the campus I wanted to shoot. I made several images from various angles, distances, etc. It’s very interesting with the hard and soft edges, the arcs and angles.
Long day today, but on my way home I passed under one of the highways and thought the pattern of the support pillars as I drove under the underpass. So I turned around, set up the tripod up to the white line, and tried a couple shots. I thought that in black and white the pattern would stand out since there wasn’t really any color (esp. at dusk). It also seems to reflect the deserted, dark feel it has as I drove through it.
Well, today I didn’t end up getting the chance to make it to Music City, but I think there is a much better chance tomorrow night (fingers crossed), but I can’t make any promises 😦
Tonight before heading up I set up my tripod in the lobby of my hotel (the Embassy Suites, Franklin, TN) and shot a long exposure of the elevators. The elevators have a glass back so you can see the open interior as you ascend and descend. It’s a really nice hotel, but since I’m not doing much more than sleeping (and posting this blog) from my room, it’s not that big a deal.
Today marks Day 50 of my Project 366! I have not missed a day so far! Though at least a few photos posted were just to have one up, but hey, at least I’m still on track! I’m kinda surprised that I’ve made it this far, and it’s encouragment that I will finish this project 🙂
I was trying to think of somthing I could shoot that would be in line with a theme of “50”; either the number somewhere or 50 of something or whatever. But I didn’t give it enough thought and on my way home tonight I realized that it was too late to be super creative. So I chose another subject.
This old Congregational church in Norwich is quite beautiful to look at. It was built in the 1850s and is in great condition. During the day you can see it in its redish color and really appreciate its architecture. I thought I would be great to shoot at night, since it looks cool all lit up at night. But with the mix of lighting on the building itself, along with all the street lights that are in that area causes this to be very challenging to shoot. There are much better sides to this building than what you see below, but between the lighting and interfering objects (power lines, poles, etc), in addition to my own lack of experience in shooting something like this, most shots came out w/ areas over exposed and others under exposed. So I settled on the shot below which is the most evenly lit (or un-lit) side so I would not have to spend hours in Lightroom adjusting exposure on each area.
If you have any tips on how to shoot a building like this at night, please share them! I would like to try this building again 🙂
21 mm, 61 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Church)