On my way home from an evening with friends last night, I thought I’d take the chance to take a quick picture of Swansea at night (the end result is in my Landscape gallery). I had my travel bag with my main pieces of kit with me so thought ‘Why not?‘ and I drove up to the Town Hill area of Swansea.
Town Hill has one of the best views of Swansea city giving you a near birds eye view of the city. On clear days you can see the coast of Devon and see the near endless ferries and tankers go up and down the Bristol channel, but I’d never been there at night. It was slightly overcast, which suited my purpose as I wanted to get the city lights to fill the clouds in the final capture. I set my camera to ISO 100 f/16 to keep the noise levels down and switched to Bulb and was going to use my remote shutter release to give me control of how long the shutter would stay open for. The key word in that last sentence is ‘was‘.
This is a lesson to anyone who takes pictures on the move, ALWAYS check your kit before you leave the house, and once you do check it again!
For long exposure shots, any interaction with the camera will cause camera shake and will ruin your shot. If you think you’re being still enough, you’re not and no amount of photo editing software will enable you to correct it, so I say again – CHECK YOUR KIT!
However, I did find a work around; I switched the exposure to 30 seconds and set the camera to go off after 10 seconds. This allowed just enough light to filter through to get the effect I wanted. Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity and the same conditions next week to try and do it the way I had intended but I am happy with the end result and to have something to show that it wasn’t a complete waste of time 😀