Long-exposure Mishap

October 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Took a run up to Alan Seeger Natural Area over the weekend for a nature walk with my sister and brother-in-law. On our way up, we stopped by to check out Penn-Roosevelt State Park. While checking out the creek(s) around the little pond, I thought it might be an interesting idea to get a shot during low-light conditions, or completely after dark. Not much in the way of light pollution in the immediate are, with the exception of the moon. Anyrate, wandered up there last night, and grabbed a few shots. Not all have been processed, but this one so far is my favorite. Originally it started out life headed to the recycle bin, but after some consideration I decided to toy with it a bit. For whatever reasons beyond me...other than just loosing my mind. I shot this at way too high of an ISO and too long of a shutter speed. Ended up with a thirty second exposure at 10,000 iso. Typically, with my 17-40mm lens, I would want to target zero...or at least, very little movement in the stars. That would mean a shutter speed no longer than twenty-five seconds at 17mm, and twelve and one-half seconds at 40mm. With an ISO of 10,000...it pretty much turned the darkness into daylight, and boosted the noise tremendously. Fortunately, I was able to salvage it in Photoshop. Overall...learned a valuable lesson about keeping an eye on my gear, especially if I have been turning the volume knobs up to eleven! What was a mistake...didn't really turn out too bad.

Penn-Roosevelt State ParkPenn-Roosevelt State ParkLong-exposure of Penn-Roosevelt State Park.