I did mention that I was having a waft with some gels over the LED, so still in practice mode...Moonlight a bit too strong to get the stars popping but if you want to give it a try these are the camera settings.
Nikon D750 with a Nikkor 20mm, shooting Raw with iso 200, f 4.5 for 20 seconds...so you can see the moon was quite bright...camera on timer sitting on a tripod so I could get into the polytunnel...3 shots one for the ambient, one for the interior and one for the non gelled light outside...layer stack in Photoshop and just masked in/out the relevant bits...'where does it go from here...is it down to the lake I fear' (yep more obscure '80's pop, there's a clue in the blog title).....so to Huelgoat and the Trout lake...
...not sure what was more wooden, Nicholas Cage or his prosthetic hand..enough of these '80s film references. Now last week I was out with some LED torches wafting away under les etoiles looking for some kind of exposure balance. So first starry night this week coincides with a bit of Moonlight, half a full moon, it could be more, it could be a little less...anyhow no clouds. So I'd done some work with Gels up at the Polytunnel and thought I'd see what shooting with Moonlight would look like. So usual camera set up. D750, Nikon 20mm set at 800 iso, f4.5 for 30 seconds, ...now I know that 30 secs is too long to hold the stars sharp...20 would probably do it and to reduce the iso I could wiffle about with the aperture or shutter speed but this was just to check out what half power moonlight could do. Looks like there is a bit of compression going on in the sky so I have loaded a higher resolution image...enough of this Lunacy...capice!
....like a circle in a spiral, like a ...anyway nothing to scare the horses or give any genteel snappers out there the vapours with this one....now in it's most basic form this is a stack of 6 images, shot in manual, whilst circling a Palm tree at the Jardin Exotique at Roscoff on Sunday, images loaded into Lightroom , lens correct and a minor tweak including a crunch of clarity, then loaded as a layer stack into Photoshop. Now as this is a stack of 6, I selected the top 5, reduced the opacity of them to 30% and with a few more tweaks and Photoshop gymnastics ended up here. Northern hemisphere Europe has lots of trees/shrubs in full blossom at the moment so give it a whizz...btw...did you notice there was no mention of blend modes.. have some fun with it and remember......
Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
As the images unwind, like the circles that you find in
The windmills of your mind!
What's all this then????
An unyeilding torrent of Photo babbel full of unconfirmed facts and manufactured photo drivel.. take from it what you like, it won't change the world but may leave you feeling nauseous...