Durham Lumiere

This is the ‘I Love Durham’ snow-dome of the Durham Lumiere festival. The statue is there year-round, mostly, although the dome over the top isn’t. Although this is a long exposure, if you look at the lights, you will see some balls highlighted that were flying around the inside of the dome.

Obviously, there was also a crush of people around here, which left me enough time to get the tripod up above everyone’s heads and shoot this. As the camera was also above my head, I had to guess at the composition, and had to take plenty of shots thanks to the legs of the tripod constantly being kicked.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Car Trails

This is actually the lights from two cars, one after the other. I found that one car wasn’t actually enough to provide enough light to balance the streetlight. Fortunately, two cars turned up, right on cue. This shot is actually taken just down the road from a similar long exposure of a train that I put up last week. As the road turns a corner where the streetlight is, there is a roadbridge that crosses the railway. That shot was taken from the section of footpath just out of view about a month after this one.

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Take a View Update

Well, the final results of the Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year have finally been announced. I had three images shortlisted, and one of them has been commended! This is the photo in today’s post – a long exposure of a train converted into black and white. It was also shortlisted for the Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ award as part of this competition, and will be appearing in the awards book, released on October 31st, and in the exhibition that runs from the 5th December to 28th January at the National Theatre in London. I don’t know hom many entries there are in Take a View each year, but I believe that it’s above 20,000, so to have one of the 175 award winning images is certainly something.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com


A long-exposure of the Ratcliff-on-Soar power station taken at dusk. This has allowed the movement of the clouds to be recorded, as well as the plumes of steam joining them from the cooling towers. The red colour comes from split-toning the picture after a black and white conversion.

This is a panorama of four photos that had to be hand-stitched together, as Photoshop’s automate function couldn’t handle the movement in the clouds between shots. It was really only a 20 minute job, with the help of the patch tool and the clone stamp. If you are unsure of how to use these, I would recommend looking up the many useful videos on Photoshop TV.

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Night in the Field

Wandering round the countryside after dark can lead to just as many photographs as during the daytime. It’s a necessity to have a tripod with you and to take long exposures of everything you wish to photograph, but the same landscapes that are there during the day are just as present at nighttime.

This particular shot only works because of the time of day (or night). It was shot in the middle of Summer at 3.30am. The lighter blue in the top of the picture is from the approaching sunrise, just as twilight begins. The orange glow in the bottom right on the other hand, is from the streetlights of a nearby town, several miles away.

I remember this as a particularly difficult shot to take. I had to fully extend the tripod (over 6 feet!) before precariously balancing it on a bench so the camera could see over the tall vegetation right in the foreground. It was also a very windy night, so I had to hold onto the tripod during the 30 second exposure to prevent it toppling over, and hoping I wasn’t causing blur. I also had to compose by trial and error, as the eyepiece was at least 8 feet off the ground and my camera doesn’t have live view. Considering all that, I think it turned out pretty well!

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

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