The Blank Wall

All six of the side windows of this old Georgian house have been bricked up. Possibly because of the window tax that came in around the period this was built that charged the occupants based on the number of windows in their house, or possibly because of their view over a footpath and cemetery.

Whatever the reason, this still seemed quite a fascinating building up close because of its blankness, and was still worth a  shot even though I had to hand-hold the camera.

A side view of a building

by Tim Daniels - lapseoftheshutter.com

Streetlighting

Streetlights outside the a place I used to live in in York. These streetlights always seemed perfectly positioned. All I had to do was wait for the right weather conditions. In this case it was a cloudy sunset, but I actually have pictures from a number of different days and times of year. Although it may not be one of my best photos, it does show that you can get a decent picture anywhere. Just because you are stuck indoors does not mean that you can put the camera away and make excuses.

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In the Evening

The front of York Minster taken at night. This is probably the most photogenic side of York Minster, and is certainly the most photographed. Although this isn’t a particularly original photo, I thought having a starburst effect from the streelights added something to the image that made it at least a bit different.

Unfortunately, the three exposures I took from -2 to +2 of exposure compensation weren’t quite enough to get all the detail in the building, thanks to the varying quality of the spotlights lighting it up. In particular, some areas of the top half were so bright, even on the darkest exposure, that it was difficult to find the detail to bring it back. I’ll know in future that apparently uniform spotlights require a bit more exposure range.

The front facade of York Minster

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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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