The Deep Indigo Night

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Daily Photo – The Deep Indigo Night

Usually once it gets dark outside, I give it another half hour or so before I go restaurant-hunting. I like experimenting with new food while processing a few photos… It’s one of the greatest things… I usually have a table all by myself, and I get quite a large one so I can lay out all my stuff. I order all sorts of quirky foods, and I have a diet that would make Walter from Fringe happy.

But this night, there was so much strange ambient light that I decided to shoot for a few more hours. I worked my way up and down the waterside to find interesting sights. In these situations, I usually try to have at least one of my exposures be 30 seconds. That means the other four exposures are 15s, 8s, 4s, and 2s. That makes a good 59 seconds per session. I usually have my earphones on and I keep one finger on the tripod so I can feel the shutter click. I can tell immediately if my settings are off by the vibrations.

The Deep Indigo NightUsually once it gets dark outside, I give it another half hour or so before I go restaurant-hunting.  I like experimenting with new food while processing a few photos...  It's one of the greatest things... I usually have a table all by myself, and I get quite a large one so I can lay out all my stuff.  I order all sorts of quirky foods, and I have a diet that would make Walter from Fringe happy.But this night, there was so much strange ambient light that I decided to shoot for a few more hours.  I worked my way up and down the waterside to find interesting sights.  In these situations, I usually try to have at least one of my exposures be 30 seconds.  That means the other four exposures are 15s, 8s, 4s, and 2s.  That makes a good 59 seconds per session.  I usually have my earphones on and I keep one finger on the tripod so I can feel the shutter click.  I can tell immediately if my settings are off by the vibrations.- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.100925489989186.1637.100002152054198&ref=pd Thelonious Gonzo

    How long had he been here? Why was he here to begin with? He couldn’t remember that far back. The strange ambient light that was washing over Feng Huang this evening added to the confusion. He had been moving for so long. China. Bancock. Cambodia. Iceland. Ibiza. They all ran together. All he knew now was the next step.
    “You want more?”
    Someone was talking to him.
    “Hey. You order another drink or you go!”
    He couldn’t even reply. He pulled what seemed to be more than enough from his shirt pocket and pushed it into her hand. The smile on her face indicated he was right and soon more drink would be coming along with what he really wanted. Silence. At least no sound being directed at him.
    A group of young men stumbled in and ruined any hope of a peaceful ending to the night, or morning. Whatever it was.
    There was something familiar about them. It disturbed him.
    Their attitude. Their clothing. Their smell. What was it? Something far back in his mind. A time. A mind set. What was it?
    He managed a smile as he recalled what it was.
    It was the low spark of high heeled boys.

  • Mashfiq

    The first comment is hilarious!

  • http://flickr.com/mostlyananda Kentster

    Trey. it captures it. HAving spent time in orient, this captures a feeling of mystery, alien world. adventure. fun. Man I hope you teach a class on night photography. thanks for the blog tips on this area.

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  • David Woods

    Love the photo….Welcome back Thelonious love the story line..

  • Simon Morris

    Oh WOW, this is amazing! Just love the composition – the reflections on the river lead perfectly into the heart of the image… as for post processing – superb!
    Thanks Trey for explaining your workflow and exposure settings… beautifully captured at f/3.3
    Gonzo (aka GINO) – good to see you back mate, and on top form too… nice one :-)

  • Julie

    Love this. It amazes me that you can see every detail down to the people inside the buildings. It’s a real “Where’s Waldo” photo. You need to figure out how to get yourself into one of these types of photos and see who can find you first.

  • Jeanine

    Stunning. Inspires me to do this in my travels. Thanks so much for all you do!

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, what a fantastic photo, Trey. I love the purple sky(my favorite color in case you didn’t know, lol), and the reflections of the sky and lights on the water. The boats are really neat, too! I love the trees above the buildings, the colorful building at the rear, and the little section off to the right with blue and other colors!! There, I think I covered it all. Thanks so much for sharing this one, it is one of my favorites!! Have a great day :-)

  • Richard (oldhickory49)

    That is a killer shot. The golden yellow is a great accent on that indigo water. Excellent!

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com/ Keith Moyer

    Spectacular colors and reflections…maybe you should hire Gono to write your biography!
    What did you mean by the last sentence…not sure I understand.
    “I can tell immediately if my settings are off by the vibrations.”

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks!

    Keith – I guess that is hard to explain… but I feel the time between the vibrations in the shutter sequences, so I can tell if the series is misfiring and not getting the right light. Since I have on my music, then I can’t hear the shutter (another indicator that I am used to). Anyway, I usually go by sound/vibration rather than looking at the histogram.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/graffitilogic Bill Dodd

    Cool Shot!
    I really love how the composition compliments the reflections and I’m really digging these tones!

  • Susan

    Gorgeous shot Trey – yes I knew Gail would like this with the beautiful purples!! Gonzo that was a cool story!

  • http://roadslesstraveledphotography.com/ Roads Less Traveled Photography

    Nice work again Trey, although the lights on the trees don’t work for me. Yeah, I know, you had no control over that! :)

    My latest in HDR… http://roadslesstraveledphotography.com/2011/05/30/day-of-kiev-fireworks/

  • http://www.samjanisko.com Sam J

    This background is amazingly clean for a minute long exposure. Did you have to edit any streaks of activity out?

  • Simon Morris

    Trey – just a thought… you mentioned trying to have a 30s exposure when photographing a scene such as this – are you in manual mode and dialing in the 5 exposures/fixed aperture, or do you stick with aperture priority mode and adjust accordingly for a 30s exposure?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Thx all.

    Simon – I set the Ap and then if I get 2 30s exposures, I’ll adjust the Ap or the ISO

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    Sam – no but I did have to do a little NR

  • http://cropsensorphoto.wordpress.com/ Jeff Peterson

    Great photo, I really like night time shots like this.

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