Day 55 – Smoke Stacks

30 May

This week it is going to be all about night photography. I will try different settings for shooting such as “night mode” and “manual” as well as different ISO and apertures.Β  I love night shots, they are so dynamic and colorful and sometimes very hard to capture without prep time and a tripod so I am really going to enjoy exploring this process.

I recently acquired a great book written by Jill Waterman entitled “Night and Low-Light Photography: Professional Techniques from Experts for Artistic and Commercial Success” and I got lost in it. She gives so many different tips and tricks to use for night and low-light photography and the examples that she includes are worth the price of the book alone.

My first photo is a shot of some type of refinery or factory, I have no idea which, all I know is that Beth and I were leaving the Horseshoe Casino and we parked on the top level of the garage and this is what we saw when we left. I love the smoke stacks and the contrast of the colors as well as the reflection in the water of the lights. I didn’t have a tripod so I had to shoot on “creative auto” and hope for the best. I tried to brace myself against the railing and not breathe LOL. I think it turned out pretty good but you can see some grain in the shot because I had the ISO turned up prettyΒ  high. For some reason I don’t mind it in this shot though.

I hope you enjoy the photo!

Smoke Stacks

Smoke Stacks

22 Responses to “Day 55 – Smoke Stacks”

  1. BILL May 30, 2010 at 12:32 am #

    WOW…. Like really… WOW!!!! The smoke, the stacks, the reflections and the lights… An amazing shot.

    Next time I see you, remind me to tell you about my NIGHT SHOTS in PARIS story. I think you’ll get a kick out of it.

    • mindymilburn May 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

      Why thank you sir, and I am looking forward to this Paris story πŸ™‚

  2. Terri Jacobson May 30, 2010 at 1:37 am #

    Very nice. The noise really gives it a nice moody effect.

    • mindymilburn May 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

      I thought so too that is why I didn’t try to edit it out πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  3. Swapmeet Louie May 30, 2010 at 3:07 am #

    I’m a big fan of grain, so this pic is right up my alley! The beast of smoke is a nice contrast to the calm river below. Dig it!

    • Swapmeet Louie May 30, 2010 at 3:30 am #

      I’ll say it… put a flying pic between the smokestacks and you’ve got Pink Floyd’s Animals album cover. Schweet!

    • mindymilburn May 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

      I thought of you when I was editing it πŸ™‚ and did you mean flying PIG? Cause you said pic…you’re stupid πŸ˜›

  4. Susan May 30, 2010 at 6:27 am #

    That really is a cool picture, I can even see a hint of green in the trees in the forefront. From your picture blog I’m getting that you need a tripod more so at night than during the day? Why is that?

    • BILL May 30, 2010 at 11:11 am #

      Well, Mindy drinks heavily at night and can’t hold the camera still. The tripod give her something to lean on….. ROFLMAO!

      • mindymilburn May 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

        BWAHAHAHAH, I actually snorted.

    • mindymilburn May 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

      Thank you Susan, I love the drama in it.

      The reason you need a tripod for low light is because you have to use a slower shutter speed (to let more light in) which means the lens shutter is open for a longer period of time and when that is the case all the shakes from your natural body stance will be picked up and the photo will be blurry. If you have a really slow shutter speed even the smallest breeze moving your camera the slightest can make the photo blurry so you need to use the tripod to stabilize it while the shutter is open trying to draw in the light.

      I hope that made sense.

      • Susan May 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

        Well, my dear, it made perfect sense! Way to explain something to a layman!

  5. Nancy May 30, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    Love it Mindy… what a beautiful shot.

  6. kimhannigan May 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    What a way to start the week! This shot is amazing from the way the sky is lit, to the smoke in the sky and to the gorgeous reflections of light on the water. I’m intrigued with night shots cause i haven’t tried them at all so I will be taking lots of notes this week. Notes #1 – don’t leave home without my tripod. πŸ˜€

  7. Laura May 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    I keep a tripod in the trunk of my car, but my note to self is to TAKE IT OUT OF THE TRUNK!!!! LOL!

    I really like this too. I’m a fan of grain too, so that doesn’t bother me in the slightest. It just goes with the subject matter.

    I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week. And I’m going to look for that book, too! I need inspiration.

  8. Jackie May 30, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    I love it! It does look like a b&w or sepia picture but then Susan pointed out the green in the foreground. I like the brilliance in the lights but also the subtle layers in the clouds. Great shot!

    • mindymilburn May 31, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

      I didn’t even think that it looked like a sepia shot but it really does LOL. So weird that we all see something different.

  9. PMC May 31, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    I like the linear vertical-ness of it all, with the stacks shooting upward and the light reflections downward.

    • mindymilburn June 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

      See you saw something in it I didn’t even see!!!

  10. Beth May 31, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    Love it!

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