Those who follow the blog, or my work in general, will know that in addition to all things nature, I have a passion for night photography. I love combining nature and night photography, but I'm also not adverse to photographing more "human" subjects at night, particularly with light painting techniques. In the past few weeks, I've had the opportunity to get out with members of my camera club and do (and teach) some more architectural-focused night photography.
I thought I'd share with you a few of my favorite images from those outings. A few of the images are from Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, NY. This was the site of the "hands-on" portion of a night photography workshop run by my friend Peter Nagy, which I assisted with. The rest of the images are from Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, during a club night photography field trip also organized by Peter.
Woodlawn Cemetery is a night photographer's wonderland. Full of fascinating and historical mausoleums and grave markers. We were photographing for close to five hours, yet I barely scratched the surface of the available subjects. I can't wait to get back and do more.
|"Illumination Within"- Many of the mausoleums at Woodlawn include gorgeous panes of stained glass, such as this one which was opened for our group. Canon 7D, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 200, f/16, 30 seconds.|
Often my night photography inspires other creative endeavors. In the example below, an image of the Hitchcock Church door inspired and became the background for a new image in my "Fairytales" series.
When I'm light painting a subject, I like to take multiple exposures which are then combined later with Lighten Mode in Photoshop. This has several benefits. The first is that it allows shorter exposures, which helps keep the sensor from heating up and therefore cuts down on long exposure noise. Secondly, and more importantly, it allows me much more fine control of the light on the subject. Finally, by lighting separate pieces, separately, I have a lot more easy control over the look of the final image and can even produce several versions with different moods or emphasis, all from one relatively short light painting session.
As mentioned, Woodlawn includes some historic burial sites, including the fascinating tomb of F.W. Woolworth.
|"Five And Dime Pharaoh"- F.W. Woolworth is buried in an Egyptian-style mausoleum guarded by two beautiful sphinxes. Canon 7D, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 200, f/16, 30 seconds.|
Hope you enjoyed the images. If you are a photographer, get out and try some night photography and light painting. You might just find yourself hooked!