After being as cold as we were the previous night, we decided to make shopping our 1st stop today. After a quick 30 minute stop in the town of Kirkwall, we had lunch at Helgi’s upstairs and prepared for the next activity which was a day at the beach. We were off to Waukmill Bay at low tide to see what looks good. It was a perfect winter beach day. Other than our own footprints, the beach was pristine and the water flows and snail trails were perfect. Sun danced on the tiny puddles and sparkled as the clouds broke long enough for wide swatches of sunlight to bathe the beach in ribbons. It was a nice use of the afternoon.
After that, we drove to Maes Howe which could have been a tomb or a temple from pre-nordic times, no one knows.The tour is nothing more than a visit to a grass mound covered stone construction that could have been an ancient bakery as well. No one knows and they spent 1/2 hour telling us that. It was boring and I was tired but it was a stop we made.
After dinner, that’s when the fun began.
We headed outdoors at about 10:30 for some night photography with Lance Keimig and conducted a live night shooting session. Lance is teaching me some of the techniques he uses to make night photography easier. Below are some of the steps I recorded to make the process easier:
- Use the live view feature to 1st open the lens, shine your light on your subject then “magnify” the image and manually focus.
- Then set your ISO at 6400 and make test exposures to see what you can see at night, 1 second of exposure at ISO 6400 equals 1 minute at ISO 100.
- Now get the exposure right for the background in ambient light (I use Aperture Priority to tell you approximately where to be) and take note of that before switching to “bulb.”
- Use the Info button to see the camera settings on the back screen and change the settings to “bulb”
- Then reset the ISO to 100, convert the number of seconds to minutes and you are ready to start the exposure.
- Plug in your timer into the remote shutter release and set the time of your exposure on the remote timer.
- Once the shutter is open, use flashlight to “paint” light on the surfaces you want it on, using color to increase the quality of your image.
Keep doing it until you get it right. Choose an interesting subject by scouting in advance.
Additional Notes: Make sure the Info button is controlling “Camera Settings,” know how to turn on Live View and magnify and know by feel where your ISO button (2nd one in on the top) and your Info button (3rd one up from the left) assuming you know the display button is the 2nd one up from the bottom on the left.
Here’s Lance’s set up which we worked with while making our 1st exposure:
This took about an hour to set up, time was spent on the steps above and trying to perfectly repeat the light painting technique for adjusting exposure.
Now, it’s about 1:00 am and enough for one night, wearily off to bed.