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Time Tunnel

by on May.17, 2022, under Photography

Time Tunnel

Time Tunnel

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14 mm, 444 + 292 sec at f/8, ISO 100

This one is a test shot for an upcoming light painting session with Gerry

I found this spot when walking our dog recently. I’ve been looking out for locations for light painting in our local urban environment

This is a really nicely artworked pedestrian tunnel under a multi lane road

With 5 to 10 minute exposures for our typical light painting we need locations which are dark. When I shared the spot with Gerry we had concerns. There’s a row of light fittings inside along a corner of the tunnel. There are street lights on the road above both ends of the tunnel

I decided to recce the location last night to see if it was going to be viable

I took just my camera with the 14-30mm lens, a small tripod, as well as my LED umbrella, a single strand of EL wire and my new very small pocketable Anduril 2 based Emisar D4V2 torch

Thankfully the lights inside the tunnel were not on – excellent. Now I only had the ambient light pollution from the street lights and alas a full moon

After first doing a quick test shot of 5 seconds @ ISO 6400 and f/8 I could see definite promise of being able to support a 5 minute exposure at ISO 100

I did this shot in two parts to limit the overall exposure time and the chance of overexposing via ambient. If we had more people we’d just do the whole lot in parallel in one exposure. As I was by myself I did the majority of the frame in one go. This included the orb components (with the LED umbrella) and the fairy sparkles (with the D4V2 in party strobe momentary mode). The green EL wire mist at the bottom I did in a separate exposure

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

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