Horses at Night_Chewton_Central Victoria
Greetings and salutations! This image was made last weekend during a photography workshop I was running in Central Victoria. I found myself with a few minutes up my sleeve between our sunset location and dinner. Overtime I’ve introduced myself to these two beautiful horses and they often amble up for a few tasty (vegetarian) treats I manage to secure from my good friend and workshop chef, Joseph.
As you can see it was well and truly dark when this image was made. I opened my aperture up to its maximum, f4, so as to somewhat reduce the exposure time. In addition I increased the sensitivity (to light) of my sensor up to ISO 4000. Despite these actions the required exposure time was 1.6 seconds. My tripod was out on loan and it was unlikely that the horses would stay still throughout the exposure time. Over the years I discovered that, when technical problems arise, an unconventional approach might well save the day.
On this occasion I decided the best approach was to embrace movement/blur by holding the camera as steady as I could and, at around half way through the exposure, zooming in (from 24mm to 105mm) in a slow, fluid and even manner. The result is an image where the horses have both a ‘here and there’ appearance, while the light from the brighter background appears to streak forwards.
I had a lot of fun photographing these horses and I’m happy with the mysterious and ethereal nature of the resulting image. I hope you enjoy it as well.
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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography