Pic of the Week - The Days Last Image
I ran one of my popular Night Photography in the City of Melbourne photography workshops earlier this week. It was a lot of fun and resulted in great images. It was a warm, almost balmy night and a definite sign that Melbourne is moving from a long, cold (for this part of the world) and wet winter towards lovely sunny days and warm nights. The weather in this part of the world is usually very good, with mostly mild temperatures, from mid October into mid April. We certainly get very hot days, but it would be historically rare for us to get more than 7 days above 40C for the whole summer period. But the last 10 years have been very dry for much of the country. So this long, wet winter has been a godsend for many.
The above image was made on my walk back to the car at the end of the workshop. I often find my best photos are made towards the end of a shoot. In fact you could say the function of the shoot is to get your eye in so that you can finally see what's going on around you. So my photographic sessions often finish later than desirable and, as a consequence, I eat late or, sadly, not at all.
I cannot understate the power of a fast fixed lens for low light photography. I made this image without the use of a tripod. I have had to use a relatively fast ISO, but by making the image at f1.4 the ISO was kept within the limits of what I consider acceptable performance for my particular camera. Of course it helps to be able to be able to hold the camera still at slow shutter speeds. Can you? You'll never know until you try. Just practice on non-critical subjects or scenes.
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