veggiesosage Platinum

Moonlit lake

Taken at Attenborough Nature Reserve, Notts.

Taken at Attenborough Nature Reserve, Notts.
Read less





Legendary Award
Staff Winter Selection 2015
Superb Composition
Iryna1720 declankayodekeegan andresonnekus hummom HaydnWeaver kenjones gertrosslee +4
Peer Award
Burnettj ToadsInTheHole MIsabel nornots mjollnir Roberto_Sorin michaelfmoore +2
Absolute Masterpiece
gracemarcotecson 2149_9555 GonzaloR yllarlehtsalu williegaylebeasley tonythephotog p_eileenbaltz +2
Top Choice
torriefagan matanberman Aliprasax malcolmdavies renmurr Hof66 Shane136 +1
Outstanding Creativity
logangordon jeaneezpix tommycorsey mackenziegreig tabriana edgarbarbosa Marianartist9

Top ClassTM

Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 30 class
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 30 class
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
What A Night Photo ContestTop 20 class
What A Night Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Emerging Talent AwardsTop 30 class
Into The Night Photo ContestTop 30 class
Around the World Photo Contest By DiscoveryTop 30 class
Freshmen 2016 Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Freshmen 2016 Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Alluring Landscapes Photo ContestTop 30 class


Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at the Attenborough Lakes nature reserve a few miles west of Nottingham
I think I took this photo at about 8.30-9pm. I'd been taking photos through late afternoon and early evening and was just heading back to Attenborough train station to go home when I spotted the moon rising over one of the lakes, so the pic was a bit of an afterthought.
All I had was the light of the moon.
I took this with my first dslr, an Olympus E500, lovely colours but appalling high ISO preformance. The lens was a Zuiko 11-22mm f/2.8-3.5 which was a lovely lens.
I've always loved the moon, moonlight, reflections and symmetry and this had the lot. As I say it was pretty much luck that the moon was in the right place and I spotted the scene almost as an afterthought.
This was around the time when I'd just discovered HDR and was running around HDRing just about everything (I still use HDR for certain situations btw and won't hear a word said against it). I took a selection of exposures but when I got home processing them didn't really work but one of the exposures on its own was just fine. So I just processed the RAW file conventionally in PS Elements. I've actually reprocessed it several times with slightly different crops over the years.
In my camera bag
Nowadays I have a totally different set-up but not much more modern. I normally have my Samsung GX20 dslr (a Pentax K20 clone), Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, Tamron 90mm f/2,8 macro and Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 in a LowePro shoulder bag. Depending on what I'm shooting I might take my Manfrotto 728B tripod. I've also got a bunch of old pentax manual primes and a Lensbaby which I occasionally like messing about with.
It might be obvious but with any night shot use a tripod and shoot RAW, you'll need long exposures but that means that any source of light will be extremely bright and RAW is the way to deal with the contrast levels involved. Also, remember to keep your eyes open even when you're walking home after a shoot!

See more amazing photos, follow veggiesosage

Join and share your creativity.
Already have a ViewBug account? Log In

*By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and to receive ViewBug emails & updates and acknowledge that read our Privacy Policy.