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MLundberg1 June 01, 2016
Pretty neat writing!
 
RemilyRob December 21, 2016
Love all of your light play photos!
 
ganeshramalingam April 15, 2017
Meaningful and creative

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Location
I took this photo in the back field of our hobby farm in Kemptville, south of Ottawa, ON, Canada.
Time
This image was taken during my very first session attempting night time photography. I borrowed a tripod from a friend at work and brought it home to give long exposures a try. I went to bed at normal time around 9:30 pm, but set my alarm for 11:30 pm so I could get some rest before waking up for my hours long night session. This particular image was taken around 12:00 am so the sky was dark and stars were in the sky after I had spent a good half hour trying out star trails for the first time.
Lighting
The night was actually quite bright because there was a full moon, so this shot was taken due East with the full moon as back light. I wanted the text I was writing with to have high contrast with the sky and landscape, so I chose to use a pure white light LED flashlight. This flashlight is very bright and as I found, it picks up very well when light writing in a night time long exposure shot!
Equipment
This was shot with a Nikon D3200 with the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G Kit lens. The tripod I used was a nice and solid Manfrotto (if I remember correctly a 190), which I borrowed from a friend as at the time I didn't have my own.
Inspiration
I wanted to capture the feeling of our home out in the country. The simplicity of the field and white fence bordering the night sky was exactly what I wanted for an understated background. I then wrote in six foot tall white letters using the LED flashlight "HOME". It is very simple, understated, but also, I think has a large impact and presence. Home out in the country is peaceful, simple, and quiet, much like the background of the image itself. The small gaps in the bottom of the letter H also add some extra personality, although entirely unintentional; the flashlight battery had a bit of a loose connection and would sometimes go out and the least opportune times, fortunately it worked out quite well in this case!
Editing
I did minimal post processing from RAW, mostly to restore some of the images in shadow and bring back some of the details in the field and foliage. It just gave it a bit of extra pop that the original JPEG lacked.
In my camera bag
That depends upon where I'm going and the shots I'm looking at getting. I'm still very much an amateur photographer so my bag of equipment is very small and practical. At a bare minimum I take my camera and wide angle (AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR) lens. I also have a telephoto (AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED) and macro (AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G) lens that I use on occasion. I've recently added a gradual ND2-2000 filter and remote shutter to my bag to help out with those day time long exposure shots. If I'm on a longer photo session I'll bring along my recently acquired Manfrotto travel tripod as well
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Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try out something new. Trying out a new technique is the best way to learn sometimes. Just you, your camera, your imagination, and some inspiration from ViewBug, and you can begin to learn and master any technique. Eventually you'll find yourself taking that photo you've been striving for.

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