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Lighting Up the Night



I took a trip to Charleston, South Carolina and was out exploring Mount Pleasant and Charleston one night. The sight of this bridge was incredible. The beauty o...
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I took a trip to Charleston, South Carolina and was out exploring Mount Pleasant and Charleston one night. The sight of this bridge was incredible. The beauty of how the foggy night sky was lit up by this amazing structure was something that I couldn't take my eyes off of. I drove around and finally found the perfect spot to set up my tripod. My favorite image with such great memories of a wonderful time in a beautiful city! Photographed is the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant.
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johnny_renaissance PRO+
 
johnny_renaissance April 01, 2017
Nicely done.
adavies PRO
 
adavies April 03, 2017
Beautiful! Nicely captured! Welcome to ViewBug! Looking forward to seeing more:)

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on a vacation to Charleston, South Carolina on my first night in town. I saw the bridge when coming into the area where I was staying, just as the sun was setting. The lights were just starting to light up the bridge, which amazed me with how beautiful everything looked. I just knew I had to come back at night to find a way to photograph its beauty!
Time
This photo was taken later in the evening. I saw how beautiful this bridge looked, lit up in all its glory and I just knew I had to capture it.
Lighting
I had never tried to experiment with long exposure before on the Canon camera I had, so this was my moment to try. I had researched settings and how to do everything, so I tried a few different settings and exposure times and nailed this shot after only a couple of attempts! I actually had parked in an empty lot to get a good view of the bridge and got ran off by a security guard, so I’m glad I got the shot I was after!
Equipment
I used my Canon Rebel T2i and a tripod to capture this shot. I didn’t have any kind of stability other than the tripod; I have more experience now and use a shutter release remote. I am extremely proud of this shot, for this was my first long exposure/night shot with the bare minimum equipment.
Inspiration
I saw the beauty of this bridge and knew I had to capture it! I had always wanted to try the long exposure setting and this was the perfect chance to do so. This was the beginning of a new chapter of my photography journey!
Editing
I did not do anything to this photo other than upload it from the memory card straight to my computer. I am proud to say that, for usually I like to slightly enhance the lighting for a more vibrant or crisp photo. I never heavily edit a photo, but I also have few that I find “perfect” enough to not touch at all.
In my camera bag
I always carry a spare battery that’s fully charged, as well as a couple of different types of chargers for any emergency. I carry extra memory cards and at least two different lenses. Another handy item for the camera bag is a microfiber cloth for quick cleanups! You never know when something can get on your lenses or screen. Last but not least, now that I am getting much more experienced with long exposure, I also carry a shutter release remote for extra stability on those special shots!
Feedback
My advice is to just do a little research on your camera’s settings before you try to capture your image. Take into consideration the lighting and focal points you want to capture! I also like to remember that it may take a few tries before you get that perfect shot you envisioned. Sometimes you can get the shot right away, and there are times it may take several. Don’t ever doubt yourself, and just take a look at what you want to capture and get a good feel for the scene. Imagine what you’d like to capture and share with the world and how you want to convey that image. Everyone sees things differently!

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