374 seconds. That’s 6 minutes and 14 seconds for this one shot. And with the in-camera long exposure noise reduction turned on, another 374 seconds of wait time. 12 minutes of standing in the cold on wet grass. I was aiming for 6 minutes flat, got distracted.
The story behind this photograph is that less than 2 weeks ago, the birch trees in the garden were still full of yellow leaves. With the passing of a series of storms, only 6 leaves remained on the smallest of the trees. By this evening, only 3 leaves remained. The idea was to use a flashlight to backlight one of the leaves. The problem was I only had a huge Maglight. Far too much light! Turning to the other side of the tree, I noticed the sodium vapor street light. Perfect substitute for the flashlight! Carefully positioning the camera so the street light is obscured by the leaf, I had my substitute backlight.
After starting with a 60 second exposure, I gradually moved up to 6 minutes for the exposure I was looking for.
Staring at this photo for a while now. Maybe cropping off the bottom half would make a better composition. Thoughts?
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 55mm, ISO 100, 374 sec, f/5.6
Last Three Leaves, Birch, Sodium Light, Long Exposure. Ione, California. December 06, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.