There is a lot of laziness (or short-sighted thinking) going on with this photograph. Let me count the ways…
(click through the image to see more details of what can be captured at night in 700px)
- Using a 18-55mm wide-angle lens and not switching to the 55-200mm lens for close-ups. The jet of steam coming off the side of the tallest stack is worth at least a few compositions. Of course, that leads to…
- Having to severely crop the original photograph and throwing away valuable pixels in the process. While I may never need to print this photo, by throwing away so many pixels, I am limiting how large I can print before jagged pixelation and/or graininess become very evident.
- While it worked out in the end, I pretty much went through all the exposure times from 2.5 seconds all the way to 60 seconds. I was not sure how much of the sodium vapor lights were going to appear “blown out” especially as seen through the camera’s LCD screen. So I shot a variety of long exposures and expected to have something workable once I got into Lightroom to process.
Sure, it was 30 degrees (F), almost 2am, and I was half waiting to have security pounce on me since this power plant is on the grounds of a former nuclear power plant. But still… lazy.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 55mm (photo greatly cropped), ISO 800, 8 sec, f/10
Rancho Seco Power Plant, Steam, Cropped, Long Exposure. December 29, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.