The objective of this exercise was to take photographs at night in order to explore the variety of lighting effects and colour in artificial light.
The aim was to include a floodlit building, a brightly lit store, a large interior such as a shopping centre and a raised view along a road at night.
The follow are a selection of photographs I have taken at night and in artificial light.
These night time shots of traffic. I first set up my tripod on a height over a busy road. On a tripod and with a high ISO. I wanted to make as long a shot as possible I started with 30 seconds however the brightness of the shops became almost like daylight and the light of the traffic was lost. If I did not give as long a time the trails became very faint and we saw no shops. Eventually I added my big stopper filter and this allowed me a much longer shutter speed of 5 minutes and therefore allowed me to see the shops and the setting of this busy town and also the trails of the bikes and cars leaving also trail where they turned off. If I was shooting a busy road had I been shooting on a street with no shop lights it could be shot in a shorter time and with out the filter to great effect. I also noted that the long time given with the high ISO gave a very grainy effect this can be used to artistic effect and at times I would want to avoid it. I could reduce the ISO and increase the shutter speed greatly.
I have also taken the following two photographs outside brightly lit shops. One is a hello kitty store and the light appeared more tungsten than daylight or Fluorescent and this can be seen in its orange cast. The other outside a tattoo shop this is taken with daylight set on the camera, a nice white colour can be seen within the shop.
With the shopping centre I have taken one with daylight and one with fluorescent. I could not find a satisfactory shot. The light as expected is not a complete spectrum and is not attractive.
The above two images are taken of a temple with flood lighting just out of view. It is at sunset and I like the way the sky almost dark allows you to see the building well while the light inside is inviting.
I have definitely learned to see the difference and from now on will be more aware of it when taking night shots which I have generally avoided up until now as they have never been very attractive.