Experiments With Long(ish) Exposure – Part 3

Following on from Parts 1 and 2 I have just a few more long exposure shots that I wanted to share – for the moment at least, hopefully there will be plenty more to come from other trips out when time suffices. As with parts 1 and 2 all of these were taken with the Fujifilm X-E2.

These ones were taken a bit closer to home again. The first subject this time is a series of buildings which to be honest by day are a bit of an eyesore – and that’s being kind. As a result when I said to my wife that I was wanted to find somewhere I could taken photos of them at night her response was ‘Why?’ – and this was a fair question.

The buildings in question are a limestone quarry by Tinwell in Lincolnshire. All buildings as you would expect are purely functional with no thoughts to aesthetics. But by night the buildings are lit up and I think look quite good – hiding the dirt seen by daylight and giving them an almost surreal look.

This first one was taken from the south side of Collyweston:

X-E2 003 copy
f/6.4, 10 sec exposure, ISO640, -3 step on aperture priority

The next two were taken from the East end of Tinwell on the slip road coming up from the A1. The first from this location the quarry I left deliberately zoomed out as I want to try to capture the remnants of the light in the night sky (this was taken soon after 21:00), but I also quite liked the silhouettes of the nearby tress.

X-E2 005 copy
f/6.4, 27 sec exposure, -3 step in aperture priority

This final one of the quarry I zoomed in a little closer to the quarry as the main subject again. In both this and the previous photo a car was driving past during the exposure so I ended with small accidental light trails.

X-E2 007 copy-small
f/6.4, 25 sec exposure, ISO320, -2.7 step exposure on aperture priority

I left the quarry after this and headed back to the A1 and went to the slip road over the A1 to the B1081. Looking North along the A1 this gave a view down to Stamford.

Not a lot to say about these as they were all from the same place (though with slightly different focal length at times), just slightly different settings, different amounts of cars – meaning some very different light levels – so some quite different results.

This one certainly wasn’t the first attempt, but it was the first one that had a decent number of cars coming past.

X-E2 015 copy
f/5.6, 25 sec exposure, ISO320, -2.3 step on aperture priority

This one I was amazed how well lit the nearby greenery was – but of course this isn’t surprising when you can see how much light is passing by.

f/4.5, 20 sec exposure, ISO320, -2.3 step on aperture priority
f/4.5, 20 sec exposure, ISO320, -2.3 step on aperture priority

I quite liked the stark contrast of this one having no traffic approaching the camera.

X-E2 021 copy
f/5, 15 sec exposure, ISO320, -2 step on aperture priority

Although this next one was a lot darker I found the clarity in the smaller number of light trails quite pleasing.

X-E2 023 copy
f/5.6, 20 sec exposure, ISO320, -2 step on aperture priority

This one is probably my favourite of the light trails this time – with so many cars passing by it led to a bright road through the darkness.

f/5, 28 sec exposure, ISO320, -2 step on aperture priority
f/5, 28 sec exposure, ISO320, -2 step on aperture priority

This will probably be all I will do in the way of long exposure work for the moment, though it is something I would like to revisit to improve on what I have done so far.

Thank for reading, if you have any particular thoughts on what I have done or any questions please feel free to ask.

The first 2 parts can be found at the links below:

Experiments With Long(ish) Exposure – Part 1

Experiments With Long(ish) Exposure – Part 2

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