Lowlight Photos at Renfrew Park

Annette and I were very lucky this week.  Almost the whole week was about photography!

Tuesday night was the Projected Image Competition at the Harrisburg Camera Club

Wednesday night we met with our wedding couple and showed them a virtual copy of their wedding album.  Other than a few tweaks, which Annette has already taken care of, the album was good to go.

Thursday night we went with the Antietam Photographic Society to Renfrew Park in Waysnesboro for some low light photography.

Saturday we went with the Harrisburg Camera Club to Paxtang Cemetery.  See the previous post.

What a week!

This post concerns the Low Light Photos at Renfrew Park, which is a museum and park that is based on an old farmstead.  It is very nice.

One of the Society’s members instructed the group on how to take low light photos.  Here are some of the results…

The first two pictures were at the beginning of the shoot.  You can tell because there is still light in the sky!

There are two techniques on display here.  The first technique gives a warmer result.  See how warm/yellow the little building is. This was accomplished with a large battery powered flashlight. While the shutter is open, the building was “painted” with light from the flashlight.  The light was just moved back and forth over the front of the building.

 The second technique gives a whiter light because the flash for a camera is designed to give off white light.  So as you correctly figured out, while the shutter was again held open, the bush and the building were “flashed” with a flash strobe several times.

Which of these two do you like best?

 Annette found this next picture.  It is interesting because there are a couple of light sources.  There was a night light behind the smaller building that was lighting the face of the larger barn.  To add to the light, I opened the shutter and wandered around the picture using a camera flash to light the tree, the smaller building and the dark side of the barn.  The tree came out a little hotter than I would have liked.  You can tell that the shutter open time was fairly long because the clouds are kinda smeared.

The last picture tells a little bit of a story.  This is an empty house at night, waiting patiently with the lights on for the owners to come home.  
I lit this picture with a flashlight.  Trees are real light suckers.  It takes a lot of light to get the tree to be anything other than a black silhouette.