Late photography nights and a full moon!

02nd March 2016
As you might know, we've had a lot of rain in the Lake District and Cumbria in the past few months. This hasn't been ideal for photography!

With the full moon and clear weather for a few nights last week, it was a chance to try and get back on schedule with some of the images for my Lake District by Night project which is leading up to an exhibition in Keswick in August.

Managed to visit Derwentwater, Thirlmere, Wasdale, Rydal Water/Grasmere and Tewet tarn beneath Blencathra - not bad going but messed up my sleeping pattern.


The two questions people ask most about the night photography is - how do you get around the mountains in the dark and how do you see what you're photographing?

Luckily I've been a qualified mountain leader for 10 years and part of that training involved getting around the mountains in the dark - very handy! With the right preparation and skills it's not too bad. Without that though, I wouldn't recommend you just 'give it a go'!

In terms of seeing what you're photographing, the simple answer is it's pretty tricky. Often looking through the viewfinder/live view just won't let you frame your composition. So, the way I get around it is to boost the ISO to something daft (e.g. 12800) open up the aperture (e.g. 2.8) and then take a 'test' shot. Whilst the image i've just taken is still in the review screen I make adjustments to composition, using the image as a guide. I might do this up to half a dozen times until I know the camera is positioned to give the composition I want. I then change all the settings to give me the quality I need and retake the shot. Easy! Well, actually quite a faff but it works for me.

I'll be adding more of my night shots as they come. You can keep an eye out for them here: http://www.rodireland.co.uk/latest-images

Cheers, Rod

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