Princes Gardens at Night
Nikon @ 27mm, 6 sec, f/3.8, ISO 200
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A few days ago I became the proud owner of a uni-loc tripod thanks to the wonders of ebay. The first thing that you notice about this tripod is that it's BIG. Jesus, it's big. When I finally figured out how to use it, I extended it to it's max height and the damn thing was a couple of inches off the ceiling! Well at least I know that I won't have to buy a new tripod if I suddenly grow a few feet.
So tonight was my first chance at using the bad boy. Did I mention that this thing is big? It's not actually as heavy as I thought it would be, but certainly heavy enough to stop shaking in a strong wind. The shoulder strap helps so that carrying it isn't a complete pain in the jacksie. Anyway, the novel design of this thing is going to let me get a lot of shots I simply wouldn't have been able to get with my £11 amazon piece of crap. For this particular shot I had it stretched over railings (the gardens close at night) and high enough (higher than me) to avoid getting a bollard in the bottom of the frame. My new remote was very useful as well so that I could trigger the shutter from down below. Awesome.
The main shot here was a 6 second exposure, but I selectively blended two other exposures in a few parts of the shot to avoid blown highlights. Pretty pleased with the results, but can't decide whether I prefer it in colour or black and white?
Any preferences? I'll post the b+w as the previous post to let you see the difference better.