University of Glasgow
Nikon D70 @ 18mm, 30 secs, f/3.5, ISO 200
Somehow - I'm not quite sure how - The Daily Exposure has managed to become a finalist in this year's Best of Blogs Awards in the Best Art/Photography/Poetry category. So firstly, a massive thank you to whoever nominated me, and secondly, another huge thanks to the judges at BoB who shortlisted me. It has given me a great feeling that all the time spent building and maintaining the site has been worthwhile!
Anyway, if you're interested in voting then please have a look around the site and see what you think before recording your vote. I can honestly say that I'm not expecting a great result, as I'm up against some other fantastic (and much more popular) blogs, but any votes would be very much welcomed and appreciated! As far as I'm aware the voting should open at some point today so I'll keep you informed.
Onto the photo…
I took this shot of the main building at Glasgow University when I went back home for Christmas. It was one of the rare times in Scotland when the sky was completely clear, so I felt that I should make the most of this opportunity and include the stars which were shining very brightly. I was actually quite lucky to get this shot (and another one which I'll post sometime soon), as it wasn't long before they switched on the spotlights to illuminate the building. While the spotlights make the building look very impressive at night, it's an absolute nightmare to photograph – the dynamic range of the scene is just too much. So in this picture it was only a few streetlights from below that were providing the right amount of artificial light to balance with the ambient light.
Because I was trying out a number of compositions, I didn't want to take any super long exposures. But next time (if there ever is a next time) I think I'll opt for the star trail effect and see how it works out.