Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/16, 68 sec, Raw
Sittard Museum Het Domein
I would never expect that this image is going to take almost 40 minutes to make. The question I was asking myself when taking this picture was, what ISO and aperture should I use and for how long shall I leave the shutter open. I’ve experimented a bit. First I split up the image by concentrating only on the buildings. I started with 25 sec exposure at the ISO 100, f/16, which was good but I wanted to have the image a bit brighter. I ended up doing 35 sec exposure.
When that was out of the way, I moved onto the second part of the image, the sky. The first shot at ISO 100 f/16 and the shutter opened for 40 second wasn’t too bad, but It was lucking a lot. So I went for ISO 400, f/16, 30 sec exposure, ended up with a descent image. The problem was the noise that was making me crazy…I decided to lower the ISO back to 100 and leave the shutter open longer. At the end I did 68 sec exposure which was about as much as I could go without introducing too much of the light noise from the buildings around.
Combining those images in post was an experience by it’s own! I had to do it manually, because the HDR pro was giving me some strange results. By using quick selection tool, mask tool and a bit of patience, I’ve combined those images together. Then I brought it back to Lightroom for further editing.
I think It came out really nice. I hope you like it too, please if you do give it a thumbs up…
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