Experiment at the Lighthouse

The top of the lighthouse was pretty much impossible to shoot at this time of the day, so I framed the shot to exclude it. This meant I could use a longer exposure to see the lighthouse, some stars, and play with blue glowsticks. I've pushed the exposure further in post, thus the added noise.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 22nd March 2009, This photo: 5:20am

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  • [ Kane ] said:
    Kidna cool Dave, a shame you can't get the top of the lighthouse...
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah, damn bright light.
  • InterfacePublications said:
    Nice results there David, good experiment.
  • mitchell burns said:
    great shot... dosnt look like there is much noise, maby wen u se it biger .. is there anyway of stoping noise from lone exposures ?? cause iv seen some of garrys long exposure photos n there is hardly any noise...
  • David de Groot said:
    Could have been better - should have exposed longer to start with, and a TS-E lens would have helped too.
    Best way to avoid noise is to a) get the exposure right in camera, b) enable long-exposure noise reduction c) post process with noise-ninja or some other noise reduction software.
  • Garry' said:
    I like it even without the top, was a good experiment. Love the blue windows.....amazing what a long exposure does
    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Garry :) Those glowsticks were amazingly bright - good call on bringing them along.
  • HPVD Photos said:
    Experiment successful I thought, looks great.
  • [ Rodelicious ] said:
    love those lights glowing from the light house
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    I can't claim responsibility for the red ones, that was already there ;-)
  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
    Maybe you should have tried last night.
    They may have turned it off for Earth Hour.
  • Yorri¢k said:
    real nice nighty david
  • David de Groot said:
    hahaha Hmmm, I'm thinking not. Pretty poor showing in both Brisbane and Sydney for Earth Hour (from photos I've seen - I didn't bother to go out).
    Thanks Richard :)
  • -Bennie- said:
    geezzz dave.. this is fantastic... well done mate! :-)
    something quite surreal in this one..... wow!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Bennie :)
  • Thea M said:
    The light painting worked well. Gotta love Garry's Glowsticks! I worked out why my Bulb setting wasn't working - dodgy $10 ebay remote release.
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah darned cheap remotes! Toodle over to Photo Continental and pick up a Timer Remote. They have third party (Micronova brand) ones for Nikon and Canon, for $75.
  • Jared404 said:
    Very nice shot. The glow sticks are brilliant.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) Yeah much better than my previous experiments with glowsticks.
  • Remo's Page said:
    nice David
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • batch2008 said:
    I'm not sure how to link pages so in my favorites theres a shot of a light house you might find interesting.
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah yes, the Pigeon Point Lighthouse shot - seen it before. Alas, the Byron Bay lighthouse, which still uses a huge glass fresnel lens, rotates all the time, so no nifty star effect (that and a complete lack of fog).