Wreck of the HMQS Gayundah

at Woody Point. Another try at light painting. Only two minor flaws with badly positioned flash units. I probably should have gone for a much longer exposure to try to get some colour in the sky, but at 7 minutes I figured the noise was going to be getting up there.

Information about the ship can be found on Wikipedia.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 27th October 2007, This photo: 7:15pm

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  • James Ottaway said:
    Now that's patience! I like the colour in the foreground, David.
  • flash of light said:
    Awesome! I love the effect of the long exposure on the stars. What is the light source on the bow?
  • David de Groot said:
    7 minutes was the longest exposure I did last night, probably should have gone longer, but I wasn't sure how much noise I'd be getting from the longer exposures.

    A combination of torchlight and a small flash unit hand-held and set off manually. I probably did somewhere around 5 or 6 flashes from various angles for this shot, and Kara and I painted the boat with the two torches we had for the entire time.
  • Ms Twinkle Toes said:
    wow! I think I need to see a video of how this is done! awesome effect, gives off such a lovely golden moody glow
  • David de Groot said:
    Pretty straight forward really. Setup your camera on a tripod in Bulb mode. Hit the shutter then "paint" the subject with a light source of some sort (in this case, two dolphin torches and a speedlite fired manually). Expose for the background, so you might be at it for a while. This shot was 7 minutes, but could have gone a few more (I'm thinking 10 would have been better).
    Close the shutter and see what you got :)
  • flash of light said:
    Sorry I meant to say 'inside' the bow. Another pesky fisherman with a torch?!
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah, that'd be the flash I held inside a hole in the hull and didn't realise it'd show through another hole.
  • newintenz said:
    great capture David, I really enjoyed your gallery. I am interested in this photo meet up you guys have organized, it seems like a really good idea, is it open to new-comers??
  • David de Groot said:
    Hi Nikola, yes the meetups are open to all newcomers. See the Brisbane Meetup group for the details of when and where. The next one is on Sat 1st of Dec.
  • seychelles88 said:
    Excellent perspective. I love the star trail.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, I think I should have gone a bit longer, and tried to get the building out of frame, but when blundering around in the dark it's not always easy to see where things will show up :)