Sunday, 28 August 2011

Tunnel Vision



We went underground at Cwt-y-Bugail today to try and get to grips with the new camera. The evening before, we'd been crashing about in the garden after dark working out how to set the exposures using flashlights. There was much laughter and cursing...good job our neighbours weren't in their holiday cottage just now.

Anyway, being in a mine is nothing like being in a back garden at night.  It's really blacker than black in a mine, and there are all sorts of details you want to bring out.  There aren't usually Berberis bushes to fall over either, just huge lumps of stuff that's fallen from the roof...

With Petra's help, I managed to make the following shots.  The new camera takes a bit of getting used to, and outside the mine, my photos so far are lamentable. But I was pleased with these, I hope they bring out some of the mystery and character of the place.


For the record, we have standardised on the excellent LED Lenser P7 tactical torch...a really bright and focussable 250 lumens unit. They are not too dear at about 40 quid, although they get through batteries at the rate of one set of 4 per mine!!  The big boy in the operation is a 900 lumens Cree unit, using a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.  The light is blinding, but not focussable, so it's a bit of a mighty sledge hammer where sometimes the smaller lamps have the edge.

So, here are the pics so far...hope you like 'em!






6 comments:

geotopoi said...

Nice work, Iain! You have got some really nice results there. I especially like the first shot with the rails leading off into the distance.

Iain Robinson said...

Thanks very much, Graham. There's certainly a lot of trial and error involved in light painting, but it is great fun!

9bb59902-d227-11e0-8caa-000bcdcb8a73 said...

brilliant pictures both,Ian and myself just wave our head torches around furiously so the camera takes all the light in,usually about 15/20 seconds does the trick,althogh the lights you are using seem to give off anatural looking light .

Iain Robinson said...

Thanks very much! Yes, these are at 13-15 seconds, ISO80 and f7.5 ... the light balance I adjusted on camera for a more natural look, the led lights are a bit blue looking otherwise. Really pleased with the Cree, though, it kept going for 2 hours in the mine. Your photos are incredibly sharp, I'm not really there at your level yet!!

weston said...

Sorry tis i Weston having probs getting my name to show.

Iain Robinson said...

Thanks Wes, yes, I guessed 'twas your good self, cheers!

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