OUR APPRENTICE says…
This picture of MediaCityUK over the water made a spectacular shot because of the reflections of the lights in the water. I wasn’t used to using a tripod and long exposures, and I had also only a month beforehand changed from a D80 to a D7100 but Tim was very patient and coached me through the 20 second exposure needed for this picture – and the effect on the water was amazing, blurring the ripples in the surface to produce this silky sheen. Tim showed me how to use my D7100’s Mirror Up mode to minimise vibration, and the 10-20mm Sigma lens that N-Photo brought along was a revelation. I need to get a cable release, though – I found my ML-L3 infra-red remote annoying because it kept timing out between shots.
We moved a few yards to shoot traffic trails. The ‘starburst’ effect around the street lights comes from a small (f/11) lens aperture, and older lenses are best for this – newer ones tend to have rounded diaphragm shapes which prevent it.
Clean your lens!
A few specks of dust on your lens might not make much different in daytime photography, but at night they’re picked out mercilessly by bright light sources just outside the frame. You can see the effect here in Ross’s picture of the Lowry Centre. Keep a microfibre cloth in your bag, and check your lenses regularly.