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Tim says… I liked this scene as soon as I saw it – it re­minds me of my con­ti­nen­tal trav­els. Tim showed me how to ‘bracket’ my ex­po­sures in man­ual mode by keep­ing to the same lens aper­ture but vary­ing the ex­po­sure time. This 30-sec­ond ex­po­sure gives prob­a­bly the best re­sult, but I like the slightly darker 20-sec­ond ex­po­sure too. The light lev­els change so much that it’s very dif­fi­cult to pre­dict the ex­po­sure that’s go­ing to give the best re­sult, but work­ing in man­ual mode makes it sim­ple to ex­per­i­ment be­cause you’re not hav­ing to sec­ond-guess the cam­era’s me­ter read­ings.

Shake-free shoot­ing

Ross brought his own tri­pod but it lacked sta­bil­ity, so Tim showed Ross how to use a Manfrotto 190 tri­pod we brought with us. The se­cret to sta­bil­ity is to use the thick­est leg sec­tions first and not to use the cen­tre col­umn un­less you’ve al­ready ex­tended the leg length to its max­i­mum.

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