A few days ago I said I was hoping to get a shot of late evening across the valley with more lights. I took this photo 25 minutes later than the one I took on the previous evening, trying to catch more lights but keeping some illumination from the setting sun.
This was taken with a 4-second exposure, f/5.4, at ISO 640. The earlier shot only required a 1-second exposure at f/22 and ISO 200. It was substantially darker by the time I took this photo and more folks had turned their lights on.
The lights could be a little sharper. We had a touch of haze in the air that I heard was from the California wildfires, so that may be part of the reason. I’m sure I could improve my focusing and exposure skills, too. I’ll give this another shot later in the year when the air may be clearer and try some alternative techniques.
The next morning my camera was still on the tripod and I realized the full moon would be hanging over the hills just before dawn. The photo below was taken a minute or two before the moon slipped below the horizon. Not as many folks are awake at dawn as at sunset, if the lights are any indication. The moonglow also suggests that there is some haze in the air.
This was a 5-second exposure at f/5, ISO 200. I also needed to zoom out to a wider lens so I could get the moon on the left and the lights on the right into the frame.
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