Cold and shivering we wrapped up another community project last night at roughly 6:30pm. Just having met at the Mt. Eden domain two hours earlier with the sun still sitting quite high in the sky, it left us all struggling to get interesting exposures. The sun was mostly hidden behind the thick cloud cover, very very flat and diffused natural light did not help our situation. Even with all our combined creativity the Auckland City skyline did not look any more interesting no matter which angle we approached it from.
If you look at the first image (featured at the top of this blog post) you will notice the small strip of bare sky on the horizon, this barren space gave me hope. Eventually the sun would pass between the mountains (Waitakere ranges) on the horizon and the blanket of cloud, theoretically lighting up the entire set with a nice side light, diffuse golden glow.
Everyone who left the comfort of their warm living rooms and came out with us got taught a good lesson in 'patience'. We joined together and encouraged banter while waiting a further 40 minutes for the sun to sink. This was not necessarily a bad thing because it meant we all had the time to get our framing and lenses in focus. Once the sun was ready, we were blessed with around 5-15 minutes of great light getting cast onto central Auckland (just as predicted). This helped make the image creation process a little more inspiring and set a positive mood for the remainder of the night.
Shortly after the sun vanished and the city lights got flicked on we had a whole new experience and challenge in front of us. Once again the importance of a nice solid tripod came into play while we were making exposures lasting 15-30seconds. I know its a pain and might seem like a waste of $$ but purchasing a nice tripod which will last you a life time is surely worth the investment when it's the difference between blurry and needle sharp images worth printing.
I hope you enjoy the shots we created together and enjoyed the experience. If you have any further questions or want more information on how any of these images were made or processed please don't hesitate to ask.
Thank you everyone for coming, please leave any comments or suggestions in the comments section below. Also don't forget to look through the behind the scenes shots I got, most of you will be featured (click to enlarge). I hope you all had a good time, see you next time.