I recently visited the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and I came across this interesting sculpture outside the museum. A little internet sleuthing turned up this page that talks all about it. I really found it visually interesting and I realized right away that I wanted to photoraph this in a way that makes the sculture look like a futuristic submarine. Plus, I really dig the lines in this sculpture, the way it reflects the sky and all the small imperfections that occur as this work of outdoor art ages. By the way, the new MOHAI is fantastic! I recommend visiting it as soon as you can.
Image taken with the Canon EOS 6D using my 70-200mm F4 "L" lens. I was shooting this with the camera mounted on a tripod at the Dr. Jose Rizal bridge near Pacific Medical Center. Settings were: F8, 30 second exposre (aperture priority), ISO 100.
So I setup my tripod in the back seat of the ol' Subaru and set my camera on top of it. I've had this idea kicking around in my noggin for a while of doing long exposures while driving at night. Its hardly a new idea, but it was one that I hadn't tried yet. I realized that I could preset my focus, set the camera to aperature priority (F8) and program my intervalometer to command the camera to take an exposure every 20 seconds. All I had to do was drive! No worrying about the camera or when to take a shot, I let the intervalometer do all the work. I have to say that the results were better than I thought they would be, quite trippy actually. Next time I'll have to make sure to clean my windows and do the driving on a night that doesn't have rain!
Heres a very unrealistic, hyper-processed image of Seattle at night. This is a composite image made up of 3 different exposures that, in turn, were made 3 stops apart from each other. One image is 3 stops overexposed, one image is exposed correctly and the last image is 3 stops overexposed. This in turn allows special software to take these three images and combine them into one image that attempt...s to show the range of differing exposures in one shot. Often this technique results in weird, otherworldly looking images and its very easy to tell when a photographer has gone "too far" with this technique. Myself, while I like playing with it and I enjoy the effects it creates, wouldn't consider this to be a "serious" photograph. I hope you enjoy it though!