It’s that time of year when ghosts and ghouls frequent the night and guys sit on bonfires. That is guys as in Guy Fawkes, although photographers will go to any lengths to get the picture they want.
As the days shorten your camera does not need to be confined to indoors. Take it out of the camera bag and have some fun.
Some people say Photography is painting with light so this is exactly what I did. Armed with a headtorch, camera, tripod and some sparklers I ventured into the garden.
I had not tried this sort of photography before so I knew there was going to be some experimentation before I got the shot I was looking for.
I set the camera up on the tripod and ensured it was level using a built in spirit level. I selected a wide focal length (about 35mm) and pre-focused on an area of grass, which I had illuminated with the torch. I knew autofocus was not going to work so I focused manually and set an aperture of around f8 and a shutter speed of about 30 seconds. I set the camera up to self timer to give me enough time to get into position.
I firstly tried with just the headtorch and was pleased with the results. I was writing our name Photrain (if it is not obvious). The torch was easier to work with as it was a constant light. I also had a few attempts with the sparklers and was surprised at how short a burn time they had. I had to ensure that the writing of our name was timed to equal the length of the exposure of 30 seconds.
The images are not perfect but that is the beauty of photography. You can always try again and aim to improve the result.
I am sure our neighbours thought I was mad, but who cares. I was having fun.