Sodium Cloud Forest, Rickmansworth

Ten minute exposure an hour after sunset today, as the thick fog slowly cleared from the Aquadrome. The fog lingered in the trees, backlit by London's no shortage of sodium streetlights, whilst the bright moon rose high enough to bathe the foreground grass in a soft pearl light. I was startled by the colours on the LCD when it had finished "cooking" - I had been stood in near darkness.


I set the WB to "shade" to bring out the warmth, cropped, rotated and applied some noise reduction in Lightroom 3 to reduce the grain from the ten minute exposure.


My £19 cable release remains the best piece of kit I have. Long exposures keep surprising me with their interpretation of nighttime scenes. This one was particularly bizarre as the colours match the harsh sunset backlight of, but the scene itself couldn't have looked more different. Early winter nights couldn't have come at a better time.


Hope everyone else is having a great week too.

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Taken on November 16, 2010