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41/52 --- You're Somewhere Amongst The Lights [Ghetto Lighting] | by Peter Bower
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41/52 --- You're Somewhere Amongst The Lights [Ghetto Lighting]

Week 39 of the VOTogs "52 Selfies" challenge was “Ghetto Lighting.”

 

I am in Melbourne. I wandered down to the beach to shoot the blood red moon during the eclipse... and the clouds covered it.

 

So, I took this instead.

 

Is this perfect? No! Far from it! There's too much movement within the shot (particularly noticeable with my beard).

 

But, then, this is a full 1 second exposure at f/1.4. My camera on a tripod, shutter triggered by my RF602s, I lit myself using the screen of my iPhone with some lights of the Melbourne suburbs that I could see from the beach...

 

I've genuinely no idea how I pulled this shot off and managed to keep it as sharp as I did with such a shallow depth of field, long exposure, and hand held lighting which was on for the entire exposure...

 

I figure I reached a place of calm and managed to stay relatively still...

 

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Set up:

 

Camera EXIF: Canon 5DMkIII with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 | A. At 35mm, 1/1 (i.e. 1 second) @f/1.4, ISO500.

 

Lighting info:

Lit by hand-held iPhone 4 screen. (Not torch.) Shutter triggered by Youngnuo RF602s.

 

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Taken on October 8, 2014