Location: Usan – Time: 1900-2100
Another Friday night and another night shoot for the PK crew! Sarah had come over to my place to edit and organise our last wedding shoot (at which she was a bridemaid) so by the time we were ready to go it was dinnertime. Usan was to be our destination and there just happens to be a McDonalds en-route in Arbroath – diet of champions!
It was starting to get dark as we parked up near the coastline at Usan which was perfect for the kind of shots I was looking to take. The village is very small and is mainly farmland and
Dundee Discovery Point – 22.30
Sarah had a major advantage when it came to the boat itself as she has a much wider lens than me (10mm vs 17mm) and could fit the whole ship into one shot. I opted for a shot from the front instead.
I was shooting entirely in manual mode and using my shutter release cable to guess how long the exposures should be. At f11, iso100, they were roughly around the 2 minute mark and I got moderate success with this technique.
I often get asked “how long does my exposure need to be”. The short answer is “as long as it takes”. My time served as a photographer allows my guesstimates to be quite good, but only experience and a little thought process will get good results.