Posts in Category: Long Exposure

Wayfarers Chapel Wedding

Wayfarers Chapel wedding. I shot this at 9pm in the evening. The exposure was almost 2 seconds. I had the couple freeze during the exposure, and used a low power strobe to help make them pop. To the naked eye it was pitch black, I couldn’t see very much at all. I had to use a flashlight to focus before taking the shot. I had no idea that the clouds and stars were there before I took the shot. I was pleasantly surprised with the resulting image. Very minor adjustments were made in Photoshop.

Caption: Wayfarers Chapel wedding
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Shot at 28 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1.6 sec, f/4, ISO 2500
Off Camera Flash: On, Fired
Keywords: bride and groom, long exposure, night, night photography, stars, strobist, wayfarers chapel, wedding, wedding photography
Date: September 26, 2015 9:04:24PM
Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 33.743270, -118.377730

Wayfarers Chapel wedding

Wayfarers Chapel wedding

Ballerina

I shot this as the curtain was coming down, and the lights were turning off. The resulting frame was exposed for about half a second. I originally didn’t think much of the shot because of the blur, but after looking at the shot again, it does have some artistic qualities. I suppose the “artistic” part is subject to opinion, but then again all art is subjective.

Caption: Ballerina
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Shot at 100 mm
Exposure: Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 0.5 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1600
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Focus: At 11m, with a depth of field of about 2.0m
Keywords: ballerina, ballet, dance, dancer, long exposure, motion blur, portrait, stage, theater, tutu
Date: November 21, 2007 7:38:08PM
Location: Temecula, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 33.493509, -117.149838

Ballerina

Ballerina

Flo’s V8 Cafe

Having grown up in Southern California, I have been to Disneyland more times than I can count. I remember actually using the “E tickets”, and parking right out in front of the entrance and walking inside. Those were the good old days. Now, it is completely different, changing with every movie they release. I took this shot of Flo’s V8 Cafe shortly after Cars Land opened.

Caption: Flo’s V8 Cafe – Cars Land
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Shot at 55 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/13 sec, f/8, ISO 100
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: Flo’s V8 Cafe, anaheim california, california adventure, cars land, disneyland, disneyland resort, flos v8 cafe, long exposure, neon, night, night photography, sign
Date: September 9, 2012 8:06:19PM
Location: Anaheim Resort, Anaheim, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 33.805570, -117.918936

Flo's V8 Cafe - Cars Land

Flo’s V8 Cafe – Cars Land

Rhyolite Ghost Town

I arrived on scene about 11pm. After driving for hours, and arriving in the middle of nowhere, Nevada, I stepped out of the truck, and stared up at a brilliantly lit moon. I knew if I took the shot with the moon in the sky, I wouldn’t get the result I was looking for. I checked my phone for the moonset time, and went to sleep in the truck. My alarm woke me at about 3am. I got out of the truck, and stepped into a freezing wind. I started to setup my tripod, and soon realized that I could no longer move my fingers. Good thing I brought nice gloves along. After fumbling around with my tripod and camera with heavy gloves on – a feat that felt like I was in a space suit, I got out a flashlight to try and focus on the building – the Cook Bank. I did my best to try and frame the shot in the dark.

I pulled the trigger a little after 3am. I went back to the truck while the camera was still exposing, and got out a single strobe. There was no light to illuminate the building, and without light, the building would be barely visible in my shot. I walked back and forth in front of the building firing my strobe manually several times in an attempt to paint the building with light. I stopped the exposure after almost 40 minutes, and to my utter amazement, something came up on my LCD that made me smile. Well at least I had the bank correctly in my frame. This shot might not be great, or even good, but for those of you that have been through similar struggles, you know that even if you get anywhere near what you want, it is very gratifying.

Caption: Rhyolite Ghost Town
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF20mm f/2.8 USM
Exposure: Manual exposure, Bulb, 2231 sec (37 min, 11 sec), f/5.6, ISO 100
Flash: Off camera, hand held, camera right, fired multiple times
Keywords: black and white, cook bank, death valley, ghost town, long exposure, night, night photography, old building, rhyolite, rhyolite ghost town, rhyolite nevada, ruins, star trails
Date: March 3, 2012 3:17:12AM
Location: Beatty, Nevada, United States
Latitude/longitude: 36.901196, -116.829271

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Rhyolite Ghost Town

San Diego Skyline

I’ve shot this scene countless times. This one was taken June of 2011. The shot really isn’t that hard, it’s just getting up early enough and driving down to San Diego that is the tough part. So many photographers shoot this scene at sunset. The real beauty of the San Diego skyline only comes out at dawn. I’ll just keep this little secret to myself. If you live in SoCal and want to give this shot a try, my GPS coordinates, and time taken are below. You’ll just have to determine what time sunrise was on the day I shot this, and use the same offset for the day you plan to shoot.

I prefer the black and white version. The color version is quite striking. You can see another shot that I posted in color when the tide was higher.

Caption: San Diego Skyline
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF35mm f/2
Exposure: Manual exposure, 30 sec, f/8, ISO 100
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: Coronado, black and white, cityscape, clouds, downtown, low tide, san diego, san diego bay, san diego skyline, sunrise, waterfront
Date: June 4, 2011 5:04:28AM
Location: Coronado, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 32.700284, -117.172834

San Diego Skyline

San Diego Skyline