Posts in Category: Long Exposure

Moon Over The Ocean

I shot this (several years ago) while I was waiting for the sun to come up, so I could shoot the pier during the sunrise. As it turned out, I didn’t like the shot I took of the pier. It was not as colorful as I wanted, and it looked a bit boring. Because I ended up with something that morning, I wasn’t totally sad.

Caption: Moon over the ocean
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Shot at 40 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 30 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: beach, black and white, long exposure, moon, moonrise, morning, ocean, oceanside, pacific ocean, water, waves
Date: March 22, 2008 5:10:53AM
Location: Oceanside, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 33.196351, -117.386420

Moon over the ocean

Moon over the ocean

San Diego skyline at sunrise

This shot is one of my favorite shots of the San Diego skyline. I have taken it a few times, so I know exactly when to shoot it, and with what lens etc. Many shooters try to take the shot in the evening. The secret to the San Diego skyline, is to start shooting pre-dawn, and keep shooting into the dawn. Sometimes you get great color in the clouds.

Caption: San Diego skyline at sunrise
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF35mm f/1.4L USM
Exposure: Manual exposure, 30 sec, f/8, ISO 100
Keywords: Coronado, buildings, cityscape, dawn, daybreak, downtown, morning, pink, pink clouds, san diego, san diego skyline, skyline, sunrise
Date: November 12, 2009 5:44:02AM
Location: Coronado, California, United States

San Diego skyline at sunrise

San Diego skyline at sunrise

Peter Lik inspired Scripps Pier

I am a Peter Lik fan. I love his art. I have been to several of his galleries. One of his photos is of the Scripps Pier in La Jolla. I decided to take a shot at creating a similar photo to his shots – “Coastal Dreams” and “Solice“. Naturally I like mine better.

Caption: Peter Lik inspired Scripps Pier, La Jolla, Ca
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM Shot at 16 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 5 sec, f/22, ISO 100
Keywords: beach, calm, clouds, cloudy, la jolla, long exposure, ocean, overcast, pier, sand, scripps pier, water
Date: September 5, 2011 1:40:47PM
Location: La Jolla Shores, San Diego, California, United States

Peter Lik inspired Scripps Pier, La Jolla, Ca

Peter Lik inspired Scripps Pier, La Jolla, Ca

18 Degrees at Midnight

I shot this in Bodie, Ca, October of 2012 at midnight just before a huge snow storm hit. It was freezing cold, and I could barely feel my hands let alone the camera controls. It was almost pitch black to the naked eye, so I had to focus with a flashlight, and rough guess the composition. Once I tested with a short exposure, I then fired the shot you see here. I waited in my truck with the heater running while the shutter was open (about 35 minutes) careful not to step on the brake, or create any stray light that would appear in the final image.

I wanted something different than most shooters wind up with when they go up there, so I decided to create my own lighting in the middle of the night with the moon at my left.

Just as I was leaving, it started to snow, so I had to get out of there quick so I didn’t get stuck in the snow. I drove all the way back to Carson City (in a snow storm), and slept in the truck in a Casino parking lot

The light coming from inside the building was created by placing a single yellow gelled strobe just inside the door and pointed at the ceiling. The strobe was triggered remotely several times while I sat in my truck. The light on the left side exterior of the building is all moon light. This image is right out of the camera with minor adjustments done in Lightroom.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM, 1773 seconds (29.5 minutes) at f5.6, ISO 100
All processing done in Lightroom

Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie State Historic Park