Posts in Category: Night Photography

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

Rockefeller Center Station

Light always captures my eye. This shot really isn’t that special, but the woman walking into the light caught my eye. I took the shot, and her figure, in contrast to the light, tells a story. A story of going somewhere.

Caption: Rockefeller Center Station
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF20mm f/2.8 USM
Exposure: Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: black and white, new york, new york city, rockefeller center, street photography, subway
Date: October 22, 2011 8:29:51PM
Location: Theater District – Times Square, New York, United States

Rockefeller Center Station

Rockefeller Center Station

Benedict Castle Wedding

The Benedict Castle is one of those venues that is easy to take great photos at. The couple that evening was gorgeous, and fun to shoot with. This particular shot was taken near the end of the reception. I simply asked the couple to step outside and look at each other. Then, I just put one strobe behind the couple, and you see the result. I love this shot.

Caption: Benedict Castle Wedding
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Shot at 24 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 1000
Flash: On, Fired
Keywords: Benedict Castle, bride, bride and groom, couple, groom, night photography, photography, strobist, wedding, wedding couple, wedding photography, wedding strobist
Date: December 15, 2012 5:07:25PM
Location: Canyon Crest, Riverside, California, United States

Benedict Castle Wedding

Benedict Castle Wedding

ampm

This shot is a good example of why I carry a pocket camera every day and everywhere I go. This was shot with my Canon PowerShot S95. I was walking into ampm early one morning, and I looked up and saw gorgeous light as dawn was approaching. I could not resist taking the shot, and you see the result.

Caption: ampm sign early in the morning
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon PowerShot S95
Lens: 6-22.5 mm Shot at 7.5 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/60 sec, f/3.5, ISO 800, Compensation: -4/3
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Focus: At 4.1m, with a depth of field from about 1.6m to infinity
Keywords: ampm, colorful, convenience store, dawn, fast food, gas station, glow, morning, neon, orange, purple, sign, store, sunrise
Date: January 19, 2011 6:24:33AM
Location: Murrieta, California, United States

ampm sign early in the morning

ampm sign early in the morning