Its been a long while since I shot sunsets, properly with tripod's and all the goodness.
At the beginning of November, I was bored on a saturday afternoon, I had my camera equipment with me and I was looking for something to shoot. by 3pm I still had not figure out what to shoot, but I noticed that the skies were quiet nice and clear. Maybe there is a chance for a sunset shoot.
So I called up Ming, Stephen, and Allen. Asked if anyone wanted to join me to find sunset. Stephen was up for it. Ming was unsure, cos when I called him he was having his afternoon nap. Allan had no transportation as his mom was using his car.
This was one of the first shots which I took when I reached just after Ming arrived. He was the 2nd last to confirm but the first to arrive. Then came Stephen (who got lost and went to the other side of the barrage). I guess its quite confusing over there without road signs and such. Last but not least came Allen. Who got his ride back at the last minute.
Heh~ if you have not figured it out, the silhoute is of Ming! with his few month old baby. Which incidently he forgot to charge the battery, and halfway shooting a frame he ran out of juice, and the shutter was open! haha! Lucky for him, Allen, borrowed him a battery so he could close the shutter.
Stephen came with his brand spanking new Cokin GND filters. I had a play at it. it was really good I must say. Especially when doing longer exposures.
Note to self, I must get me one of those as well!
Allen on the other hand brought his tripod but forgot to bring the camera mount, so basically his tripod was useless as he could not mount his camera. Which later he found out that he DID bring the mount, just didnt realise it ~_~ """ he was probably dreaming of the Canon 50d.
So there I was trying to make it as silky as possible and I decide to bump it up to BULB mode. For those who do not know, basic longest pre-set exposure was 30 seconds. In BULB mode basically you can expose till the battery runs out. This was one of my first times using this mode, this year. I did use it once in penang last year, but then I didn't have my tripod and I didn't have the cable release.
This was the last shot of the night. I actually intended to expose for 90 seconds. But I set my timer wrongly, so there I was chatting with the guys and it dawned on me, my timer had not gone off! I immediately stopped the shutter. I checked the EXIF information, 188 seconds. o.O" thats Waaaayyyyyy too long... as you can see from the image, even the moon has moved.
And if you notice the upper corners of the photos are a bit purple. That is a sign that the image sensor was heating up.
Why is there heat? Well when we take a shot, the shutter opens and electrons go thru the image sensor. It all happens in a split second, but when we take long exposures, electrons run thru the image sensor for what ever time period we set. And the longer electrons run thru the image sensor the hotter it gets, and thats where you will start to see the image changing color. Dangerous game we play.
But so far my camera is still okay, it lives to capture another day.
For the full gallery of images click HERE.