Low Light……..New Lens

Last Saturday i found myself standing outside a hall that was holding a folk festival.
Having just tried to capture something of the event with a hundred or so people singing in an acoustically wonderful foyer, and realising that you just can’t capture that wonderful sound in a still photograph, i stood around looking for something else whilst listening to the music.

It was late at night and very overcast with rain in the air. Standing under the shelter at the entrance to the hall allowed a view towards two areas lit by street lights. This is the kind of lighting i love as i feel it creates a great atmosphere, especially when there are few people about.
It was also a chance to try out my new lens in low light, the one i had to buy quickly to replace the one that broke recently. With limited finances i eventually decided on the Sigma 18-125mm f3.8-5.6 HSM with Optical Stabiliser.

Here’s a couple of my favourite photos whilst standing outside.


I love the darkness of this one, and the slight movement of the couple as they walk along. To me it has an unfriendly feel to it, a little unpopulated and lonely as the two people head home.......Taken at 1/30 sec at 110mm, handheld.


Looking this direction with both cars and pedestrians leaving, it looked somehow less sinister to me. The headlights lighting up the green of the grass, and the red rear lights reflected in the water on the road seems to give it more life......Taken at 1/30sec at 73mm, handheld.

Generally the new lens worked well in the dark. I wasn’t trying to push it too much at full zoom due to the slow shutter speed, but at 110mm handheld at 1/30 second, then the optical stabiliser seems to work ok as it should at least be taken at 1/200 second at that focal length (considering the crop factor of the smaller sensor). Being able to use 6400 ISO also helps, and although the noise level is fairly high, it also helps give it some atmosphere.




About PurpleT

Much of my photography is art and documentary. I try to capture a scene as i see it in my mind, whether that be black and white, colour, or somewhere in between. I try to make an interesting, and/or attractive image from what i see around me, not just what would be expected, but also subjects that would be seen boring, mundane, or ugly by many. But they all have an interest as art photography. I have also spent nearly twenty years working as a life model, then the human figure in art is very important to me, and is something i try to bring into my work at times.
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