The 60-Second Exposure Challenge
Sunday 20 November 2011 — Category: Shooting
Corvallis Photography Meetup Club, issued a photo challenge called “60-second exposures.” Over the next month, the goal is to take as many creative, 60-second exposures as we can, and see what kind of results we get.
Now, 60-second exposures are not everyday fare for a photographer. Most cameras cannot even be set to a shutter speed of 60-seconds without the addition of further equipment — even my new Sony Alpha α77. Fortunately, the intervalometer I mentioned in a previous post will get the job done. I’m looking forward to see what kind of photos I can come up with during the next month.
This photo was my first attempt. I brought my son’s blue Godin LGX electric guitar into my office, turned off all the lights, and placed a small 0.3 watt blue night light close to the guitar. Then I opened the camera shutter for the required 60 seconds.
Zero point three watts is not very much light, even for such a long exposure. I used an aperture of f/2.8, and an ISO of 200. I suppose I could have boosted the ISO to brighten up the photo. Instead, I gave it a few tweaks in Photoshop, to try to get the brightness and contrast right. The results are definitely blue!
Click on the photo to see it larger. To view more photos from this challenge as they become available, be sure to check out the Night & Low Light 2011 photo album.