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Photo of the Day: Half Dome at Night

Posted 9 November, 2008 at 9:30am by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Photography)

I took this picture in January of 2005 at around 11pm at night with the sole illumination from a fairly bright moon. Even with the moon out, it was quite dark, and I couldn't really see Half Dome through my viewfinder. I ended up taking a couple shots and adjusting until it was framed okay. I was actually using the digital camera to act as a virtual light meter for my film camera. On film, I was shooting Velvia 50 and had the lens stopped down to f/11 or f/16 and taking 8 to 15 minute exposures. To calculate how many minutes I'd need, I took several test shots with the digital (of which this was one) and calculated the approximate shutter speed I'd need on my film.
Half Dome at Night
Tripod, 63 sec at f/3.5 on ISO 800, 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

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