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Comet Neowise, C/2020 F3, comet, noctilucent clouds, Solar System, night sky, SFU, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Low light levels, mid-grade attempts

Above/featured: Comet Neowise (C2020/F3), from Burnaby Mountain, BC – 16 Jul 2020 (UTC); more details below.

One of my first lessons in photography was: covet as much natural light as possible. I’m the first to admit I’ll chase that light very hard, especially during winter conditions when days are often grey, dull, and short. Sometimes, sacrifices have to be made to get “that light.”

But diminishing light offers different challenges and opportunities to the variety of ways a person might think about a scene or situation before them. Getting the desired effect might require opening the aperture wide, upping the ISO level, lengthening exposure time, or adding light with an artificial flash. If a person’s journey goes down a “dark” path, what might a combination of internal ability and intuition mixed with external planning and happenstance create?


I made all photos below between 2008 and 2021 with these devices: Canon EOS450D/Rebel XSi (450D), Canon EOS6D mark1 (6D1), and Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime (X70). I used no artificial flash for these pictures. For each image, I’ve provided camera settings: exposure time, aperture, ISO, and full-frame focal length. Where two focal lengths are listed, they are the APS-C number (Canon crop factor 1.6, Fujifilm crop factor 1.53) and the full-frame equivalent.

Full moon, dawn, Belt of Venus, Earth shadow, Cerro Pachón, copper mine, gold mine, Minas de cobre y oro, Carmen de Andacollo, Region de Coquimbo, Andacollo, Chile, fotoeins.com

With the creeping light of dawn behind me, I have this west-facing view on a late-winter early-morning from Cerro Pachón near the southern edge of the Atacama desert. Visible from top to bottom are: the setting “Belt of Venus” in purple; the setting shadow of the Earth in dark blue; the setting full-Moon reddened and flattened, respectively, by atmospheric scattering and refraction; and lights on the ground from copper and gold mines next to the town of Andacollo. Región de Coquimbo, Chile – 15 Sep 2008. 450D: 1/5-sec, f/14, ISO200, 53/85mm.

Orion constellation, Betelgeuse, Rigel, Orion's belt, Orion Nebula, M42, Canis Major, Sirius, Gemini Observatory, Gemini South, Cerro Pachon, Andes, Region de Coquimbo, Atacama Desert, Desierto de Atacama, Chile, fotoeins.com

Southern-hemisphere night sky over Cerro Pachón in Chile: at left is the dome enclosure for Gemini Observatory South; at centre is the constellation Orion; and at right in the constellation Canis Major is the bright star, Sirius, visible to the naked-eye. Photo, 24 Oct 2010 with 450D: 30-sec, f/4, ISO1600, 18/29mm.

Shutter drag, Coquimbo, Cruz del Tercer Milenio, La Serena, Region de Coquimbo, Chile, fotoeins.com

Cross of the Third Millennium in Coquimbo, from across the bay in La Serena, Chile – 7 May 2011. 450D: 70-sec, f/14, ISO100, 70 to 300/112 to 480mm.

U Kasáren, Hradčany, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

U Kasáren, in the Hradčany district: Prague, Czech Republic – 30 July 2013. 450D: 1/30-sec, f/2.8, ISO800, 50/80mm.

Macy's, Bon Marche building, The Bon, Thanksgiving, holiday star, Seattle, Washington, USA, fotoeins.com

U.S. Thanksgiving, fireworks over the Macy’s/Bon Marche building: Seattle, USA – 25 Nov 2016. Still image from 6D1 640×480 video: 108-sec total at f/4, ISO10000, 24mm.

neon, signage, Blue Swallow Motel, US route 66, US-66, Mother Road, Tucumcari, NM, fotoeins.com

Blue Swallow Motel on Route-66 (highway US-66): Tucumcari, NM, USA – 7 Oct 2018. 6D1: 1/400-sec, f/8, ISO20000, 24mm.

London Bridge Studio, recording studio, Shoreline, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

Located north of Seattle, London Bridge Studio is where many notable albums have been recorded, including Pearl Jam’s debut album “Ten”. During an inside tour, the track “Jeremy” is played in full-volume over the same console and mixing board where the track was originally recorded and mixed. Shoreline, WA, USA – 5 Mar 2020. X70: 1/50-sec, f/4, ISO5000, 18.5/28mm.

Comet Neowise, C/2020 F3, comet, noctilucent clouds, Solar System, night sky, SFU, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Comet Neowise (C/2020 F3) with visible nucleus and tail, at altitude 12 degrees and azimuth 335 degrees (north-northwest). Also labelled are stars in the Ursa Major (UMa) constellation, high-altitude noctilucent clouds over the northern horizon, and lights atop transmission towers on Mount Seymour. Night sky from Burnaby Mountain, BC, Canada – 15/16 Jul 2020. X70: 2-sec, f/2.8, ISO6400, 18.5/28mm.

S-Bahn Berlin, Ringbahn, Messe Nord/ICC, S42, Charlottenburg, Westend, Berlin, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Action around train station “Messe Nord/ICC” facing south, with the Berliner Funkturm (Berlin Radio Tower) at upper right. At lower centre-right is the arrival of the Ringbahn (S-Bahn Berlin’s Circle Line) S42 train. Berlin, Germany. Photo, 27 Nov 2021 with X70: 2-sec, f/16, ISO4000, 18.5/28mm.


Acknowledgements to Sofia for LAPC no.186 during the week of 12–18 February 2022. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-mpD.

21 Responses to “Low light levels, mid-grade attempts”

    • fotoeins

      ¡Hola y gracias, Sofia! I’m not surprised many really like the “street lamps at night” in Prague. I also liked that scene when I made that image, but it may or may not surprise you to know that image isn’t my favourite in the post 😅 Thanks again for stopping by!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Alison. I’m not surprised many like the “street lamps at night” in Prague, which I also really liked when I made that image. But it might surprise you to know the Prague image isn’t my favourite in the post 😅 Thanks for stopping by!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Teresa. I’m not surprised many like the “street lamps at night” in Prague, which I also really liked when I made that image. But it might surprise you to know the Prague image isn’t my favourite in the post 😅 Thanks for stopping by!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Tina! For most, every person’s blogsite post with images comes across at minimum as a “humble brag” (by definition), and I think that’s a good thing 😅

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Ann Christine. Many like the “street lamps at night” in Prague, which I also really liked when I made that image. But the Prague image isn’t my favourite in the post 😅 Did you like the full moon in Chile or the “many lines and dots” in Chile? Thanks for your comment and for stopping by!

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    • fotoeins

      Thanks, Ann Christine. I enjoyed getting that image; I might’ve had more fun in the actual attempts than the image itself.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Manja. Music history, or at least personal music history, might change and come-and-go, but given its place in rock music, the studio I visited and photographed is a very special place.

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