Posts tagged ‘Low-light’

Low Light St George’s

Whilst I was waiting for Lizzy’s train to arrive from London last night, I thought I would take the opportunity to test out the new camera in a tricky low-light, high-contrast situation by taking a few shots of St George’s Hall in Liverpool. The following were taken hand-held at ISO 3200:

Low Light St George's 1

Low Light St George's 2

So who says that Micro Four Thirds sensors can’t handle low light situations then?

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)


For our week in Andalucia we based ourselves in the town of Osuna, about half-way between Seville and Granada. Because it’s not really part of the main tourist trail, Osuna offers visitors the chance to sample a quieter, more “authentic” Andalucian experience. However because it’s fairly central, most of the region’s main tourist attractions are within fairly easy reach. It was the perfect place to stay, especially as it wasn’t without charms of its own, as I hope the following images demonstrate:

Sun Shades

Although not strictly necessary, given that we visited in September, the shady canopies hanging above the streets did offer some welcome relief from the strong Andalucian sun. To the locals it probably wasn’t strong at all….but to pale-faced North Europeans it was hot enough thank you very much.

Monasterio de la Encarnacion 2

A twilight shot of the monastery in the Plaza de la Encarnacion.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

Low-light Whitby

Continuing with posts from our recent trip to Whitby, here are a few low-light shots of the North Yorkshire town:

The first three of the these shots were all taken hand-held using my 50mm lens, which isn’t image stabilised (hence the reason why I was using wide open apertures and high ISO settings) so I’m quite pleased with the way they have turned-out. The final shot was taken with my 15-85 balanced on top of a conveniently situated litter-bin acting as a makeshift tripod. You’ll notice the lifeboat moored at its station is a little blurry – that’s the result of a 30 second exposure coupled with the gentle movement of the boat as it bobs up and down on the tidal waters in the harbour. Having said that there was a fairly stiff breeze blowing in off the North Sea, so it’s possible that the camera moved slightly, but the rest of the shot is fairly sharp and I was trying to act as a human wind-brake.

P.S. This is my 100th post. I started my blog approx 290 days ago, back at the beginning of June 2012, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. The photography community on WordPress is full of lovely people – generous with both their time and comments. So I’d just like to say thanks for all the “likes” and to all those who follow my blog – the support really is much appreciated…..:0).

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

Low Light New Brighton

I had a day-off work yesterday and decided to go to the cinema at New Brighton in the afternoon to watch “Zero Dark Thirty” (and yes it is a good film and well worth a trip to the local picture house).

When I came out it was late afternoon/early evening and it had just finished raining – the combination of cloudy twilight with post-rain reflections was simply too good to miss. So, rather than heading home immediately, I grabbed the camera and tripod from the boot of the car and decided to take advantage of this unplanned photo opportunity.

Low Light New Brighton 1 Low Light New Brighton 2 Low Light New Brighton 3 Low Light New Brighton 4

All the above were taken with my Canon EF-S 15-85mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens locked-off on a tripod, with long exposures from four to ten seconds at F16.

I’ve got some other photos from the same shoot (but on a slightly different theme) that I’ll post soon – so watch out for those if you’re interested…..

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2013). All rights reserved.

Mull & Iona 5 – Low-light Fionnphort

Whilst we were staying at Burnside Cottage in Fionnphort on Mull (see previous post for more details) we were treated to some lovely sunsets over the Sound and Isle of Iona. So I just thought I would group a few of my favourite low-light shots together in one post:

All of these were taken either from Fionnphort beach or from the garden at Burnside. The first shot was taken hand-held, the rest were all locked-off on a tripod. I used my Canon EF-S 15-85mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM for all these images – it’s a great work-horse lens that I use for both landscapes and as a standard walk-about zoom.

Incidentally you can see Burnside Cottage in the shot taken from the beach looking back at the little village of Fionnphort…’s the second house on the left. It’s really quaint and as you can see enjoys some great views.

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2012). All rights reserved.

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