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That Evening Glow


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That Evening Glow

21 Nov 2022 12:28AM   Views : 185 Unique : 132

Last night we headed over to RHS Bridgewater for the Glow evening. Last year was a great success, so this time we thought we would have it all sussed out, which turned out to be partly so. The display of colour as we walked around the gardens was indeed spectacular, but also disappointing, as last year the walk took us onwards into the woods and up to the lake and also had a small food village of several food and drink vans. Alas, a curtailed area was set aside for the lights and no Butty Vans, just a huge queue at the garden cafe with a potential reward of a mince pie. Then the only choice, as we had not eaten, was back to the main building and its cafe and the ludicrously priced and sparse menu of what was left over. Still, there were some pretty colours!















ISO values were typically ISO 3200 and ISO 6400, but the results were generally fine. Current cameras are brilliant at low light photography!


FredColon 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2022 2:12PM
Great photos!

My attempts at previous glow events (and I recommend RHS Wisley and NT Stourbridge based on past performances) has been mixed.

Out of curiosity, how did you take exposure? If I compensate down (to stop the dark skies being rendered as a muddy grey), the lights look less impressive; spot metering on lights seems to lose anything else that could be captured.

Genuine question as my cheap and cheerful mobile phone on auto sometimes produces better results [and, to be honest, a lot of the time disappointing ones]

Also... tripod or not? In my experience these events can be busy and using a tripod may be discouraged / seen as antisocial

22 Nov 2022 2:31PM
There is actually plenty of light, so I tend to give somewhere between -0.3 and -1.7 EV exposure compensation, using aperture prioirty and setting whatever aperture seems right for the depth of field i want. The final choices of brightness are taken in Photoshop. For ISO, somewhere between ISO 400 and ISO 6400, just making sure there's a fast enough shutter speed. Using the shake reduction/vibration reduction on the camera or lens means the tripod can be left at home. These were all shot as JPEGs. If there's a difficult shot such as the juggler with his "watering can" then taking more than one shot might be needed to make sure. I wanted the can to be properly exposed and it took -1.7EV to achieve that.

Hope that helps!
FredColon 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2022 2:48PM
Thanks for the quick and informative reply John.

I'll try again this year - especially as there are a few events within easy reach of home.

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