Another late post – sorry folks! We were out in Edinburgh last night, and to my surprise I found that the Field of Light exhibition was still ongoing in St. Andrews Square. I’d known it had started a few weeks back, but didn’t have the opportunity to get out to see it, and I had assumed I had missed it. So I was thrilled to be able to capture some shots last night. The whole exhibition consists of 9,500 lighted glass spheres on stems which slowly change different colours across the entire square. It’s quite an impressive sight to behold.
I really need to get my tripod ordered. I was struggling again last night with camera shake due to the low light conditions. So only a handful of images I captured were any good. Another issue I had was from the lighting of the surrounding builds. They look great, but in the background of my shots they really did detract from the lights. It also didn’t help that it was absolutely freezing last night, and I wasn’t suitable prepared so my hands were frozen stiff. This meant it was a case of getting some shots quickly and getting back to the car to defrost as soon as possible! So settings for last nights shot were f/3.5, 1/6 sec, ISO-1600.
So looking at my pictures this morning, it wasnt difficult to pick a shot due to so many being rubbish. However, I am pleased with the shot I’ve chosen. In Photoshop I cropped the image down to remove the distracting background, and also added a Channel Mixer layer to boost the blues in the shot slightly. Other than that the image didn’t need much rework. I did play around with some other filters, but nothing really worked, so decided to leave it as you see it now. The lights are kind of hypnotic, and in the final image they look like something out of the movie “Tron” (which I love by the way). I like the cables and how they’ve caught the light and all feed back to the central ‘hub’ – it’s like futuristic nervous system. I like it anyway!
Plans for today include buying some new gloves and ordering my tripod. Which is on top of a list of 100 other things to do today, so had better get cracking.