No Moon, No Problem: Night Photography at the Albany Bulb

Albany Bulb Amphitheater Wall -- by Joe Reifer

Albany Bulb Amphitheater Wall — by Joe Reifer

The exposure above was 3 minutes at f/8, ISO 200 during a waxing crescent moon. My last shoot at the Albany Bulb waterfront park was during a full moon — exploring the same location with no moonlight at all provided an interesting gauge of the effects of city lights. The image was lit from camera right with my trusty Streamlight Stinger flashlight. Lighting down the wall of junk provides dimensionality by keeping the near edge lit, but keeping some shadows behind everything. Lighting from the right also provided more lighting intensity on the red umbrella that was moving in the wind. The ground on the left was filled with a brief wash of low angle light to provide texture to the rocks.

An exposure for longer star trails in the 10 minute range was not possible due to heavy airplane traffic coming into Oakland. The composition and exposure time were setup to use the airplane streaks as an element in the image. I made 4 exposures — each with a different light painting attempt and airplane streaks.

Here’s another image of a sculpture in the same area:

(Untitled -- Albany Bulb #18) -- by Joe Reifer

(Untitled — Albany Bulb #18) — by Joe Reifer

(9 minutes at f/9.5, ISO 200)
As this compositional direction was out of the flight path, a longer exposure was used for increased star trail length.

Thanks to Mike, Mike, and Aaron for rolling. Nothing like a mid-week photo shoot to brighten your spirits!

4 thoughts on “No Moon, No Problem: Night Photography at the Albany Bulb”

  1. Like how the turn in the airplane trace mirrors some of the angles in the junk. Didn’t know planes made turns that sharp!

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