Night Photography: View from the top of the slide

View from the top of the slide -- by Joe Reifer

View from the top of the slide — by Joe Reifer

Abandoned waterslide park. Over the next few days, I’ll be adding to the gallery of images of this location.

Night. Full moon. 6 minute exposure. 2 images stacked for depth of field using a layer mask in Photoshop: one image was focused at 4 feet for the foreground, and the second focused for a sharp mid-ground and background.

11 thoughts on “Night Photography: View from the top of the slide”

  1. Great series Joe. This one on the blog works for me a lot better seeing it as a part of the whole. The first few w/ the Coke water tower are wowzee. How far did you have to travel to get to this site?

    1. Thanks, Kent. Your comment is in line with my intended purpose, which is picturing pieces of a place that make sense together. The trip was 4 days, 3 nights, 6 locations, and almost 1400 miles of driving.

  2. I’m awaiting to see the body of work from those locations!
    Bring it on mate! Bring it on;)

    BTW…to the previous post: spending night in the middle of deserted mining place is scary(?), but maybe the “Hills Have Eyes” don’t apply in winter time;)


    1. Thanks, seb. Hoping to catch up on processing (and sleep) this weekend.

      I’ve never seen the Hills Have Eyes — it would probably scare the crap out of me. :)

  3. Great job, Joe. I love the three layers of depth: the foreground, the demolished park in the middle, and the highway, clouds and city lights in the far distance.

  4. When I keep shutter open for longer time ie. 200sec it takes nearly the same time to record it onto memory card. How can I reduce it with faster memory?

    1. seb – sounds like you have in-camera noise reduction turned on. What camera are you using?

      When noise reduction is on, here’s what happens:
      1. The camera makes the exposure (200 seconds)
      2. The camera makes a second “dark frame” exposure to read noise (200 seconds), and subtracts the noise from your exposure

      This may or may not be what you want. If your camera has a CMOS sensor (most dSLRs from the last 1-2 years do), you can likely turn off noise reduction for exposures under 5-6 minutes. If it’s cold outside, some cameras can go longer.

  5. Yes, I had long exposure noise reduction ON in my Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT). It was in custom function mode that I must have turned on but I didn’t remember. Well I’m learning all the time;)

    Thanks mate;)

  6. What a great series! Great location, awesome shots. Really love the blue of the sky, especially against the waves on the bathroom and the pool shot and up the stairs are my faves. Nicely done again.

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