Night photography: Diptych of 30-minute exposures from Mare Island Naval Shipyard

Mare Island Naval Shipyard night photography: 30-minute exposure diptych -- by Joe Reifer

Mare Island Naval Shipyard night photography: 30-minute exposure diptych — by Joe Reifer

The two 30-minute exposures above are from a Mare Island Naval Shipyard event hosted by The Nocturnes. Both images were made using existing light — no moonlight or light painting were involved. An Olympus 18mm f/3.5 lens was used with an adapter on a Canon 5D Mark II for both photos. The camera was facing south in the image on the left, and north on the image on the right. Photographing the same structure from both sides was an interesting exercise. Which one do you prefer?

5 thoughts on “Night photography: Diptych of 30-minute exposures from Mare Island Naval Shipyard

  1. I find the image on the left where you were facing south more pleasing to look at than the one on the right. Just a better composition and like Amy commented, the shadows are better in that one too. Nice photo!

  2. The silo thing in the left image looks like some sort of alien-insect/mutant creature attacking the building. Nice!

  3. Thanks, everyone. The photo on the left is my favorite as well. The 3/4 backlight really worked well. Patrick nailed the idea of the monster attacking the building. For those of you familiar with the work of Jacques Tati, the two windows in the building on the left could be a subtle reference to Mon Oncle. The image was photographed from the elevated perspective of a loading dock using an 18mm lens. I played with the vertical correction quite a bit to balance the lean of the building at left with the lean of the “monster,” along with the discombobulation with the lean of the loading dock.

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