Mare Island Night Photography: Revisiting an Old Haunt

The Nocturnes hosted a bi-annual night photography meetup last weekend on Mare Island. These events include a daytime tour of the historic architecture, followed by sharing portfolios in the museum, eating pizza, and then night photography.

The 5 images I shot are below with brief commentary and technical info:

I was walking around at sunset, and saw the tic-tac-toe game painted on the window. After a few framing experiments to play with the reflections, I found a composition that worked.

Nikon D810 with 14-24mm lens at 19mm, 5 seconds at f/9.0, ISO 200.

The plant growing on the side of the building caught my eye. The texture of the rollup door, interplay between red/green/orange, American flag, and smokestack in the background were all factored into the composition. I was hoping for a car to drive through the image, but no luck on a quiet Saturday night.

Nikon D810 with 14-24mm lens at 19mm, 5 shots stacked for star trails, each was 2 minutes at f/11, ISO 200.

The steel cables with vines growing on them led me to this area with the intense cactus plant. I typically don’t shoot verticals but this image really benefits from the layers of ground, plants, building, and sky.

Nikon D810 with 14-24mm lens at 14mm, 5 shots stacked for star trails, each was 3 minutes at f/11, ISO 100.

This area is where the aliens repair their spacecraft.

Actually, this is a paint drying area next to Jeffco Painting & Coating. I will likely do more post-processing on this image to remove the tripod shadow and perhaps bring up more detail in the sky. Although I do like how the dark sky makes the drying area pop.

Nikon D810 with 14-24mm lens at 21mm, 9 shots stacked for star trails, each was 2 minutes at f/11, ISO 100.

A lonely break area next to the Mare Island dry docks where 2 ships were actively being worked on. I was questioned by security when making this image, who were concerned about surveillance of Federal property. After hearing I was part of a Nocturnes event, they left me alone.

Nikon D810 with 14-24mm lens at 14mm, 40 seconds at f/11, ISO 200.

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