I suspect today’s photograph won’t be for everyone, but c’est la vie. I experimented with night-time photography for the first time last night. What you see is neither the result of the in-camera flash nor an external flash unit. Instead, a 2.25 million candlepower spotlight was used to “paint” the light on the western red cedar trunk and stump. Considering the spotlight is supposedly visible from over 1.6km (1 mile) away, it still took a few experiments to paint a particular area for a long enough period of time to get the exposure right. I should admit that this image is actually a composite of two exposures – the trunk was better exposed in one image while the stump was superior in another, so the two images were blended together to produce this one. I imagine that bit of trickery won’t be necessary with practice.
As it turns out, even a garden in an urban setting can be a little scary at night when the wind causes leaves to scratch along the paved paths.