Friday, 3 September 2010

Night Time Excursion with a Camera

First of all, as is my usual protocol, I'll welcome Sue, a newcomer to the followers list, enjoy your stay and feel free to make a comment anytime you like.

It's always a pleasure spending time with my sons and tonight my middle son joined me and brother in law from next door on an evening's photoshoot on the bank of the River Humber and although chilly, it was a beautiful night, a slight easterly breeze, very high, very thin cloud and black as the hobs of hell!

The location was North Ferriby, west of the Humber Bridge on the north bank at a little country park, one of many dotted round the area and which sits on a footpath along which you can walk for many miles along the Humber Bank in reasonable comfort on well tended paths. On summer's days, it is such a pleasant experience. Flora a
nd fauna abound and there is always activity of one sort or another on or near the river or in the air.

The Humber Bridge was well lit against the dark background and the lights from the various industries on the south bank of the Humber (North Lincolnshire) were very clearly visible. The tide was out and on some of the pictures, you can see the reflections on the muddy shore and although not clear, sand bars in the middle of the river were showing.

As a bonus, someone in North Ferriby let off three Chinese Lanterns into the air as I was taking the picture looking northwards towards the village (the church spire is clearly visible) and I love how it's tu
rned out - my favourite shot of the night.

All the pictures were taken with a Canon 40D on a tripod at various bulb exposures using a 17mm to 85mm zoom lens and a remote control to reduce blurring through camera shake.
You can click on any of the pictures to enlarge them.

Have a great weekend

Chat soon



  1. Hi Lesser Spotted. Lovely to meet you - especially as I originally come from Lincolnshire and know your part of the country well. I used to cross over there from New Holland to Hull on the ferry (Tattershall Castle it was called I think) long before the bridge was built.
    Our beck, which runs through our fields, flows into the Swale, then the Ouse and ultimately into the Humber estuary - I always think of that when I cross the bridge on my way back there. Perhaps I should put a paper boat in one day and get you to watch out for it - wonder how long it would theoretically take to get there?
    Interesting what you have to say about the Titanic. I shall follow you in future and put you on my blog list. Thanks for the visit - and best wishes.

  2. Hi and thank you for visiting. You have an excellent blog which I would thoroughly recommend to those who follow this motley collection. Blimey, I remember the Castle well and sailed on it myself with my father watching the huge engine through the glass. I reckon, from research done in a previous employment that due to tidal effect, an object in the water of the rivers and estuaries runs out to sea on average two miles a day (five upstream on an incoming tide and seven out on the outgoing tide).
    Kind regards

  3. Just a quick post

    Are you into astrology or astronomy?

    There's an interesting planetarium type prog available on source-forge (free) called Stellarium that I use for astronomy. Takes a bit of twiddling with, but if you work through the options, there are many more star charts you can download within the program. Amongst the options you can show is satellites.

    It's quite comprehensive.

    I don't have an iPhone, or an Android phone, but I believe there are free applications you can download to the phone that enable you to point the camera on those phones to the sky to and it'll tell you what's there.

    Dray (Wheelie)

  4. hi wheelie, interest in both really, but my son has a phone with an Android based app which maps the night sky which we use regularly, what a fantastic piece of kit, technology is truly wonderful.

  5. I love that last pic too - what a treat!

  6. I'm going to have to get myself a more modern phone.

    I told my lad, who has an iPhone, and within a minute he was scanning the heavens for free.

    Really caught his imagination. Your right, it's marvellous technology :)

  7. Hi Diane
    Thx for the comment - weird how these things happen - capturing the lanterns, otherwise, would have been a boring picture.

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