A Sharp-Shot at Night

Pulling off a sharp-shot at night…

Diana of the Chase

24mm, f/2.8, 1 sec., ISO 800 Nights of 1000 Candles, Brookgreen Gardens, SC

Diana of the Chase is a statue in Brookgreen Gardens, a sculpture garden at the south end of Murrells Inlet, SC. Each year in December, Brookgreen hosts “Nights of 1,000 Candles”. Lights and candles adorn ancient Live Oak trees sculptures, and buildings throughout the property. It’s worth a trip to coastal South Carolina in December.

Technically, you’re not supposed to bring in tripods, so I only toted around my monopod. A long exposure was tricky, but with vibration control on my Tamron 17-50mm lens, I was able to pull off a 1 second exposure for this shot. The lens opens to an f-stop of 2.8 letting in a lot of light, which allowed me to keep my ISO a little lower. (Tip: While higher ISO’s allow you to keep your shutter speed faster, it adds a bit more noise or grain into your shot, and reduces detail. Sometimes a high ISO is just necessary. You just have to figure out when and where you can get away with it.)