September 2, 2010


On this day in 1945, Japan surrendered to the U.S. aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II. The war ended six years and one day after it begun.

Boyle at Night

It's amazing how the absence of daylight transforms familiar locations. I must say, I love the challenges posed by low-light/no-light photography. On this occasion however, I must commend the technology and its ability to capture the scene as you see it above. This is a single exposure, not bracketed or enhanced. Processing involved a white balance tweak in ACR and an adjustment to the Curve, otherwise it's as the camera captured it. I think this is the first time I've used a long lens in low-light, usually extended focal lengths can be problematic regarding camera shake, however tonight was calm and without wind. The river that flows through Boyle is a great location for this type of shot, especially on a night like this.

Photo: Boyle at Night, shot on tripod, mirror-lock in UP position and using a cable-release. Focus; Manual. ISO 100. 6 second exposure @ f/9