This weeks theme is long exposure. When I planned out my year for what photos I would be taking, I tried to plan it around things that I knew would be going on that week. We planned a camping trip back in August and so I knew we would be at one of my favorite locations this week with the whole family: Carpinteria State Beach.
When I was younger we used to go camping here quite often and when my husband and I found out we were moving towards Ventura, I was so excited because we would be closer to Carpinteria. I knew I wanted to take a long exposure photo of the night sky. I know there are other locations that you can see way more stars, but when I was younger I used to sit out at night with my dad and I remember thinking how beautiful it was and just the vast amount of stars that there were.
A long exposure photo is when you take a photo and keep the shutter open for a longer amount of time to let more light in. For instance, when I’m shooting a portrait session or little kids or sports, you want the shutter open for a fraction of a second so as not to get motion blur. For this photo, I left the shutter open for 1 second. I didn’t bring my tripod (which was a packing oversight since I knew I wanted to get this photo) so I had to hold the camera, which means I couldn’t go much longer than 1 second without my hands getting too shaky and ruining the shot.
My mom and I went out walking onto the beach in order to get this photo. The moon was almost full and it was a little cloudy as you can see in the photo. It was also really windy on the beach, which made it even more difficult to get a steady shot. Because the moon is so full, there’s not quite as many stars out as there could be. I would have loved if the moon would have been smaller that night, but I love the way the haze is lit up and that you can see the stars shining through underneath it.
Look for my post in the coming weeks with a little bit about our camping trip and some of the amazing sites we saw.
This part of an ongoing project, where I will be posting one a week. You can see all my posts for my 2015 Project 52 here.