I often take pictures from this pier when I’m on Donegal. It’s close to my in-laws house and it’s always got something interesting on it. Let’s be honest, it’s not the prettiest pier in the world, it’s for local fishermen and as often as not it’s a bit of a mess. But I’ve picked up some nice photos on it, including some which made me decide to take this hobby up in the first place.
This picture isn’t about the pier, it’s about flash guns and night shots.
This was taken over new year, when some of the family went for a walk to help digest dinner. I’d brought the camera with no real hope of any photography beyond family snaps, but the sunset was nice and the opportunity came along.
Key things here are it was shot hand held on a low shutter speed (1/6 sec). The aperture (f/10) was pretty arbitrary really. What made the picture for me was the boat. I’d a flash gun on the camera and I really liked what it did with the boat.
The combination of flash for the subject (the boat) and the slow shutter speed for the ambient light is what makes this shot for me. I guess this is a lot of what’s talked about on the Stobist blog when he uses combinations of natural light and flash guns to make excellent photographs.
I did a little post processing on this. Mostly to remove some ropes which had the boat tethered to the pier. If you look closely you can see a cloning error. I’d love to say I left it in on purpose, but I didn’t and whilst I might remove it later, for now I’ll leave it be.
(Edit: I’m reliably informed it’s Purth, not Perth…. Sorry. I’m a city boy)