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Akagi Jinja Bridge I

Posted by
Mike Cash (Kiryu, Japan) on 1 January 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A night photo of a bridge connecting with a Shinto temple in a lake located in the crater of an extinct volcano.

This is a 15 minute exposure and in addition to a the full moon which took care of the ambient light it was also illuminated by a single National PE-3057 flash....fired about 22 times.

Fortunately, one side of the lamp post had no glass and I was able to place the flash inside, face it straight up, and fire it off twice to simulate the lamp being lit. After retrieving the flash I then played a small LED flashlight over the near (shadow) side of the lamp post for several seconds.

The last bit was to illuminate the side of the bridge. I put the flash on a monopod, extended it over the side of the bridge as far as I could and fired it off 10 times while crossing the bridge. Going across I fired next to the posts. Coming back I fired it 10 more times halfway between the posts.

The flash, by the way, is about 30 years old and I picked it up from an online auction for roughly $10. You can spend tons of money on photography gear if you want to, but you don't have to.

Pentax K20D
Tamron 17-50/2.8

PENTAX K20D 911 second F/11.0 ISO 400 25 mm (35mm equiv.)

911 second
ISO 400
25 mm (35mm equiv.)