My good friend Dave and I headed out to the Crowsnest Pass area about a month ago and I just finally got a chance to review the images. Dave is a great night photographer and often has great ideas for me. For instance, I left my cable release at home. A good cable release / intervalometer is a must when you do long exposure photos. Without a cable release it’s almost impossible to get a steady long exposure (longer than 30 seconds).
So when I let Dave know I left this valuable piece of equipment in my car (we carpooled to the location) he had a brilliant solution. He told me to cover my lens with his hat (this way no light would get into the camera), set my camera to bulb mode and use a rock taped down to the shutter. Normally on bulb mode and without a cable release you would have to keep your finger on the shutter button, quite a difficult task for an 11 minute exposure. Once it’s all set and the camera is exposing you can just take the hat off the lens.
After the 11 minute exposure I put the hat back on the lens and peeled back the tape to remove the rock. This is what I got…
Nikon D800 / Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 @ 42mm – f2.8 / 11 minute exposure / ISO 80