I just finished editing a shoot from last week, a pro photographer friend and I were at a sunflower farm from sundown until midnight, we wanted to try shooting the flowers in the moonlight. Lots of tripod work, of course ...
So I packed up my camera and all my lenses, my Cokin ND filters, tripod, and took off for the farm country. On arrival I realized that I had forgot some important things: the holder and rings to attach my filters to the lenses, my infrared remote trigger, and worst of all the plate which attaches my camera to my tripod! So it was time to be creative and make do with what I had. Nor had I brought a flashlight, but I had an app on my phone :)
Fortunately I had also brought a light stand, so at least I had something to work with! But I was stuck with landscape orientation and VERY limited adjustment of the view, vertical only. So I spun my camera down onto the light stand and tried my best.
The results were amazing! I used gaffer tape and a folded up reflector under one of the light stand legs to adjust the view, but rocks would have worked just as well. I couldn't remote trigger to prevent the vibration of touching the camera causing blurring, so I used the delay timer. At 2 seconds I still saw some blurring, the stand was still vibrating from me touching the trigger. So I maxed the time out to 10 seconds and it looked good. All manual exposure determined by trial and error, no metering was possible even with a full moon. Looks pretty good to me!
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