Time is of the essence —- there’s no time to stop, just point and shoot, to catch the fleeting colours of mixed lighting at dawn —- All shots taken with my Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5. The motion blurs give the pictures a sense of fleeting life that I find hard to achieve any other way. Detail becomes relatively unimportant in this scenario as the motions of bike and subject merge —- one needs time for the sky to lighten, yet time is the spoiler — as the sun rises into brightness the magic of blur solidifies and the motion effects are lost to the hard light and fast shutters of daytime.
passage - there is 24 hour low light here
a lonely glebe road
king street tanker
Ironically for photographers, the low-tech and low-spec cameras can often do this much better … slow lenses, no flash, no image stabilising —- and I like to push the bloggie to its limits in low light to see what happens.
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I had been thinking for a while to do a night ride and photo essay to Newcastle Harbour foreshore and back via Fernleigh Track. So, last Sunday night I put some water and basic tools in the Gazelle basket and set off.
I took my Sony bloggie pocket camera planning to take some low-light shots on the move – my favourite kind ! The track is not lit at all, except at road crossings and the tunnel, and that limited the images to mostly these areas and Newcastle itself. I had to rely on the hub dynamo and B&M Lumotec headlight to see anything – they work well for riding, though not casting enough light for photo images. I passed only 4 or 5 other riders, having set off at around 8pm and arriving back home at 11.15 pm, for a return trip of vaguely 50 km. Fruit bats, frogs and feral rabbits were the main animal life I saw or heard on the track.
I have edited the journey down to 16 impressions :
Good night …
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