I did the unthinkable and drove 350km's north of Perth, Western Australia, starting a 1am, to see if I could snap some of WA's renowned, new-season wildflowers. A few hours driving later, I parked on a thinly bitumenised road. The only light was from a squillion stars and a full-moon, which was the reason I did the trip, to put my D3S thru its paces, as the master of darkness. The picture you see was taken around 4.30am. It is not a classic image, because I still found it difficult under those extreme conditions to use the right focal points. (Hints?) The image was just 8 seconds at ISO 1600 and f/3.2. Incredible! The eyes do not see the greens at that time of the night, but the D3S simply changed an night image into day. The big downer for me was not finding these beds of wildflowers. Why? Because it was too damn dark!
A classic metering error. The meter is attempting to make everything average to 18% grey. If it's dark - I mean really dark, as in hours after the sun sets - you'll get an overexposure. That's what you got here. In these cases, one has to know that this is going to happen and dial in a stop to two and a third stops of underexposure, at least if you want it to look like what you see. You may not.
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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I appreciate the comments guys - Brian (I asked for hints and you delivered,cheers) and Bob (I almost dozed off at the wheel, so you could have been closer to the truth than you think!). There is still a lot to learn about this amazing camera. It is tricky in dark conditions, as I found out, with more misses than hits. With a torch wedged under one armpit (I needed the D4 button lights), crouching at ground-level, it wasn't easy. But, I at least proved it was possible to take something with an interesting appearance.
Cheers Bob I'm happy with the outcome. I merely wanted to show the result of taking subjects under moonlight. I don't pretend to being a Nikonian expert (yet!), and the marvelous thing about the D3S is its tolerance with those that accumulated more than the above-basic knowledge. And then enables you to grow with it each time it is taken out of the bag. Regards Richard
Hi Al Thanks for chipping in. Much appreciated. In terms of "looking like night" I'm assuming you would have your sky appear blacker? That, I totally agree with. Only more experience in night shots will help me improve my experience in this area. So, the sooner I'm retired the better!