Lens-Artists Challenge #186 – Low-Light

This week, Sofia of Photographias is hosting Lens-Artists Challenge (LAPC) #186 – Low-Light. As an enthusiast of sunrises (dawn!) and sunsets, I have a lot of low-light photos. I am still learning how to manually adjust my DLSR camera and my iPhone Pro Max to utilize the low light in the best way, so I will have more photos to share in the future. For now, I’m sharing some of my favorite low-light photos. The first photo is of the Waikiki skyline in Oahu, Hawaii at sunset; I love how all of the buildings are lit up and reflected in the water.

Next, I am sharing my home page photo, taken from the top of Diamond Head in Oahu, Hawaii, at dawn. Besides this being my favorite sunrise, I think this photo shows how low-light helps to see the clouds and sunrise in more exquisite detail.

Sunrise from the top of Diamond Head Crater in Oahu, Hawaii; captured with 70mm DSLR lens.

Sometimes, low-light photos help me capture more detail at the beach when it is foggy.

Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California; captured with iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Deserts have awesome sunsets as well, and I have taken many photos of their brilliant colors in low light. When I change the settings on my camera to let in too much light, the sunsets appear washed out, lacking the deep hues of oranges, reds, and purples, as seen below. I did not change the colors on these photos; this is just low light!

Sunset in New Mexico; captured with 70mm DSLR lens.

New Mexico sunset with snowy mountain range; captured with 50mm DSLR lens.

Arizona sunset after monsoon; captured with 70mm DSLR lens.

Low light can help with providing really cool details of clouds. I took this photo in very cloudy conditions in Sedona, and was surprised that the clouds were the star of the photo, rather than the red rock formations.

Cloudy day with a silhouette of red rocks in Sedona, Arizona; captured with 70mm DSLR lens.

Speaking of silhouettes, I like this accidental low-light photo taken at dawn at Crystal Cove State Beach, where my daughter is a silhouette and the focus is on the beach and ocean. (My daughter liked the effect that focused on the beach, but I would have liked to have seen her face.)

Crystal Cove State Beach, California, at sunrise.

I can’t resist including some photos of my favorite amusement park. Low-light photos at Disneyland help express the multitude of colors that surround the park. I didn’t have my Nikon with me at the park, but my iPhone did a decent job of using low light to capture the colors. I might also be one of the few nerds taking photos of buildings and plants instead of characters.

I will leave you with a current sunset picture of the jetty in Oceanside, California. The low-light setting helped me to capture the beauty of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Sunset over Pacific Ocean at Oceanside, California.

Published by Dawn Palmer

I am an avid nature and ecology lover and enjoy sharing my photography in my blog writings. I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening with my camera, trying to capture the peacefulness and beauty around me.

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