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The noise, the smell and the fear
NIKON D70 - 340.3 sec, f 3.5 at 18 mm, ISO

The noise, the smell and the fear

I look forward to night shoots for days. Once I've found a good location, I can't wait to get there and see what the LCD screen on the back of the camera reveals after a 5 or 10 minute exposure.

Except, invariably, my location involves parking the car in a really undesirable spot. Normally in a place that I'd think twice about leaving it in the day, let alone at night, all on it's own. I'd sooner leave the family in some of those spots. The family all know I love my cars more than them.

Then I have to walk somewhere, there is always bush. Spooky, spooky bush.

I'm there 10 minutes, get one shot off, and start to convince myself this isn't as much fun as I'd imagined it'd be. After 2 shots, I'm now having to force myself to stand there and wait for the noise reduction cycle. By the end of the 3rd capture, I don't even wait for the noise reduction to complete. I'm packed up and heading back to the car.

The problem is, by the time I'm back in the car, I feel real stupid. Especially that I've driven for an hour to get to this spot and 3 photos was all I got. But there is no way in hell I'm going back to stand in the bush on my own. No freakin way at all.

The Photo
Tonight I was back at Muriwai Gannet Colony (check the map link below to see where the hell it is). It was a perfectly still night. The smell from the thousands of roosting gannets was something to believe. And the noise from the waves was deafening. So noisy that I couldn't hear the spooks sneaking up on me.

Captured: 2007:04:24 22:10:00
Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 11:43 pm
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