Old John in Darkness

Old John at Night

This image shows an example of painting with light, and is a capture of the folly Old John in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire. The park was the ancestral seat of the Grey family until 1928, when it was given ‘to be preserved in its natural state for the quiet enjoyment of the people of Leicestershire’.

I set my camera to ISO 100 with an f/2.8 aperture and a 25 second exposure to expose for the ambient light on the scene. The contrast light was provided with an LED video light with a variable power setting, which was altered depending on whether Old John, the plaque or rocks were being illuminated. As can be imagined, the short time-frame of the exposure required several attempts to produce a good image.

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