After the light was Gone

The low light ability of these newer DSLR's with their high ISO ranges is unbelievable. Hanging out by the water front (freezing in this weather) I was hoping to catch a sunset shot that did not happen. Instead I got this blue on blue night shot.

After the light was gone and it was pretty dark, I tried a few long exposures off the pier into the Long Island Sound. I used a fast but not superfast ISO of 1200. The exposures times I varied from about 1 to 4 seconds hand holding the camera braced up against the railing.

About a dozen shots of trial and error led to this gem.
Wow, beaut colours and contrasts.
posted January 13th, 2012  
Beautiful shot. If my camera is set on automatic, I often get a high ISO but other photographers on this site tell me I shouldn't use anything higher than 100 or 200. I don't understand why it goes up to 3200 if we shouldn't use it.
posted January 13th, 2012  
@vernabeth Beth - use higher Iso's. 100 and 200 limit you so much. The higher the iso the more noise you get. should not become a issue until you go over 800-1000 but then it is the only way to get some photos like my last several night shots. trade lack of ;ight for noise
posted January 13th, 2012  
Beautiful.
posted January 13th, 2012  
Beautiful scenery!
posted January 13th, 2012  
I too am always shocked when to me the early night sky is black and I look and see that the camera still sees blue. Love this very blue photo!
posted January 13th, 2012  
@vernabeth - I agree with Joseph on the ISO issue
posted January 13th, 2012  
So my question to you, Joseph...no processing? Is this SOOC? If it's SOOC, that blue is truly incredible.
posted January 13th, 2012  
Beautiful blues
posted January 13th, 2012  
Simple and vivid.
posted January 13th, 2012  
this is gorgeous
posted January 13th, 2012  
What beautiful and deep blues you've managed in this shot! Well worth the efforts!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Beautiful shot!
posted January 13th, 2012  
This is gorgeous! Amazing deep blues!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Joseph, this is incredible, love the simplicity of it - and, of course, all that blue. wow, wow, wow.
posted January 13th, 2012  
Beautiful in color and simplicity. FAV
posted January 13th, 2012  
Where water meets the sky . . infinity. Lovely.
posted January 13th, 2012  
This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the iso settings info. I usually am scared of going more than 200 but will have to do some trials
posted January 13th, 2012  
Pretty cool, especially for a hand held shot.
posted January 13th, 2012  
What a beauty. Love that line through the shot, breaking the sky from the ocean.
posted January 13th, 2012  
What @karenann said just above me!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Gorgeous lighting of this photo! It's just perfect!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Excellent! Love the lighting and the flow of the photo. Fav for me.
posted January 13th, 2012  
Oh so beautiful!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Beautiful blues!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Wonderful shot!!
posted January 13th, 2012  
This is just gorgeous, love the blue on blue!
posted January 13th, 2012  
awesome shot!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Beautiful shot and beautiful color.
posted January 13th, 2012  
this is magnificent...a fav
posted January 13th, 2012  
Nice capture. True what your saying about the expose. I got a great waterfall shot a couple of months ago. I couldn't see the falls; but an 8 second exposure was great and showed detail like it had been daylight.
posted January 13th, 2012  
Love the composition in this and the blue is beautiful ... awesome job!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Wow! Absolutely gorgeous. Glad you hung around to see what you could get!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Great photo, just loving that blue. The water looks so calm also.
posted January 13th, 2012  
Just drowning in that blue.... ecstasy
posted January 13th, 2012  
Very beautiful :-)
posted January 13th, 2012  
Amazing, especially being handheld
posted January 13th, 2012  
really warm and beautiful
posted January 13th, 2012  
this is positively bluetiful... faved!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Wow, this is just stunning!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Beautiful shot!!!
posted January 13th, 2012  
That is some great blue!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Awesome mix of blues
posted January 13th, 2012  
Blue On Blue by Bobby Vinton immediately came to mind when I saw your photo. So I went to youtube and played his song and it matches perfectly!! Love your photo!! FAV
posted January 13th, 2012  
This is just spectacular! WOW!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Simply beautiful!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Nice color blend
posted January 13th, 2012  
amazing blue!!! fantastic Joe ;)
posted January 13th, 2012  
I have experienced this too. So many different shades of blue. Never tire of trying to capture all of them.
posted January 13th, 2012  
Wow, that is beautiful, I went on a course recently and the tutor must have assumed we had new cameras because he told everyone to set it at 2000 iso. I stopped laughing about half an hour later
posted January 13th, 2012  
Gorgeous blues and nice stone contrast
posted January 13th, 2012  
beautiful blue. Your perseverance paid off!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Beautifully Blue! Nice Job.
posted January 13th, 2012  
Great colours and love the leading lines.
posted January 13th, 2012  
Really like the shade of blue. Great compositon.
posted January 13th, 2012  
Did you process this? Or was that really the intensity of the colors?
posted January 13th, 2012  
that is really grand
posted January 13th, 2012  
Fantastic colour and so tranquil!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Glorious! I like that deep blue!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Lovely!!
posted January 13th, 2012  
I love the contrast between the sea and sky with the rocks. The blues are just wonderful.
posted January 13th, 2012  
gorgeous blues!
posted January 13th, 2012  
great blues Joseph - agree with the capability of SLR's to catch scenes in ultra low light...got some cracking ones in the Dales this weekend way past dusk!
posted January 13th, 2012  
Wow! this is so beautiful! :D
posted January 14th, 2012  
Beautiful blue
posted January 14th, 2012  
Amazing! You can hardly tell where the sky ends and the water begins!
posted January 14th, 2012  
What beautiful blue and clarity and your camera that made this an awesome photo. A Fav!
posted January 14th, 2012  
This is beautiful. I know my newer camera should be capable of shooting in these modes, but I'm still trying to figure it out. I'm glad you included some of the process here, I'll try to remember this and try it out myself. Great shot!
posted January 14th, 2012  
a beautiful blue infinity
posted January 14th, 2012  
beautiful colors and contrasts
posted January 14th, 2012  
Love the line of shore reahing into endless blue
posted January 14th, 2012  
beautiful!
posted January 14th, 2012  
I love the blue tones and the diagonal line. Great shot!
posted January 14th, 2012  
beautiful!
posted January 14th, 2012  
Strong, appealing blue. Nice one.
posted January 14th, 2012  
Love this one joe
posted January 15th, 2012  
Love the conttast and simplicity of this one
posted January 15th, 2012  
This is stunning! Well captured!
posted January 15th, 2012  
beeeuttiful!
posted January 16th, 2012  
Very nice!
posted January 16th, 2012  
infinity blue.. i love this one..
posted January 18th, 2012  
Wow, how serene! Beautiful!
posted January 18th, 2012  
Lovely picture.
posted January 20th, 2012  
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