Photographer’s Eerie Nighttime Sequence Options an Deserted Water Park


Photographer Ken Lee enjoys the thriller and pleasure of nighttime pictures as he explores deserted websites when most are asleep. His newest sequence options an deserted water park that had loads of photographic alternatives.

Nighttime pictures can unleash inventive alternatives that daytime shoots don’t at all times ship. Lee, an skilled nighttime photographer and explorer of “secret locations” throughout the nation, finds the sort of pictures notably interesting.

“If I do a protracted publicity of a number of minutes, I’m able to stroll across the scene and lightweight it with a handheld gentle, very similar to a producer would possibly gentle a film, selecting what to light up and what to maintain in shadow,” he says.

He additionally finds that having inventive management over lighting, texture, and shade may be “completely addicting” and distinctive as a result of no two pictures ever come out precisely the identical. Not simply that, the calm of the night time makes the method a therapeutic and calming one, giving him time to decelerate, take within the environment, and admire the celebrities drifting throughout the sky.

Considered one of Lee’s newest shoots at an deserted and post-apocalyptic-looking water park match the invoice — it had loads of distinctive options to discover, splashes of shade from graffiti sprayed on the buildings, and exuded simply sufficient of darkness and thriller for Lee to essentially get pleasure from taking pictures the realm.

The night time he selected to {photograph} featured a full moon and consequently, supplied Lee with loads of gentle and allowed him to have an extended publicity of a number of minutes for his photographs. He additionally was capable of cease right down to f/8 and use a decrease ISO to have a broader depth of area, scale back the noise, and supply sufficient time to gentle paint precisely how he meant.

Lee factors out that photographers usually assume they want particular tools to do photographs like these.

“Quite the opposite, though a pleasant digicam is after all at all times useful, it’s possible you’ll use any type of digicam that permits guide management, which is nearly any DSLR or mirrorless digicam, new or outdated,” he tells PetaPixel.

“You may create pictures like this with modest tools, particularly because you don’t want a lens with vast apertures, that are sometimes costlier.”

At present, Lee makes use of a Pentax Okay-1 with Pentax 15-30mm f/2.8 lens, each he bought used. He additionally has a Nikon D750 available, which was additionally a second-hand buy, together with a Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 lens.

All the cameras have been mounted on Feisol tripods, whereas he used a handheld ProtoMachines LED2 gentle portray machine, which produces all colours within the RGB spectrum, permits brightness and saturation management, amongst different options.

Though photographing in late hours generally is a peaceable course of, Lee felt somewhat apprehensive and not sure whether or not he’d come throughout any strangers hanging out on the park. That’s why Lee suggests photographers acquire permission at any time when doable or go go to websites that require particular permission previous to entry and may subsequently be thought-about safer.

An alternative choice is to prepare a shoot with different individuals, which can provide a way of security as a result of variety of individuals round. Equally, night time pictures workshops can provide a great shot at night time pictures, though these are likely to focus extra on astrophotography, Lee says.

In terms of the completed photos, Lee doesn’t let him sit idle on his laptop. He already has two books that includes night time pictures of deserted websites, which give private tales alongside the historical past of the websites the place doable. Pictures from this nighttime go to on the deserted park are more likely to make an look in his upcoming ebook, however there may be but loads of work to do from writing to assembling the ebook.

He plans on visiting different deserted websites for extra photos as a result of a part of the thrill is visiting, exploring, and studying in regards to the historical past of those websites, in addition to photographing them at night time.

“Between creating night time pictures, the wealthy historical past, the thriller, and the vivid expertise whereas exploring, there may be quite a bit to share in these books!”

Extra of Lee’s work may be discovered on his web site and Instagram.

Picture credit: All photos by Ken Lee and used with permission.


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