Saturday, August 8, 2015

Building a highway under the moonlight

I was observing the production of concrete at Ten-Four’s ultra-modern batching plant in  Rosario, La Union (Philippines) recently, as it supplies the basic building material to the on-going construction of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).
 
(Incidentally, my handle in various photo forums is “liquidstone” and this has reference to my field of expertise before I retired. Concrete of course behaves as a liquid when fresh and flowable, thus it can be easily molded into any size and shape of structure. When set and cured, it becomes as hard as stone and is extremely durable to last for many decades and even centuries.)
 
At about half past 7 in the early evening,  the moon rose in  the east beyond a hill. I thought the moonlit sky above the cement silos, coupled with the dynamism of heavy equipment in full operation at night, would provide a photogenic moment.
 
I quickly set up my 5D MIII + EF 16-35 f4 L IS on top of a tripod and gear head and took several frames with long exposures. The image posted below is my favorite of the bunch. I chose a Tv of 30 seconds to capture light trails and equipment motion blur, as well as to properly expose the darkish areas of the scene. An Av of f/9 assured enough DOF to render near and far objects sharp, while an ISO of 100 gave me optimum dynamic range and least noise.
 
I do most of my photography in the supertelephoto realm, but its amazing sharpness from edge-to-edge is quickly turning the EF 16-35 f4 L IS into one of my favorite lenses.
 
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Shooting info - Bued River, Rosario, La Union, Philippines, July 31, 2015, Canon 5D MIII + EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, 16 mm, f/11, ISO 100, 30 sec,
manual exposure in available light, tripod/gear head, AWB, near full frame resized to 800 x 533 pixels.

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