This is the first true night photo in my daily photography project. I forgot my tripod on our holiday trip to Tahoe so I’ve been a little bit limited to “magic hour” and sunset photos for most of my photos. Today, we spent most of the day at IV Coffee Lab in Incline Village and I completely missed magic hour and sunset while engrossed in a heated game of Hearts. So that situation basically forced myself to take a night shot.
We’ve made the drive over the Mt. Rose Highway summit almost every day while here. Every time we go over the mountain pass, I always love seeing the lights of Reno in the distance below. This time, I knew that I had to stop to photograph the lights of Reno. Since I didn’t have a tripod, I couldn’t really do any long exposure shots so that limited me to relatively few choices for my photo. A basic shot of Reno was pretty boring so I knew I wanted Diana and Maya in the photo. To define their outlines more, I used the car headlights as a rim light. Pretty simple setup and I really like the result. In the future, I think I would like to try a similar setup with the Los Angeles sprawl in the background. Oh yeah, that’s not a Comet or shooting star, it’s just a lens flare from a reflection off my polarizing filter (which I should have removed but everyone was too cold to wait for me to fiddle with the filter).
Canon EOS 6D
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 @ f/1.4