Long exposure Irvine rooftop skyline

year 29 || day 47 – Irvine rooftop overpass

Long exposure Irvine rooftop skyline

a calming nightly stroll atop the parking garage of our apartment building led me to a series of shots which I’ve aptly named ‘the rooftop’. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “but Luke, a parking garage isn’t a rooftop,” to which I can only agree, but remain steadfast in my ignorant naming scheme. So there’s that. But there’s also some amazing shots I got form the night life in Irvine. My original plan was to shoot the old hangars that still remain from the retired military base, but in an unexpected turn of events I got some even more intriguing shots, although the long exposure help to do that to pretty much ant night shot.

Setting up my tripod, prepping the cameras timer and blasting King Charles from my iPhone, I frame the shot and let the camera do the rest. After a couple ill-exposed images I got the right exposure and the series was underway. I’ll be posting some more from this shoot later, so enjoy. Or don’t. Its really your prerogative.

  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Shutter: 30sec
  • Aperture: f/9.0
  • ISO: 100
  • Notes: When setting up for the long exposure shot, I had to find a sturdy, even shooting area. There was a slight breeze and my tripod isn’t the best thing in the world (hey, it was only $17, I can’t complain), so i had to find an area that i could steady the camera so that my images could stay crisp.
  • Tip: When shooting any type of long exposure shot it’s very important to keep the camera steady, otherwise your images will be blurred. For fun, try some setting while purposely moving the camera with the shutter open. You can get some pretty unique shots.


  • blythe

    Luke, super sweet shot! I’m intrigued by your choice of such a low ISO….break it down for me?
    I haven’t down long exposure night shots in years.

    • I kept the ISO at 100 so that i could minimize the noise. Shooting the long exposure time on a high ISO can lead to really grainy pics. I’m no pro, but i’ve found that taking a simple metering from the camera is pretty sufficient to get a good exposure. I usually do a shorter length shot to make sure the auto metering is doing what i’d like, then i increase the time and close down the aperture. Either shoot on MANUAL or TIME PRIORITY, to help.

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