Stacking It / by craig levers

Excuse the typos in this week's post, it's finals morning at Teahupo'o so there's real distraction. Of all the WCT events Choopes would be my favourite. It is the one I'd love to be there.

Choopes back in the day before international comps at the venue, 2005

Choopes back in the day before international comps at the venue, 2005

Blair Stewart in a Choopes beast 2006... man I'd love to be back there!

Blair Stewart in a Choopes beast 2006... man I'd love to be back there!

There have been no waves around these ways, but there are windows of off shores coming. The default is to another super fun type of photography; Night Shoots and the night sky.

Auckland's Civic Theatre at night

Auckland's Civic Theatre at night

Auckland Viaduct night pano ... and International Pano Award winner 2013

Auckland Viaduct night pano... and International Pano Award winner 2013

When I first got a camera in the late '80's I loved making long exposures of the Auckland skyline. I was fascinated with the concept of being able to lock the shutter open for hours letting the available light from buildings just seep onto the film emulsion.

29 Pines, Mojave Desert, shot on 120mm film at about 12 minutes… and one of the best dad jokes ever; Liquor in the front and Poker in the rear… which is actually a Reverend Horton Heat album name

29 Pines, Mojave Desert, shot on 120mm film at about 12 minutes… and one of the best dad jokes ever; Liquor in the front and Poker in the rear… which is actually a Reverend Horton Heat album name

Digital cameras are pretty good at night shots, you can change the iso, you can see your exposures at the time. The one real down side is you can't do REALLY long exposures, anything over a couple of minutes and you risk burning out the sensor.

Stacking it, framing the southern axis over North Piha's only shipwreck

Stacking it, framing the southern axis over North Piha's only shipwreck

But there is a work around called stacking. You set up the camera and take multiple images over a long time and then in post stack the images on top of each other. Here's last nights;

Piha from Anawhata road... 106 frames, each 30 seconds long, stacked. The horizontal light lines are planes leaving Auckland airport.

Piha from Anawhata road... 106 frames, each 30 seconds long, stacked. The horizontal light lines are planes leaving Auckland airport.

And the Tahiti Pro 2019 is done and dusted!... no spoiler here though, you'll have to go find out somewhere else.

From The Galleries

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Lion Rock under the southern axis sitting the the Beach Gallery HERE