It Never Gets Dark

Helsinki

Growing up in New Jersey, I know summer days are long and winters are dark. But one of the things that has fascinated me about the northern latitudes in Europe where I now live is how much more extreme the change is. Currently sunset is 9:30 PM in Mannheim. Last summer on a trip to Helsinki (60N), it was fascinating to see that even in August it was still twilight long after 10 PM. I would love to experience the white nights of St. Petersburg or Alaska at solstice in June.

I spent a lot of time trying to capture this shot. I experimented with a number of different settings, but this long exposure and very small aperture gave the best effect. Small apertures tend to give lights the star effect you see here. I did not have a tripod with me, so it was a challenge to keep the camera still. Although the subject is a nondescript harbor, the lights and their reflections make this picture stand out.

Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EF-S 18-55 at 23mm
Aperture: f/22
Shutter Speed: 8 sec
ISO: 800
Postprocessing: Lightroom

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