For this blog post I've made a video describing the techniques involved in producing images like this lovely old ute taken at a farm at Kyneton in Central Victoria. The glow from Melbourne is in the background as well as the Mt Macedon ranges in the distance.
I describe these images as "Fine Art Light Painted" as I take quite a bit more time to produce them. The main difference between these to my standard nightscapes is that I take multiple images and combine them as layers together whilst incorporating focus stacking techniques to get everything sharp and clear.
This technique helps overcome some perennial problems facing any night shooter .... high iso noise, blurry images & trailing stars.
The above image was created by taking 12 shots. One for the background and the rest for various parts of the ute & foreground.
Background shot: Nikon D750 Nikon 20mm f1.8 @ f2.5 20 second exposure iso2000
Foreground shots: Nikon D750 Nikon 20mm f1.8 @ f5.6 11 x 20 second exposures iso500
As with most of my images, it's the lighting that makes all the difference.
Feel free to ask any questions regarding these images as it takes a fair bit to get your head around the process sometimes.
It's like everything else related to night photography ... practice makes perfect.
Below are some more examples of this technique:
My intent is to inspire you to look up and see the beauty of the night sky.