Pool of Light on a Country Lane

Pool of Light on a Country Lane. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

Last week I processed another photo from an evening outing with R in Għargħur. I thought I’d share this today, while more recent photos wait in my pile of photos still to be processed. This was an unplanned photo, which I find often enough is the best way to approach photography, or at least the most rewarding. As we walked along the Victoria Lines, looking at the lane below us, our gaze was automatically drawn to the pool of light from the single street lamp, right across a farm building. The scene reminded me somehow of the European old masters paintings. Suddenly, a food delivery driver was rolling down the hill on a small bike. I barely had time to set up and compose to make this photo, as the driver went past the farm, completing the scene.

On a technical note, I keep saying how surprised I am at what these modern cameras can do. It was already dark, and yet the image stabilisation (in this case in both the camera body and the lens) allowed me to expose a perfectly sharp photograph handheld, with a slow shutter speed (1/6s) and a medium telephoto (127mm). The camera sensitivity was very high (ISO 12,800), and yet the result is more than clean enough and perfectly usable (part of this is due to the improvement in post-processing software we have access to nowadays). In any case, none of this needed any effort on my part, other than the knowledge of what I could get away with. I purposely kept the shadows dark, for a sense of what the scene felt like.

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