I was reasonably happy with how this nightscape of Glendalough turned out, especially because it wasn’t a planned shot and in retrospect, I would have chosen better camera settings.
I had just finished up trying to capture a sunset at the Upper Lake at Glendalough but I didn’t even take the camera out of the bag because the light just wasn’t there. Also, the lake was very choppy and any photo I could have taken wouldn’t have differed from any other shot I had taken in the past.
As the sun went down, it looked to be a clear night so I decided to stop off at the round tower to see if there was any potential. It got completely dark much quicker than I had expected and after trying a few different shots from different angles, it finally dawned on me that I was alone in a graveyard in the pitch dark. I could see from the back of the camera that I had captured something half decent so I packed up to go home.
This long exposure was quite noisy because I used way too high an ISO (10,000) accidentally. Converting to sepia tone using Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software (edit: which is now free to download since March 2016).
I didn’t change much in the image apart from some basic curves and a slight vignette.
f2.8, 13 seconds, ISO 10,000
Edited to say: In hindsight, I was inexperienced when deciding what camera settings to use for this shot. if I was shooting this again, I’d probably use an ISO of maybe 200, an aperture of f8. I’d leave the shutter speed at whatever setting would be needed to give the correct exposure.