The Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth is an icon image on the British South Coast, however the best place to capture it is from the other side of the water on sea front near the Gosport Ferry terminal, as that was you get the refelections and lights of Portsmouth reflected back at you from over the water.
I have been meaning to capture the tower for a while and the evening I choose it was glowing up red, one and blue – alternatively, so it was great to be able to move along the walk way and capture it in a variety of lights. I also experimented with how high I could push the ISO for a great image.
There was much more clarity in the photos at the higher f stop, and more detail in the lights as there is more depth of field, but then the movement of the boats becomes more apparent and you loose some of the texture in the water, as the shutter speed has to be longer. Pushing up the ISO to 1600 meant I could be both, freeze movement on the water and have a good depth to the image – and I don’t really think the noise is apparent. It was interesting though how the changing colour of the tower effected how much light there was around, and some colours enabled more detail to show.
I then on the way home set up my camera on the tripod inside the car and tried a 30 sec shutter speed photo whilst driving to see if I could capture the lights from a moving car – they composition was not right, but it was worth trying.
The results were totally luck driven, you never knew what would happen in the next 30 secs and it is just a question of whether you like and appreciate the end result or not. Personally I prefer the Spinnaker Tower compositions from the evenings photo shoot.