EOS World community ambassadors took on the challenge to photograph this year’s Earth Hour in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore. The photo mission for 2018 was to photograph the events and the activities happening in the evening, leading up to the lights off moment. EOS World community ambassador Harish Segar elaborates on the team’s experience at the event.

Photo by Harish Segar
Canon EOS 5DS REF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/8 | ISO 1250 | 1/60s

When we arrived at 5pm, the event area was already buzzing with activities with several visitors to the exhibits – dome and the container, and the shops that were selling products manufactured through sustainable methods. The main stage was lined up for performances by local artists.

Photo by Stanley Cheah
Canon EOS 6D Mark II | EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM | f/4.0 | ISO 4000 | 1/40s

We started taking pictures of the events as the sun was going down. The key challenge was to maintain the shutter speed along with the ISO as the scene was getting darker. We avoided using flash as much as possible and used available lighting.

Photo by Stanley Cheah
Canon EOS 6D Mark II | EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM | f/16 | ISO 50 | 8s

As we had to get the images across immediately, we shot in both RAW and JPEG and dropped off images at periodic intervals to an image download station nearby.

Photo by Stanley Cheah
Canon EOS 70D | EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/3.5 | ISO 3200 | 1/60s

We captured interesting moments of visitors interacting with the exhibits and the volunteers assisting them through the event. As we approached 8pm, we spread out to shoot photographs of the skyline and the light out moment at the stage. We picked our positions and set up our tripods. To maintain consistent exposure, we used manual exposure and did not change the setting through the skyline shots.

Photo by Harish Segar
Canon EOS 5DS RCanon EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/8 | ISO 100 | 60s

Photo by Harish Segar
Canon EOS 5DS RCanon EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/8 | ISO 100 | 60s

We continued shooting as the lights went off and continued patiently as some of the buildings took a bit longer. By 8:45PM, we managed to capture the full lights out! A short time-lapse was created to show the sequence of lights off.

Video by Harish Segar

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