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pixiegal
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posted on 10.22.2003 at 12:45 Reply With Quote
[ tip ] Outdoor Scenes at Night

Outdoor Scenes at Night
For the most part, outdoor scenes at night consist of highlight areas and dark areas, with few or no middle tones separating them. The highlights are nearly always the true subjects. Base your exposures primarily on highlight and middletones readings and don't allow large masses of dark surroundings to "trick" your exposure. Use high-speed film for handheld picture-taking or be prepared to use a tripod for longer exposures with slower films.

A. Daylight film: warmer rendition.
B. Tungsten-balanced film: cooler rendition.
Rain-Slick surfaces and pools of water reflect lights attractively. Sometimes the reflections are even more interesting than the subjects they mirror.

• Traffic Patterns
Headlights and tailights of moving autos can trace interesting patterns on film during long exposures. The effects you can record are limited only by the roads, the traffic, anteries available, your viewpoint and your imagination. For long, flowing stricks of light, use exposures long enough to allow the images of the light sources to move far enough on the film to produce the effect you want. An exposure of about 30 sec. Usually works well with car traffic.
* Don't record stationary vehicles stopped for a red light.

• Holiday Lighting
Using the star effect filters.
SLR camera with depth-of-field preview button judge the star pattern with the lens stopped down to shooting aperture.

• Floodlighted Structures
Building, monuments, statues and fountains of special scenic, historic or civic interest are often illuminated by floodlights. Exposure, make close-up readings of the subject to avoid the dark surround of the night sky.

• Fountains
Use a slow shutter speed to blur the water flow enough to convey the feeling of motion.

• Fireworks
You can photograph aerial fireworks best with a tripod-mounted camera. Aim your camera at the area where most bursts are occurring. Set the focus on infinity, set the lens opening at f8 and set the shutter on B. Open it when a burst occurs, and keep it open until you have collected several successive bursts on the same frame of film. Use a hat to cover the lens between bursts to prevent over exposure. If you don't have a tripod, camera settings of 1/30 sec at f2.8 for ISO 200 films.




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posted on 10.22.2003 at 13:47 Reply With Quote
How about we all post some examples? Is that allowed?

[/Edited on 22.10.2003 by Dan]
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posted on 10.22.2003 at 13:52 Reply With Quote
of course dan....
all examples welcome!




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posted on 10.22.2003 at 13:57 Reply With Quote
Cool!



Canon EOS 100, probably FujiFilm 400ASA, about a 10s exposure on about F8.


Canon EOS 100, FujiFilm 400ASA, about a 20s exposure on about F4.5.


Canon EOS 100, FujiFilm 400ASA, about a 20s exposure on about F4.5.


Canon EOS 30, Ilford 1600ASA, about a 25s exposure on about F4.5.


Canon Digital Ixus


Canon EOS 30, Kodak Hi-Def 200ASA, 30s exposure on about F5


Canon EOS 30, Kodak Hi-Def 200ASA, 20s exposure on about F6


Canon EOS 30, Kodak Hi_Def 200ASA, 10s exposure on about F4.5

http://pupius.co.uk/photos/random/singles/strip.jpg
Canon EOS 30, probably iilford 400ASA, 20s exposure on about F5

[/Edited on 22.10.2003 by Dan]
Reason : Adding details to each photo, note it is a rough estimate.





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posted on 10.22.2003 at 14:07 Reply With Quote
oh wow...the first one is awesome.....very nice detail..
mind sharing the info about what you used to capture that scenery? (film type, aperture, etc? or digital camera shot?)

nice to have examples of each tip pixiegal provided..hehe....thanks!!

seen before the bonfire shots you have on ur site...not exactly fireworks, but they are great too....there are a couple nice ones of fire dancing around..heheh..
like these ones :
http://pupius.co.uk/photos/random/2003.05.wake.boarding/11.jpg
http://pupius.co.uk/photos/random/2003.05.wake.boarding/14.jpg

always great work m8

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posted on 10.22.2003 at 14:16 Reply With Quote
Thanks Anders. I was "experimenting" with really long exposures when I was away, but they all turned out crap. Either completely black, or bleached out in parts. I need to get me a Digital SLR (D10 if you want to get my an xmas present) so I can see the results as I take them. It's a pain having to wait a week (or sometimes a month like in Indonesia) before you can see if the results turned out ok.

(gonna edit first post and put extra info in, most of them are quite a while ago so I'll try to remember)




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posted on 10.22.2003 at 14:26 Reply With Quote
i like the boat one, i think i told you once. and those fire pics are nice too. i probably get a digicam next month... hehe.




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posted on 10.22.2003 at 15:02 Reply With Quote
Very, very nice photos Dan.

And thanks for Li.




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posted on 10.22.2003 at 17:28 Reply With Quote
yeah, great photos dan...nice tip Li.




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posted on 10.22.2003 at 17:37 Reply With Quote
some great photo's there... especially like the one of your ghost friends..

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posted on 10.23.2003 at 08:53 Reply With Quote
Anyone else got some, come on you must have!




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posted on 10.23.2003 at 09:08 Reply With Quote
here's one taken with my digital cam last time i was in china....view from the room i stayed in..

http://dzygn.com/temp/atnite.jpg

took many but they came out even more blurred then this one since was holding with my hands...

enjoy!




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posted on 12.16.2003 at 18:59 Reply With Quote
i got my cam yesterday.. (yes, you all forgot my birthday)

i've been playing a lot with the cam, and here are the results.



laptop. in my room.


while waiting for the bus. the guy to the left is a friend.


the tv.



gimmie more ideas

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posted on 12.16.2003 at 19:20 Reply With Quote
quote:
I need to get me a Digital SLR


my friend just got the eos300d, i'm EXTREMELY jealous. i haven't seen any prints from it yet, but it is certainly great if you like button pushing!

he's gone to kenya for the christmas holidays, if he takes some nice pics i'll post some





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posted on 12.16.2003 at 19:56 Reply With Quote
two shots at night in Paris:



CASIO EXILIM EX-Z4; exp. time: 1/3; f: 2.9; focal: 31mm eq.; reframed in photoshop.


CASIO EXILIM EX-Z4; exp. time: 1/8; f: 2.6; focal: 31mm eq.;

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posted on 12.16.2003 at 20:36 Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by anders
mind sharing the info about what you used to capture that scenery? (film type, aperture, etc? or digital camera shot?)
fyi, digital cameras store this kind of info in a format called EXIF. There are soft out there to extract it for your pleasure. Also scripts that can do that. i.e.:
http://simon.incutio.com/archive/2003/04/04/photoPal
http://www.zonageek.com/software/php/jpeg/index.php
http://simon.incutio.com/archive/2003/11/13/exif

Photoshop destroys this info when editing, so make sure you keep a copy of the original or use some other soft to save exif and apply it again once edited.

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posted on 12.16.2003 at 21:57 Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dan
Cool!






wow!





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