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Old 12-06-2010, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Share your night vision.

I don't know how to take pictures at night.
But I do it anyway.
Sometimes I get results I like.
A little inscrutable, a little lonely, a little creepy.

Here are some of my favorite 'found' night shots.
Please post some of yours, too.



















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Old 12-06-2010, 10:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You're channeling Manet in that bar shot.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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haha, yeah it looks a little like that Bar at the Folies Bergere painting...I think its called. Is that what you're referring to?

it was a total accident. I had the camera sitting on the bar across from her and was taking photos randomly and surreptitiously. I was actually more interested in getting a shot of the guy with the 'fro behind her date...now that I think of it, I did manage to get a shot of him...let me see

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the guy on the right end of the bar...never managed to get an ideal shot of him, though.
this one's too grainy and muddy.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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The tattoo & the laundry. Those two are spooky cool.
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't know how to take pictures at night.
But I do it anyway.
I like the motel picture with the neon sign.

The trick with low light shots is to use a tripod to keep the camera steady or to find something to rest the camera on. I've found that if the shutter speed is much below 1/60 second it's hard to hold the camera steady by hand.

Depending on your camera, you can increase the aperture (towards lower numbers) at the expense of depth of field or increase the ISO setting for your sensor at the expense of more noise (graininess) in the image.
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It's always a pleasure to see your shots, MM. Love the Dockside Motel phot, very Eggleston.

I've been spoiling myself in sunlight any going positively nuclear with the flash when shooting at night. It doesn't evoke that same dreamy atmosphere but here's a fairly recent one of mine:

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Old 12-07-2010, 04:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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Nice one Manic. I like how her pupils haven't had time to constrict by the flash.

I took this shot from inside my truck. I had to hold my breath so as not to steam the glass.

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Old 12-07-2010, 07:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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thank you, dogzilla. I'm not much of a tripod person, though. not even those monopods. I don't like them. I like to carry my camera around in my hand - it's part of the enjoyment for me. so, combined with my lack of skill, I've learned to live with uneven results at night. with a few interesting ones on occasion. :-)

those snowflakes remind me of alveoli. beautiful, ring.

I love that, Manic. it has an unsettling paparazzi quality. which, of course, is fabulous. I'd like to see more of those.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hardly a masterpiece, but neon lights at night always interest me:

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Old 12-08-2010, 05:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
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we don't want no stinking masterpieces here.
besides, it's a very nice photo. I like seeing into windows at night. for some reason it feels a little voyeuristic, even when it's a public place.

thank you for posting, smarts.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:41 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I saw a halo around the moon the other night and tried to capture it. Hand-holding the camera for the 1/2 second exposure caused a little camera shake. It made the moon look like a heart. I thought it was kind of cute.

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Old 12-08-2010, 12:09 PM   #12 (permalink)
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ha! that's really cool. thanks for posting.
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I enjoy shooting at nite, but like mixed, I hate lugging a tripod around.

I used one for this shot though, only because it was on the roof of my hotel.......


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Old 12-08-2010, 04:41 PM   #14 (permalink)
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beautiful. where was that taken?
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:35 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I don't get to large cities very often and so I don't have a lot of opportunities for night shots.
This is one from a trip to Austin a couple years ago.

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Old 12-08-2010, 05:59 PM   #16 (permalink)
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fabulous. love that.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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i took this about 2 or 3 years ago now. for a handheld shot at night it turned out surprisngly clear.

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Old 12-09-2010, 04:25 AM   #18 (permalink)
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beautiful. where was that taken?
Thanks,mixed. This was from a rooftop in Toronto. Here's a couple more from that nite:








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Old 12-09-2010, 04:54 AM   #19 (permalink)
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thats pretty nifty paddyjoe

is that a light show?
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:05 AM   #20 (permalink)
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nice, thanks for contributing, dlish. if I didn't know better, I'd say that could be Naples. they're big on the luxury boats around here, too.

gorgeous, paddyjoe. Toronto is my mother's favorite city and I can see why.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:13 AM   #21 (permalink)
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thanks MM.

if you look closely in the background, those vertical lights are from the worlds tallest tower. everything pales in comparison.
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:51 AM   #22 (permalink)
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whoa. I didn't realize that's what it was.
it's a very impressive phallus for such a little country.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:54 PM   #23 (permalink)
 
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Walking to the gas station during a snowstorm:



I hope the snow that is falling right now, lasts until after dark.
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:12 PM   #24 (permalink)
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This is on the Glenora ferry going home toward Kingston from Picton, Ontario.
I think I had the camera on a solid object and used the timer to shoot the 1/2 second exposure.

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Old 12-16-2010, 09:13 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:37 AM   #27 (permalink)
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hey, thanks guys!

ring, RG and Marshall, sorry I missed your photos earlier.
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:12 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:55 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Those are really beautiful. Thanks.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:45 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:19 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Cool pics
As some know---I love trees....you should post these on the tree thread...

Here is my favorite night shot:

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Old 12-17-2010, 03:33 AM   #33 (permalink)
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aw, man. now that is an incredible image. thank you.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:38 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Trying to capture the eclipse last night on my kit lenses:





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Old 12-21-2010, 02:58 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Trying to capture the eclipse last night on my kit lenses:

I found out the hard way that it isn't easy to shoot the moon. You need a telephoto (300 mm?), a tripod and you need to under expose by about 4 stops. Keep your exposure under 30 seconds or the earth will move on you and turn any stars into arcs.
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Old 12-21-2010, 03:26 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I found out the hard way that it isn't easy to shoot the moon. You need a telephoto (300 mm?), a tripod and you need to under expose by about 4 stops. Keep your exposure under 30 seconds or the earth will move on you and turn any stars into arcs.
30 seconds?! Jesus man, what settings were you using? I was doing my test shots handheld with 1/320 or 1/640 with f/4 and iso 100, and they were coming out great...but got thick cloud cover as soon as the eclipse started.
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30 seconds?! Jesus man, what settings were you using? I was doing my test shots handheld with 1/320 or 1/640 with f/4 and iso 100, and they were coming out great...but got thick cloud cover as soon as the eclipse started.
I didn't say to shoot at 30 seconds. I said to keep it under 30 seconds, as a general rule, and I explained why.
Somebody playing around with a slow kit lens (I assume 18-55mm, f3,5-f4.5) might be tempted to go wide angle and take a shot of the milky way, for example. This might cause the camera to want to go over 30 seconds on auto. The result would be arcs.

Edit: Here's a link that pretty much supports your argument: http://www.flickr.com/groups/canon70...7605132314286/
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:01 AM   #38 (permalink)
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thank you, span. I kind of like your shots as they are.
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:49 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I kind of like your shots as they are.
me too....

And, I agree with rmarshall. At nite the moon seems as bright as the sun to your metering system. Do some bracketing, and shoot a bunch 'o frames so you get one without the moon turning into a blur.....
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I hear the eclipse was beautiful. Clouds were precipitating where I live.
Foggy at 4 in the morning, this street light was fiery crescent moon-like


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