How to get a night shot like this?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Brett, Nov 25, 2005.

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    Brett Guest

    Brett, Nov 25, 2005
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    Jim Townsend Guest

    Looks like a regular time exposure.. You can see the clouds have
    streaked because of the movement.

    Why shouldn't they come out crisp ? Film gives you a bit more latitude
    because it's not prone to noise.. But The new digital cameras can take
    exposures of well over 1/2 hour with no problem..

    Here's a shot I took last September with my 10d. It's a 27 minute exposure
    and shows the trails the stars leave as the world turns...
    Jim Townsend, Nov 25, 2005
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    Brett Guest

    I don't know that he is using film.
    I did look at some of your photos and don't see the same crispness there.
    Why is that?

    Brett, Nov 25, 2005
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    jean Guest

    A building will not move at all but a tree will sway in the wind making it
    "blurr" itself on the "film"

    jean, Nov 25, 2005
  5. Did the camera set the total time or did you? 27 minutes seems an odd
    time in this base-10 society. I would have expected 25 or 30. Why 27?
    Steve Cutchen, Nov 25, 2005
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    He may have tampered with the image? sharpened it a little?
    Paul Heslop, Nov 25, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    Sorry to disagree, but when I looked at the 'fullsize' originals (which
    are still quite small), they are actually rather unsharp. The smaller
    ones are slightly oversharpened. But any decent camera with a
    reasonable time-exposure feature (say 30 seconds or more) could take a
    similar shot. I have plenty of similar shots, mainly taken around
    industrial areas on cloudy nights, or at late dusk to get a bit of
    light in the sky. Many are on 35mm film taken on old slr's, but some
    have been taken with 'prosumers', eg the Sony 717, 828 and more
    recently an Olympus C8080. Sadly I don't have any posted right now,
    but if you are totally desperate I could probably dig a couple out and
    post them.

    All you need for these shots is a tripod, a bit of patience, a suitable
    scene, and a bit of experimenting to get a feel for exposure times. An
    eye for good composition will help..

    Jim's shot looks like it probably *is* sharp, but has suffered a bit
    from over-compression. Nice work, Jim - I have a very similar shot
    with the tree foliage brightly lit by a campfire, at which I was
    getting drunk on a good port, at the time... (O:
    chrlz, Nov 25, 2005
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    m Ransley Guest

    Yesterday I used my old Cokin Pola red- blue#171 and red-green#170 and
    got those colors on a lake handheld, it was probably 171 but am not
    sure. Id say he possibly used a filter but long exposures at dusk will
    do that. The shot is not that sharp to me, easy to do with a tripod and
    time exposure, the real feature is the time needed to move the clouds.
    Experiment with what you have even with much less than 400 seconds say
    30 you can do amazing things. Ive used an A1 for years shooting long
    night exposures. My first digital a sony w5 with only 30 sec timed can
    do shots like that, but there alot of time was needed for the clouds to
    m Ransley, Nov 25, 2005
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    Rich Guest

    There was some foreground lighting on the lighthouse or whatever it
    is. Also, notice the spikes coming off the lights? He stopped down
    his lens to a small aperture as well.
    Rich, Nov 25, 2005
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    Matt Ion Guest

    Digital also doesn't have the reciprocity failure (color shifts) common
    to long exposures on film.

    This one's about an 8.5 minute exposure on a Digital Rebel:

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    Matt Ion Guest

    The links you posted are shot with a very wide lens (note the fisheye
    distortion), and possibly a higher-quality lens, both of which would
    help the sharpness. Jim's shot would also be subject to the tree moving
    with even a slight breeze, whereas the lighthouse would not, and the
    stars can be blurred by any clouds or pollution in the atmosphere.

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    Guns/Zen4 Guest

    Ya think?
    Guns/Zen4, Nov 25, 2005
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    Brett Guest

    My Olympus c2100z is limited to about a 20s max exposure time. I can only
    shoot JPEG and TIFF. Would RAW be needed to get that type of sharpness in
    the photos I posted? I know you disagree, but to me, this seems extremely
    sharp and crisp: The coloring
    is excellent. I'm referring mainly to the white/green marker in the
    foreground. Yes, the background is not as sharp. Do you think that photo
    was done in RAW?

    You mentioned any decent camera could probably get the sharp photo. Here's
    one I did with the Olympus:[email protected]/66672000/in/set-1438467/. Notice
    how pixelated the water is. What would help? Just shooting at very high
    quality TIFFs?

    Brett, Nov 25, 2005
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    Brett Guest

    By stopping down, you are saying he went to a higher f number (f6, f8, etc)?

    Brett, Nov 25, 2005
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    Rich Guest

    Yes, the spikes are caused by the small aperture and diffraction as
    the light travels past where the shutter blades meet.
    Rich, Nov 26, 2005
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    Brett Guest

    How would opening the aperature more have affected the foreground (I
    understand the background will become clearer)? I suppose shutter speed
    would stay constant since this is a multi minute setting for the longer

    Brett, Nov 26, 2005
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    Brett Guest

    Here's another that is so clean and crisp with great colors:[email protected]/. I'd
    imagine it went from RAW to JPEG and he used a very high quality lens.
    Could I be wrong on that? Again, mine are just so fuzzy and and the water
    pixelated compared to that.

    Brett, Nov 26, 2005
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    Tony Guest

    Here is a start on night shooting. Basically what you have to do is go out
    and try it. With digital you don't have to have it planned out as much as
    with film - just try until you get it right. There are other articles on
    night shooting and a lot of night shots in the galleries too.

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    Tony, Nov 26, 2005
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