Trying Night Photography

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This was my third outing trying to get night shots. Light pp done to crop and sharpen. Any comments or suggestions are welcome!

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This was just for fun:

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The charge of the light brigade :smile: - I really like this one.
This was just for fun:

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Good collection. Love the first one, the second doesn't wow me due to the star filter and I love the frivolity of the last one. :smile:
 
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Thanks for all the comments. Now that I seem to have some idea of how to do night shots, I think I really like the challenge. The first one is the Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA (where my husband works). He informed me last night that someone told him it is illegal to take pictures of Federal office buildings. I did not use any type of filter for the second shot with the starbursts, but found it interesting (being new) that I could achieve this with my settings. The third was driving down the highway on the way home, just playing. It was fun to see the results that I got. It gave me the impression of people dancing across the road. When I have the opportunity, I will definitely be trying more night shots. They are intriguing and fun.

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All nice Sharon.

The strength in the first is that its almost perfect in terms of being plum and square. Thats important in such a shot when architectural elements, lines comprise the composition. The reason I mention 'almost' is that the two small lights top left and right are just a smidge off balance with one another. If you had been just a few feet more to the right perhaps...

The other two are very fine actually. Good composition and lighting in #2, great whimsy in #3.
 
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All nice Sharon.

The strength in the first is that its almost perfect in terms of being plum and square. Thats important in such a shot when architectural elements, lines comprise the composition. The reason I mention 'almost' is that the two small lights top left and right are just a smidge off balance with one another. If you had been just a few feet more to the right perhaps...

The other two are very fine actually. Good composition and lighting in #2, great whimsy in #3.
Thanks for taking the time to look and your comments. After I got home and pulled the building up on the computer, I tried to get the shot symmetrical, but realized that I was not careful enough in setting up my shot to be in line with everything. It's all a learning experience and I will definitely be more careful next time.

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Sharon, please understand that I like to critique fine attempts more seriously than what I consider to be snapshots. I saw in this shot great color, vibrancy and visual impact that could have been made better with a slight adjustment. Take anything I ever say here with a grain of salt. I appreciate fine imagery and this certainly falls into that category. All three images are far and away better than average.
 
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NOW I can see them! Nice stuff Sharon! Be careful in that second one, the lights look sharp. I sure hope it's not illegal to photograph government buildings - if it is, perhaps we should insist they all work in quonset huts to save the architecture costs... ;) (I have a good friend who works in that same building.) And #3 is a picture everyone should take at least once. More often if you like doing that! :BigGrin:
 
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Sharon, please understand that I like to critique fine attempts more seriously than what I consider to be snapshots. I saw in this shot great color, vibrancy and visual impact that could have been made better with a slight adjustment. Take anything I ever say here with a grain of salt. I appreciate fine imagery and this certainly falls into that category. All three images are far and away better than average.
I appreciate yours and any other comments submitted on my shots. They help me become a better photographer by perhaps seeing things I would not have.

NOW I can see them! Nice stuff Sharon! Be careful in that second one, the lights look sharp. I sure hope it's not illegal to photograph government buildings - if it is, perhaps we should insist they all work in quonset huts to save the architecture costs... ;) (I have a good friend who works in that same building.) And #3 is a picture everyone should take at least once. More often if you like doing that! :BigGrin:
I hope it's not illegal either! :eek:
I took several like #3 and liked this the best.

would you mind sharing the settings for the starbust?
Here are the settings I used for #2:
Shutter Priority
30 sec
f/22

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Well there is a lot of stuff you can do at night. I love shooting at night and typically try to do long exposures for every trip I take while on work. Here is one example and the settings I used:


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Camera: Nikon D100
Exposure: 69.8 sec (349/5)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 19 mm
Time: 11:32pm, under a full moon <---- this is key


The problem with shooting lights is they give off that star quality when shot at higher apertures. I think your top image is perfectly exposed for what it is. All the necessary colors are there. And the bottom photo, well it's just fun to see what kind of creativity you can some up with.

Either way, nice shots and good luck!
 
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The problem with shooting lights is they give off that star quality when shot at higher apertures. I think your top image is perfectly exposed for what it is. All the necessary colors are there. And the bottom photo, well it's just fun to see what kind of creativity you can some up with.
Thanks for looking and commenting, John. There were some shots that I felt the "star quality" of the lights took away from the image; but in this case I felt it added to the mood of the shot. Having done very little night photography, does a high aperture always give the star affect in lights?

I truly am a novice at photography and enjoy experimenting with different settings to see what the results would be. Doing this, posting to this forum and reading different comments, helps me learn. Thanks again.

Sharon
 

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