Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Night shots

    I still haven't figured out how to get my night shots.  I took quite a few on our night bike ride last night and they didn't turn out.  I will have to read the book again.  I did get some sunset pictures that were nice.  Not techically perfect because I don't think your suppose to have that ring around the moon but it gives it a neat effect, like a rainbow and I love the way the clouds look.


    I have 2 different pictures below.  The sun is slightly lower in the 2nd and changes the color slightly.   I like that one best.

   It was pretty dark when I took the picture of the water tower,  this is the only picture that turned out I took in the dark.


radar446 said...

Some very good attempts at a very difficult photo technique.  The ring and those spots of light are referred to as lens flare.  It happens when the light bounces off of contaminants on the lens, or just reflections on the elements within the lens.  When shooting into the sun like that, they are nearly impossible to avoid.  However, they do sometimes add some interesting effects, like the rainbow.

The best way to control it would be to avoid shooting the sun complete and uncovered (also better for the camera).  What I mean is look for something to cover part of the sun, a tree, mountain, structure, etc...  This will cut down on the intesity of the sun, and possibly avoid the flare.

Night photography is difficult because without light there can be no photography.  You must have some sort of light souce that illuminates your subject.  Keep in mind that the pop up flash on most cameras is good to only about 15 feet.  Hotshoe flashes usually top out at 50ft with the correct settings.  There are some specialty flashes used in wildlife photography but aren't wide angle enough for what you are working on.

Raise your ISO setting to the highest number you can without getting too much digital noise.  Be prepared to slow your shutter speed down to 10-30 seconds (ie: bring a tripod).  If you are dealing with something relatively close, you can paint with light (using a flashlight and painting over your subjects over the 30 second exposure).  If it is too far away, look for other natural or man made lighting to help you out.  Full moon nights are good, and buildings that are lit up are also good.


fisherkristina said...

I can't give good advice like Greg, but I just wanted to say I like your photos!


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