A&P First attempt at long exposure

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  1. Kieffer87

    Kieffer87 Orly OT Supporter

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    I have only had my D40 for about 2 weeks now so I'm still getting used to it. I decided to try some long exposure night shots over the weekend. Any suggestions for the future?
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    1 & 2 are my favorites.
     
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    bntboz ACME user text OT Supporter

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    adjust white balance
     
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    find a more interesting subject.
     
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    What they said - both
     
  5. EWhytsell

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    Looks like you got the general idea down, but yeah white balance. I don't even mind those subjects myself.

    Evan
     
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    OMG, someone else on OT lives in Dubuque!? :hug:
     
  7. 2 is nice
     
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    I like #1. #2 is ok (watch your white balance), but the composition is #3 leaves a lot to be desired.
     
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    Looking at them again I guess the white balance probably is sorta what your seeing with your eyes. Anyone got an example of what it should look like at night or is that relative?

    Evan
     
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    and what exactly would you adjust? Do you have an example of how it should look?

    Because I think the lights are supposed to look yellowish so why would you adjust it to look less realistic? :dunno:
     
  12. Kieffer87

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    Yea I really don't like 3, and Dubuque sucks and there isn't many more cars at night.

    I did notice the WB was off, but not until I got on the computer. I'll have to do some more messing around in photoshop and see if I can get it fixed. Do most of you guys fix WB in post processing or use a card with the camera or whats your trick?
     
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    It does have a yellow effect in real life, but it is a bit exaggerated in the photo.
     
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    Fix white balance, too much orange...

    This was as orange as your pic when I first took it
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    ballz Two of 'em OT Supporter

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    try it handheld.
     
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    Kinda boring, but not bad.
     
  17. TomDlgns

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    i would try to alter the WB settings in the camera as much as i could.

    shoot a shot and then tweak the settings a bit. then shoot again until you get it close.

    i have never tried shooting a card to set the balance, but it could work, i guess..??
     
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    white balance.
     
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    I like number 2 but not the angle of the shot. If you got a shot of all the lights all in a row in the street above, that would be cool. Of course that would require setting up a tripod in the middle of teh street on the highway
     
  20. FidizzyTypeS

    FidizzyTypeS Gimme Dem Scones!! OT Supporter

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    I like the first one better.....his original looks just like that here in NY also. I've had that same problem with those street lights. The orange that you see is actually how it looks on the street with your eyes.
     
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    I think I like the 1st one better except maybe adjust the red or wb just enough to remove some of the orange, but not enough to make it near daylight like the 2nd one.

    Evan
     
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    I agree, I like my original better than the second. Those yellow lights give off a lot of yellow glow. I think a bit of yellow could be removed but definitely not as much as the second.
     
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    Thanks for all the input though, I definitely have some more things to think about the next time I venture out!
     
  24. hurleyint1386

    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    Is there a term at all for this kind of photography where you use long exposure to get lights passing by? If so, what are the steps to achieving it? I assume a tripod is required to keep the camera steady, then you would need to use about an f/2.8, about an 800 ISO, and a slow shutter speed. I'm probably completely wrong, but I'd love to get some insight on it so I could try it out.
     
  25. TomDlgns

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    f 2.8 isnt required....you actually want to have a higher f stop....unless you have very, very low light. if he shot that at f2.8 it would be wayyy over exposed.
     

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