A&P i'm pissed off right now. fuck!

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  1. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    why do these images look like shit? I took like 90 pictures tonight from this location and did not get a single decent shot? I shot at every possible aperture/ shutter combo and did not get one to look right.

    the first two are my shitty pictures and the 3rd one is one i found on flickr? how come the lights in his are perfect starbursts where in mine they are blown out and flare all over the place.

    :mad:

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    ^4sec @f18

    so i figured upping the aperture a bit would let less light in and reduce the effect of the lights

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    10sec @ f25

    it helped a little but not much.... still looks shitty.

    the one i found on flickr
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    what am I doing wrong? Maybe I was just having a shitty night, or maybe the conditions just weren't good :dunno:
     
  2. jared_IRL

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    foggy/rainy night?

    the flare from teh light looks all fucked up.

    If there was no fog or rain, check your equipment.

    Esposure #1 looks close, but the flickr shot had a ton more traffic, and some PP work.
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    it had rained about 2-3 hours before this was taken. so theres a chance it was kinda foggy, but I couldn't see it.

    my equipment should be fine....i hope... :dunno:
     
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    I believe the starbursts are results from aperture blades construction.

    Are you using a cheap UV/cpl filter?
     
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    try exposing for a longer time with a bigger aperture, your pictures aren't as bright as the flickr example.
    also the cars need more time to make those long trails.
    maybe f/11 10-30 seconds or f/18 30 seconds - 1 min would work.
     
  6. xenon supra

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    yeh i've got a protective tiffen UV filter on there, should I have taken that off?
     
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    I would inspect them to see that there's no condensation from the muggy weather, and to make sure they're clean. If possible reshoot without one:dunno:.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    bulb mode, iso100 and f22 for the win.
     
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    mad dust/condensation son
     
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    speaking of which, why the fuck are you shooting at iso 400???????
     
  11. xenon supra

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    no shutter release cable, i guess i could push it manually to stop, not sure if that would cause blur or not.

    i'll try again tomorrow without the UV filter probably.

    i cleaned the filter and lens but they looked pretty clean already.
     
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    i didn't realized it was set so hi, i moved it down to 100 and it still did it. the 2nd pic is at iso 100
     
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    tiffen uv filter? uncoated? o_0

    Get a multicoated hoya or b+w
     
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    30-60 second exposure on lowest ISO @ f22 with no filter.

    try that.

    here is a 30 second exposure i took in DC about a year ago from my hotel room..
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    K, i'm gonna head back out tonight and try it with my cleaned filter, and some without the filter as well.

    can i do a bulb shot without a shutter release, or will the camera shake make it blurry. (i'll use a timer to start it, but i'll have to push it to stop)
     
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    I have to try night shots like that. :cool:
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    can anyone else confirm that they think its the cheap UV filter. or is there other things i should change.

    going to go out and shoot at F22, 30 sec (or maybe longer), iso 100
     
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    What lens did you use? The reason I ask is that I've read about certain Canon lenses that are subject to abnormal flare on night shots.

    However, your shots look to me like there was moisture/condensation/crap on the filter.
     
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    ^nikkor 18-200 vr and d300 :hs:
     
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    don't use a filter at night, even good ones create all kinds of weird reflections. Also dont go out when it is completely pitch black, go out just before that. I also wouldnt go to f22, unless you want that crappy halo light crap.
     
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    definitely didn't know filters were a bad idea at night :bigok:
     
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    Theyre not. I find it hard to believe that your filter caused this by itself. It REALLY looks like some kinda condensation. If it was humid outside, but your gear was cool, it would definitely causes condensation on your equipment when you brought it outside.
     
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    uv filters ftl
    cheap uv filters ftmfl

    but that has little to nothing to do with the moisture problems you've got going on.
     
  25. mojito

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    :werd:

    except the first part.
     

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