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RAD2LTR
12-02-2011, 10:33 PM
I thought I'd try a little low light/night photograpy.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/313089_2763881302773_1430090650_33092722_930364243 _n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/382941_2763883822836_1430090650_33092728_827828043 _n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/374040_2763884902863_1430090650_33092730_9602787_n .jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/385152_2763886462902_1430090650_33092733_752826206 _n.jpg

https://s-hphotos-iad1.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/377839_2763886902913_1430090650_33092734_137228505 4_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/309893_2763887622931_1430090650_33092736_114742956 5_n.jpg

Enjoy,
Will

Pete
12-03-2011, 12:52 AM
Last time i tried night shots of the bridge was with Kodachrome 64 and a Canon AE-1...

Cool stuff, thanks.

RAD2LTR
12-04-2011, 05:04 PM
I was shooting a Nikon D7000 with a couple of cheap lenses. The small lens is actually ok, the big one 70-300mm F4-5.6 with no special lens coatings or VR could stand to be replaced. I have some $$$ to do so at this time, I just haven't figured out what lens I want. I mostly do sports photograpy (car racing or airshows) so something with a little more range than a 300mm might be nice, but I'd like something faster as well.

Will

RAD2LTR
02-18-2012, 01:05 PM
I was up at a friends vineyard a couple weeks ago and shot these. The first two pics are illuminated by a big quartz halogen light on the side of the house.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/404595_3285263697007_1430090650_33306468_749940758 _n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/401299_3285264137018_1430090650_33306469_142169116 7_n.jpg
The rest are all long exposure with a full moon. Nothing else.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/400025_3285269377149_1430090650_33306473_916414499 _n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/395332_3285272617230_1430090650_33306481_142969539 7_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/421606_3285272977239_1430090650_33306482_903540020 _n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/398634_3285275017290_1430090650_33306490_149112075 4_n.jpg

Will

AAFO_WSagar
02-18-2012, 05:12 PM
Nice... Esp like the first two!

AirDOGGe
02-20-2012, 01:48 AM
The second shot with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridge in the background in my favorite, though all the air traffic seen over the south bay area behind San Francisco in the 3rd photo is interesting if not fascinating.


The exposure of Constellation Orion shows the Nebula quite clearly. Very cool.

:thumbsup:

RAD2LTR
02-21-2012, 05:52 PM
Thanks guys. Night photography is a lot of fun. I'd love to get a star tracking mount for my tri-pod that will allow me to shoot really long exposures without the blur. They are pretty expensive though.

I thought this shot was pretty good as well.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/429747_3426878957300_1430090650_33357575_782343646 _n.jpg

Will

AAFO_WSagar
02-21-2012, 11:37 PM
I'd like to get to try this one again!!

AirDOGGe
02-22-2012, 08:47 PM
I'd like to get to try this one again!!

Now that's my kind of night photography!

RAD2LTR
02-23-2012, 12:41 PM
I'd like to get to try this one again!!

Was that done with a HUGE flash? Obviously it was an air to air shot, but it looks to have been a short exposure due to the lack of a full prop blur. I'm curious how this shot was taken. Its a cool shot.

Will

AAFO_WSagar
02-23-2012, 05:30 PM
Was that done with a HUGE flash? Obviously it was an air to air shot, but it looks to have been a short exposure due to the lack of a full prop blur. I'm curious how this shot was taken. Its a cool shot.

WillI was second seat in the photo plane, having to shoot "over shoulder" out of a Baron. The other guy was Paul Bowen's assistant.. he was shooting flash... I either managed a shot at the same moment he did or the Baron's strobe and I synced...

Apparently there's a "guy somewhere" who specializes in "posing" airplanes in low light settings, often with backlighting being provided with beautiful sunsets and city backdrops... He uses a super strobe that is powered by a car battery!!

I've seen his stuff somewhere but wow... what a good trick to have in the bag.

And yes, he was close enough to allow a normal speedlight to collect enough light for that type shot.

AAFO_WSagar
02-23-2012, 05:45 PM
here's the data from the original file...

Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
Shot at 58 mm
Exposure: Auto exposure, Shutter priority AE, 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 400, Compensation: +4/3
Flash: none
Focus: AF-C, Center, at 8.4m, with a depth of field of about 4.5m, (from about 1.7m before the focus point to about 2.8m after)
AF Area Mode: Dynamic Area (closest subject)
User Comment: COPYRIGHT 2006 Wayne Sagar/AAFO.COM
Date: March 16, 2008 5:46:19AM (timezone not specified)
(3 years, 11 months, 7 days, 9 hours, 56 minutes, 34 seconds ago, assuming image timezone of US Pacific)

File: 2,848 × 4,288 JPEG (12.2 megapixels)
2,165,823 bytes (2.1 megabytes) Image compression: 94%
Color Encoding: Embedded color profile: “sRGB”

helenhews
02-24-2012, 10:12 AM
These photos are nice. I've never made such good night photos :(

AAFO_WSagar
02-24-2012, 12:07 PM
Welcome to the hangar.... your IP address shows you are from quite a ways away from Chicago!!

RAD2LTR
02-24-2012, 01:31 PM
These photos are nice. I've never made such good night photos :(

Thanks. I'm finding that the key to night photography is patience, a good tripod, and a camera with a decent sensor that you can set to a bulb setting. For these shots, I think I shot them at either 100 or 200 ISO. I used a long exposure time and just let it sit there. A remote is also key to keeping the camera from moving.

Will

AAFO_WSagar
02-24-2012, 02:07 PM
Thanks. I'm finding that the key to night photography is patience, a good tripod, and a camera with a decent sensor that you can set to a bulb setting. For these shots, I think I shot them at either 100 or 200 ISO. I used a long exposure time and just let it sit there. A remote is also key to keeping the camera from movingHey Will... didn't mean to hijack your thread!! What you're doing is completey a different thing than what I put up..... Sorry Man!

:eek13:

RAD2LTR
02-24-2012, 03:05 PM
Hey Will... didn't mean to hijack your thread!! What you're doing is completey a different thing than what I put up..... Sorry Man!

:eek13:

Your P51 shot still kinda falls in the category. It was obviously a low light shot. All the stuff I've posted here is just me screwing around. I've always been fascinated by night photography and I think I'm just now figuring out out to do it. I like seeing what other people have done, and every so often they post how they did it (as you did).

To be honest, most of what I shoot are race cars and airplanes. Looking at things in a different light (or lack there of) is kinda fun, and its a challenge to figure out how to do it. To be honest, I'm hoping I'll have the chance to try shooting some similar shots as these at Reno in Sept. Heck, a 10 minute exposure with the north star over a Tigercat (or what ever else might be sitting there in the pits) might turn out to be a really cool shot.

If other people wish to add their own shots that were taken in low light, please do. I guess we could turn it into a "How did you shoot that" thread. Heck, I've dragged threads off topic. It happens.


Will

AAFO_WSagar
02-24-2012, 04:22 PM
Hey Will... thanks man! I had just looked back, read the thread, and thought to myself.... "geesh... nuttin like stealin' a guys fire!"

Light, lack thereof, mixed light... fascinating stuff... Neal "Wingman" Nurmi can bend the logic in my brain so far I can't see straight when he talks about cameras and light!

Neal not only takes outstanding shots, he knows exactly *how* the camera did it and how it reacted to what he dialed in...

Living at the coast better than half of the time (gotta see the BeerNazi as often as possible) there are situations that I see driving back and forth a lot that baffle me on just how to get "the shot"... Foggy early morning stuff, or late evening stuff, light on the hilltops, not much on the low stuff, lots of low hanging fog.. really cool looking but to capture it....

:dunno:

Fun stuff.... !