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Best time for skylines/city shots in humid conditions?

 
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Jul 06, 2016 10:23 |  #1

I live in Cleveland, which is right on Lake Erie, so depending on wind conditions, we may have a bit more moisture in the air than many other cities. Anyway, I had the day off yesterday and decided that I was going to try to get some shots of boats, the skyline, freighters, or really anything else that caught my eye. There was so much haze that the colors were almost completely washed out. I did this between 10am and 2pm.

I then went back out to the same places at 8:30pm-10:30 figuring maybe some of the haze had gone away. Still a bunch there but decided to try to get some city night shots from a tripod. The shots were better but far from clear, which I can only assume was due to the haze and humidity still present in the air.

The temperature during the day yesterday was 85, and it had gone down to maybe 80 when I went back at night. The overnight low was maybe 70 last night and it was very humid.

When trying to do shots like this, is it better at say 3-5am? Or do the warm nights still mess everything up? Is my only option to do this when it may be in the 50s and 60s Like in the spring and fall? Just trying to get an idea of what time of day I really should be trying to get these type of photos.




  
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Jul 06, 2016 13:40 |  #2

After a storm. Bigger is better.




  
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Jul 06, 2016 14:53 |  #3

I think you're looking at the wrong variable. Haze|Humidity doesnt vary that much around the time of day. If you want clear shots of the skyline, you should pay attention to weather events. You know how we roll in the midwest. We get regular fronts thats come thru that significantly change the temperature and humidity. The humidity traps particles and that adds to the haze. Check your local weather for cool fronts and storms as mentioned, that would be the best times. Once it gets hot and humid, for the purpose of photography, the skyline is hazy around the clock for the most part. Of course this is just my opinion.




  
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Jul 06, 2016 15:06 |  #4

Heya,

I live in Florida and it's humid all the time. Even at 2 am in the morning, I can see the water particles racing in front of my LED lamps.

As mentioned, weather is your determiner. Temperature & weather events that effect temperature will be what you look for. After a rain, storm, event, etc, the temperature will drop a touch and that's a good time to attempt long distance photography if you're wanting to avoid the haze look, which is a combination of air pollution, water particles, etc.

Alternative, you get closer and shoot wider.

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Jul 06, 2016 19:04 |  #5

Here is a shot from last night. I'm certain it can be much better, but I like it for my first try. Might rain later so we'll see if I can do better.

IMAGE: https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7422/28139405795_b13136c34d_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/JSzN​YT  (external link) CLE-4395B (external link) by mikeinctown (external link), on Flickr

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Jul 07, 2016 01:22 |  #6

"C Town" is Cleveland, is it? I don't know why, but I always assumed that C Town was Chicago . . .


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Jul 07, 2016 06:33 |  #7

dodgyexposure wrote in post #18060085 (external link)
"C Town" is Cleveland, is it? I don't know why, but I always assumed that C Town was Chicago . . .

Yeah, I've always heard Chicago called Chi-Town. Though now they are calling Cleveland the CLE. Like on all the shirts for baseball, Basketball, etc... It's all 'The CLE'.




  
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