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May 03, 2012 21:39 |  #1

The TV station I work for brands itself weather intensive, so I thought a reflection of the billboard logo after a storm would look kind of cool. I'm trying to get a clear reflection shot, or at least a clear enough, of the billboard with my stations logo on it, in a parking lot water puddle. In person you can see the reflection clearly, but through the camera, I can't emulate the same look. I was wondering if someone could help me out here. I'm shooting with a T3i and have just an 18-55 and 55-250.

Here's an example of the best I could do.

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May 03, 2012 21:50 |  #2

That is an interesting concept that I feel should be developed further. I would like to see more detail in the reflection.


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May 03, 2012 21:53 |  #3

It looks like the focus is way off. Perhaps try again manually focusing, especially with live view on a tripod?




  
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May 03, 2012 22:05 |  #4
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its abstract and can be looked as very artistic and long as you sell it and be confident.


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May 04, 2012 11:15 |  #5

Was it a windy night? The water just doesn't look still enough for a clear reflection. Our eyes and brains can deceive us sometimes. What we see as a perfectly clear image can actually be our brains making sense out of multiple "snapshots" of something that is not actually quite clear. The focus does also appear to be a bit off, as the exposed asphalt looks a bit fuzzy.

I know this isn't quite what you're going for, but I'm at work and this is the best I have available. This was a nice, windless morning after a rainstorm.

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Getting a lighted sign at night can be a little tougher to nail the exposure and focus, but what you're trying can certainly be done under the right conditions.



  
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May 04, 2012 13:26 |  #6

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It looks like the focus is way off. Perhaps try again manually focusing, especially with live view on a tripod?

I agree. Looks like the pavement further back is more in focus.

Wouldn't hurt if there was a little more water and a little less wind.


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May 04, 2012 15:22 |  #7

Thanks for the example, and the issue is that it's out of focus. It wasn't windy at all. This example is actually from inside my car, with the window rolled down. I've done others outside, on a tripod with slower shutter speeds but got the same results. I can't seem to focus the reflection at all. I was shooting manual, auto-white balance (not sure what to set it to at night), manual focus, ISO 800, probably 1/125, and like an F4. Could it be that there's just not enough water depth? The pavement texture is too rough and gets in the way? I'm absolutely lost as to why it just doesn't work.


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May 05, 2012 07:43 |  #8

You have enough depth of water, although you may not have enough depth of field. If it is really that still, try shooting at f10 or f11. Longer exposure times so you will need to use a tripod or some support.


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May 05, 2012 19:11 |  #9

Thanks for the advice John. Next time it rains here, I'll try it and post an updated attempt picture.


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