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1st Try at "Painting with Light" Night Photography

 
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Oct 18, 2010 23:24 |  #1

First image was painted by a couple of larger torches combined with a long exposure.

IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4127/5039984723_19f0011ec3_b.jpg

This image was lit by multiple flashes from the 580EXII
IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4150/5040615896_85605877cd.jpg

This last image was lit by a combination of torchlight and 580EXII flash with a long exposure. However I feel I may have increased the exposure too much in PP. It was taken just before dusk. Any critique on either technique or PP is most welcome.
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IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4148/5040595606_0eb4838469_b.jpg

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Oct 19, 2010 07:03 |  #2

I think you did very well. The last one looks perfectly exposed on my calibrated monitor. I'd print it and frame it.

I love the way you Aussies and Brits say "torchlight" instead of "flashlight". Every time I read about someone lighting a scene with a "torch", I get this mental picture of a villager standing next to you holding a burning log. :lol:

Anyway, nicely done.


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Oct 19, 2010 10:34 |  #3

The second one looks fine exposure-wise, just punch some blacks back into it so they aren't grey and it'll fix that slightly off look


I love the shot




  
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Oct 19, 2010 18:01 |  #4

From a strictly novice perspective I think the first one would have benefited from a longer exposure and less direct and more focused lighting to bring out the stars in the night sky and less illumination of the foreground.

I really like the last picture.


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Oct 19, 2010 20:16 |  #5

The problem with this technique is that distant objects never get enough illumination and will always look "false". However in the third the light is nice and balanced and could pass for natural light, so this gets my vote. Great work.


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Oct 20, 2010 00:10 |  #6

Good stuff! I like the third one except for the starry lights, which might stick out in a large print. They would be easy to get rid of though. The clouds and the water look amazing.

The trees look cool in the first one, but everything else looks like it was hit with a giant on-camera flash.

Are you using any gels? They are really fun to play with for these night pictures.

And finally you might appreciate this photographer:

http://www.lostamerica​.com/index.html (external link)

His subject matter is different than yours, but you can learn a lot from his techniques.




  
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Oct 20, 2010 00:53 |  #7

gibbit1 wrote in post #11124482 (external link)
I think you did very well. The last one looks perfectly exposed on my calibrated monitor. I'd print it and frame it.

I love the way you Aussies and Brits say "torchlight" instead of "flashlight". Every time I read about someone lighting a scene with a "torch", I get this mental picture of a villager standing next to you holding a burning log. :lol:

Anyway, nicely done.

Thanks! Had a chuckle with your comment too. :D

davie rogue wrote in post #11125448 (external link)
The second one looks fine exposure-wise, just punch some blacks back into it so they aren't grey and it'll fix that slightly off look

I love the shot

Thanks will try that.

GaryS1964 wrote in post #11127812 (external link)
From a strictly novice perspective I think the first one would have benefited from a longer exposure and less direct and more focused lighting to bring out the stars in the night sky and less illumination of the foreground.

I really like the last picture.

When I get home from work I will check the rest of the shoot photos as I know I have some with longer exposures but I think from memory the illumination was very patchy and did not improve the sky detail. Certainly will pay attention to that detail next time though, thanks.

corkneyfonz wrote in post #11128503 (external link)
The problem with this technique is that distant objects never get enough illumination and will always look "false". However in the third the light is nice and balanced and could pass for natural light, so this gets my vote. Great work.

Thanks!

mltn wrote in post #11129848 (external link)
Good stuff! I like the third one except for the starry lights, which might stick out in a large print. They would be easy to get rid of though. The clouds and the water look amazing.

The trees look cool in the first one, but everything else looks like it was hit with a giant on-camera flash.

Are you using any gels? They are really fun to play with for these night pictures.

And finally you might appreciate this photographer:

http://www.lostamerica​.com/index.html (external link)

His subject matter is different than yours, but you can learn a lot from his techniques.

Great advice and thanks for the link I do appreciate it - always looking to learn more!
Gels I have, but haven't really got around to experimenting with yet - hence my signature;)


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