4/52 Technical and Conceptual Challenge

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  1. Snark

    Snark Mutts to you

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    I second that, FG. Great photo!

    RTH: I really like your second shot, and I think the further away view is more interesting.
     
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    I really like this one! You can even see the stars in this shot.


    The problem is that I need the camera to be at an angle :( I'll try to figure something out. I do have a remote but it's not a wireless one, and my camera's shutter speed can be set to 30 seconds. The only problem is getting the lens to be pointing at the angle I want. Still brainstorming.

    Oh, I LOVE these!
     
  3. stardogs

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    So I randomly got one I REALLY liked, so here's one of my "entries" for this week.

    1/3s, f1.8, ISO100
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    I tried using a tripod and the timer (no remote) to eliminate blurring from human handling, but I couldn't get accurate focusing. This was taken in my hands, so I'm especially proud of the sharpness of the branches!
     
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    It finally stopped raining and the skies were actually clear, so I ran outside for some quick shots. Unfortunately, I only had about 15 or 20 minutes before I realized I left my dinner in the oven, and by then I decided it was entirely too cold to continue.

    That said, considering that this is my first attempt at both night and long exposure photography, I'm happy with what I got. Plus I did not have a tripod or a remote with me, and used a chair and two boxes as a makeshift tripod to get my camera at an angle.

    This was taken right before midnight

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    Exposure: 30 seconds Aperture: f/4 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 15mm

    This is what one of the unedited jpeg files looked like. Composition on all the shots completely suck because I forgot to think about it, but I actually like this composition better and should have picked this one to edit. But, it also looks surprisingly okay SOOC. I just was not a fan of the warm/magenta hues, although looking back I don't actually mind it much. The only changes I made were to clone out my house number and crop a little.

    Same camera settings:

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    Another SOOC jpeg shot, again, same settings:

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    I am going to need a LOT more practice finding the right conditions and settings for a high ISO/fast shutter speed shot. High ISO and night sky photography? It's tough! I'll try again tomorrow and play around with the aperture settings, but if that doesn't work, I'll give up on stars and will probably go on campus. I can find a few buildings that are well lit on the outside so I'll at least be able to get a picture that shows some definition.

    To compensate for now, here's another slow shutter speed shot. The Tokina wide angle DOES have the most awful issues with flare in long exposure, but I kept this picture anyway. And yeah, that's the moon.

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    Same settings (Exposure: 30 seconds Aperture: f/4 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 15mm)

    Did I mention how much I loved the Tokina?
     
  5. Snark

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    Stardogs: I like it! I tried the same kind of shot last night but mine didn't turn out nearly as well as yours (and I used a tripod because I cannot, just cannot, hold a camera that still at that shutterspeed). Nicely done!

    Equinox: I love those shots! And I'm jealous of you getting stars in the background, mine always look either blurry or I have the exposure too long and they move.

    There are drawbacks to rural living. I went out on the road last night, and there are no lights, except for random, single house lights in the distance. Not very interesting. Not even a car went by... so, I made my own fun. :) (This isn't an entry, just goofing around with a small flashlight). 100iso, f8, 8 secs
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    Been taking shots all week but haven't gotten anything I'm really happy with, so I'm gonna drive into town tonight and see what I can get. Hopefully, I'll have something to post tonight.
     
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    These are sooo cool!! Snark, that flashlight one is awesome!

    I'm headed out tonight and am borrowing a friend's Canond 5d mk3 for this one. Mostly because its awesome and the noiselessness when the ISO is cranked up there is absolutely astounding to me. And because he told me my D80 sucked. :rofl1:
     
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    Equinox, I adore the first and last pictures! Even though it looks like the last picture might have some light reflection going on, I think it adds to the picture alot!

    Stardogs and FG, awesome shots! Snark, the flashlight idea is soo neat!
     
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    Flashlight idea is really neat - I would LOVE to try my hand at painting with light sometime.

    Thanks!! I figured I had a great wide angle lens now, so might as well make use of it. I really love the sharpness I get, and that probably helps with getting clearer pictures of the stars. Next time I'll set my focus to infinite, though.

    Thank you! Yeah, I actually initially only kept the last picture to show the flare. The Tokina is pretty notorious for the issues with sun flare, and I thought it was a little hilarious that I had problems with moon flare.

    But I took it and played around with the crop, orientation, and contrast and thought it looked pretty cool!
     
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    This is great, you nailed it! You really show the difference of both styles of night shots. I love the first one, as well!

    This is very pretty! I like it a lot, you really did a great job framing the moon with the branches and natural vignetting, it's very enchanting.

    These are really cool, I especially love the clarity of the first two. The flare totally works for the third shot!

    That's what I shoot with, have fun!!

    These are killer guys, I'm going to keep looking and also go back the first 3 weeks as well now. I have a hang over (my tolerance is so low anymore lol) but a couple free hours and I'm loving what I see.
     
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    Hehehe It's totally going to be one of the challenges so you will have an excuse!

    Snark that was great, I like your improvising!
     
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    This is fantastic, I love the water. What was your white balance set at?
     
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    Thank you! I'm really happy to hear your opinion on that last shot. I had mixed feelings - a combination of "hmm, I like it!" and "I'm probably being stupid and should toss it altogether" :eek:

    Oh awesome!! Looking forward to that - I'm definitely going to practice in the meanwhile and see if I can be somewhat creative.
     
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    Well. I didn't play with the canon, but that's ok because I really liked how this one turned out from my camera! I haven't looked at my faster shutter speed/high ISO yet because I'm scared to, but here's my low ISO/slow shutter speed shot!

    Stinkin' lens glare got in the way.
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    Week4 by ZooomDog Photography, on Flickr
    ISO 125 Aperture f/4.0 Shutter speed 2 sec.
     
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    SaraB: That's a great shot! Love the perspective!

    I have tried various shots all week...

    Back of the barn (that's Sis' fat horse, aka the Air Fern). Wanna talk about lens glare? Have I got one for you! 100iso, f8, 15sec.
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    1600iso, f8, 1/2sec
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    Experimented with an indoor shot with candles... See? I can get lens glare with a little candle! 100iso, f11, 20sec
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    Finally took these tonight, wasn't exactly the location I had in mind but you know what happens to best laid plans...
    100iso, f11, 15sec
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    800iso, f8, 1/2sec
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    Love the angle here, plus the star-light!

    Okay Adrianne, is there anyway to get rid of/avoid lens glare like is showing up here? Is there some trick? Because I've struggled with this problem before, generally I just edit it out, but I would love to know if there is some secret photography skill that would eliminate glare when shooting!
     
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    I think mine might be caused by the UV filter on the lens, I'm sure that extra piece of glass wasn't helping at all. I didn't think about it until I got home though and I will not be going back out there, it's cold as sh*t.
     
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    I have it on AWB. I can adjust it in lightroom, but didn't for this challenge. I didn't edit anything. The lights were very yellow in real life though
     
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    Running super late, but I wanted to go back and get some photos done and hopefully stay caught up this time!

    This was taken on a bridge over the world's largest skating rink during our winter festivities. I wish I was more to the left, but I couldn't get there without risking danger :lol-sign:
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    Week 4 - Night Photos (2) by JessLough, on Flickr

    1/8 f/4.5 30mm ISO1600
     
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    Here's an example of a light show/garden in Victoria, BC.

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    ISO: 320
    30 seconds
    f/10
     
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    GORGEOUS, that is so pretty!
     

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