How can I do this?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by J, Jun 20, 2012.

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    J Guest

    This has been bugging me for ages.....

    http://www.flickr.com:80/photos/theqspeaks/6066007905

    How does one set about taking a shot like this? It says it's a 4 minute
    exposure, but if I try a shot like this, even a 4 second exposure would blow
    the highlights completely and I'd be looking at a pure white shot!

    Any suggestions?

    J
     
    J, Jun 20, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    It's a night shot. Says so. A four minute exposure at night, with no
    ambient light close, would not be a problem.
     
    tony cooper, Jun 20, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Try it at 2 in the morning, low ISO, high aperture number. Note he was
    in an area with little man made light. (And those direct lights seem to
    have blown out somewhat)
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 20, 2012
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    J Guest

    Ah...'nightshot! :) That makes things a little more understandable.

    J
     
    J, Jun 20, 2012
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    J Guest

    Still, it's a very clean image for a nightshot...'gonna try this!

    J
     
    J, Jun 20, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    Jeez...the title of the image is "Night in motion".
     
    tony cooper, Jun 20, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest

    The location was conducive to it.

    I do recall Annika shooting flowers under moonlight a few years ago.
    (rpe35mm)
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 20, 2012
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    J Guest

    ROFL! Y'know, I never even read the title! To be honest my ignorance of
    these type of shots lead me to believe it was taken during the day. I do
    feel a bit better about my 'ignorance' though, after reading some of the
    comments from the other 'photographers' as they seem to think the same as
    myself, then some others have suggested it might be a photoshop effect. The
    photo does 'look' very 'daytime' though, and to the uninitiated, the idea of
    this being taken in total darkness might sound like bullshit! lol. Then
    again, by "Night In Motion", he could've meant he'd taken the shot in the
    evening, but not necessarily in darkness. I like the shot, but I do have
    admit, it's maybe just a wee bit overdone and a shorter exposure might have
    given a more pleasing if not realistic image.

    J
     
    J, Jun 20, 2012
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    J Guest

    Can I ask why you think the location was conducive to it Alan? Living in the
    UK, I do most of my photography during daylight and tend to shy away from
    any nightshots as the 'light' here is the kind that generates far too much
    noise in the images. Do you mean the light at night might be of a different
    nature in that part of the world?

    J
     
    J, Jun 20, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    There is usually some light in the sky at night, and the closer you
    are to the city the brighter that ambient light is. Out in Montana,
    where the shot was taken, the night is more night-like. If you live
    in Yorkshire, you could go out in the North York Moors and find a
    similar sky condition.
     
    tony cooper, Jun 20, 2012
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : There is usually some light in the sky at night, and the closer you
    : are to the city the brighter that ambient light is. Out in Montana,
    : where the shot was taken, the night is more night-like. If you live
    : in Yorkshire, you could go out in the North York Moors and find a
    : similar sky condition.

    You also want low humidity, because water in the air scatters light. I've been
    in the UK only once (to change planes at Heathrow Airport), so I'm no expert,
    to say the least. But I'm not under the impression that low humidity is
    particularly common there.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jun 21, 2012
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    dadiOH Guest

    It could be done during the daytime too. You need a non-auto exposure
    camera that lets you control it; i.e., one on which you can set f-stop and
    shutter speed. You then stop down as far as you can (or to where you
    desire) and add neutral density filters until you reach the desired exposure
    length.

    IMO, the subject photo would have been better if the exposure were less so
    it LOOKED like night.


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    dadiOH, Jun 21, 2012
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