HAMILTON'S CITY HALL and TREE TAKE 2 by TimothyDMorton
I assume its a SLIK tripod.
The image shows that the tree overall is a little soft; the lights are exposed not too badly, though they do glow slightly, - which can be OK.
Im not sure that night mode was a good choice here. This mode has a specific intention, and software program, and its used to take portraits of people against brighter settings such as sunsets, etc. It works by using a longish exposure and firing the flash at the end of the exposure, - the idea being to capture the background with the long exposure, and fill in the people with a burst of flash.
It also selects the widest aperture, - and at 18mm, this lens is not really sharp wide open, - it needs to get to f/8 where its really sharp. This, with the longish exposure likely softened the image.
However, Im not sure you would do a lot better without experimenting quite a bit. Generally for night scenes, you try to expose for the brightest light, using a sharp aperture, like f/8; so if this were the case here, - you would need an even longer exposure, and no breeze to move the tree.
I would avoid using Night Mode under these conditions.
By: banehawi 21/12/2013 - 1:14 AM