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This bridge was erected in my local town to celebrate the birth of the bicycle. The inventor,Kirkpatrick MacMillan, was born nearby.
Comments welcome.

This was my first try at night time shots, and i quite like it.

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S2970
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Sep 2012 - 7:30 PM
Focal Length:7.6mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/3.6
Shutter Speed:0.8sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:A Nights Bridge
Username:Mark_24 Mark_24
Uploaded:2 Oct 2012 - 2:23 PM
Tags:Flash / lighting, Landscape / travel
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 4:54 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Not a bad effort considering it is your first attempt at night shots, however with the EXIF displayed I would imagine this is taken as an auto setting. With this kind of shot you really want a small aperture to give you a very deep DoF although to be fair, it doesn't look too bad at all.

If you can set up the camera in 'manual' try something like f11 here but you do need to use a tripod as the shutter speed will be very slow, somewhere around 8 secs. you could also, for hand holding try a much higher ISO into the thousands eg.

Compositionally, this is the kind of shot which can break 'the rules' but IMHO it needs to be symmetrical in order to succeed.

I have uploaded a mod where I have attempted to square the picture up but have found it difficult. The best way of course is to set it up in your viewfinder, just leaving final 'tweaking' to be done.

I hope this helps.

Frank

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9710 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2671 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 7:11 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Night shots can be really nice, and this is a good start. Having some light in the sky is a good idea.

Its best to use a tripod for s long shutter speed like this, - dont know if you did? It seems a little soft, but this might onlt be due to the fact you may have re sized and uploaded, rather than resize, save, open, sharpen, save, upload to make sure compression hasnt caused loss of detail.

Its with shots like this that you can learn about getting set up right in the LCD first. The shot for example shows you werent shooting straight down the middle for symmetry, and theres more rail on the right; the image is slightly off level, needing a slight CW rotation.

I dont mind the rails tilting, - but I would sharpen, straighten, and get that post right in the middle, as in the mod,



regards



Willie

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Mark_24
Mark_24  1 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 - 6:03 PM

Thanks for the advice Frank and Willie.

Just shows how "small things" can make a difference. Guess this comes with experience

Still a bit unsure of what to adjust in Photoshop (and how far to go), so will keep practicing i guess.

I cant remember if i used a tripod or not, but i did take 1 with me on that walk. As far as it being "off centre", this was because i was resting in an area for wheelchairs(you can just see the corressponding rails over the bridges hump).

Will be entering this image as a print in the local camera club next month, as i quite like the shot.

Mark

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