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Hi there, this is one of my first attempts at a night cityscape, I was using a sony camera then, but have a Cannon 600D now, any tips on improving the clarity on this kind of shot would be welcome Smile

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P10
Date Taken:3 Mar 2009 - 10:46 AM
Focal Length:7.9mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:2sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return not detected
Title:Brisbane at Night
Username:Broodhound Broodhound
Uploaded:16 Jul 2013 - 7:24 AM
Tags:Brisbane, Cityscape, Landscape / travel, Night photography
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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 8:33 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is quite good but could be a bit crisper. I assume you used a tripod. Remember, a tripod can move if there is traffic, a wind or so on. Many buildings are designed to move in strong winds, etc. You need to be sure the camera is dead still throughout the exposure. Try and use a slightly smaller aperture to get some depth of field, f5.6 or f8.

Focus manually. Auto focus will struggle to focus on what you want in this situation. Finally, use the delayed action to release the shutter as your finger will cause some movement, even on a tripod.

Paul

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banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2668 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 6:50 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Welcome to EPZ.


Good advice from Paul, and I look forward to shots from the DSLR. Ive uploaded a quick modification, - scroll up and click the modifications tab, and view large. Its just sharpened, and the highlights toned down a little.


With night shots, dont wait until there no light in the sky, - when the lights come on and theres twilight sky is when you get the very best shots. Expose for the brightest light, - so for example, set the camera in your hand to spot metering, ISO 100, and place the focus point (select a single focus point, not multiple) on what appears to be the brightest light; set to Av first, and select f/11 - f/16; view the exposure time the camera selects; set to M mode; then enter the same f value, and the shutter speed you noted. Manually set focus; and use Pauls tips.


regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 16 Jul 2013 - 6:50 PM

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Davesumner
17 Jul 2013 - 5:28 AM

Looking at the camera model and the exposure time of 2 seconds I would suspect that you didn't use a tripod at all and that you've tried to handhold this. Was this taken from the Ferris wheel or are you further along by the footbridge? From memory that is the footbridge but I'm not sure, am I right? As Willie has said you need to take shots like this at dusk and not really at night time. However, you're never going to get a sharp shot without a tripod or a firm support such as a bean bag or the likes especially if you are handholding on the Ferris wheel. Some of the smaller Gorilla Pods work well with compact cameras and with the flexible legs they can be wrapped around balcony rails etc. As for exposing for the brightest part of the image, I would agree but not the lights, expose for the brighter parts of the roadway bridge across the river. The lights on the buildings and signs etc, you will have to accept that they will blow out (overexpose) unless you are prepared to do some multiple exposures.

Hope this helps

DaVeS

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Broodhound
Broodhound e2 Member Broodhound vcard United Kingdom
17 Jul 2013 - 8:46 AM

Hi guys, thanks for your great comments and tips Smile , DaVeS - you are right about not using a tripod, I didn't have one at the time (I have now invested in one), but was resting the camera on a flat surface to try and reduce shake, it was taken from a mates apartment balcony Smile, the ferris wheel is at the other end of south bank park I believe Smile . Willie - your mods definitely gave it the crispness I was trying to achieve, what package are you using?, and like Paul, some great tips, I will go out and give them a go this weekend guys.

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