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My first ever attempt at a low light picture, and also my first use of Manual mode.

F/4
ISO 100
Exp 2.5 sec

Camera was tripod mounted and focused on the parked car and then I waited til another drove past.

Not the best picture ever but as a first try I'm quite pleased. Happy to take all critique, comments, hints and tips available to try and improve next time round.

Camera:Olympus E1
Lens:40-150mm 1:3.5-4.5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Inside, Looking Out...
Username:Robin_TB Robin_TB
Uploaded:13 Feb 2010 - 10:06 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Night / low light, Photo journalism, Street photography, Transport
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motorsportpictures
13 Feb 2010 - 10:15 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the trails on this, well captured.

But the whole surroundings of the car are a bit distracting for me, the Lamppost could have been cloned out?

Also, I am not sure if the side view works well? Maybe a lower down pov will make this more dynamic and get the trails clearer and a more composed image?

Scott

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 10:35 AM

nice shot.
saeid

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Robin_TB
Robin_TB  5204 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 11:14 AM

Thanks Scott,
I left the lamppost in as I was going for a street scene rather than a straight portrait of the Focus. I also thought it would explain the orange tint to the pic. However, on review I think you are right, the lamppost could have easily been left out of the shot and its fairly well known that street lamps are orange.

The pic was shot through an open upstairs window so I will have a go through the ground floor window or actually on the street to get a lower POV.

Cheers,
Rob

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annmackiemiller
13 Feb 2010 - 11:20 AM

always worth experimenting Rob -

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DRicherby  6269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 11:21 AM

The exposure is good and the trails of the passing car have been well captured so, as an experiment, I think it's worked well.

I don't find the resulting photograph very interesting, though. If you forget about the trails for a moment, it's a fairly dull shot of a parked car that doesn't have much in the way of composition. The trails lift it a bit but it still seems like it's lacking something.

I'm sorry I can't come up with any constructive suggestions for improving this particular shot but I think you have a decent grasp of the technique so, really, it's just a matter of getting out there and taking more shots.

Last Modified By DRicherby at 13 Feb 2010 - 11:22 AM

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cats_123 e2 Member 104250 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 11:36 AM

it's good to try...great first effort Smile

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Davesumner
13 Feb 2010 - 12:07 PM

Bearing in mind all of the above and looking at the shot, it looks like you've taken it from your bedroom window. My suggestion would be to get down into the street and have a go with the cars coming towards or going away from you.

DaVeS

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banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 10:57 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I take it that is an experiment to see if you can manage a long rxposure, so not you know you can.

Some good advice already, - hers another dont place the car in the middle, - see mod.



Regards



Willie

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Robin_TB  5204 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2010 - 9:37 PM

Thanks for the mod Willie and all the helpful pointers, will be trying again at some point. Smile

Rob

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Diana e2 Member 82011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2010 - 11:09 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

hey Robin, its a great first attempt, but if you get out in the street you'll get some better captures of light trails Wink

and try a smaller apperture too

Diana

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