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I went out tonight with the aim of capturing the busy night street in leicester. I feel I have done so. To me the picture give a sense of busy movement. Any critique is welcome

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:23 Nov 2012 - 5:55 PM
Focal Length:10mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:Leicester In Motion
Username:RockwellPhotography RockwellPhotography
Uploaded:23 Nov 2012 - 9:38 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Leicester, Sports / action, Transport
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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41194 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2012 - 12:55 AM

Well, it's not exactly a rip-roaring night down there, really. Everything is pretty static except the one lot of cars turning left. The darkness is quite overpowering, and there's a lot of it...you could lose the top third of the picture with no penalty, and it would help concentrate on what small movement there is.
It also looks like you've tried selective blurring to give a tilt effect, which has just added a weird feel to it (my head says that with this perspective, ie ultra-wide, everything should be focused from a couple of feet to infinity, and apart from the rail, nothing is that close).

The trouble with traffic lights is that only one set of cars moves at a time, so roundabouts and complex junctions work better for this kind of image. The bits that are sharp look ok, but maybe you need a longer shutter speed for more movement, maybe timing for the change of lights. Here you could have gone for low ISO, f/16 and shutter speed of 8-10 seconds. These are always hit and miss, so you just need to take a lot of shots and vary timings and settings to find your optimum.
But I'd definitely lose the top third of this shot.

Nick

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2012 - 2:29 PM

Not a bad night effort at all, but you could crop a lot off the top to advantage. Two rogue light sources up there not needed, then nothing else.

Paul

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RockwellPhotography

I was trying to keep the big central building visible, going to do another version with the top cropped off and see how it look. Thanks both for the pointers

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glennk68
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1 Dec 2012 - 11:28 PM

The best night settings I have found is ISO 100 (Black pixels are where noise reveals itself the most), f16 and a shutter speed between 20-30 sec depending on light sources. This would have given the more movement needed, also agree about the top portion of the image.

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