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Critique would be great.

I shot this in Niagara Falls Ontario, my intent was to capture light trails and some of the Festival Of The Lights.

Their has been no manipulation with a computer program.

Regards,
Pete

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Alpha A57
Lens:Minolta AF 50mm F1.7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Dec 2012 - 10:38 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.7
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:15sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Light trails at the Festival Of the Lights, Niagara Fall Ontario
Username:pshoots pshoots
Uploaded:16 Jan 2013 - 3:39 AM
Tags:Digital art, General, Specialist / abstract
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Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 9:13 AM

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41181 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 10:23 AM

Well, the light trails are pretty minimal in the shot, but overall a pleasing effort. It's spoiled for me by the large four point starburst effect if not deliberate, it might have been caused by a smeary/cleaned front element, or perhaps a function of the aperture. If it was less imposing, it would be ok, but it looks a bit 1970s Cokin filter - ish.

Nick

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paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 1:29 PM

Nice shot. I like the starbursts, give some impact. Might just stroke the burning in tool across one or two of the brighter areas, but very lightly.

Paul

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16 Jan 2013 - 2:21 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Welcome to EPZ Pete from Canada.

I live in Toronto, and I recognize this part of the drive, seems to be around the Butterfly conservatory?

Its a good long exposure shot. If you have Photoshop, - lets know anyway what you use, look at the histogram by opening the levels adjustment.

You will see the graph, and you will notice it doesnt extend all the way left to the end of the bottom (X) axis. This means that you have no blacks in the shot, which makes it look a little hazy, or light. Just drag the slider on the left, under the X axis inwards to the right to meet the graph and see the difference. This is essentially what I did in my mod. To see the mod, scroll up this page and click the modifications tab.

The trick for night photography is to meter for the brightest lights, - you can use spot metering and focus on a bright area, then check the shutter speed the camera selected, and using manual mode, set the shutter and aperture (you chose a good one here) and check the result on the LCD, if it looks too dark, juts use the exposure compensation dial to add positive exposure compensation in 1/3 increments until you get what you want. should only take 3 or 4 attempts.


Hope this helps, and enjoy the site. Lots of Canucks on here.



Regards


Willie

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pshoots
pshoots  1 Canada
17 Jan 2013 - 1:47 AM


Quote: Welcome to EPZ Pete from Canada.

I live in Toronto, and I recognize this part of the drive, seems to be around the Butterfly conservatory?

Its a good long exposure shot. If you have Photoshop, - lets know anyway what you use, look at the histogram by opening the levels adjustment.

You will see the graph, and you will notice it doesnt extend all the way left to the end of the bottom (X) axis. This means that you have no blacks in the shot, which makes it look a little hazy, or light. Just drag the slider on the left, under the X axis inwards to the right to meet the graph and see the difference. This is essentially what I did in my mod. To see the mod, scroll up this page and click the modifications tab.

The trick for night photography is to meter for the brightest lights, - you can use spot metering and focus on a bright area, then check the shutter speed the camera selected, and using manual mode, set the shutter and aperture (you chose a good one here) and check the result on the LCD, if it looks too dark, juts use the exposure compensation dial to add positive exposure compensation in 1/3 increments until you get what you want. should only take 3 or 4 attempts.


Hope this helps, and enjoy the site. Lots of Canucks on here.



Regards


Willie

Hi Willie,
Thank you for your compliments, critiques and mod.
And the tip on night shooting... very helpful.
The location is actually the other direction near the Hydro Generating station just to the South of the falls.

Pete

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pshoots
pshoots  1 Canada
17 Jan 2013 - 1:56 AM


Quote: Well, the light trails are pretty minimal in the shot, but overall a pleasing effort. It's spoiled for me by the large four point starburst effect if not deliberate, it might have been caused by a smeary/cleaned front element, or perhaps a function of the aperture. If it was less imposing, it would be ok, but it looks a bit 1970s Cokin filter - ish.

Nick

Thanks Nick,
Star busrt effect was diliberate... I guess that's why the Star Filters are inexpensive these days.
LOL.

Thanks again,
Pete

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pshoots
pshoots  1 Canada
17 Jan 2013 - 2:18 AM


Quote: Nice shot. I like the starbursts, give some impact. Might just stroke the burning in tool across one or two of the brighter areas, but very lightly.

Paul

Thanks Paul.
Some like the effect of the Star Filter, some don't.
Burning In Tool tip... IF I decide to use photo edit programs I will try that.

TY,
Pete

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