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Trying to capture the night view. want critique on the composition and the overall photo

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 550D
Lens:10.0 - 22.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 15.7 - 34.6 mm), aperture priority, no flash
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Apr 2013 - 4:09 PM
Focal Length:10mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:4sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Bangkok at night- a view from hotel room
Username:Anilgupta70 Anilgupta70
Uploaded:30 Apr 2013 - 3:58 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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pablophotographer

Hi.

I find it interesting... were the time settings correct? is this taken at noon? !!!
pity that with the amount of lights below you don't have any sighting of stars in the sky above.
I suppose you used a solid surface to place the camera on, it has done a good job, or a tripod.
It is good that you have not got a glass reflection, unless you shot it from a balcony or an opened window Wink
I think some of the highlights on the bottom are blown up. But that can be adjusted and rectified.

Composition-wise it looks nice to me.
As far as colour I would have gone for a total black and white since they are dominant and since the colour hints are not many or spectacular (as neon ads can be).

Overall it looks a good photo to work on and get more out of it.
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2013 - 7:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Welcome to EPZ Anil.

The image appears quite soft and a little blurry. At 4 seconds, the shot certainly needed to me made using a tripod, and though you didnt mention it, I doubt one was used? Can you let us know if you did use one?

If handholding the camera with this lens and ISO, you would have to use a MINUMUM of 1/20th second for a sharp shot, which would be underexposed. To use this minimum speed you would have to use ISO close to ISO 1600, using the same aperture.


The image is overexposed at the bottom.


Ive uploaded a modification, scroll up this page and click the modifications tab, and I habe sharpened this as mucg as possible, and theres still evidence of blur.

Let us know the answer to the question.


Enjoy the site,



Regards


Willie


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chase
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30 Apr 2013 - 7:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

In general the image is soft & there looks to be a bit of camera shake.Low light photography usually means longer shutter speeds so you need to get your camera totally stable to avoid any movement,a sturdy tripod is the only real answer with a 4 second exposure.You could place your camera on a solid surface but even the slightest breeze would shift it.
Most of the highlights are blown so I reckon you could have afforded a much faster shutter speed here,I see you selected Aperture priority which has fooled your camera into exposing for the darker areas,hence the blown highlights..manual is the only real way to go but you could have used a little exposure compensation to increase shutter speed too.
Try taking night shots when there is still a little light in the sky,you don't need much,then it would be easier for the camera to 'read' the available light.
I like the busyness of the image,maybe a slight crop from the top but the main thing is...you need to stabilize that camera for the shot to work.

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Anilgupta70
1 May 2013 - 3:50 AM

Thanks for your comments. Actually this was taken at night from my hotel room and the window could not be opened so that would have had some effect on the picture. The camera settings are correct and it was held in the hand and not put on any solid surface or tripod

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2013 - 7:34 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I fear you simply had no chance. You cannot hand hold at 4 sec and you have actually done quite well. You must either use a tripod or have the camera sat on a solid object, releasing the shutter with the delayed action feature. You cannot get away with blur and this will not sharpen.

The only other way is a very high ISO and faster shutter speed. Grain/noise and sharp is always better than blur.

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