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A couple of week ago when we had the 'super moon' I tried my hand at long exposure night shots using just the light from the moon and a torch to highlight the walls and windows in this church ruin. This old church is truly spooky, especially at night so I'm glad I was in the company of hubby and a couple of friends on the night.

What I want from this upload is CRITIQUE, MODIFICATIONS and ADVICE about night photography as I am really interested in doing more of it but struggled with focusing and other aspects on the night.

Version one is the finished processed image.
Version 2 is straight from camera, raw file converted to JPG which I hope will be the one used for any MODIFICATIONS. I would really appreciate help, comments and critique from anyone with any knowledge of this genre of photography. The exif data is included.

Many thanks for your comments on my Mothers Day image and special thanks to Chris (imagephotographics) for the UA. Your imput and support is always appreciated.

Have a good week.

Fran

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 17-40mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Mar 2011 - 8:13 PM
Focal Length:17mm
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:366sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Holy Trinity Church Ruins
Username:franfoto franfoto
Uploaded:5 Apr 2011 - 1:47 PM
Tags:Architecture, Church ruins, Holy Trinity church Buckfastleigh, Low light photography, Night photography.
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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 1:58 PM

lovely set but very spooky as you say

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graceland
graceland  92378 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 2:19 PM

Creepy at night

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 2:37 PM

Fantastic night shot,very well done,
saeid

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 2:58 PM

A fantastic imagae, and new venture---- actually, I prefer your original -- Having never done this type of photography-- I have nothing else to offer!
Jennnnnn

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NobbytheNobster
5 Apr 2011 - 3:26 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Great first attempt at night shooting.
A good way to focus is to shine a bright torch on your subject and focus on it using manual focus or light your subject as before and use live view and zoom right in on the point you want to focus on.
The rest is pretty much as you want it! I've learnt mostly by trial and error and some expert advice from my friend Diana
Night photography and light painting is so much fun and so rewarding i love it!
Look forward to seeing more of the same from you Wink
Regards Ricky.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 3:49 PM

Great night capture, lovely mysterious light..............Sandy

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ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 5:01 PM

Prefer v1 for the perspective and drama - really handsome image! Eerie but fascinating.
Christina

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 5:28 PM

got to say fran it's v2 for me today really really like it a lot Wink
andy

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 7:03 PM

Beautiful shot Fran. Good work !!!
Alvar

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 7:37 PM

V1 is excellent - if i must carp - just a slight LH crop to move the cross to the left. Otherwise very well done. Assume you are manually focusing for this type of thing - you must.

Paul

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 8:07 PM

really like the spooky feel youve achieved here. theres a dust spot that could do with cloning, and think worth using noise reduction on the sky. i'd be tempted to clone alittle of the left perhaps to the edge of the window as the light stars are distracting. good work.lesley

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franfoto
franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 8:25 PM

Thank you Ricky for the useful information and also for the link to 'Diana's' excellent low light portfolio.

Paul, I was using manual focus but found it difficult with very little light falling onto the subject, I think Ricky's idea of using a strong light to get the focus is worth doing next time.

Lesley, thank you for your Modification , I agree with your observations especially the 'light stars' to the right of the image.


Many thanks to all for taking time to add your comments and encouragement your input and support is always greatly appreciated.

Fran

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2011 - 9:22 PM

I dont do low light photography and like you Fran need to learn more about this subject, looks a good effort to me tho

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2011 - 9:30 PM

Very nice low light work Fran, for me its V2, sorry can't offer any adviseSad
Regards Shaun

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2011 - 4:56 PM

What a super set of shots
Peter

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2011 - 9:49 AM

Would't have a clue but I like what I am seeing,

Aidan,,

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Apr 2011 - 12:42 PM

Great results from your first attemps, I have only done a few myself so I dont thinkl I'm qualified to advise anyone.

Glyn

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PhillipMinnis
14 Jun 2011 - 4:46 AM

What a stunning scene, Fran! Wonderful light, tones, colours and composition! Lovely!


Cheers

Phil

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