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i could do wotih some help when taking night shots, i like the lights reflecting on the water, but the shot is not sharp enough and on other shots i have been trying to work out how to get motion-blurr on a night shot; help please

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:18.0 - 135.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.5 - 213.9 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Apr 2009 - 10:04 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/13sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:3200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:melbourne at night
Username:freda freda
Uploaded:9 Jan 2012 - 9:39 AM
Tags:Architecture, Melbourne
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freda e2 Member 3freda vcard United Kingdom
9 Jan 2012 - 3:39 PM

yes, it is all very helpful Frank, thanks for taking the time to help me with this, i did invest in a mono pod and do take it with me most places now..

regards Freda

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Davesumner e2 Member 728 forum postsDavesumner vcard Australia300 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2012 - 1:32 AM

Hi Freda,

I can tell you all about taking night shots of Melbourne because it is my home.

Frank is absolutely right and a tripod is an essential item but not always accessible when on holiday etc. I would suggest that you contact EPZ members from the city you are going to and see if they can lend a hand, I would have gladly met up with you and given you some tips as well letting you use my tripod etc. This saves you from carrying everything with you on holiday and I'm sure many would gladly be only too pleased to assist.

Another essential for night shots like this is to switch off any vibration reduction you may have whilst the camera is on the tripod regardless of whether it is built into the camera or in the lens. I have seen blurred shots from a tripod which was caused by this very thing. Another thing is to take these shots a dusk (or dawn) when the sky still has some features in it and not when it is completely dark. This gives you a better picture because you don't have such a dark expanse where the sky should be.

Your shot is taken from the Crown Casino area on South Bank but if you are ever in Melbourne again then try going to Birrarung Mar which is on the north side just down the river from Federation Square and you'll find a much nicer city shot to take with the Princes Bridge as a foreground.

Hope this helps

DaVeS

Last Modified By Davesumner at 10 Jan 2012 - 1:33 AM

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freda e2 Member 3freda vcard United Kingdom
10 Jan 2012 - 11:46 AM

thanks Daves, it really is a beautiful city and was amazed buy the firwork display every night. thanks for your kind offer and your help with this topic..

regards Freda

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