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By kiwibird  
My favourite nephew impressed us with his fire spinning skills. This was the first time I've used the 'bulb' setting on my digital camera, and was quite pleased with the results. But let me know how I could improve for next time. Thanks guys.

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Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
14 Jun 2009 12:35AM
what do you want to know about improving?

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kiwibird 13 30 New Zealand
14 Jun 2009 5:24AM
Well, basically if anyone sees this pic and notices something that needs improving, tell I don't know what needs improving until someone tells me. As I haven't had much experience with this type of photography, someone who has had experience might notice something I could improve on.
14 Jun 2009 10:44AM
Really like this, great work.
MGJ 9 372 6
14 Jun 2009 10:57AM
I think its great. Good exposure but a couple of highlights have burned out (a couple of seconds with the patch tool?). As a shape it makes a fine abstract and the cross on the floor gives a nice lead in - but it comes down to earth with a bit of a bump with those disembodied feet at the bottom. So I think it might be worth cloning them out and seeing the affect?

The trouble for me is that once one has seen the feet, because they are very close to a golden mean, and are on the diagonal from the foreground cross to a highlight, one keeps coming back to them.
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
14 Jun 2009 1:59PM
Ah I see, well..first I would NEVER photoshop a night shot and risk rinsing it of the night-time atmosphere...(cept for a crop or levels) the burns are the essence of night/fire and they have to stay IMO.... first you could try a lower angle, you need the feet to place it, otherwise itís just a burn squiggle and not about your clever nephew at all, then without teaching egg sucking how do you focus in the dark...? (I can help out if you are not sure)

Then for this I would use bulb of course as you say and a remote attached to the cam then the setting I would use would be 200 ISO about f6-f8 and just press the button and see how long it needs, stand well back and crop in, cos the closer you are the more burny out bits you tend to get, I put all my settings on my night shots, including my-self ports of me fire spinning to so go have a look and see if that helps you any further, and do PM me if you need to ask anymore

HTHís and have fun

(and the frames a bit big but thats just personal taste) Wink

kiwibird 13 30 New Zealand
14 Jun 2009 10:06PM
Hey'a Diana. Love the night shots in your portfolio. I see I can learn a lot from you. I totally agree about the feet and the night-time atmosphere. The whole point is to show the human component (in this case my favourite nephew), and I did try photoshopping a little and it really did have the negative effect, as you mentioned, of draining the atmosphere away.

My lowest film speed on the pentax is 200, so that's that's what I used. For the focus I didn't know how to tackle that, so I just put it at f22 hoping that would do it. The feet look in focus, and I think the fire is in focus ok; it's just the continued movement gives the blur. I would love to know how to focus in the dark, not just my hit and miss I shall pm you.

I reckon I would have been about 20 feet from the subject. I had to crop in quite a bit. Do you think that was far enough away?

Thanks again Diana for a very imformative and constructive critique. Smile
kiwibird 13 30 New Zealand
17 Jun 2009 10:26PM
Thanks everyone for your comments Smile
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
18 Jun 2009 8:47AM
your welcome, PM when you have done the next night shoot

have fun Smile


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