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By shadow18
pittsburgh at night! long exposure.

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
8 Aug 2011 1:10AM
In this one, you have the shorter exposure, BUT your ISO is way too high, resulting in a lot of noise, and cancelling the benefit of a shorter exposre as I mentioned in the last shot. Always leave the ISO at 50, the try different exposures so you can see which looks best. Overexposed lights are what you need to try and avoid.

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shadow18 7 406 England
8 Aug 2011 2:17AM
Thanks again for your comments! I REALLY DO appreciate it!! I like when smart photographers help me with my photos! Actually I sharpened it, and that may have added noise too.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
8 Aug 2011 4:17AM
If your ISO was high it would. It doesnt show ISO in the EXIF, so I made an assumption it was high, Anything over 100 is high for the G6

sawsengee Plus
11 6 15 Malaysia
8 Aug 2011 12:00PM
Hi Louise,
I have used Canon G5 before (quite similar to your G6), & your photo could be improved by the following pointers:
1. the iso of G6 has a minimum of 50, but your iso is not displayed but looking at the noise in the sky, I suspect the value was 100 or 200,
the sensor size of the camera is small i.e. 1/1.8" for 7 mega pixels, so I would recommend sticking to iso 50 for night shots;
2. your f stop is 3.0, a little suggestion of using a smaller aperture like f5.6 or f8 to render sharper image, better depth of field focus & especially purple fringing which is inherent with Canon G5 & G6 when one uses large aperture like f2 or f3 for night shots....this you can see from the bright white lights of the building signs with blue edging.....f5.6 or f8 will minimise this effect;
3. your camera is capable of low shutter speed of 15 seconds, you used 2 seconds, so there is a window of opportunity of up to 3 or 4 stops you can benefit with either lower iso (50) & smaller aperture of f5.6 by using the 15 seconds speed. A word of caution, use a tripod & the camera's 2 seconds shutter release delay to prevent hand shake after engaging the shutter button.
Hope the above friendly observations are regards from Kuala LumpurSmile
shadow18 7 406 England
10 Aug 2011 3:49AM
Thank you so much!! That is VERY helpful! That's definitely going to help me when i take pics again! I hadn't realized the haze was from the large aperture. and i hadn't put all those pieces together yet with the iso and everything! Thanks SOO much! Grin

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