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Venice By Night

By AndyD999
Taken one evening while on a romantic stroll round Venice. I love the lamp post and the service sign for the gondola and thought it would make a great picture with how the light is falling onto the sign. I have held quite a lot of the light back in other areas of the picture to really highlight the lamp post and the sign. I have also added a layer to create the stars so it didn't just sit against a dark background.

Tags: Photo journalism General Architecture Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel Humour and fun

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mhfore 9 6 176 England
27 Mar 2012 9:35AM

Surly a romantic stroll is made oerfecr if taken under a full moon.

Off out, so only a quick mod.


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mhfore 9 6 176 England
27 Mar 2012 9:36AM
It should say "is perfect" not " made oerfecr" DOH
AndyD999 5 43 6 England
27 Mar 2012 9:38AM
Yeah i wanted to put a moon in but i couldn't file the file on my computer. But i do completely agree
Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
27 Mar 2012 9:50PM

Quote:i wanted to put a moon in

We aim to please . . .

. . . sorry, I'll get my coat!
lfc1892 4 3
28 Mar 2012 8:33AM
Nice idea, but would work better with more ambient light and not so tightly cropped.
DRicherby 7 269 725 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2012 9:02PM
You've chosen a good subject and I applaud the continuing theme of unusual shots of well-known locations. But this isn't working for me, for a number of reasons.

I think the root problem is that you shot at a bad time. Shooting long after dark means that you end up with a boring, pitch-black sky. It also means that there's so little ambient light that you end up with all sorts of exposure problems because the inevitable lamps are so much brighter than everything else. The best light for night shots is about half an hour to an hour after sunset and you'll recognize it as soon as you see it -- the sky goes a beautifully rich dark blue and it's still surprisingly light.

Shooting at the wrong time meant you had to edit heavily and I think you edited rather carelessly. You've obviously had to brighten the lamp-post a lot but there's a big selection halo around it. There's also a strange brown-grey 'ghost' between the lamp-post and the sign above the level of the railings, some blue ghosting in the area to the left of the lamp-post and a blue halo around the sign.

And I think your editing was over-ambitious. The added stars don't look at all realistic because they're too big and too bright. It's actually quite hard to get stars into a night-time photo. And I think your wish for a moon goes farther in the same bad direction. The moon is an incredibly bright object. Martin's mod is a valiant effort but any exposure that rendered detail on the ground would show the moon as a blown-out white disk. Your photo was at 1/6s, f/4 and ISO-1600; I have a photo of the moon at a similar level of exposure to the one Martin used and that's 1/400s at f/5.6 and ISO-200. That's a ten-stop difference in exposure and you can't hope to merge photos so far apart and get something that looks right.

pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2012 9:10PM
What a difference that moon makes in the first mod, Andy. That space top right seems to be made for it. Love the lamp, and the stars were a good idea. For me, just a touch more space on the left would be good, otherwise I like it.

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