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Armidillo at Night

By 66dougie
This is the Cyde Auditorium in Glasgow, shot on a recent Club outing.

Tags: Architecture Landscape and travel Night and low light

Voters: maryg, Diana, Imagephotographics and 6 more

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maryg 9 66 18 Scotland
11 Feb 2010 9:14PM
Well captured , a shot I definitely want to get.

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11 Feb 2010 9:31PM
Great image -

GHGraham 8 7 10 Scotland
11 Feb 2010 10:16PM
The key to shooting night shots is actually to shoot many of them before its actually dark.

This helps fill in deep shadows, reduces dynamic range, limits the burn out on key lights and allows more freedom to play with overall colour tone.

And you dont have to wait 3 minutes either for each shot to then find out its no good.

There's a very strong green overcast to this shot and the keys are heavily burnt out on the building.

I'd go back and shoot this when the lights come on but before its actually gone dark and compare the difference.
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
11 Feb 2010 10:33PM
i'd love to know your settings for this shot

it is not easy to get a good night shot with so much light

darker is best IMO

and a crop to the left might work too

HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
11 Feb 2010 11:31PM
Nice shot
66dougie 11 15 Scotland
12 Feb 2010 10:51AM
This is a 30sec at f/8, I set the White Balance to Tungsten. When I opened this up in Photoshop, I was experimenting with the Hue and was sliding the rule along when I came onto this finish and it appealed to me. The original sky was orange, the Armidillo has blue floodlights around it and is pretty spectacular at night.
Cheers for all your comments Smile
GHGraham 8 7 10 Scotland
12 Feb 2010 6:03PM
Assuming your ISO was set to 100, then your exposure tells me that it was almost of not completely dark when you shot this which is probably too late. ( I appreciate its a city center so doesn't actually go black.)

I only shoot ISO 50, usually at f11 and this shot would have required at least 2 minutes if I had taken it when you did.

A higher background light level would only require about 6 seconds at ISO 100 & f8 on your lens for this location which would have reduced the dynamic range considerably.
GHGraham 8 7 10 Scotland
12 Feb 2010 6:05PM
.... And I never, ever, ever allow the highlights to burn out on a reflection. A light bulb/lamp assembly is accceptable but not the light reflected by an object which it is lit by.
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
13 Feb 2010 5:02PM
Hey Dougie

How about using a smaller aperture, (try f22) and expose for longer,the lights would sparkle then instead of blowing out, set the white balance to the coldest Kelvin you can, the sky would be less orangey then, it looks like a great subject for a night time shoot Smile


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