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Bridge Alight

By gjfereday
I had a brief dabble into long exposure night time shots a while ago but never got any critique on them.

This is another shot from my London trip last August. It was rather wet and we had just left a restaurant and I put the camera on the river wall to try and capture the lighting and star bursts from the bridge.

I deliberately used a shallow depth of field as I wanted the light to fade away and blur, not sure I quite managed that and I'm annoyed I didn't take an extra shot with a greater depth of field to get the sharpness from front to back.

Any critique greatly appreciated.

Tags: Landscape and travel


Fantastic night image with clarity.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4021 Canada
9 Apr 2014 12:58PM
Its quite a good shot.

I would suggest, using levels, you drag the left slider inwards to meet the histogram, - it will improve blacks.

Apart from that, some sharpening where those lights are will make them look crisper.

The aperture is fine, as you are using 18mm, 6.3 will give you a depth of field all the way to infinity, and the close part of the bridge is sharp. Using f/11 as an example would only gibe you about 10 feet more, and thats on the end closer to the camera. The difference would be more significant if you used a longer lens, at the 55mm end.

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gjfereday 7 46 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2014 1:43PM
Thanks Willie

Quick question, whenever I try to sharpen an image I tend to find I seem to go too far and end up with what looks like quite a lot of noise.

Is there a particular technique I should be using? Did you sharpen the whole picture or just the lights? If so how? I'm using Elements 10.

Thanks Graham
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2014 7:59PM
Nice shot. Willie makes the obvious comment, but I would use f11 for another reason too. The smaller the aperture, the more intense the star effect.


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