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The Arches, Old Portsmouth - 1/2

By keving
I decided to try some night photography hoping to get pictures without glare from artificial light sources. Will post another tomorrow.

Is the picture sharp enough? Have I achieved aim?

Would welcome constructive critique.

Thank you

Tags: Architecture Old portsmouth

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4201 Canada
15 Nov 2017 1:39PM
I think yes, in general. The tripod was steady, and no blur.

You can do better though if you use a smaller aperture, - start with f/8, leave ISO at 100, and you will start to get better looking lights. Then move to say f/11 and try it again.

The mod is a little sharper.


dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1777 England
15 Nov 2017 6:35PM
Essentailly, job done.

You might want to straighten verticals with the Skew tool: and in taking, use mirror lock, if it's available (with many cameras, you'll need to use delayed action to get this - I'm not familiar with Canon bodies myself).

And, to minimise flare, make sure the lens is clean - and that hte lens hood is on the right way round if there are bright lights just out of frame. (It's amazing how many people keep lenshoods on, back to front: I understand this as little as I understand wearing a baseball cap backwards...)
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 736 England
15 Nov 2017 9:39PM
Well there's no glare, or flare, so that's good, so the lens ha that under control though as John points out a lens that's less than clean would cause problems and is likely the reason many photographers get issues and is so easy to avoid.

Sharpness, ok in most of the image but towards the left it is soft, so a smaller aperture would give better results - you're already on a tripod and the subject isn't moving so exposing for say 8 seconds rather than just over 1 shouldn't be an issue.
Using a remote release will help avoid any vibration from pressing the shutter button, as would using the self timer. Mind you, using a shutter speed of 8 seconds any vibration would die down quickly and represent a small percentage of the entire exposure so wouldn't show up. Assuming the tripod is solid.

The arches are attractive though because they are strong geometric shapes it's a good idea to correct for the verticals.

If you can shoot at a time when there is some colour left in the sky you could have a very attractive image, and the contrast range between the shadows anf the highlights would be much less, so less chance of burnt out highlights (of course, the lights may not be switched on early enough to take advantage of that).
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 736 England
15 Nov 2017 9:48PM
Just added a couple of mods.
First, verticals corrected and Colour Balance adjusted (though you may prefer the warmer tones in your original).
Second, what it may look like if you shot in the 'Blue Hour'.
keving 14 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2017 11:15PM
Thank you for your comments and suggestions plus corrections and mods.

Much appreciated.
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
16 Nov 2017 8:36AM
Great photography even with an old 350 D
keving 14 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2017 11:24PM
Thank you for your thoughtful and constructive comments

The mods with cropping really do help.

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