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Joe the Photog 12-08-2005 01:49 PM

Sometimes things go wrong w/night photos
Not bad wrong, but just wrong enough to turn a decent picture into one for a "personal collection." Take for example this one --


I had takeen a few shots of the passing train at roughly five second exposures. But I knew the train was getting close to the end, so I decided to do one last thirty second exposure hoping to get the end of the train and the gates going up.

Turns out that when the shutter opened, the train was about five cars from the end. The gates went up and cars began creeping through. But they were going slow therefore I got a lot of headlight bleed. Not to mention that the train is barely visible.

So sometimes luck just isn't on your side.


SD70MAC 12-08-2005 09:07 PM

It is a cool shot but your right. The cars just bombed it. I had that happen to me a few times. Best bet is to try a crossing in the middle of nowhere and you probably wouldnt have to worry about cars.

ddavies 12-09-2005 11:52 AM

So much is luck in night photography when you can not control the action. Just rearrange lots of electrons (shoot digital image) and pic the best image you get.

hoydie17 12-09-2005 12:50 PM

Not the easiest thing is it?
Yep, I believe that night photography isn't just as simple as setting up and shooting. In many cases it's takes double the planning and consideration required for a daylight shot.

This is especially true if you're working with flashbulbs, stropes or other types of night lighting.

Guess you could almost equate it to a full fledged production. LOL But it's still tons of fun!


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