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jesse52 07-21-2010 10:26 PM

Some advice for an "underexposed" night shot
 
Here's the photo in question:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreje...d=837172&key=0

My first attempt at a night shot. I think it went just fine, but obviously there's something that they don't like.

EMTRailfan 07-21-2010 10:41 PM

It is a good try for your first attempt. I don't know if this can't be exposed properly in post processing though without a ton of noise appearing.

Just curious, did you shoot through a window or something? Strange reflection-like green cast in the center-left. Might just be lens flare, but it looks odd to me.

bigbassloyd 07-21-2010 10:41 PM

It's underexposed meaning that there's nothing that's lit except the rails, and the huge streak. The huge green lens glare isn't appealing either. A streak shot has to have something to look at aside from the streak, and this shot just doesn't have it.

Loyd L.

jesse52 07-21-2010 10:49 PM

Thanks for the replies
 
The green lens glare is from a slightly dirty polarizer I forgot to take off. I'm going to try again tonight hopefully and try to get a better shot.

Diamond D 07-21-2010 11:09 PM

try a longer exposure (including more time before or after the train) with a smaller aperture, this will let the rest of the scene become lit and decrease the mega-streaks from the headlights

bigbassloyd 07-21-2010 11:09 PM

I'd recommend trying to photograph a scene with something else involved. Signals are generally the easiest prop to incorporate. At the very least, allow the exposure long enough to bring out the landscape.

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Good luck!

Loyd L.

crazytiger 07-22-2010 02:05 AM

Diamond D stole my words, you need less of a dynamic range.

TJFarmer 07-22-2010 02:47 AM

Was that train coming at you? Those types of "streak" shots work best when the train is going away from you. Then you avoid that "blob" where the headlight is shining directly into your lens.

TJ Farmer

jesse52 07-22-2010 02:54 AM

Thanks for the help
 
Yes, the train was coming towards me. I couldn't incorporate a signal for a train coming this direction, but I could for the other direction. I will try to use all of your advice when I try to get another shot tonight.

JimThias 07-22-2010 03:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jesse52 (Post 118110)
Yes, the train was coming towards me. I couldn't incorporate a signal for a train coming this direction, but I could for the other direction. I will try to use all of your advice when I try to get another shot tonight.

Take some test shots to see what kind of settings are going to give you a better exposure on the surroundings. If you can get some of the landscape features to show up, that would be better.

Chris Z 07-22-2010 03:59 AM

Would using a black card help to expose the landscape more?

Chris Z

Joe the Photog 07-22-2010 04:41 AM

Now that your polarizer is off the camera, leave it off the camera. Filters are better for making coffee than digital photography.

JimThias 07-22-2010 08:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chris Z (Post 118114)
Would using a black card help to expose the landscape more?

Chris Z

Well, that depends...is there a blinding headlight coming toward the camera? :wink:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joe the Photog (Post 118115)
Now that your polarizer is off the camera, leave it off the camera. Filters are better for making coffee than digital photography.

Speak for yourself. 95% of the time I'm shooting with sunlight, I have a CP filter on my lens. Or, did you mean to say, "leave it off the camera at night"?

bigbassloyd 07-22-2010 11:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimThias (Post 118137)
Speak for yourself. 95% of the time I'm shooting with sunlight, I have a CP filter on my lens. Or, did you mean to say, "leave it off the camera at night"?

I think he was meaning "at night".

Loyd L.

GIZMO 07-22-2010 11:29 PM

Those bright lights at the top are dominating the scene. What are they? If they are part of the landscape they are going to be difficult to deal with, unless you just exclude or crop them, which would allow more exposure to bring up the surroundings. And how many exposures did you take?


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