Old 08-07-2006, 01:46 AM   #1
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Default My first, good night shot. But is it RP good?

Take a look at this photo I took. I want to know if you know its a train. I used an 8 second shutter speed and f5 aperture and I'm looking to take better night photos, so constructive critisim is welcome. Thanks again.
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Old 08-07-2006, 02:00 AM   #2
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I'm no night shot expert, but I can't see that one making it onto rp.net. It's just a streak of light; there's nothing of interest, especially of railroad interest, about it.
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Old 08-07-2006, 03:04 AM   #3
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I'm no night shot expert, but I can't see that one making it onto rp.net. It's just a streak of light; there's nothing of interest, especially of railroad interest, about it.
My sentiments exactly, but you are on your way.
Try to incorporate something such as a station or tracks into your next attempt.

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Old 08-07-2006, 03:17 AM   #4
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This is going to sound a little silly, considering it's a night shot, but it's too dark. It needs to have something that's fairly bright in the photo. In my opinion, you also should try to have a stationary object of interest, as I find light streak shots that are only light streaks dull. That's just my opinion, and what I strive for in my night photography. I'm not a pro by any means.

Let me provide some links to some of my night shots which I consider to be successful, if not rp.net quality.

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Old 08-07-2006, 03:56 AM   #5
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I've had a few attempts do it, just start off with a stationary object, trial and error is the important key to it all.

Here's a sample...

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Old 08-07-2006, 11:56 AM   #6
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I would head down to the local station first and try some stationary shots, this will allow you to get a handle on what exposure works best. Streaks of light are easy to capture it's the surroundings that are not.

The attached shot was taken some twenty something years ago using Kodachrome 64. The exposure was in the vicinity of a week at F8, In retrospect it should of been at least a week and half at F4 and I still had to wait two weeks to get the film back from Kodak to find out if I had stuffed up or not. Modern Digital cameras make it so much easier.


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P.S. The screeners nuked it with an underexposed reject
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Old 08-07-2006, 02:12 PM   #7
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You should be able to tell the difference between a properly exposed night time shot and one that is too dark. The reverse of this is that all sunny day shots should be over exposed. Check out some of mine and click on the .EXIF data. Every scene will be different, but it's fairly obvious you needed more than 8 seconds and more than f5 or some combonation of the two.

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Old 08-07-2006, 09:20 PM   #8
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I haven't attempted too many night shots, tho I really enjoy viewing them. I agree with those whove suggested including a bit more context (depot, signal, rails) in the photo.

Here's one of mine that turned out well enough for RP.net standards. I relied on the station lighting, which is a bit yellow, but the context (platform, wires, rails) helps make it a decent mood shot. I used a 6-sec exposure as the express zoomed thru.

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Old 08-08-2006, 07:21 PM   #9
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Here's some of my better ones, I actually have several night shots in the que right now too.

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Steam locomotives make for EXCELENT night subjects...the vapor coming out of the stack and wherever it can escape can make for a great photographic subject.



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