Old 12-18-2010, 04:42 AM   #1
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I tried to do a long exposure of the holiday train going over a bridge tonight and I am looking for some feedback about this image and if there is any possibility I could upload it.

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Old 12-18-2010, 04:58 AM   #2
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Looks like a giant white streak.. Too overexposed.. I think I would've tried a shorter exposure to get something more along the lines of this..

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Old 12-18-2010, 08:34 AM   #3
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That train was obviously stopped Chase...its going to come out like a big white blob if its moving. That being said the composition is pretty poor, I would have gotten closer to the bridge so there was not a big field of nothing in the foreground.
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It came out like a white blob because the exposure was wrong for the lighting, as there are few if any white lights on the train . I think Chase's advice would have worked (as would a couple other things).

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I agree with everyone on their suggestions about the composition, getting closer, etc. But to address the lighting, I probably would have went with a "bracketed" photo using 1 photo exposed for the surrounding scenery (which I feel is exposed properly) and a second for the train which is waaayyyy blown out, and then merging them together.
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I was planning to do this, but never got a chance. You have to be careful about exposing the train, but then you need quite a long exposure for the scene...
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I agree with everyone on their suggestions about the composition, getting closer, etc. But to address the lighting, I probably would have went with a "bracketed" photo using 1 photo exposed for the surrounding scenery (which I feel is exposed properly) and a second for the train which is waaayyyy blown out, and then merging them together.
I agree. And for those doing long exposure night shots of parked trains, a lot of blown number boards and whatnot could be saved with bracketing and learning to use layers and masks in photoshop. It's amazing how many good photos could become great with such a simple process.

I still kick myself for not thinking of that when I got this shot. All I had to do was take one more pic with a shorter shutter speed to expose for the number boards and then combine the two images in layers.

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