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Old Jan 18, 2007, 1:27 PM   #1
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! Very nice work Bill! I'm going to town after supper and give this a try, I hope I can get close to the quality of these.

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Great neon shots.

Bob, there is a trick to shooting good neon shots but it depends on your being able to get up close to the sign. If you can get close, spot meter on one of the lighted neon tubes but don't click the shutter. Use your auto exposure lock function or button and while holding that setting, backup to the place where you want to shoot the picture and click the shutter using the locked exposure setting. I learned this in a photography class I took a few years back. I have tried it a couple times and it works well.

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Nice work, Bill. Did you use a tripod on the second shot? It looks pretty sharp considering the low light condition!

Adding to Cal's suggestion, if you can't get physicallyclose to the neon sign to spot meter, try to use some sort of zoom lens (zoom in, meter, zoom out and shoot).
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Nice work, Bill. Did you use a tripod on the second shot? It looks pretty sharp considering the low light condition!
Thanks Tullio,
I don't think I could enjoy a night on the town while carrying a tripod. The Pentax has shake reduction but this was shot at 1/90 and 26mm so probably not a factor either. The K100D is really good at high ISO. This was shot at 3200.

Most of my photos are taken while I'm involved in some other primary activity. In this case it was going out for some authentic Chicago style deep dish pizza (in Chicago of course). The diners are as much my subject as the sign.
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