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Old Mar 12, 2003, 3:21 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I tried to get the ambiance of that place.
I took this photo with aperture priority but the background is too bright. How can I deal best with these situations in the future?
What do you think about the composition? (to much ceiling, I think I should crop it a little)
I could not spend to much time on it because I did not want to disturb the people with the shooting, one quick shot, finished.
It has not been manipulated in PSP.

I'll be thankfull for any comments.
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Old Mar 14, 2003, 1:33 PM   #2
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No easy answer because of the bright window. Go back in the evening or when it's much duller, might need a tripod.

You have tried to make it interesting by including the ashtray and angled it. It's crooked though. Crooked horizons are often considered a cardinal sin. You have to be very artistic and very good to ignore the basic rules. I'm just not artistic enough for that so I stick to the basic principles.

Watch how Artshot develops, she's an artist and sooner or later she'll be very good. She's got that artistic eye which I'll never have.

A good trick is to copy other's methods.

There is no atmosphere cos it's too bright.

You are certainly thinking along the right lines - keep at it, takes practice.

I would crop some ceiling out.
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Old Mar 16, 2003, 3:01 AM   #3
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Thanks for your comments Steve: much appreciated.
I think I'm gonna try it again taking care of what you said and taking the time needed to get a better shot.
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Old Mar 16, 2003, 11:44 AM   #4
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Another trick is using B+W with a smoky atmosphere. The ashtray suggests smoking is allowed in that place.

Wait till a few folks are having a fag. It might not do your lungs any good but it'll give you a good pic.
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Old Apr 1, 2003, 8:54 PM   #5
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My main subject of photography is shooting in environments similar to that. I'll agree that you should wait till nighttime to capture the true ambiance of the place. Don't use a tripod, it'll generate a lot of curiosity and ruin the shot...it's like whipping out a bazooka, too many people will be looking at the camera when you do the shot...the trick is to be discreet.What I tend to do is use ledges, shelves, or any stable surface to allow a clean shot. In a bar it's hard, since the light level is very dim mostly...when I've shot bars, I'll usually try and spot meter on a bright object, and then slow down the shutter speed 2 stops from there. If all else fails, I've done 'bulb' for 1 or 2 seconds...not sure if your camera allows such a feature.
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