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Old Jan 29, 2005, 6:52 PM   #1
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Hi all photo geeks,(hoping to be one someday!)

I have been having fun taking pics at a variety of national parks and am going down to Wash,DC for the second time to take the nighttime Wash Monument Tour. Under the monument artificial light I will be using a good sturdy tripod and using my Dig Rebel with a Canon EFS 17-85mm IS lense. I'm not gonna have tons of time to play with ISO's and exp settings being on a bus tour. Can someone tell me what settings to use to get the best/quickest quality photos. For daytime shots I'm used to using the raw setting and getting TIFFS of about 36 MB's for some great enlargements. According to the manual for an auto setting it says to use the landscape setting. How about an auto exposure bracketing?

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Old Jan 29, 2005, 10:40 PM   #2
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Oh........a follow-up to my question about night pics in Wash DC. Can some one suggest which lense would be a wiser choice for taking my night/monument pics.

1. Canon EF-S 17-85 IS 1:4-5.6

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2. Phoenix 19-35 1:3.5-4.5



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Old Jan 30, 2005, 8:00 AM   #3
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1. You'll need the tripod for night shots (forget IS) - use the lowest ISO (for enlargement)! :idea:
2. IMO you need to be on manual for night shots - Auto won't cut it (it'll be overexposed)
3. Take a picture, then review the histogram - AE bracketing is good (even on manual)!






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Old Jan 30, 2005, 8:09 AM   #4
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Thanks NHL,

Of those two lenses which should I use?(I had figured I'd have no use for IS with the night shots.)

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The 17-85 is more flexible plus it's wider... You'll be closing down the aperture most of thetime to get the DOF so lens speed is not critical here (unless its' @ sunrise/sunset where you want to freeze the reflections off the water!)
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Thanks again NHL..........

If I can bug yuh again. Because I wont have tons of time at each Tour stop at the monuments, what range of bracketing would you suggest? As I can go from +2 to -2 in 1/3 increments. +1/0/-1 ?

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Oh.....NHL...........great blossom pic of Wash/Jeff mem. Are your footprints still in the mud there so I can find the same spot to stand come this spring? :-)
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... Are your footprints still in the mud there so I can find the same spot to stand come this spring? :-)
Stay around the Tidal Basin... there'll be plenty of chances to use the WA, the mistake people make are getting too close to the monuments and then 'fight' with the Point&Shoot crowd

0, -1, +1 or more since you are in RAW...
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Thanks.

I'll probably wimp out and not go straight manual, but use "P" so I can get my raw format and bracket at -1/0/+1..........thanks for the help

I'll put the pics on here when I get back to CT from DC

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Unless you 'partial' meter a monument (or AE compensate) P will overexpose a night scene... It's like shooting @ the moon (ie the camera'll try to compensate for the overall darkness)
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