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Old Jan 27, 2007, 9:06 AM   #11
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ZG,

I have to admit it: the exposure settings were done by the camera on full-automatic. Today's cameras will give the best exposure settings for 90% of what I do. And with digital cameras, I can see if the exposure is ok or not and then correct it. Of course, the composition is mine. That comes with years of practice and developing 'the eye'.

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Old Jan 27, 2007, 12:10 PM   #12
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Great shots! I'd love to see NYC in person someday!
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Old Jan 27, 2007, 3:01 PM   #13
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The first step to good night photos is a sturdy tripod. BigDwag and I both use a rather sturdy and solid tripod sol at Walmat for just $30.00. The second step is practice. BigDwag posted some wonderful night photos just before Christmas. You might want to check them out as well.

As Greg mentioned, excellent night photos can be taken even on automatic. It is the setup or viewpoint that makes them rather dramatic.

If you are in Washington, Dc, this is an easy one to take.

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Old Jan 27, 2007, 4:17 PM   #14
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Beautiful shot of the Capitol Building! It looks like just after sunset when the sky is still a bit bright but lights are on in the city.

I usually don't have a tripod with me, so when I see a shot that's going to have a potential 'camera shake' issue (the shaky hand in the viewfinder is a big clue), I look for something to help brace the camera. In the Radio City shot, I had the camera on a low wall as I gently released the shutter. Otherwise, I use the pistol-shooting 'breathe-squeeze-release' techique with arms tucked against the body for hand-held shots.
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Greg-

You have made an excellent analysis. Some of my best night shots are taken right at dusk. The lights are then visible, and you are getting a bit of help, exposure-wise,from any remaining twilight. It also produces great skies.

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Old Jan 28, 2007, 2:14 PM   #16
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nice pictures Greg. I like nitetime shots. I have never been to N.Y. city but wish I had.The inside of Radio City would be on my list of places to see having grown up in the era of great movie palaces as they were sometimes refered to.Most are gone now but some have been preserved. andy 74
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