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Old Jun 28, 2010, 3:55 PM   #1
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I have always enjoyed watching evening skyline pictures with reflections in the river/lake. I have read/heard people talking about slow exposure being used to take those pictures. Can anyone please suggest objectively what settings should I set and how does each setting affect the end result? I have a Rebel XS with 18-55, 75-300 and 50mm lens.

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Old Jun 28, 2010, 4:12 PM   #2
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If you can get the angle of view you want with the 50mm use that.

If you've got a tripod, try different settings. A long shutter speed blurs the reflections in the waves in the water, and that may or may not be an effect you'll like. You can increase the ISO and the aperture to get a faster shutter speed, but a high ISO will give you image noise. Try everything and see what you like.
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Old Jun 28, 2010, 4:21 PM   #3
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set you iso to 100 or 200, 200 will give you a bit better dynamic range, set you 18-55 for f7-10 to increase sharpness, shoot in Av. This will give you the starburst effect with the longer exposure, but you will need a tripod. If you are looking for results like the samples in post number 5 form this tread
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ge...canon-t1i.html

But you can also shoot with a wider aperture. But this is not the only way of doing it, you can use prime lenses, stop down to 3.5 for sharpness and shoot at 1600iso and it will give you very good results also. Again shot in Av, on a tripod.
Here is an example of the prime lens the 5 photo in the first post.
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/tr...auderdale.html
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TCav and Shorturtle, thanks for your responses. I liked your pictures very much ! I will soon try something and post it here.
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Just one more thing to consider, canon and most dslrs tend to over expose slightly when shooting a very dark background, and under expose when shooting a very bright background. I would play around with the EV setting from +/- 1/3 to 2/3 to give you the desire results you are looking for.
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Do you mean -1/3 to -2/3 and +1/3 to +2/3?
I guess I can try it out myself
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It depends on the camera, Canon tends to over expose so you I go -1/3 or -2/3 depending on the situation.
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I took a few pictures of a house near our our apartment. It was 10pm and completely dark. Took this with Rebel XS, [email protected] mm, f/4, 10.0 seconds and ISO 400. The deal with this one is that this photo looked awesome in the camera preview, but when I look at it on the computer its not that great ! The buildings, fence and trees kinda look blurry.
I would like to have your suggestions as to what I could have done different to get a better picture?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4824895855/

Thanks a lot for your help.
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I took a few pictures of a house near our our apartment. It was 10pm and completely dark. Took this with Rebel XS, [email protected] mm, f/4, 10.0 seconds and ISO 400. The deal with this one is that this photo looked awesome in the camera preview, but when I look at it on the computer its not that great ! The buildings, fence and trees kinda look blurry.
I would like to have your suggestions as to what I could have done different to get a better picture?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4824895855/

Thanks a lot for your help.
It's not bad, a good example of how a DSLR can see
in almost total darkness.

I don't like the power lines much. I assume you
used a tripod. It seems to be tilted slightly to the
right. I always find it tricky to get a level picture.
Try using a smaller aperture (bigger f number)
although this will require an even longer shutter
time. Your 50mm prime (f/1.8?) might give a
slightly sharper image.

It is a good idea to use the timer or a remote
shutter release for tripod shots at night.

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