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Old Oct 24, 2010, 2:51 PM   #1
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Hey guys...I'm having a bit of a dilemma !

Night shots that include street-lamps usually look like this on a P&S, with a burst of light effect:



Is there any way I could make it look something like this ? I'd really love to see more of the exterior/shape/structure of the lamp...what I've tried is to minimize the EV, wich didn't really work ! Or a P&S just simply doesn't have enough manual control for this kind of shot...



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Old Oct 24, 2010, 3:16 PM   #2
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Your first shot was at f/2.8, 1/4 second, at ISO 100.

Your second shot doesn't have any EXIF data, but the light fixture takes up a larger portion of the frame, so it contributed more light to the exposure. In the first, the light was a smaller portion of the frame, so it got blown (extremely overexposed) during the long exposure and with the large aperture. The second probably had a shorter exposure and/or a smaller aperture.
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 4:26 PM   #3
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Your first shot was at f/2.8, 1/4 second, at ISO 100.

Your second shot doesn't have any EXIF data, but the light fixture takes up a larger portion of the frame, so it contributed more light to the exposure. In the first, the light was a smaller portion of the frame, so it got blown (extremely overexposed) during the long exposure and with the large aperture. The second probably had a shorter exposure and/or a smaller aperture.
Waw, nice insight dude...thanks a bunch !
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Do you have spot metering availabe on the camera? If so, you could try metering on the light and then bracket the exposure, possibly with some +EV to lighten things up. Or go to manual and shoot about 4 shots over at one stop each and the same under. Then either pick one that looks best, or combine for HDR.

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are you looking for the star effect? i think that's just camera/lens artifacts. as is the line downwards.
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Pick the right time of day - experiment to find out when that is. You want enough ambient light that the light from the lamp is not the only light. Near sunset or sunrise.
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Do you have spot metering availabe on the camera? If so, you could try metering on the light and then bracket the exposure, possibly with some +EV to lighten things up.
I do have spot metering... I'll give it a try !
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Pick the right time of day - experiment to find out when that is. You want enough ambient light that the light from the lamp is not the only light. Near sunset or sunrise.
Cool sir...never thought about that !

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Well, I gave it a try...it's not that bad, right ?

But I know it's far from being as good as the second shot...

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Nice. Not only is the light fixture properly exposed, the detail of the wall is visible.
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