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Old Apr 9, 2007, 7:46 PM   #1
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Easter was almost uniformly fine, so I decided to try a couple of different (for me) shots.

I found when pointing my camera at these very dark scenes that the viewfinder and LCD were next to useless for framing the shots, I could see nothing in it and in many cases even after I had taken a shot could see nothing in the review. My question therefore is: What is the correct technique for taking night shots and being able to frame and expose these sorts of shots ?

All shot manual with a tripod.

Orion - 60 s at f2.8


The Southern Cross 60 s at f2.8 (and a hint of the milky way. I actually had to shift exposure down in these in ACR because the milky way was too bright)


Our friend the moon 1/40 at f3.7



and 1/80 at f3/7


Venus setting over Venus Bay with the lights of Inverloch in the distance 30s at F2.8


and again 25s at f4.5 with some people walking on the beach


and a slightly more traditional shot 1/1250 at f5 and -2ev



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Old Apr 10, 2007, 2:37 AM   #2
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keoeeit, thanks for the extensive response. Quite a few good ideas here. I essentially did the lining up the barrell think on the shots, got a few crooked horizons and out of focus shots. I wish they had a simple focus on infinity setting on the camera.

Thanks again.
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 12:16 PM   #3
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Rafael, I'm not into astronomy, but I can comment on your last three shots which I think are great. I especially like the 2 ocean shots, they have a mood. The little patch of grass in #5 adds just that needed spot of color and frames the shot.

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Old Apr 11, 2007, 6:15 PM   #4
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Hiroshi, thank you. I am not normally into astronomy shots either, but it seemed a shame to waste such clear nights.
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Old Apr 11, 2007, 6:43 PM   #5
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Those are great shots and I luv all of them!!! my favourite is the last one and looks likea perfect ending to the day.
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