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Old May 3, 2011, 8:57 AM   #1
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I went out last Thursday night after work for a few hours with some others. We began with about 2 hours focusing on the Story Bridge (including Light Painting), then moved on to the Powerhouse, which is an old building used for the arts these days, then to the city where the Endeavour replica is currently berthed.

1. Story Bridge (long exposure)


2. Story Bridge, panorama


3. Story Bridge, HDR


4. Light Painting - a wheel with LED's on it


5. Inside the Powerhouse


6. Also in the Powerhouse


7. The Endeavour, long exposure:


8. Frog in the City


9. At the Cathedral


It was fun for sure - great to be out with experienced photographers, I think I'm learning a lot from them, although they think I need an SLR...
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Old May 3, 2011, 9:22 AM   #2
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Very nice - especially 2 and 3. Is the panorama stiched from multiple long-exposure shots? I imaging it might be tricky getting them to match up nicely if so but you seem to have managed it.
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Wow, amazing! The cityscapes are absolutely gorgeous, so is the ship. Like what you did with the blue light (trying to figure out how you did #6, the pattern is so even..)
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Mick,

whow!

Absolute fantastic shots.
My favorite is #2.

As you, I am feeling, that I need a DSLR and I am alternating between Pentax K-5 with the Sigma 18-250mm and the Nikon D7000 with Sigma 18-250mm.

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Martin, yes that was stitched from 4 shots each of which was 13 seconds (it wasn't quite dark at that point). The "hugin" software aligned them automatically. Only trouble I had was when a ferry went past - they leave a big light trail and disturb the water, which then doesn't stitch properly.

saly, the light was a small bicycle wheel that one of the guys had attached blue LED's to the rim of. He can roll it on things and wave it around - it proved very effective. In that indoor shot I used a 30 second exposure and he walked up the stairs rolling the wheel along the railing.

Stefan, good luck with choosing a DSLR.
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Mick, those shots are all fantastic - beautiful light. Well done. You seem to be enjoying these night/early morning shoots.
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Thanks Banksy, yeah, having fun with the long exposures for sure
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I love these shots!!!

Can I ask, so for long exposure you put it in manual mode, use a tripod and set to around 30 to 60 seconds??

Sounds tricky...I'd love to try.
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DML, yes, that's right - tripod, manual mode. It takes ages to process - it takes as long to process the shot as the exposure time, so for a 60 second shot you wait another 60 seconds for the camera to do its thing.

Definitely try it - you'll start to get a feel for how dark it is and what you can get away with.
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Great photos i love light painting ! i have tried it myself with the fz35 its really fun and especially when you are outside
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