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Old Oct 15, 2007, 11:55 PM   #1
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Since I happen to be staying in the city tonight, I thought I'd try my luck at taking night shots (for those that don't know, I live in a rural/mountainousarea that is popular with amateur astronomers because of the little light pollution). I'm using just the laptop's monitor, which isn't calibrated, so I didn't try to adjust the white balance at all, or the exposure (let me know if it's too dark, light or whatever - the histogram looked OK in Lightroom). I did rotate it slightly (I never get my lines straight) but didn't bother using the skew tool to straighten the vertical lines - I didn't think it was that far off to bother with. Picture was taken in raw format, converted/rotated in Lightroom, cropped and resized in CS2 after using Neat Image.

I thought this was interesting from a camera and a lens point of view. Here's the full frame picture after going through Neat Image, resizing and a little USM - the only pp I did. I was leaning on a pillar so I had some support, but otherwise hand held.



Here's a 100% crop of the upper right-hand window and the hand-painted ceiling inside:



One last 100% crop. I include this one to show that while I ran the original through Neat Image, I still left quite a bit of noisein the shadows. I wanted to keep as much detail as I could, so I wasn't very aggressive with the noise reduction. It still amazes me just how much detail this camera/lens combination can capture (I was standing across a quad area on the steps of another building, focus at infinity) even at f2.8 (focal length was 50mm - you can check the shutter speed on the exif information).



This is the first time I've tried the DA*50-135 at night at f2.8. I've used the lens at 2.8 during the day, but never with 800 ISO or at night - it was a fun exercise.
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Old Oct 16, 2007, 12:01 AM   #2
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nice and clean,

was it hand held or tripod
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wow

imagine if you had used a tripod
thats a pretty sharp image considering

what was the shutter speed (or did i miss it)
i cant get to the exif data at work

the exposure is very nicely controlled too
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Very good ones...Did you try different WB's on it? If so could you post some?

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Old Oct 16, 2007, 8:14 AM   #5
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Shutter speed was 1/15 sec. And I sure wish I had had a tripod with me - its a wonderful place to photograph (could have used a slower ISO). Oh well, I was still pretty pleased.
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Old Oct 16, 2007, 9:00 AM   #6
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Dawg - I'll try to do a bit of change to the white balance when I get home (to a calibrated monitor) tonight. It doesn't look that "off" from what it really was like, a bit too orange perhaps. Let's see, my Christmas list is getting longer - tripod that's not too heavy and awkward to carry around, a flash, a wide angle lens, a circular polarizer for the A*300, wonder what else will get added by December? Of course, by the time we get around to buying ourselves presents, I'll probably be lucky to get a subscription to a photo magazine!
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Pentax's finest (zoom)lens and Pentax's finest camera. Combine that with a good eye and we get impressive images.

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mtngal wrote:
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Let's see, my Christmas list is getting longer - tripod that's not too heavy and awkward to carry around, a flash, a wide angle lens, a circular polarizer for the A*300, wonder what else will get added by December? Of course, by the time we get around to buying ourselves presents, I'll probably be lucky to get a subscription to a photo magazine!
Harriet, it's not very kind of you to post these pictures :shock:as I struggle hard to restrict my wishlist to the very essentials. Seems like the DA*50-135 will end up there... and the blame is entirely on you.Well, if I start cleaning windscreens at the streetlights...

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Dawg - I'll try to do a bit of change to the white balance when I get home (to a calibrated monitor) tonight. It doesn't look that "off" from what it really was like, a bit too orange perhaps. Let's see, my Christmas list is getting longer - tripod that's not too heavy and awkward to carry around, a flash, a wide angle lens, a circular polarizer for the A*300, wonder what else will get added by December? Of course, by the time we get around to buying ourselves presents, I'll probably be lucky to get a subscription to a photo magazine!
I love what you have...Not making a ctitique at all. Just wondered if you had played around with the WB and would like to see how they came out if you did!

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Absolutely fabulous!

So much detail. that is one hell of a lens.

To hell with Christmas, I'm gonna rob a bank!!!
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