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Old Jul 31, 2009, 10:30 PM   #1
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When I get to work at 4:am there isn't anyone there and if the work load is light, sometimes I'll play around with my camera just to try different things.
This shot is pretty boring but, it's how I got it that made it kind of fun. A couple weeks ago we had a power outage and it knocked out all the parking and security lighting in back of the warehouse and loading docks. How dark is it? well I have to feel my way up the steps because I sure can't see them!
Anyway there is one lamp in an adjoining lot that shines a tad bit of light from a sodium vapor bulb. its at least 200 yards away
so I just set the shutter for 30 seconds set on a brick wall an let it go.

here is shot #1 30 sec at f:8



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shot 3, same settings but set at 60 second, remember, no flash

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Old Jul 31, 2009, 11:06 PM   #2
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I always find it amazing how the digital sensors can make night look like daylight, adding in color that our eyes can't see. It's always fun to experiment with this.
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the other day i was wondering if digital had reciprocity failure like film does
and if you needed to compensate on long exposures
i wonder if that is what happened here or if it is just a white balance thing
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Hmmm, interesting.

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Boy, Did I mess up!
I posted these pix last night when very tired and didn't review it till now.
the below pic is the one strait from the camera @ 60 seconds. the above one is after some serious PP. sorry bout that...


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Interesting. Reminds me of my photography class when we had to do something similar.

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Thanks guys, for the the comments.
It's a rather boring picture but it was fun experimenting with it.
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QW, if you had told me that pic.#3 was taken at noon on a sunny day I would believe it. I would never imagine that shot was a 60 second exposure illuminated only by a very distant sodium vapor light. Very cool.
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QW, if you had told me that pic.#3 was taken at noon on a sunny day I would believe it. I would never imagine that shot was a 60 second exposure illuminated only by a very distant sodium vapor light. Very cool.
Thank you Mtnman,
Its funny the things we'll try when we've nothing else to do and sometimes we're surprised by the results!
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Great series, still find it incredible that they where taken at night (especially the last one)

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