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Old Sep 2, 2006, 2:02 AM   #1
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Took my K100D out to the beach at night to test out the night time photography. This is crescent bay in Laguna Beach, CA. I was taking shots when one of the houses on the cliffs turned on their flood light, which illuminated the beach below. It was an interesting lighting situation at night so I grabbed a few shots. Here are the details:
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PP= contrast/brightness, crop, magenta color, neat image.
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Old Sep 2, 2006, 2:11 AM   #2
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There was this rock mount out in the water, offshore. The flood lights from the house on the cliff directly illuminated it. I could hear the sea lions barking from their perch on top of this rock mount. It was too far and dark to see them though. The lighting in this shot was difficult. There was the light from the flood lights from the shore. There was also the moon which casted it's glimmer on the ocean surface. The picture came out softer than I would have liked. My autofocus couldn't get a grip and I had to use manual focus. Using manual focus through a small view finder at night is quite tough.

Tv=30, Av=5.6, Iso=400, Tripod, SR off, no flash.
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Old Sep 2, 2006, 2:13 AM   #3
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This is the actual Crescent bay. Same settings and PP as prior shots.
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I like firstphoto. the floodligt makes interesting scenery, gives a lot of details in the sea.

I'd like to see second photo without floodlight, only moonlight, but it's still great capture.

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Old Sep 2, 2006, 5:07 AM   #5
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doc, these are REAL nice except for the lens flare. do you have a filter on the lens??
i especially like the 2nd one..

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Old Sep 2, 2006, 6:56 AM   #6
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Nice shots, pity about the light strikinig the lens on the first shot. If you get a chance to shoot it again, try a slightly different spot to see if you can avoid the lights.

Also for your own amusement and experience, try the same shot with different white balance settings, yu will find tungsten will give you nice blue/black skies and the lights across the bay will be blue as well.

Again nice shots.
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Nice shots - the night-time shots are getting to be better than the macro shots!



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Old Sep 2, 2006, 9:11 AM   #8
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You do realise that you could have taken those pics quite easily with SR on and no tripod?
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I really like these - the lighting and effects you added are really nice.

SR is very good, I really love having it,but it won't replace a tripod.
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Old Sep 2, 2006, 10:18 AM   #10
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Yes I have a UV filter on the lens. The sales guy talked me into getting one when I bought the camera to protect the lens. I'm gonna try some shots without it, if that is what's causing the flare. Thanks for pointing that out.
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