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Old Sep 28, 2005, 8:02 PM   #11
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for this shot timing is important... any earlier and the sky will be boring.. and later and the brightness difference between the ambient sky and the fountains would be too much... i have found that the sweet spot for a shot with some bright lights is around 20-30 minutes past the official sunset.. this shot was nearly 30 minutes exactly...

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2.5 secs at f/10 .. used -1 ev to keep the fountains from blowing too much... i shot this one in RAW, converted in ACR... did a quick saturation boost, not much as the humidity in the air really captured the pastel colors well... quick levels edit, but not much was needed.. and then a bit of sharpening..

the best way to learn night shooting is to get out there and practice.. take the shot, look at the histogram.. make your exposure compensations and shoot again.. try to find the perfect timing for whatever scene you are shooting.. if there are artificial lights that are bright, you need to shoot closer to sunset.. if there is a relative lack of artificial light, you can get away with shooting later.. up to 45 minutes past sunset...
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