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Old Feb 28, 2010, 1:32 AM   #1
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Default Night time in the winter 2

Had a second one I thought I'd have you guys look at, f/5.6 2.5 sec iso-100.
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Old Feb 28, 2010, 2:01 AM   #2
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Reminds me of when I lived in Dryden, NY for two years.

Thanks and all the best.

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Old Feb 28, 2010, 11:47 AM   #3
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looks quite soft, does the original look like this or is it being eaten by the forums?
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Old Feb 28, 2010, 12:14 PM   #4
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looks quite soft, does the original look like this or is it being eaten by the forums?
Good question. I just downloaded it and it looks worse.

My opinion of this shot is that it's a good idea - Nicely framed, not well executed, blown highlights, a bit soft, poorly processed.

But definitely worth while pursuing until he gets it right.

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Not expert at all in night picks (or any pick for the case...) but shouldn't you work with a higher iso and more speed?
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Old Feb 28, 2010, 4:15 PM   #6
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I don't get much chance to shoot night shots with lights like this one (love the scene). The times I've been most successful I've used ISO 100 - 200, not higher than 400 AND a very sturdy tripod with either 2 sec. mirror lock-up and/or a remote. The key is a decent tripod or other sturdy surface and that gives better results than a faster shutter speed and higher ISO. But if you only have a light tripod then more shutter speed becomes much more important, far more than using a low ISO.
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Old Feb 28, 2010, 4:53 PM   #7
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Hi everyone, thanks for your input and help. I'll post the original so you can see what I started with. I used a good tripod but didn't bring my wireless shutter release and I think that hurt me a bit. The final picture I originally showed was adjusted using PS, cropped it and adjusted the brightness and contrast. When I first looked at what I got I almost just deleted it, I ended up with a lot more than I thought I had. Any input is always helpful.
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I'm not sure what I should be doing to balance the bright strret lights, not blow out the picture, but still gather enough light to get the detail at the edges.
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well, i can see now that the softness comes from trying to recover too much shadow detail that was just not there.

properly exposing both is beyond the sensor. you would need to either use HDR or some blend of 2 or more images in photoshop to accomplish that.
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You actually did a pretty good job, your original is tough!

I agree with Dustin that you'd need to exposure bracket and blend them somehow (there's a number of ways to do that). I came up with this, but I'm sure that others can do better with it.
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