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Old Oct 4, 2011, 3:26 AM   #1
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Default First try at a night shot of the city.

So I have had my Sony A500 for a year now and finally had the time a couple of weeks ago to try a night shot of the city. Except I really don't know what I'm doing.

I shot in shutter priority, actually, tried a few different modes, but this one looked the best.

I also realized I have no idea how to pp this, so for now I just left it alone.

I would welcome any comments on what I did wrong and if there are any standard things you should do in pp for night shots.

Have a nice day...err night
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Old Oct 4, 2011, 7:14 AM   #2
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This is a pretty good base image. The reflection on the water makes the composition work. I tried the following post processing to come up with the version below (hope you don't mind):
1. Cropped to place the horizon at about the 1/3 mark.
2. Adjusted contrast
3. Adjusted the white balance towards the red
4. Applied USM to the buildings.

I tried to level it as best as I could...it looks a bit off level based on the angle of the waterline, but I think the buildings are verticle. You can play with it to suit your tastes.

You could frame the image to show more water than sky as well.

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The original looks better than the cropped and PPed
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The original looks better than the cropped and PPed
I agree.
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Old Oct 4, 2011, 9:16 AM   #5
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I'd keep the waterline at the middle of the pic - it violates the rule of thirds that Wingman was trying to obtain, but reflection images like this work better that way.

What's the EXIF data on the shot? I'd be curious to know what iso setting was used.
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Old Oct 4, 2011, 10:26 AM   #6
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Jehan, thanks for taking the time to PP, of course I dont mind.

iowa_jim, 30 sec, f16, iso 200 in shutter priority.

I did consider the rule of thirda when I was shooting. The problem that I saw was that above the clouds in this shot it was an empty dark sky and below the reflection it was also pretty dark and there was a wall in the way that was distracting.
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It's worth giving a bit of thought to what the "rule" of thirds is all about -- a photo looks more static when things are centered than when they are offset at the golden mean locations. So the question you want to ask is, "Would this photo benefit more from seeming dynamic or static?" A night scene is an excellent example of something that might benefit from seeming tranquil. FWIW
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It's worth giving a bit of thought to what the "rule" of thirds is all about -- a photo looks more static when things are centered than when they are offset at the golden mean locations. So the question you want to ask is, "Would this photo benefit more from seeming dynamic or static?" A night scene is an excellent example of something that might benefit from seeming tranquil. FWIW
That is a very good description of the whole rule of thirds thing.

Thank you.
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Excellent exposure for beautiful colors in sky, skyline and water.

I like the horizon in the OP (except for the tilt). Only change I'd make is to crop it narrower to make the edges of the image simpler. Eliminate the diagonal red, white and blue structure at the far left. On the right I'd get rid of the 3 rightmost buildings.
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Love the shot- and the wonderful lighting/exposure and the colour seems about perfect.
Other than a little crop(personal taste..) and straightening- you should be very happy with it..
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