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Old Nov 12, 2005, 12:19 PM   #1
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I was taking out the trash one night and I turned on one of our outside lights that we hardly ever use and when I turned around to walk back in, this is what I saw for the most part. It doesn't capture how it felt though. I was wondering what I could have done to get a more captivating shot. The tree in the center is about 70 feet tall and is very symetrical. I was shooting with my XT at 28mm, ISO 400, f/11 for 2 minutes and 1 second. Any advice, critiques are much appreciated.
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Old Nov 12, 2005, 5:47 PM   #2
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The shot is too dark.

If you reviewed the shot on your LCD, you would have seen it was too dark.

You need to raise the ISO to something like ISO1600 or ISO3200.

Then try again.

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Old Nov 12, 2005, 8:59 PM   #3
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I don't think you needed the F11. You could probably open that up a little more and just shoot a little longer exposure. This way you can keep your ISO at 400. Here is a very quick curve edit to brighten it up a bit.

As far as the contents of the shot, I think you have more opportunity there. Try moving in closer and lower and attempt try to get just the tall tree and trees on the horizon. Try not centering the tall tree so you have a big open sky on one side and this nice symetrical tree on the other.

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Old Nov 12, 2005, 9:20 PM   #4
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You could also try shooting this at that "magic moment", that is that short period of time (1-2 minutes) right when the sun sinks below the horizon. This would give you a little more light, but more importantly, the richest colors in the sky.
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i think getting the tree off center will be a good start.. and then i think you needed a bit longer exposure as well..
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Old Nov 15, 2005, 1:10 PM   #6
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Thanks for the comments, I look forward to using the advice and takinga similar shot again in the future. Here it is again, this time pushed about 3/4 a stop instead of pulled a stop and a half under like the firstone. Thanks again.
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