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Old Apr 26, 2009, 9:22 AM   #11
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Experiment with settings like White Balance to get better results. For example, the first image is way too "warm" (i.e. the orange cast you're seeing), probably because of the color temperature of the street light (a setting like tungsten may have worked better, and you can also use a custom white balance for more neutral colors).

Most of the image in that first photo is also underexposed (and when you have brighter light sources combined with darker areas, dynamic range can be a limiting factor, since you'll have too much range from bright to dark for a camera to capture everything with proper exposure). So, you'll need to decide what portions of the image you want to expose properly with that type of scene (overexposing some areas in order to properly expose other areas).

Have fun with your new camera and keep please us posted on your results.

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Old Apr 26, 2009, 11:52 AM   #12
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Will do, and thanks for all the info. I really appreciate it. When I get a night with good conditions and a lot of time I will do some serious experimentation. I only had a few minutes last night, but I was thrilled that I was able to take a picture that looked remotely like what I had in mind.

After I figure out the basics of this I want to try daytime pics with longer exposures to see if I can get that effect with the water.

Thanks again, and I will keep you posted!
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