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Night as day

Discussion in 'Photography Techniques' started by Will, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    I tried an experiment a while back taking a shot at 11.15pm when it was virtually dark to the eye. I put my GRD2 on a table in the garden on self timer.
    After a few tries and some fairly severe pp this is what I got. Anyone else tried anything similar?

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8076775@N02/3736245666/" title="R0011397 by meaning_of_light, on Flickr"> 3736245666_1e1df6f5a6_b. "1024" height="768" alt="R0011397" /></a>
     
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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Pretty amazing my friend. I can almost read the name on the mower.
    Good job....
    Don
     
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  3. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Ooo, I like this very, very much, Will! There goes my GRD2 interest raising its head again.

    This is a very cool picture. How long was that timer set for, Will?
     
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  4. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Ooo, I like this very, very much, Will! There goes my GRD2 interest raising its head again.

    This is a very cool picture. How long was that timer set for, Will?
     
  5. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    Thanks

    It was f2.4, iso80, 60s exposure.
    Here is the as shot image and it really was almost that dark to the eye. The glow in the sky is the street lights from London in the distance.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8076775@N02/5356745035/" title="R0011397u by meaning_of_light, on Flickr"> 5356745035_06e69a9191_b. "1024" height="768" alt="R0011397u" /></a>
     
  6. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Geeze Will,
    If one thinks about the expansion of tones in the low values...then look at the high values....
    there's no reason to ever question Dynamic Range... again....
     
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  7. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    Is is quite amazing isn't it.
     
  8. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    I have tried pushing my LX5 to the extreme, although I haven't achieved the same results as you have. The following photos were taken in the very early hours of the morning (2am-4am) when the sky was dark and black, not blue. It certainly wasn't as bright as it looks in the photos either.

    ISO 1600, f/2.0, 6 second exposure.
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    5358731877_8bd0da9b08_b.

    5 second exposure.
    5358727513_7e198b144e_b.
     
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  9. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    I love the "look" of those! Something etherial and dreamlike about them.
     
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  10. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    They do have a very dreamy appearance. I think the cat makes it......
     
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  11. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Thanks will and streetshooter.

    Those photos were taken in the very early hours of the morning, trying very hard to entice my teenage kitten down from the neighbour's garage roof. But he's at the age where he's discovering the innate feline ability of being able to leap anywhere they damn well please. Plus, he's just made friends with the said neighbour's cat too. So they were both playing together until sunrise while I went back and caught a couple of hours sleep.
     
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  12. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    I like your cat in there, too, Traam. He's a cute little teenager. Just make sure he come home to sleep.:wink:
     
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  13. Wally Billingham

    Wally Billingham SC Regular

    106
    Nov 27, 2010
    Laurel, MD
    these are very cool. I have done the opposite turning daylight into night time with IR film and a Holga camera which is a fixed lens serious compact (at least the way I use them)

    3737493718_d3a4502e0b_o.
    Moonrise Lake Erie by eye of wally, on Flickr
     
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  14. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Very nice, dreamy and moody. I've got to get into this infrared photography, there's always a section on it in the photography books I see.
     
  15. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    He doesn't know the meaning of the word 'curfew'. Sometimes the other cat comes to the back door and does this stuttering mewing sound calling for Atom. He runs out and is gone for a while. I'm happy he's got a friend to play with.
     
  16. Aubrey

    Aubrey New to SC

    5
    Nov 24, 2011
    Hi Will,
    Great shots and I love your technique and lawn.
    Found few things to decor my lawn also. Thanks for sharing with everyone.