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Squawk1066

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2,179 posts

86 months

Friday 21st November 2014
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As the days are getting shorter and I'm learning more about my camera I thought I should give night photography a try, I find it quite a challenge but also fun and rewarding. It would be good to see other peoples efforts. Here's one of mine from my first attempt, to start things off.


Gad-Westy

7,206 posts

128 months

Friday 21st November 2014
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Cracking start there. I love night photography. It's a chance to use the camera to capture stuff that the eye struggles with. Most off the time its the other way around.

One thing I try to do is photograph at times where it is not truly dark, ideally the blue hour just after sunset or just before sunrise. You still get the fantastic contrast between the artificial lighting and the shadow areas but with more interest in the sky and just enough ambient to keep plenty of detail in the darker areas. A few of mine:

GRA_2888 by G.A.D, on Flickr

2 by G.A.D, on Flickr

panorama bridges by G.A.D, on Flickr

GRA_8300 by G.A.D, on Flickr

ecsrobin

6,646 posts

80 months

Friday 21st November 2014
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Some great images there. I really need to get some evening shots of London although always nervous of expensive camera gear in cities at night.

Here's a couple of mine.

viaduct by -robinecs-

Windmill by -robinecs-

Merlin night by -robinecs-

RobDickinson

20,098 posts

169 months

Friday 21st November 2014
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I am occasionally out at night with a camera. No decent cities to shoot locally so I have to put up with dark skies.

A few night shots by robjdickinson, on Flickr

Gad-Westy

7,206 posts

128 months

Saturday 22nd November 2014
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RobDickinson said:
I am occasionally out at night with a camera. No decent cities to shoot locally so I have to put up with dark skies.

A few night shots by robjdickinson, on Flickr
Must be awful! wink
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bradders

800 posts

186 months

Saturday 22nd November 2014
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I had a go at a dusk shot last weekend from the side window of the house. Quite pleased with the results. Would love to do more city shots at night though.

Sunset Fields by mdbradders, on Flickr

Rib

2,236 posts

104 months

Saturday 22nd November 2014
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Rib

2,236 posts

104 months

Saturday 22nd November 2014
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few of mine, love night photography! need to find a spot to try some star shots


Edited by Rib on Saturday 22 November 15:14

ecsrobin

6,646 posts

80 months

Saturday 22nd November 2014
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Cities look amazing at night. Some great work gents.

V8Wagon

1,707 posts

75 months

Saturday 22nd November 2014
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A couple I took on Brighton seafront a few weeks ago...

Oasis by André Jardinière, on Flickr

The Bandstand by André Jardinière, on Flickr

bernhund

2,621 posts

108 months

Sunday 23rd November 2014
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Around midnight last night I was creeping around the church yard opposite my house, as you do, and took these two. I'm not actually happy with either of them, but feel they both have something about them that I can't put my figure on.
Annoyingly there was movement in the cobwebs which I could do nothing about and though it was shot at ISO100, it looks pixelated after processing it a bit. Probably under exposed to start with?
Picture 2 has that horrible red blotch by the window that I don't know how to remove. Any PS advice on how to get rid of it?




gforceg

2,562 posts

94 months

Sunday 23rd November 2014
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There are some stunning images here gents. As usual I'm humbled. Rob D, can you post a couple of individual shots from your collage? They look breath taking.

It's always an inspiration coming in here.

Robert C

266 posts

95 months

Sunday 23rd November 2014
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Some excellent pictures on here already!

A few from me, taken last year. Going to try and get up again this year. The embankment from just west of Westminster Bridge heading east offers no end of opportunities.

IMG_2748.jpg by Robert Clayson, on Flickr

IMG_2774.jpg by Robert Clayson, on Flickr

IMG_2751.jpg by Robert Clayson, on Flickr

IMG_2881.jpg by Robert Clayson, on Flickr

IMG_2972.jpg by Robert Clayson, on Flickr

Robert

RobDickinson

20,098 posts

169 months

Sunday 23rd November 2014
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gforceg said:
Rob D, can you post a couple of individual shots from your collage? They look breath taking.
Cheers! Usually posted in the astro and perp threads but here goes..

How Does it Feel? by robjdickinson, on Flickr

Kaikoura Night by robjdickinson, on Flickr

Night out with the lads by robjdickinson, on Flickr

Bridge the gap by robjdickinson, on Flickr

Milford by robjdickinson, on Flickr

Magentic Magic by robjdickinson, on Flickr

Squawk1066

Original Poster:

2,179 posts

86 months

Monday 24th November 2014
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Fantastic contributions so far, cheers everyone beer

Robert C what was it like in London from a safety point of view? I'm not far from there but I am wary of lugging my kit around at night on my own.

Here's one from Historic Rochester that I took last Wednesday evening. Luckily the river was quite calm, helping with the reflections.

ETA- No matter what I tried I couldn't get the pesky neon sign above the castle entrance in focus.


gforceg

2,562 posts

94 months

Monday 24th November 2014
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RobDickinson said:
Cheers! Usually posted in the astro and perp threads but here goes..
Thank you, they're stunning. I'll keep an eye out in the sections you mentioned.




Edited by gforceg on Monday 24th November 11:36

droopsnoot

4,196 posts

157 months

Monday 24th November 2014
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These are lovely, cities at night look great and I've just been reading about the "blue hour" in the latest DSLRP magazine - I'd have imagined that waiting for proper black skies would be better, but the article and the shots above suggest not necessarily. I must try to get somewhere this winter but my big problem is trying to find a decent vantage point - local places like Chester have the buildings but not much in the way of high vantage points, Manchester has more but they tend to be private buildings.

And as for the astro stuff, once again, great shots.

Squawk1066 said:
ETA- No matter what I tried I couldn't get the pesky neon sign above the castle entrance in focus.
Looks to me more like an overexposure issue due to the very bright neon sign compared to the rest, especially if it's quite a long exposure to start with.

DavidY

3,819 posts

199 months

Monday 24th November 2014
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Squawk1066 said:
Robert C what was it like in London from a safety point of view? I'm not far from there but I am wary of lugging my kit around at night on my own.
I'm not Robert C, but took some photos in the same area earlier in the year. If you stay in the 'tourist' areas then safety will be fine, you will be one of many photographers!!!

[url=https://flic.kr/p/omb6DL]
[/url] Westminster Twilight sm by Mr Perceptive X100, on Flickr


London Eye Night sm by Mr Perceptive X100, on Flickr


Westminster Night 2 sm by Mr Perceptive X100, on Flickr

...Mole...

2,761 posts

106 months

Monday 24th November 2014
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for some Nighttime City photography inspiration I'd recommend having a look at Thomas Birke's Work https://www.flickr.com/photos/move_lachine/

Squawk1066

Original Poster:

2,179 posts

86 months

Monday 24th November 2014
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Squawk1066 said:
ETA- No matter what I tried I couldn't get the pesky neon sign above the castle entrance in focus.
Looks to me more like an overexposure issue due to the very bright neon sign compared to the rest, especially if it's quite a long exposure to start with.
Thanks. Are you saying it's impossible to get that properly in the shot?

I am off to Greenwich again later, hoping for some good shots and decent light.