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Neodigital Art | Night and Day

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This photograph is quite atmospheric and was taken at dusk. It’s the lake that I have photographed so many times before but this time it was dark, misty and eerie!

I adjusted the aperture to wide to take that shot and the speed was automatically adjusted so it was slow. It is important with a wide aperture and a slow shutter speed to hold the camera still and press gently to take the shot.

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This shot is similar and taken at the same time, but I used the tree on the right to give the shot depth. I took a few shots but like this one because the still water was rippled by the ducks.

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I set the camera for shutter speed to have priority for this shot and set the speed at 1 second. You really have to have a steady hand and keep the camera still for a full one second. I had to wait for a break in the traffic too!

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I wanted the bus on this picture, but got lots of cars too. The blurred one on the left does give the photograph an action shot look though. Photographing moving cars on a slow shutter speed can give some good shots.

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This photograph is a little confusing. I  was trying to get a car going away from me, so it would be rear lights and not headlights. I see the lights, but where is the car? The shutter was open for a full one second again and the street lights are not quite so defined. When taking this type of shot, it’s best somewhere dark and when shooting towards a street light; don’t get too close. It is also advisable to have the camera on a tripod. I did have my tripod, but couldn’t be bothered. I leaned on a lamp post  to steady the camera!

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8 responses

  1. Wow, Mike, these are incredible shots! It must take not only a steady hand but also a lot of skill to take shots with such little light. I have to say I like the top picture the best. I love not only the captivating mood of the photo but also how you have it framed. That shot could be the opening frame of a movie.

    The photo below it also has the tree on the right for depth, but I prefer the framing shot above. I’m not sure why I like it better, but I do.

    I know you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Britain, but we do here and I am very thankful for you and your blog. You generously share so much of your knowledge here and I appreciate you! 🙂

    25, November 2011 at 2:02 am

  2. Hi Carolyn,

    Night shots are more challenging, as are low light. You are concentrating on aperture and speed and don’t get the depth. I took about 80 shots yesterday and only 3 were worth sharing, I didn’t get the low light at all well. It was one of the best sunsets we have seen too but getting in the right place at the right time was difficult. My friend got a better shot out of the car while I was driving.

    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but I have been sharing the 4 legged turkey joke as usual. What do they taste like? Dunno, we ain’t caught one yet! 🙂

    I like that first shot above too, it’s the tree it’s so well defined. The left side of the second shot isn’t so good. I do like the silhouettes in both shots though.

    25, November 2011 at 9:21 am

  3. Nandini

    Great shots. The lake pictures are the best ones. Night photography is tricky. An almost negligible camera movement makes the picture go blur. Anyways, all pictures are good. 🙂

    25, November 2011 at 1:18 pm

    • HI Nandini,

      Yes, holding the camera still is difficult especially for a whole second, it was cold and a little windy. My friend had blurred shots because he was shivering! I think it will become more challenging now as winter approaches and we have dull days. I have seen some good light at sun rise rather than sunset over the past few days.he sun is never high in the sky like in summer but it still gives interesting light sometimes. I keep on experimenting with different apertures and speeds. I think the photographs are improving though.

      25, November 2011 at 1:43 pm

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