Saturday, December 29, 2007

First Attempt

Well, this photo will make a good benchmark. It's my first attempt at a night photo, and it wins the award for 2007 worst photo. Nowhere to go but up!!

19 comments:

  1. Actually, Kate, I like this shot. I think it came out pretty cool. No pun intended... although, being in Florida, where it has been Frightfully warm for this time of year, I have to admit... it looks COLD!

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  2. That doesnt look that bad. I love night shots.

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  3. Not so bad, that's close to what we see in the true life.
    Happy new year and travel .

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  4. A lot of the photos taken by point and shoot cameras actually have "night" settings but people don't use them. I think it is a good beginning and we can all tell what it is.

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  5. actually, pretty nice. you just need a tripod.

    almost time to take those christmas lights down.

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  6. Kate!
    Nice exposure and composition, but you need to get a tripod!

    If you don't have one here's a great cheap solution: a beanbag. You can place the camera on the beanbag and it will work like a tripod, you can point the camera where you want and then shoot. Probably use the timer, since the beanbag will move when you press the shutter.
    For more on night photography, check out my Night Photography techniques post.

    Good luck, I'd love to see you do more, it's a great chance to be creative and get some color into winter scenes. And with it being dark for 16 hours a day up here in Minnesota, it's important to be able to do.

    I'm glad you are exploring! Keep up the good work,

    - Mitch

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  7. It's cold-looking and colorful! :-D

    Can't wait to see the new improved ones if this one is bad. LOL!

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  8. Kate, I took some shots of Monte Carlo at night - Christmas photos - and they came out much like yours - so snap!

    I've just read what Abraham wrote but I did use the 'night' setting and it still didn't work.

    Anyway regardless I still like your photo, Kate.

    Perhaps we both need tripods reading other comments.

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  9. hehe, I dunno, it has a certain je ne sais quois!

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  10. Sorry, Kate! My night photos win the worst category!
    I actually like this one!

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  11. I think you and I need to get a tripod! Happy New Year, Kate.

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  12. In its way, it's a nice shot. But I feel your painwith the night photos!

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  13. Pretty lights in blue! I've been using a portable mini tripod for some time. It is small enough it fits in the camera bag. I also use self timer mode to eliminate camera shakes. this is it the ending of 2007. Happy New Year!

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  14. bravo! I do believe you posted a message about taking night shots in the future. I'm glad to see your first attempt.

    Mitch posted a link to some great tips, but I tell you, it's a lot of trial and error.

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  15. Kate, you have inspired me to start taking night shots. I really like this one!

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  16. My night shots turn out just about the same as yours. i need a tripod and perhaps something more substantial than my point and shoot camera. Hey, keep practicing and i will too.
    Sue

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  17. Kate, I know how hard night shots are, and actually, this one has very good exposure and very good composition. . .it is just blurred. It is a lovely image anyway. I've been making myself use a tripod at night and that has eliminated the blur; now I just have to learn how to get the right exposure, and for that I'll need Abe to come out to the west coast and teach me! :^)
    -Kim

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  18. Start with a tripod & go to manual mode with a shutter speed of about 10 seconds (if your camera has that). Play with the shutter speed (up and down) to see the difference. The longer the time, more things can come into the picture. On a cloud covered night, the longer the exposure, the more the city lights work on the clouds. Once you get into night photography, you will be hooked! When I lived in the Washington DC area, one of my favorite things to do was walk the mall at night shooting the monuments (so to speak).

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  19. i like it, in no way one can say this is a bad photo. This photo hides more than shows, but that is the same with any other photo.

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