Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Late Night Photography

So how do you get a great photo when there isn't enough light to see with the naked eye?
Slow shutter speed!
It takes a lot of patience and determination to snap photos at night, it can take as long as 20 minutes just to snap one picture, and you have no way of knowing how it's turned out until after the camera is done processing.
But if you can take a night out of your schedule, you can get some very different shots, compared to taking pictures in the daylight.
Shot with Canon EOS 1000D with a Canon EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

 Although it was not completely dark when I snapped this shot, it still required a pretty long exposure time of 10 seconds and an aperture of f/8.
I did make a mistake on this photo, I had the ISO-speed set on 'Auto' and this meant that the camera snapped the photo at ISO 400, it should have been ISO 100, this would have given a slightly sharper image.

Canon EOS 1000D with Canon EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6



This photo was quite difficult to get right and took a few tries. It was almost completely dark, which meant the auto focus wouldn't work and the manual focus on my Canon lens isn't all that great.
But after about 4 failed shots I finally got one that was acceptable, it isn't quite perfect, but since it's my first attempt at night shots, it worked out pretty good.
Picture specs:
Aperture: f/10
Shutter speed: 226 seconds
ISO-Speed: ISO 100

As mentioned this was my first attempt, I will post some better shots when I get better at night shots.
So it was really cold tonight and I went out with the camera and tried another nightshot, I regret that; I ended up being there for an hour, and i couldn't feel any part of my body when I got home, but I got a pretty good shot of Viborg Domkirke (cathedral).
Canon EOS 1000D with Canon EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Picture Specs:
Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: 120 seconds
ISO-speed: ISO 100  

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