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    This week's assignment is Low Light/Night photography.

    Here are some places that can help:
    Night Photography Tips for DSLR Users
    Twilight Photography Tips
    How to Shoot Light Trails
    Night Photography Tutorial

    Sorry, no time to shoot an example this week!

    As always EXIF data needs to be intact if you wish to participate in the mini contest!

    The image you submit should be taken between the 7th of May and the 21st of May 2008 (before the end of the mini-contest).

    Your post must include "Assignment: Low Light/Night photography" to show your permission to count it for the contest.

    Only one entry per member. Also, please do not repeat other people's photos by quoting them until the contest is over. If you want to comment on or discuss an entry you can use a link to it (or just delete the picture from the quoted text).

    Next week: The Five Senses. See if you can come up with an image that represents one (or all!) of the senses, touch, taste, smell, hearing, or sight. How creative can you be?
    Last edited by wulf; 05-19-2008, 12:08 PM. Reason: No picture quoting rule
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  • #2
    not for assignment, as this is from 2004, just adding it for an example shot
    Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 5.7 mm
    ISO Speed: 200

    about the photo. it was the last night of the chihuly exhibit. i had already been once a few days before, but was back. chihuly's glass work is amazing, and if you ever get a chance to see an exhibit of his, i highly recommend it.

    this piece was enormous. i'm guessing ~15ft tall, and suspended above a reflecting pool. it was obvious one of the more popular pieces as the little atrium that it was being displayed in was packed. No room for a tripod, and i didn't have a monopod at the time, so i braced myself against the wall, and fired off a burst of 5 shots, hoping one of the ones in the middle would be in focus. looking back now, i should have increased the ISO, but I was inexperienced at the time.
    Last edited by glyphon; 05-15-2008, 04:47 PM.
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    • #3
      Here is an example I took just before Christmas:

      Miscanthus sinensis at night

      # 50mm f/1.8 on Nikon D40
      # Exposure: 30 sec
      # Aperture: f/5.6
      # Focal Length: 50mm
      # ISO Speed: 400

      If you want to enter a picture don't forget to make sure it was taken in the right date range and remember to include the "Assignment: Low Light/Night photography". It helps to include key EXIF data as I have done here (so we can learn from each others' settings) and to tell us a bit about the shot.

      For me, it was a chilly but crisp night and I wrapped out and headed outside to take some shots of the moon. While I was there, I also decided to try some long exposure work - this grass is lit by a combination of moonlight and the mute glow coming through the living room curtains.

      Wulf Forrester-Barker << Sites: blog / flickr >>
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      • #4
        Thanks, Glyphon and Wulf. That's one part of my photography repertoire that needs some work .
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        • #5
          nother example....
          Should I?
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          • #6
            Assignment: Low Light/Night Photography

            Can't say there is a lot of night life in Round Rock. This was about 9:30pm and pretty deserted.

            The trees down the boulevard are wrapped in white lights, year round, as are some of the buildings.


            Exif on Flickr


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            • #7
              Assignment: Low Light/Night

              Here's my attempt at a night shot. I was feeling brave and shot this one in manual mode!

              Moon Shot #2

              Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
              Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
              Aperture: f/18
              Focal Length: 300 mm
              ISO Speed: 100
              Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
              Flash: Flash did not fire
              Exposure Program: Manual
              Date and Time (Original): 2008:05:14 21:20:55

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              • #8
                Bulldogmom that is one awesome shot! It is so clear. I can't stop looking at it!
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                • #9
                  Dates for the contest

                  Can I just check the dates the photos should have been taken within? Shouldn't the dates be between 5/7/08 - 5/21/08. I think the dates shown are the dates for next weeks contest?
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                  • #10
                    Where I live we have midnight sun now. It's daylight 24h. So don't expect an outside shot from me
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                    • #11
                      Glyphon, love that shot! Thanks for the explanation too as I never would have guessed that sculpture was over 15' high. Well captured.
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                      • #12
                        St. Paul's Carnival- DPS Night Photography Assignment
                        Assignment: Low Light/Night Photography
                        The Carnival is down the street from me, starting this week! I had to take advantage of it
                        EXIF Data:
                        Camera: Nikon D80
                        Exposure: 4 sec (4)
                        Aperture: f/20
                        Focal Length: 18 mm
                        ISO Speed: 100
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by oakwoodlott View Post
                          Can I just check the dates the photos should have been taken within? Shouldn't the dates be between 5/7/08 - 5/21/08. I think the dates shown are the dates for next weeks contest?
                          Whoops, sorry about that.. dates have been corrected..

                          Here's a non-firework/non-Disney/non-Ren Faire picture from me (change of pace I know..)..
                          What better way to express low-light than in a cave tho?
                          (bit fuzzy at larger sizes, didn't have a tripod with me...)

                          Marvel Cave formations
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                          • #14
                            Night photography

                            Hi there,
                            I'll like to share some of my pics with you... all feedback is well recieved.

                            Nightfall over Seattle

                            Seattle Stadiums

                            In my site I do have some other shots with very low light.

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                            • #15
                              Not for assignment

                              Just thought I'd throw in an couple of examples also, both I was proud of at the time

                              Off to Macau to get an official entry in!
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