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    Weekly Photo Challenge - Low Light

    We are focused* on the idea of "LOW" (or limited).
    So, since I am so often 'in the dark'* I propose you show us your skills working with limited lighting.




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    Armchair,
    When I saw your photo, one word immediately came to mind; "WOW"!

    Way back in my 'film' days (before the advent of digital photography) I was always partial to Available-Light Photography. It presents a unique set of challenges.
    There are many beautiful things you can do as you explore the subtle interactions of light, shadow and reflections.
    For example, a favorite trick when shooting a portrait is to have the model hold an open newspaper just out of the frame. The newsprint on white provides just the right amount of (neutral) gray to bounce a soft FILL light on the face of the model!
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    Thanks Parkin.

    Funny, actually this picture looks alot different at my work PC. One of my monitors is out by a way, and I hope it's not this new one at home(Do you see the detail in the bookshelf on the left of the picture? like, all the books instead of just shadow?)

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    I can see all books armchaircritic. Here's a calibration tool:
    http://www.photofriday.com/calibrate.php

    I don't know if sunset light counts as "limited":


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    Thanks wdg. I Just can't seem to get the right calibration here.. still thanks for that link it did help slightly. Obviously something here I need to investigate, becuase my photo was supposed to have very dark areas to the sides

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    Beautiful work, WDG!
    Did you modify the Dynamic Range on that sunset photo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ParkinT View Post
    Beautiful work, WDG!
    Did you modify the Dynamic Range on that sunset photo?
    Thanks ParkinT. Yes, as is mentioned on my Flickr gallery, colors has been slightly enhanced. I don't recall the exact way I did it though. The original was a bit darker.

    armchaircritic, some old monitors just wont get brighter anymore. If it's the case with your monitor.. maybe it's time for it to retire.

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    Out of curiosity, what type of lens are all of you using on these photos, what f-stop, shutter speed, ISO, etc.?

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    It was 2AM, a strong rainstorm was in progress. The neighbor left a porch light on. The lacy quality of this view was enchanting, so I took a photo in the unlit room, only the window glowed.
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    Quick montage made from 5 minutes spent messing about light painting with a dslr with a long exposure in a darkened room in front of some cd decks and a mixer


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    That's a nice absraction there id-audio.. I would have wondered how you made it if it was not for the description, and I wouldn't have guessed it was a mixer either.

    I have another one which I found recently:


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    Cool

    Here's one that I took last month on a holiday in Khajuraho



    I took this during the light & sound show which takes place every evening at the western group of temples.
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    nice pic dude. Did you do any post-production on that? I had a similar picture of the parthenon in athens that I had to work some magic on, as the original picture was a bit lifeless..

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    Quote Originally Posted by armchaircritic View Post
    nice pic dude. Did you do any post-production on that? I had a similar picture of the parthenon in athens that I had to work some magic on, as the original picture was a bit lifeless..
    Thanks Andy.

    Yes the photo is a bit processed since I took it in RAW (to avoid noise reduction of the camera). There was a bit of colour noise in the black areas so removed that in Lightroom and then applied a bit of contrast to the top of temple to make it a bit more visible. Those are the only adjustments done to the photo.

    And I might add that since I was taking these without a tripod or any other support, just about all came blurred, only 3 (including this) out of 15 came out ok.
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    I had the same problem with my shots of the Parthenon, Amit.

    I didn't have (nor do I have yet) a tripod, and so I shot a hell load of really quick shutter pics, experimented a bit and did some post-production on them. I shot them in RAW also after experimenting, and becuase I realised that I'd need to play with them afterwards.. so I'm thankful I did it at the time.

    I think I posted the pic in question here before, but I'll drop it in here again just so you can see what the result was.


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    Quote Originally Posted by armchaircritic View Post
    I didn't have (nor do I have yet) a tripod, and so I shot a hell load of really quick shutter pics, experimented a bit and did some post-production on them.
    I would seriously suggest that you get a tripod if you take group photos or low light photos. A light tripod would be good as you can take it in your backpack on your travels as well. In low light situations its an indispensable accessory. I'd planned to take mine but before leaving for the train station, I accidently left my tripod in my friend's car & thus I was without a tripod when shooting those night photos!!

    Quote Originally Posted by armchaircritic View Post
    I shot them in RAW also after experimenting, and becuase I realised that I'd need to play with them afterwards.. so I'm thankful I did it at the time.
    Yep, so I have also learned from experience that when taking low light shots its better to shoot RAW as you can play with it easily later on which won't be easy with JPEG. Also, don't know about other cameras but mine (Panasonic FZ50) has a kind of aggressive noise reduction which kinda sucks. But the good thing is that its only on JPEGs, so shooting RAW means that one can escape that noise reduction & deal with whatever noise is there in a better way!

    Quote Originally Posted by armchaircritic View Post
    I think I posted the pic in question here before, but I'll drop it in here again just so you can see what the result was.
    It looks great, no doubt. I've not seen any other photos of Parthenon so ofcourse can't compare but just looking at this photo, it sure looks quite good!!
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    It's been a while since I've posted - we moved to another part of town last month and enough has been de-boxed that I can focus on other things now!

    So I thought I'd chime back in with this picture of a full moon. I took it using the "night" setting on my camera. Not to bad.



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    Oh that's a nice one warp I really need to get myself a tripod as there are some really funky things you can do with the night/moonlight, but most of them depend on a steady camera using a longer shutter speed.

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    My inside braai (bbq) in Cape Town. Nothing quite like cooking chops and wors on a braai inside while it pisses with rain... happier days. Slow shutter speed gives the "rocket ship" effect of the flames.
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    Nice capture of the fire

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    Trying out my new Canon A650IS; 4 photos taken and panorama created.


    I had a photo similar to yours id-audio - I was using my SLR and had it on auto and it was so dark the shutter would not close. I tried turning the camera and pointing at lights to get it to shut !

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    I love panoramic pics.. must get set up with a tripod soon so I have give them a try. Is there a setting on your camera or do you just 'wing it' manually moving it? I suppose some photoshop work is required afterwards? Still, great picture Rubble!

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    @armchaircritic you can use Photoshop's Photomerge tool. Just point it to the files in the sequence and it does the dirty work for you. Sometimes you need to do some cleaning up afterwards if the pics don't match up properly.
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