First attempt at shooting at night

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  1. shawnxstl

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    eh?

    Pointers? I'd like to eliminate that slight shadow to the right of the statue.
     
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    I think it would have been better at the subjects eye level...and maybe an external light on the cherub to enhance it, and eliminate grass.

    such a sad and lonely looking thing though.
     
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    Flashed?
     
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    I think a lower POV would be awesome.
     
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    Did you use an on camera flash (it looks like it)? To move/improve the shadows, you'll need to get that off of the camera and move it around.

    And, as others have stated, kneeling down would have improved the shot a good deal.
     
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    This is interesting. Nowhere near what I expected. Usually pictures at night are some kind of excercise in taking existing light sources and doing long exposures on them and whatnot.

    For me, the flash sort of takes all of that away. Certainly, you can employ a flash to do some interesting things in night shots, but in this case the particular pic might just as well have been taken in daylight.

    Just my opinion, of course.
     
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    Well, if the picture was taken during the day, it wouldn't give the dark/depressing feeling the statue gives off. To you, what fits that scenario better? A bright environment with flowers and a trampoline in the background or a complete blackness surrounding the sad looking figure? I'm not trying to shoot down your opinion or anything but I'm just telling you why i shot it at night :p.


    How would I go about eliminating the grass?
    and...wouldn't it just look like it's floating in nothingness if there was nothing visibly supporting it?




    Yeah I used a nikon speedlight. How is it possible to use that off-camera?

    the statue is right outside my backdoor. I'll take a new POV shot tomorrow night.


    Thanks for the comments/suggestions! keep them coming.
     
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    ^^^ Yeah, I understand what you were going for... the point I was trying to make was that the flash killed the spookiness for me.

    If you had some other light source (like the moon would have been AWESOME) it might have given you more of the effect you were looking for, or at least made more of an effect on me, personally.

    What this looked like was someone taking a picture in the dark using a flash.

    100% my take on it... if it works for you and you get the spooky feel, then awesome.

    I have a picture on my wall at work of some statues on the side of a church (taken at night). 1/2 the people who see it say it looks peaceful... 1/2 the people who see it say it looks spooky. I personally think it looks spooky, but pics hit different people differently.

    BTW, my statues are illuminated by hideous blaring incandescant lights from overhead. LOL Figures, right?
     
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    Ahhh. Alright, yeah i'll try a longer exposure on it tonight. Sky is looking pretty clear around her for the next few days.
     
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    What a wonderful shot. Evocative. I would prefer a bit more exposure in the back, maybe try again?
     
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    I'm probably going to go out tonight and get a few more different types of shots.

    Thanks for the comment rob!!! Much appreciated.
     
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    I personally like the shot. It has a bit of a creepy feel to it.
     

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