First Night Shots - C&C

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  1. sapper6fd

    sapper6fd TPF Noob!

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    I fonaly got out the other day and took a few night shots. Two of my fav are below for you to C&C.

    Both images are of the Granville St Bridge in Vancouver taken from Granville Island - taken from different positions. If you some of you wouldnt mind, let me know what you would do with the post processing wise, I'd apreciate your input!


    First Image -
    F/11
    Shutter Speed - 30 Seconds
    ISO 200
    33mm

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    Second Image -
    F/3.5
    Exposure 2.5 Seconds
    ISO 200
    27mm

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    I'm not sure if its just the angle that they're taken from but both images give me a tilted horizon feeling. The first one looks a bit messy light wise.
     
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    Because this is a night shot, I feel like it is a little over exposed. I did a few tweaks to get it a little darker and looking more like night without completely blowing away your nice shot. It's just an idea... something to think about.

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    If you like the edit, what I did:
    1 brought it into PS and duplicated and multiplied the layer.
    2 reduced the opacity on the duplicate to about 60%
    3 flattened the image and saved
    4 brought the image into LR and increased black level to 5
    5 reduced the orange saturation
    6 deepened the shadows
     
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    I got the same feeling,but when I went to straighten it, other buildings became off-plumb. It must be do to lens distortion.
     
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    Thanks for the details. When I looked at the images I got that feeling that yes, they are a bit tilted. When I set up my tripod, I had everything leveled off. Funny how that works. As for them being overexposed, the reason I chose these images is because I intreaged by the look of what I call "Twilight by nightlight".

    Here is the first shot corrected to remove the tilt done in Lught Room

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    I really love the textures of the reflections on the water in the original of #2
     
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    I think you may have gone too far in the other direction on tilt.

    For "first time shots" these are excellent. Really well done. I usually watch for this because I'm a night photography addict so I like to help when I can, but really... you nailed it.

    The "light noise" comes from the night being hazy in this situation. Your exposure is spot-on.

    -very- well done.
     
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    Thanks for the details troops.
     
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    I agree. The originals are well done. They just need some minor cropping and I think they'd be perfect.
     

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