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  1. anton980

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    Shot this photo tonight, and I'd like to hear your comments. Thanks!

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    Anton
     
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    Great shot. the only thing I would do is crop out the dark edge of the fountain at the bottom. and maybe a tad off the top. but non the less a great shot.
     
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    Ya, a little too much black at the top, but a awesome shot!! Looks like something from "back to the future" ??? great colors!!
     
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    Thanks very much for comments, Dirt! (feels awkward calling you that, sorry). You think the pool edge is a distraction? I actually intentionally left it in to create somewhat of a base for a photo.

    Ray, thank you very much! How much of the top would you suggest I crop out? I spent some time playing with the cropping, and I felt taking too much out would make the photo look claustrophobic, so to speak. If you have any suggestions, feel free to modify this photo. Thanks again!

    I only wish the moon was passing through that part of the skyscape ;)

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    nice. I like the bottom of the fountain edge there.. But agree with cropping the top.

    I've been trying to hone my night taking skills, especially now dealing with a bit of insomnia, how did you get the building so clear, and crisp? I tend to have my iluminated buildings get blurry from too much light with long exposures...
     
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    I shot a few photos yesterday untill I got it the way I liked it (I'd probably have to shoot a full roll of film with slightly different settings to make sure I get at least one exposure perfect). But ballancing exposure time with aperture size did the trick. I also metered for the brighter spot on the clock tower to make sure I dont blow out the whites.

    If you wish, I can post the exact settings for this shot.
     
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    Yes, I'd like that! thanks. Then I can compare to mine to see what I can do..
     
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    Hello again. Here are the numbers:

    Camera: Nikon D70
    Focal Length: 18 mm (it's a tightly cropped photo)
    Mode: manual
    Exposure compensation: -0.7
    Aperture: f18
    Shutter: 30 seconds
    Metering: Matrix
    Time of exposure: 2005/05/06 @ 20:54:30 (I got there late, I wanted to capture a nice gradient sky, but now that I think of it, that wouldnt work anyways - this photo is looking to the East)
    Saturation: Enhanced
    Color: Mode3A
    Hue: 0
    Tone: Auto
    Sharpness: Auto
    WB: Auto
    ISO: 200

    Also note that a cooling filter was used to give it a more bluish tone.

    Hope that helps!

    By the way, I just looked at your night DC gallery - #5 is awesome, but I'd clone the tree branches out from the left.

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    great capture! yes all i would do is a top crop! everything else spot on :thumbup:
     
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    I like it a lot. Maybe a better crop would help out....however great night shot.
     
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    I agree!
     
  12. anton980

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    Thanks to everyone for contributing a critique. I agree with the "too much black on top" comments, and I've fixed that. However, I'm not touching the base of the fountain! ;)

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