Ed and I surveyed Deerfield, the Main street Frisco light show, and
Watters Creek mall. The Frisco light show was interesting but not
from a photographers viewpoint. Watters Creek was a
disappointment. While they have lit the trees around the creek none
of the store windows are decorated in the Holiday spirit. That
leaves the Lights at Deerfield!
Below are some examples of what we will find. We will take MUCH
better images! In the spirit of "do as I say, not as I do", these
images broke all the rules of HDR photography of night scenes.
In the interest of time there was no tripod
Hand holding means the slowest shudder speed must be 1/30 second of
less. Hence the 10,000 ISO
That high ISO generated a LOT of noise. Believing that the
manufacturer knows how to handle their sensor noise best, Canon's
Digital Photo Professional was used to create 16 bit tif files
Photomatix was used to create the images.
We will meet between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM in the parking lot on the
SE corner of Archgate Dr and Legacy Drive. We are still paying for
the room so the $5 fee would be nice.
What is required:
- Camera (duh)
- An empty memory card or two
- Two charged batteries (one spare)
- The manual for your camera
The tripod is required because we want to use the lowest ISO
possible. An ISO in the 100 to 400 range is good for most current
cameras. This means we will have exposures of 30 seconds or more.
What would be nice but not necessary:
- Remote shutter release to minimize camera vibration (the 2
second delay timer can be used also)
- A wide angle lens in the 16 to 24 mm full frame equivalent.
If a wide angle lens is not available then we can stitch two or
more images to make a panorama.
- f/2.8 lens or faster to minimize the exposure time.
- An auto exposure bracketing feature on your camera. We will
likely need more than three pictures to capture all the
highlight and shadow details but being able to punch out two
sets of three brackets makes it go faster.
The manual for your camera is necessary if you need help. Some
of the settings on our cameras are obscure. A manual makes all
Thanks . . . Guy
Map to where we will meet: