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Added by Sharon
on Nov 11, 2012.
 

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  • Sandra

    Great minds think alike! I got that shot too, but yours is better, how come you got spotlights onto St. Pauls? those beams look great!

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  • Sharon

    Thanks Sandra. I'm sure yours is great. The spotlights were there-! I thought it made St Paul's stand out. Tricky to get a good long exposure as the bridge really does wobble!

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  • Sandra

    Haha, I know, it wobbled a lot and then I had people flashing left right and centre... (their camera flashes that is...) must go there midnight or so when it is quiet.... :-)

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  • A former member

    I tried this shot myself but didn't get it quite as good as this. I know what you mean about the wobble though, I think it's what spoilt my photos.

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  • Kay

    Nice symentry on this shot and spotlights, I prefer the sky a little darker. I had that trouble in some of my shots of sky being a grainy black - not sure that was due to too much lighting from buildings in the city or the settings on my camera?

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  • A former member

    Kay - The sky will end up being a grainy black because it is over exposed. The camera tries to compensate for the darkness by over exposing. With dark shots, it's actually better to underexpose a shot slightly. That's how it's been explained to me in the past anyway.

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  • Kay

    Thanks for that, a friend also said its good to use Tungsten white balance when doing night shots, it makes the sky a nice navy blue tone apparently.

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  • Pete S.

    Another very successful shot. And I do actually like the exposure of the sky here. Its just right to give a sense of darkness, show the yellowy light near the horizon and show the beams from the spotlights on the cathedral. The problem I have (being picky!) is that the spotlights are not symmetrical! I know thats not your fault. But I think it does detract from a shot that works because of its symmetry. I think its a very obvious thing to do, with the bridge leading your eye right down its middle to the dome. But the lights ruin things a bit and then the no symmetrical buildings either side make matters worse. So I wonder if you had tried the same shot, but moving right over to the railings, you would have got a similar shot but much more dynamic and the lack of symmetry wouldnt have mattered so much. Just a thought. Its a very tricky building to photograph as the spotlights are also uneven. SO the expose needs to be slightly different on the left than on the right. This can be done by blending two exposures together but then you have to be really careful with the sky looking the same on both sides. Not an easy subject at all. I am being very picky here... :)

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  • Sharon

    Thanks for your comments Pete. I originally liked this photo for the beams but also thought something was not quite right with it. I did go on to do a shot from the railings as you suggested which probably would work better for its lack of symmetry altogether.. And then I wouldn't get all confused from blending skies!

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