Neighborhood Fountain

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    Heres a shot i took tonight and kind of like how there are three distinct colors. maybe a bit distracting but tell me what you think and how to improve! thanks

    oh i shot this under a street light when it was dark out. i used 30" and f20 and 1600 iso. im using a 40d with a 28-135mm lens 3.5/5.6

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    im pretty impressed that this was taken at night...has an odd feel to it, i guess that explains it.
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    Very nice. Hard to tell it was taken at night.

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    Heres a shot i took tonight and kind of like how there are three distinct colors. maybe a bit distracting but tell me what you think and how to improve! thanks

    oh i shot this under a street light when it was dark out. i used 30" and f20 and 1600 iso. im using a 40d with a 28-135mm lens 3.5/5.6

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    Great shot.

    I'd have used a bulb and upped the shutter duration 2-3 stops to drop the ISO 2-3 stops. That's partly why the colour looks off even though the balance is about right.

    If you went a stop further on the shutter and added an inverted graduated filter to bring down the foreground and up the background you'd balance the fore- and background better.

    Small aperture is unavoidable if you need the depth of field, but you could sacrifice a stop or two to bring down the ISO a bit more to 100-200.

    You could use a spirit level to straighten out the horizon. There also seems to be some pronounced barrel distortion going on, but maybe that's just an optical illusion from the shape of the landscape. Either way, it's distracting and you could correct that in Photoshop. You'd end up with crisp looking bands of colour.

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    Hi KH817,

    I like the shot and appreciate what you went through to make the exposure. My eye was drawn away from the fountain because of all the light colored grass in the foreground. I re-cropped your image to see what it would look like with less grass showing. See what you think.

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    I commend you on this creative shot - night shots can be tricky. I agree with some of the comments, in particular, the straightening of the photo and cropping of the foreground grass. I would like to have seen this taken from the edge of the grass (if possible), thus removing the grass entirely and you would have captured more detail. Thanks for sharing.
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    Great shot. It is difficult to get such clean crisp shots at night but you succeeded.

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    thanks a ton everyone. i actually tried the bulb setting but without a remote it was terrible. i just set my camera on a plastic bin to steady it and set the timer so i could get away from it. i like the cropped version now that i see it, i just went for almost a rule of thirds with the foreground, main, and background. again thanks a bunch and im going to keep playing with different settings like you all have suggested. i just got my first camera last thursday so im having a ton of fun and appreciate the forum a lot.


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