First time at night with the new camera

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    First time at night with the new camera

    I just got a digital slr a nikon d60 so i decided to try it out at night and see what it does. This picture was taken with an exposure of 10 minutes and an fstop of 5.6 i believe it was. Any help or suggestions is appreciated.Name:  DSC_0055.jpg
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    My first suggestion would be get out of the city.

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    I ma actually about thirty miles from the city. the glow on the tree is actually from a street lamp but i thought it gave it a different look on the tree

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    That might be an effect to work on. See if you can get a shot (on tripod, of course) of the tree with the lamp on and off. Then you can mix the two shots in varying degrees to adjust the effect.

    Here's another idea to try. Get one of those interval timers than can be programmed to shoot many times at fixed intervals for a specified time. Get a portable flash that can be fired off camera (most can be). Set up like this in a dark rural location without a street lamp. Figure the exposure parameters for you get get a usable scene in each shot. Start the timer and walk to the tree, carefully listening for when it shoots. Be sure the exposure time is long enough for you to hear it and fire the flash, too. Each time it shoots fire the flash from a different angle and/or location, especially around the tree (but not directly at the camera unless you want that effect to work with). Shoot at least a few dozen shots.

    In post processing select some interesting shots. Select a multiple of 3 (e.g. 12 or 21 or 33 or whatever you like) of these shots. For 1/3 of them just take the red channel. For another 1/3 just take the green channel. For the final 1/3 just take the blue channel. Combine all the pictures in their respective channels. The effect you should see is if you have a bunch of red, green and blue colored lights at different locations and angles for one shot.

    FYI, this is one of the variations of light painting and can be very fun once you master mixing the images.
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