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High tide

High tide
Copyright ©2007, Martin Blunt ¤

It was a high tide a nearly full moon and foggy I thought I would try someting different. Any tips on night time shooting I would be pleased to hear as I seemed to be shooting blind.

Photographer: Martin Blunt ¤
Folder: N.D. Scapes
Uploaded: 2007-Nov-28 12:42 EST
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Camera: Olympus E-300
Lens: Olympus 14-45mm f3.5/5.6
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 25 sec
Focal Length: 14 mm
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: Yes
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I don't know about tips martin as I am just getting into the night fotos myself. However, I do like what you have here and will be interested to follow other comments on how to deal with the very bright light spots from the lights. Was your shutter speed 25 seconds, or a 25th of a second? Have fun. george

george shaw ¤1 at 13:45 EST on 2007-Nov-28 [Reply]


George, that's exactly the worry/problem I am concerned about. The exposure was 25 seconds. It was very dark. Thanks for the interest.

Martin Blunt ¤1 at 13:50 EST on 2007-Nov-28 [Reply]


this doesn't look like high tide to me LOL ...looks like the water can go up some more to long exposure shots i prefer to keep the aperture to smaller to avoid washed out highlights like in the case of the lamplights, and of course turn on in camera noise reduction ...this is good albeit some bright spots were overexposed; you can decrease the hilight in PS still ...cheers ;-))

dee vee HoF Win ¤ $1 at 15:59 EST on 2007-Nov-28 [Reply]


dee vee, two useful tips many thanks for those. Next foggy night I shall try again. It was the street lights I had the most trouble with and the moon they always became the 'blown high' lights. I even tried shooting through a ND gradient filter to tone down the glare(very difficult when is dark ;-))). Still no luck. I shall keep experimenting.

Martin Blunt ¤1 at 16:19 EST on 2007-Nov-28 [Reply]


I don't have a lot of experience with night shots so can't help you there. Overall the image (besides the highlights) looks a bit "flat" to me. Maybe adding contrast through levels / curves could improve that? Otherwise nice scenery and definitely a good attempt.

Reinier van Beest Win ¤ $ $1 at 02:25 EST on 2007-Nov-29 [Reply]


For streetlights right in front if you, use F11 or smaller like F16 to get that star light effect. It should also minimize the glare. Speaking of glare, remove any filters, including UV, to avoid it. The photo can also benefit from some contrast adjustment in Photoshop. Also, turn anti-shake on. Very good first try, by the way.

Norman Aquino1 at 07:09 EST on 2007-Nov-29 [Reply]


I don't have much experience with night shooting, but I do think that you have done very nicely here! excellent composition.

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $1 $ at 08:16 EST on 2007-Nov-29 [Reply]


Rapologieseiner, Norman and Vaggelis I apologies for not replying before but a trip to London with no access to the internet stopped me from replying.

 Many thanks for the comments and encouragement as the weather has turned nasty I shall leave night shots until it gets warmer and clearer. 

Norman I have been admiring your night shots and will try your advice. Thank you.

Martin Blunt ¤1 at 16:22 EST on 2007-Dec-02 [Reply]