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Handheld Night Photography - Columbus

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Jman, May 9, 2012.

  1. Jman

    Jman Mu-43 Veteran

    475
    Apr 20, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    Went out handheld night shooting again. Man, I LOVE the IS in the E-M5.

    With Oly 12/2:
    cbus_night.

    I'm not usually one for built in camera 'art filters' or shooting JPEG, but the ones on the E-M5 are actually pretty good. I was trying them out a bit tonight so I could talk about them in my upcoming review, and I was shocked that I really liked the soft focus art filter for night shots. Here's an example:
    huntington_night.

    And an example with the 'grainy B&W setting':
    night_shadows.

    These two are with the Leica 25/1.4. The first shot really shows what the right camera can let you do. I had to shoot with the camera over my head to get the perspective I needed, as the statue begins about 8 feet above the ground (on a pedestal), so I had to use the tilt screen down to frame the shot. Then, the IS allowed me to only us ISO 800 for the shot. This is ISO 800, f/1.4, 1/6sec! I used Lightroom's white balance brush capability to change the WB of the statue (that was lit by high pressure sodium lamps), but leave the WB on the statehouse as is.
    mckinley_night.

    statehouse_flags.
     
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  2. ssgreenley

    ssgreenley Mu-43 Top Veteran

    509
    May 12, 2011
    These are amazing. I love that 12mm, but I never tried using the soft focus filter on night buildings. Sounds like I've got some experimentin' to do...
     
  3. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Wow 1/6th of a second. Want..
     
  4. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    Did you use a shift lens on that first shot?

    EDIT: Never mind...I see you used the 12/2. The buildings just seem a bit more vertical than I would expect.
     
  5. mono55

    mono55 Mu-43 Regular

    61
    Jan 13, 2012
    Very nice series indeed.

    Kat
     
  6. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    The first is a powerful composition with an amazing value range. Great choice for B+W. Thanks for sharing.