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Night photography - lighted buildings

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Ropes4u, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. Ropes4u

    Ropes4u Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    I am trying to take some photos of some buildings along the beach. I shot in aperture, manual and bulb mode with a release last night but the lighted windows look fuzzy.

    I am guessing I am crippled by knowledge or lens selection (45 and the 12-50). But thought I would ask before the sun sets again tonight.

    Thank you

    BAXTING Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles SFV, CA
    What were your settings?
  3. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    and post an example so we can see what you mean.
  4. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Night shots and lighted windows looking fuzzy? Possibilities:

    1- exposure and a halo effect around the lighted windows. Solution would be a shorter exposure.

    2- autofocus with the target in a darker area of low contrast so didn't get the windows in focus. Add in shallow depth of field due to wide open aperture and even if some windows are in focus others are likely to not be in focus..

    Can you post some examples? You really haven't given us any information that would allow anyone to really say what the problem is, just make guesses.
  5. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Examples would help explain what you mean. But you do you mean the lights just end up being "blobs"? I like it when the points of light have a star effect rather than just a blob. However, this is affected by the lens and what aperature you shoot with. I find I have to shoot at least F11 to get somewhat decent stars.

    You can see some of my examples of night shots here:
  6. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
  7. Ropes4u

    Ropes4u Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    I will post photos when I get home and continue to give it a shot until then. I am sure the advice offered shows i overexposed the photos.

    Still learning the camera, lenses, photography past A mode and the trigger trap didn't help lol.

    Thank you
  8. Fri13

    Fri13 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 30, 2014
    What camera you have? If you have a E-M10 or E-M1 then try the live composite mode.... It is wonderful feature for night photography.
  9. shutterduster

    shutterduster Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 8, 2013
    Keremeos, BC. Canada
    Dave T
    My experience with shooting lights at night is a smaller aperture seems to work best. Start at about F11.

    Dave T
  10. Ropes4u

    Ropes4u Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    Second round of photos were better but I need practice. Will post some photos when I get home. This week I am shooting (trying) some time lapse
  11. DougVaughn

    DougVaughn Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2013
    Franklin, TN
    Doug Vaughn
    I've had good luck shooting around f/4 or f/5.6 with my E-M1 and 12-40 lens, but I can see how a smaller aperture would be good for star effects on lights. I chose the wider aperture so I could keep the exposure time down. I've found ISO800-1000 gives me good results (fairly low noise) and something under 1 second exposure. I usually go with aperture priority and -0.7 or so compensation. Trial and error ultimately got me to those settings.
  12. Ropes4u

    Ropes4u Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    Critique away…

    I inserted a few links for feedback. I have more but thought this would at least provide a start for now. I am open to help and have very thick skin.

    Thank you, John

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