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Oct 28, 2017 10:05:49   #
photophile Loc: Lakewood, Ohio, USA
 
christographer wrote:
Here are some of the photos taken on my first attempt at night photography. Is there a way to keep that sunburst to a minimum on the lights when taking a long exposure?

All shots taken in Cleveland, Ohio.

Comments? (I mean other than what a terrible team the Browns are or how the Indians choked in the world series...) ;-)


These are beautiful! I like 1 especially, I had the opportunity to take photos on the inside of Veteran's Mem. bridge not long ago and posted them on UHH.

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Oct 28, 2017 10:48:22   #
SpyderJan Loc: New Smyrna Beach. FL
 
christographer wrote:
Here are some of the photos taken on my first attempt at night photography. Is there a way to keep that sunburst to a minimum on the lights when taking a long exposure?

All shots taken in Cleveland, Ohio.

Comments? (I mean other than what a terrible team the Browns are or how the Indians choked in the world series...) ;-)


Many have mentioned the fix for the starbursts, but I like them, and the alternatives for eliminating them come with a cost. Reduced Depth of Field in the last shot would have been hard to deal with. I like your first attempt.

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Oct 28, 2017 10:54:26   #
Frank T
 
Eliminating the starbursts can be achieved by using a larger aperture. They usually show up at f16 and smaller. Personally, I like the

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Oct 28, 2017 11:27:51   #
christographer Loc: Cleveland, OH
 
crazydaddio wrote:
These are good.
Keep the starbursts (i know that wasnt your question but though i would slip in that editorial comment :-)


I kinda like them too ~ ;-) But - if I actually wanted to take a shot sans starburst ~ is it possible ?

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Oct 28, 2017 11:29:54   #
christographer Loc: Cleveland, OH
 
SpyderJan wrote:
Many have mentioned the fix for the starbursts, but I like them, and the alternatives for eliminating them come with a cost. Reduced Depth of Field in the last shot would have been hard to deal with. I like your first attempt.


But I want / need / gotta have the sharpest shot possible

It's always something.... :-)

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Oct 28, 2017 12:26:37   #
MikWar Loc: Chicago, Western Suburbs
 
I like the pics, particularly the closeup of the bridge girders. I also like the starbursts - they give some life to the shots.

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Oct 29, 2017 05:57:30   #
Bill29707 Loc: Greenville, NC
 
Beautiful pictures Christographer! I use to live in Cleveland west suburbs until 1999 when we moved to the Charlotte, NC area. I like the various colors you capture in the downtown area. Is the blue and red building in picture 1 still called Terminal Tower? I love the bridges there over the Cuyahoga River.

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Oct 29, 2017 07:41:28   #
John N Loc: HP14 3QF Stokenchurch, UK
 
Open up the aperture and use an ND filter if you want other effects from a long exposure.

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Oct 29, 2017 10:31:17   #
Ched49 Loc: Pittsburgh, Pa.
 
Nice photo's, the last time I checked, the Browns were beating Minnesota in England 6-0.

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Oct 29, 2017 12:40:23   #
crazydaddio Loc: Toronto Ontario Canada
 
christographer wrote:
I kinda like them too ~ ;-) But - if I actually wanted to take a shot sans starburst ~ is it possible ?


Yes. But as others noted, you will need to lower your F value to F8 or below. 2 things will happen
1) you lose DOF and some areas of the photo will not be in focus
2) with the extremely high dynamic range in the composition (ie complete black to completely lit at the lights), your lights will slightly mushy in appearance.

Other way to fix is meticulously pp'ing the spikes from the starbursts...wont catch me spending that much time on what are already excellent shots to make them look worse :-)

These are really quite good. Not sure I would have changed anything.

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Oct 29, 2017 16:13:08   #
photophile Loc: Lakewood, Ohio, USA
 
Bill29707 wrote:
Beautiful pictures Christographer! I use to live in Cleveland west suburbs until 1999 when we moved to the Charlotte, NC area. I like the various colors you capture in the downtown area. Is the blue and red building in picture 1 still called Terminal Tower? I love the bridges there over the Cuyahoga River.


Yes, it's still the Terminal Tower, I have been on it's observation floor and took several photos from there, posted them on UHH awhile back.

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Oct 29, 2017 17:04:53   #
hookedupin2005 Loc: Northwestern New Mexico
 
Beautiful photos... and the starbursts are great. Well done

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Oct 30, 2017 10:39:39   #
Thomas902 Loc: Washington DC
 
Lovely compositional elements Christographer...
As for what could be done to enhance?

Assisting many top commercial architectural shooters in my market has allowed a window into their tenured workflow...

They always shoot exteriors with their cameras mounted on massive tripods, lock mirror up, remote release and deploy image stacking in post processing to achieve edge to edge razor sharpness... This allows shooting wide open at (or near) their camera's basement ISO to minimize noise (which for low illumination values is a major detractor). They also deploy HDR third party solutions to achieve amazing dynamic range... Yes they will take many dozen's of captures for a single image... But then they are at the zenith of their field and can afford to pay my day rate for assisting... There is no arguing with commercial success...

Hope this helps Christographer or is at least food for thought...
I wish you well on your journey...

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Oct 30, 2017 12:02:42   #
crazydaddio Loc: Toronto Ontario Canada
 
Thomas902 wrote:
Lovely compositional elements Christographer...
As for what could be done to enhance?

Assisting many top commercial architectural shooters in my market has allowed a window into their tenured workflow...

They always shoot exteriors with their cameras mounted on massive tripods, lock mirror up, remote release and deploy image stacking in post processing to achieve edge to edge razor sharpness... This allows shooting wide open at (or near) their camera's basement ISO to minimize noise (which for low illumination values is a major detractor). They also deploy HDR third party solutions to achieve amazing dynamic range... Yes they will take many dozen's of captures for a single image... But then they are at the zenith of their field and can afford to pay my day rate for assisting... There is no arguing with commercial success...

Hope this helps Christographer or is at least food for thought...
I wish you well on your journey...
Lovely compositional elements Christographer... b... (show quote)


..and then dealing with any motion in the composition between the shots that will blur the stack (leaves blowing, cars, clouds moving etc) This technique works best when the scene is static correct (ie indoor architecture) ?

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Nov 15, 2017 07:24:23   #
Sdubois Loc: Narragansett RI
 
Just change your f/stop to a larger setting like f/5 else remove them in post with a clone tool. Which lens did you use for this?
And personally people kill for light stars like this. I keep my 80-200 AF 2.8 around just for that reason.

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