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Jan 7, 2019 14:55:22   #
pdsilen
 
Last night I made my first attempt at shooting street scenes at night. And I am very disappointed with the results. They came out to be very grainy. There was too much flair from the street lights. I did this shoot at 8:30 PM on North Main Street in Roswell, New Mexico. I used a Canon 7D with a Sigma 18-50 mm lens. Should I have used a different lens? Are there any filters I should have used?. I'm open to suggestions.







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Jan 7, 2019 14:56:32   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
You have to store the original. You have about 45-minutes to edit and remove these attachments and re-add and store the originals, as in check the box. Otherwise, we're just guessing at your exposure parameters. You'll get much better help from allowing access to the images.

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Jan 7, 2019 15:00:33   #
BebuLamar
 
First I am not so sure but I think the street lights look the way they are because they are way overexposed. So what I would do using your camera I would use a tripod. The only image of the three has a car moving the rest are static so a long exposure time is no problem. I would use the base ISO. I would also reduce exposure from what the meter suggested to make sure I don't overexpose the street light. I would shoot RAW and then make the shadow brighter in PP.

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Jan 7, 2019 15:01:07   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
Off the cuff, auto ISO and the camera bumped it up?

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Jan 7, 2019 17:28:37   #
tradio Loc: Oxford, Ohio
 
The way I approach this situation is ISO 100, Aperture whatever is needed and shutter on bulb, mirror up and just count out seconds. Start with 5 and see if it's too dark or too light and adjust your timing accordingly.
When you are dealing with total black, you may find you will have better results with LOW ISO.

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Jan 7, 2019 18:34:43   #
SonyA580 Loc: FL in the winter & MN in the summer
 
I did this shoot at 8:30 PM

You picked a real tough situation to capture correctly. If you can, re-submit with []STORE ORIGINAL checked. It would help to identify the problem areas. If you can't do that, tell us what settings you used on the various shots (aperture, speed, ISO and white balance).

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Jan 7, 2019 19:28:06   #
pdsilen
 
thanks. I'll do that
I did check Store Original. Here's where I probably went wrong. My settings should have been manual. Instead I did everything on auto.

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Jan 7, 2019 19:30:32   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
pdsilen wrote:
thanks. I'll do that
I did check Store Original. Here's where I probably went wrong. My settings should have been manual. Instead I did everything on auto.

All you have to do is <reply> and you can add them again and store the originals this time. Click the box before clicking the <add attachment> button.

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Jan 8, 2019 06:09:37   #
catchlight..
 
ISO 100 and a tripod. adjust the timing to the needle. You will also get some nice effects from moving vehicle lights...

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Jan 8, 2019 10:52:50   #
Fotoartist Loc: Pleasant Ridge, Michigan
 
Shoot at 15-20 minutes after sunset for a nice deep blue sky.

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Jan 8, 2019 11:27:59   #
gvarner Loc: Central Oregon Coast
 
I see mostly over exposure. Lower the ISO to keep the grain down. 1200 max works pretty well for my D7000.

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Jan 8, 2019 12:13:00   #
photoman022 Loc: Manchester CT USA
 
I forget where I downloaded it from, but I have a table of suggested Night Time Exposures, which have worked for me. You need a tripod and the suggested exposure setting for the photos you're doing would be ISO 100, f/16, 20 seconds. If you increase the ISO you proportionally decrease the shutter speed (ex. ISO 200, shutter speed 10 seconds). The chart isn't perfect because there is always varying intensity (brightness) of different lights, but it does get you in the ballpark.

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Jan 8, 2019 13:40:41   #
Todd G
 
I see the car lights arn't streaked so you have a high ISO. I had to play around with mine also because they were just allright. I found set the ISO on 100 and use aperture priority. They came out better. Tripod is a must. You can also use bulb and hold the lens open longer especially when cars go by for the light streaks. Also I like to set the aperture to 16 to get some stars on the street lights. Use manual focus.

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Jan 8, 2019 14:49:55   #
Architect1776 Loc: Williamsport Pa
 
pdsilen wrote:
Last night I made my first attempt at shooting street scenes at night. And I am very disappointed with the results. They came out to be very grainy. There was too much flair from the street lights. I did this shoot at 8:30 PM on North Main Street in Roswell, New Mexico. I used a Canon 7D with a Sigma 18-50 mm lens. Should I have used a different lens? Are there any filters I should have used?. I'm open to suggestions.


I have a 7D and the dark buildings and very bright lights exceed getting both exposed well.
To avoid burning out the lights I shoot at dusk when lights are on but still light in the sky to light the building for proper exposure including the color of lights. I use ISO 100 and bracket over and under from meter reading by changing shutter speed. Pretty simple and choose what I like.
See attached.



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Jan 8, 2019 22:01:15   #
pdsilen
 
Thank you very much for your input. I'll certainly take note of that.

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