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Sep 11, 2020 13:17:43   #
LEWHITE7747 Loc: 33773
 
Still having problems with night cityscapes---suggestions--also flaring of the lights on the right side of photo. What caused this and how to eliminate this?


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Sep 11, 2020 13:39:25   #
Ourspolair
 
First shot lens flare - are you using your lens hood? Do you have a "protective" filter on your lens?

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Sep 11, 2020 13:52:43   #
Architect1776 Loc: Williamsport Pa
 
Ourspolair wrote:
First shot lens flare - are you using your lens hood? Do you have a "protective" filter on your lens?


Lens flare like that is hard to eliminate especially with point light sources.
I just live with it.
Be nice if there is a good solution as to how to eliminate it as a hood would have NO effect and if on or off makes no difference and if you removed the filter that is about as far as you can go.

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Sep 11, 2020 13:53:48   #
Strodav Loc: Houston, Tx
 
The lens quality makes a big difference on this kind of photography. The EXIF data says Canon EOS 5DS R, but it doesn't have the lens, so what zoom lens were you using?

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Sep 11, 2020 13:54:29   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
LEWHITE7747 wrote:
Still having problems with night cityscapes---suggestions--also flaring of the lights on the right side of photo. What caused this and how to eliminate this?


The images are missing shutter speed and aperture information. But I'd guess that you're shooting at an aperture that is smaller than wide open, and that is what is causing the star patterns on the lights. That's a desirable "look" for shots like these. It has nothing to do with a lens hood or filter, unless you had a "star effect" filter on and forgot to take it off.

I'm going to guess that that you are a tiny bit overexposed as well. These kinds of images come out best when you shoot raw, use a lower exposure value, and raise the shadow level and diminish the highlight level in post processing.

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Sep 11, 2020 13:59:17   #
AirWalter Loc: Tipp City, Ohio
 
LEWHITE7747 wrote:
Still having problems with night cityscapes---suggestions--also flaring of the lights on the right side of photo. What caused this and how to eliminate this?


I don't know much about this subject, but I really like your images . . . all of them. Don't be too hard on yourself. If I could capture some of these like you have I would be very happy.



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Sep 11, 2020 15:09:46   #
LEWHITE7747 Loc: 33773
 
Thank you for all your replies. Just trying to get better. Your inputs are much appreciated.

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Sep 11, 2020 16:19:24   #
LEWHITE7747 Loc: 33773
 
Strodav wrote:
The lens quality makes a big difference on this kind of photography. The EXIF data says Canon EOS 5DS R, but it doesn't have the lens, so what zoom lens were you using?


I am using a Rokinon 14mm 2.8 with autofocus. I just bought this lens and it had good reviews.

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Sep 11, 2020 17:09:29   #
Strodav Loc: Houston, Tx
 
LEWHITE7747 wrote:
I am using a Rokinon 14mm 2.8 with autofocus. I just bought this lens and it had good reviews.


That lens gets good reviews - enjoy. I'm not sure what you are calling flare, but if you mean the 14 pointed star around point sources, that's very normal for a 7 blade aperture, which I believe this lens has. Most people work hard to get that type of effect as it's considered artistic. In any case, here's a good article on lens flare, it's causes and solutions. To the best of my knowledge, there is no way to get rid of it in this type of photo. You can tone down the highlights in PP, but I think your images look pretty good the way they are.

https://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/lens-flare.htm

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Sep 11, 2020 20:15:11   #
LEWHITE7747 Loc: 33773
 
Thank you for your input.

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Sep 12, 2020 07:08:31   #
ELNikkor
 
Your photos look good, but the constant yellow/orange tone of the lights can get monotonous. Try using other settings than "Sunlight". I often try "Auto White Balance" or "Incandescent" when shooting cityscapes at night. Also, use a variety of focal lengths for tighter shots, less sky and water.

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Sep 12, 2020 08:31:46   #
Blair Shaw Jr
 
Gene51 wrote:
The images are missing shutter speed and aperture information. But I'd guess that you're shooting at an aperture that is smaller than wide open, and that is what is causing the star patterns on the lights. That's a desirable "look" for shots like these. It has nothing to do with a lens hood or filter, unless you had a "star effect" filter on and forgot to take it off.

I'm going to guess that that you are a tiny bit overexposed as well. These kinds of images come out best when you shoot raw, use a lower exposure value, and raise the shadow level and diminish the highlight level in post processing.
The images are missing shutter speed and aperture ... (show quote)



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Sep 12, 2020 10:25:39   #
camerapapi Loc: Miami, Fl.
 
This is my take on your images. Your technique is fine. Some of the images have a red cast and some need slight rotation to even the horizon.
I like the exposures on these. As a matter of fact I tend to open the shadows to taste when I shoot night scenes. I said to taste because the night atmosphere of the shot should be preserved.

Images like these are a breeze using Olympus cameras with the Live Composite feature because the brightness of the highlights is preserved without overexposing them.

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Sep 12, 2020 10:41:27   #
LEWHITE7747 Loc: 33773
 
I have a friend that has tried to switch me to Olympus. They are nice cameras.

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Sep 12, 2020 11:37:54   #
jimvanells Loc: Augusta, GA
 
I think you waited too long to shoot your night time images. City scapes are best right after sunset. These "blue hour" images have a deep blue sky and the lights of the building show up very well. This has worked well for me in DC and I will send you a private message with a city scape of Boston so can see what I am talking about.

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