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    I had a go at night shooting, these were done on shutter priority, the some with tripod and some leaning against walls etc
    How did I go?

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    Am I ready to tackle the london nightlife?

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    Re: First Attempt

    i can see some noise on it. try shooting with the following settings

    manual mode
    aperture: f11 to f16
    exposure: depending on the ambient lights. may vary from 5 secs to bulb mode if needed. until you get the proper exposure
    ISO: lowest...
    AWB: depending on the lighting condition. you can shoot in raw and just change the WB on PS

    note: always keep your horizon straight use rule of third if needed

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    Re: First Attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by Poider View Post
    Am I ready to tackle the london nightlife?
    Well, I definitely feel we can see progress in your development as we come down through the set (you probably took the last two, first)!

    I do think the last two are much better images. They are, in my view, much superior in terms of the capture and the processing. They are much more interesting images, not being 'just' of an isolated building filling the frame. They (the last two) have, in my view, a story and much more interest to them.

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    Re: First Attempt

    thank you both
    the second last was my first and it was to see if i had the shutter speed right
    I need to get a stronger tripod
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    Re: First Attempt

    This is my latest crop of the cathedral
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    Re: First Attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by Poider View Post
    This is my latest crop of the cathedral
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    Just a suggestion, Peter. I would probably try to center the image to the frame since it is a head-on shot. I think you did pretty good with your shots. I might as well give this a try one night when everyone is asleep at home.

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    Re: First Attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by Poider View Post
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    My own view about something like this is that given you've gone for a straight on shot (which is fine), then it needs to be completely symmetrical. You've got more of a space on the left hand side than you have on the right. I would say that had to be corrected.

    The other thing is, of course, that it's leaning backwards. That's because you had the camera tilted upwards. Is this the effect you wanted?

    I don't know how well developed your post processing skills are, but I do wonder if this would look better with perspective correction to correct the distortion. Most post processing software packages have some form of perspective correction.

    EDIT - I see Willie got in just ahead of me, saying the same thing.

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    Re: First Attempt

    I thought of showing you, Peter what a possible correction would look like. This was done using Lightroom 3.

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    Re: First Attempt

    thanks for that, I did think about distortion repair as such but i am not very experienced in post production.

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    Re: First Attempt

    Peter-in one of my storm photos the poles are leaning and for the same reason as this cathedral-wide angle, close and perhaps the camera was slightly tilted. Take a look at PTLens as well as what Jiro has done with LR which you may well be happy with when you try it with other buildings. You can have a free 10-day trial too -see the yellow writing above the photo -there's a tutorial too you can look at. http://epaperpress.com/ptlens/

    I'll be getting this when I return from the US . I have chase friend in PA who put me onto this and he shoots derelict Prairie buildings too, wide angle and close up - inside sometimes and of course he has those leaning telephone poles in his storm photos and corrects them with this PTLens to great effect- it sorts it. Maybe someone on here has it.

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    Re: First Attempt

    Ok Iv'e cropped, centered, staightened, undistortionalised, unyellowed and reposted, if ya don't like it this time I will jump through the computer and rip ya ****** arms off LOL

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    Re: First Attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by Poider View Post
    ... if ya don't like it this time I will jump through the computer and rip ya ****** arms off
    In that case, ....... it's absolutely wonderful!

    Just think of it as all part of the learning experience!

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    Re: First Attempt

    I'm having fun along the way too
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    Re: First Attempt

    Hi Peter,

    At risk of personal injury
    I think the distortion correction has gone just a tad too far; always err on the side of under correction
    Did you use the grid overlay? I find it essential; it allows you to correct any minute rotational errors* (and these should be done before the tilt)

    * not that I'm saying that's a problem here, I can't tell easily, but I measured with a ruler; and the towers do diverge now

    Also, I suspect the orangey colour was more what it looked like than the corrected version, wasn't it?

    Argh, that hurt

    Never-the-less, going back to the first post with the whole series, yes, overall they're a good effort, it was well worth having the practice though

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