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TakeTwo

South Lake Tahoe, US
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TakeTwo Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009
Thu 31-Mar-11 05:56 AM | edited Thu 31-Mar-11 05:57 AM by TakeTwo

Here is a night shot of Cave Rock in Lake Tahoe that I took this evening, The cave is lit by passing motorists. Looking North. I forgot to switch the auto white balance off as I would have changed it but oh well. I'm getting older. I remembered the other 4 important things. I did plug the view finder as it does let stray light in.

d7k
30 sec.
ISO 800
f4

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JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#1. "RE: A night shot." | In response to Reply # 0

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Thu 31-Mar-11 05:10 AM

Excellent job! I love the way the sky and cave got their exposures balanced out.

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TakeTwo

South Lake Tahoe, US
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#2. "RE: A night shot." | In response to Reply # 1

TakeTwo Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009
Thu 31-Mar-11 08:54 PM

Cave Rock is a Wahoe Indian worship spot. Many time in the early morning while I'm launching my boat, there are the Wahoe Indians Singing to the rock. Its a sight to behold. Thank you for your comment.

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Robman3

West of Santa Monica, US
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Robman3 Registered since 12th Apr 2010
Thu 31-Mar-11 09:29 PM

Donald,

Great image.

I went to college in Incline, so I believe the spelling is Washoe.

DO you have any shots from Pyramid Lake?

Rob

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TakeTwo

South Lake Tahoe, US
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TakeTwo Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009
Thu 31-Mar-11 11:00 PM

Rob, you are correct. No I have not been to Pyramid Lake in some time. I'll put in on my do list. Don

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PAStime

Kingston, CA
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#5. "RE: A night shot." | In response to Reply # 4

PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009
Thu 31-Mar-11 11:49 PM

Nice shot. Fun experimentation with long exposure. I see you captured a satellite. Peter

RockyIII

Raleigh, US
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RockyIII Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 27th May 2006
Fri 01-Apr-11 12:20 AM

I wondered what that streak was. Nice shot.

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TakeTwo

South Lake Tahoe, US
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TakeTwo Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009
Fri 01-Apr-11 01:19 AM

I see some hot pixels in the image too. A red one right above the satellite. Hum, Not so good. It looks like fast glass and ISO 100 = no hot pixels. I don't have enough experience at the trial and error of ISO versus shutter speed. Which is the best trade off to help with hot pixels. I really need the depth of field on some of my upcoming shots. Can anyone share their settings for night shots similar to what I'm doing here?

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amolsan

IN
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#8. "RE: A night shot." | In response to Reply # 2

amolsan Registered since 14th Mar 2011
Sat 02-Apr-11 07:10 AM

WOW! Great pic. I can almost hear the worship songs.
Amol

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KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
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#9. "RE: A night shot." | In response to Reply # 8

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Sat 02-Apr-11 11:22 AM

Great pic Donald, I love the sky colour! I'm thinking just shoot at whatever aperture you need and clone out the hot pixel in post. Back when the camera was new Thom advised hot pixels come with the territory in certain shooting situations and that the D7000 was middle of the pack in its proclivity to produce them, so I wouldn't worry too much about trying to prevent them for this shooting situation.

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TakeTwo

South Lake Tahoe, US
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TakeTwo Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009
Sat 02-Apr-11 12:13 PM

SteveK, your comment sounds right. I have to preserve my depth of field, which won't be hard if I shoot wide. I'll select my stop and go from there. I also notice that the lake in the image is off horizon. I was to hasty to upload my image before I gave it a once over. The rivers are really starting to flow so the next month I'm going to be busy. Don

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mdallie

Novi, US
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mdallie Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011
Tue 05-Apr-11 09:27 PM

This is really an excellently exposed picture. So this makes me ask: how did you determine the exposure? Did the camera figure this out or were you on manual? Trial and error or are there rules of thumb?

I'm going to Italy in June and I understand there are wonderful night shots to be taken. I imagine the Colliseum, the Vatican, etc., taken at night. I am pretty good with my camera and most situations, but pretty clueless on this type of shot other than to use my tripod, a shutter release cable, and over the viewfinder to avoid stray light.

I welcome any suggestions as to how to get the exposure information correct.

Mike

KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
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#12. "RE: A night shot" | In response to Reply # 11

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Tue 05-Apr-11 10:04 PM | edited Tue 05-Apr-11 10:50 PM by KnightPhoto

Mirror lock-up is said to be a very strong contributing factor to sharpness as well although historically I have not been very prone to use it. I am as interested as you are about exposure tips. I imagine the histogram is going to help. Night shots of the Coliseum etc. sound great!

In London and Paris last year much of my high-impact images were at night and many with HDR as well so I guess that is one answer to nailing the exposure - you can then nail it in post to suit taste! The other shots I liked from my trip were night shots immediately after and during let-ups in the rain.

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TakeTwo

South Lake Tahoe, US
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#13. "RE: A night shot." | In response to Reply # 11

TakeTwo Silver Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009
Wed 06-Apr-11 12:18 AM | edited Wed 06-Apr-11 12:32 AM by TakeTwo

Mike, On the exposure setting. I used Manual setting and although I didn't have my remote with me I knew I wanted to shoot the image as fast as I could and that was going to be 28mm f4 ISO 800 at 30 seconds. I selected 30 seconds and worked around that. I used the nikon 18-200 vr1 lens. This was my first shot at Cave Rock that evening. I shot 2 more images but the cars blew out some highlights. In the posted image the histogram showed the image a little on the dark side but nx2 fixed that up. I did spend some time with control points and I use a nic nd grad filter for the sky because it was light. Thank you for your kind works.

SteveK, Oh the rain shots. I'm looking forward to them. I'm leaving for Ireland in May and know that there well be some rain. They average 49 or so inches of rain a year, so that's almost an 1 inch a day. I just got an older Nikon 20mm d 2.8 so I can lower my shutter duration a bit more. I also have a 50mm 1.4 but on a crop sensor its a bight tight, but boy it sure captures the light.

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