OK. I'm in Prague. Its beautiful. Beer and food is great. Prague is a target rich photo environment.
I am trying to take an image of Prague Castle from across the river at night that I would be willing to show someone else. I generally shoot A or S priority. Even P when I think the camera will be smarter than I am. In all above cases the images are overexposed when relying on camera smarts.
A really nice French guy walked by looking over my shoulder. I caught him. We started talking. He's a Canon guy and he started helping me. Go manual and use the A & S settings he used.
Anyway, I'm shooting D7000, 18-200, on tripod. I started getting some decent images at f16, at 1/1.3 or 1/1.6.
Bottom line - I have one more chance tomorrow night. Hoping some of y'all might offer some settings suggestions to give me another chance at this image.
You have a tripod, which is something I did not when in Prague. The below was shot with a D300, ISO 640, f/5 at 1/2 second, -0.3 EV. I believe my camera was balanced on a rail post above the river. With a tripod you have the luxury of shooting a smaller aperture and longer shutter speed. Pick a favorite spot along the river and take several different photos.
Very nice. I particularly like the second photo with the black night sky and reflections in the river. The lights on the bridge help keep the scene balanced well. Have you tried a black and white version?
Mon 17-Dec-12 01:44 AM | edited Mon 17-Dec-12 01:45 AM by Drbee
Garrett has been really nice in providing you with the exposure information needed for a baseline. I think your choice of f/16 is not necessary as the castle is at an effective infinity. My usual start would be f/5.6 and play with the ISO within what you think are acceptable for "noise" in your situation. The shutter speed will fall out of the "calculations/test-shots". If you know what the vibration harmonics of your tripod are, definitely avoid those shutter speeds. But without taking on too much, try to make the test shots count.
You can spot meter the buildings from your location and set in a +1 or +2 EV compensation to lift the lighted building from gray to white, but not brilliant white - save that for the direct view lights. You should be close the the parameters set by Garrett.
If you try the shots over time, you should find a spot about 20 min after sundown where the sky-glow will nicely balance the lighted buildings.
Roger It's still, ISO, aperture and shutter-speed, right?